The Scarlet Gospels

The Scarlet Gospels

Book - 2015
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The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with bated breath for years, and it's everything they've begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker's horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2015
Edition: First editon
Description: 361 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781250055804
Branch Call Number: Bark


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Feb 05, 2016

This book is a good representation of horror/occult and worldbuilding.
Although I have not read others in this series or have seen the movie in years, it did take me away for a fun ride.

I did find that it fell off the rails a bit the last third of the book with some of the actions of the main characters.

Also in the last third of the book, the use of 'demon' as a descriptor didn't help me much since I couldn't mentally picture what that really meant in the context of this world.

The dialog was a little contrived toward the end to explain what was going on in the scene but not particularly distracting.

I don't recall it passing the Bechdal Test but minority representation seemed okay from what I recall

I found the book to be a page-turner and it makes me want to read the first book and others in the series.

Oct 20, 2015

When you see the Eye of Ra (the All-Seeing Eye) you may be sure there is a second, higher meaning to the whole thing. The Eye is on the front page here; but you can see it on the One-Dollar bill also, put there by F.D.Roosevelt in 1933. There is also intrinsic meanings to the Pentagram, and also Roosevelt created the building of the Pentagon. Beside it there is an Obelisk (Sun Column), which also has second meanings. The Harry Potter story is also symbolic (and it's also a true "fictionalized" depiction of religious history), and there it is said 4 times that the Muggles (ordinary folk) "don't notice nothing." But those who have the background knowledge, will understand the symbols' meaning. I have not read this book here, but if you try to find a hidden meaning to the story and you have some brains and imagination, you may find one.

Aug 19, 2015

Supernatural but highly recommended.

Jun 24, 2015

It's been a long time since Clive Barker has written pure horror. He brings back Pinhead here. Ultimately I think he was having fun in this old playground of his. There is a lot of dark and explicit humor among all the creatures, carnage, and conjurings of this book. I've read mixed reviews but I found it to be a fun and fast read. The final showdown between Pinhead and an even more powerful demon was exciting and probably what all the hellraiser stories had been leading to. Not for the faint of heart, but Barker fans should love it.

Jun 15, 2015

Clive Barker's vivid imagination and incredible storytelling makes The Scarlet Gospels an exciting read for both new and old fans. Unknown terms and names are adequately explained and do not present themselves as a problem for those not following the Hellraiser world (like myself).

KateHillier Jun 14, 2015

I have never managed to read a Clive Barker novel before and I've only ever seen the first Hellraiser movie (not all that recently either). So I know Pinhead but this was my first meeting with Harry D'Amour, who I really enjoy. The most impressive thing here, as in Hellraiser, is the mythology that Barker creates and how that all works. It really is impressive and how he manages to dream up the fates some of these characters meet and the appearance of them, just dang. Stuff of nightmares for sure. If you are at all squeamish you should stay far away from this one.

Things don't really get going properly until about a third in but the decent of Harry and his friends into Hell without knowing exactly how this is all going to end up, or if they're really here by choice, is really cool. They talk like real people and definitely have real person reactions to the horrors within.

Well worth a read if you're a fan of the genre and I'll say I did well without reading anything else by Barker before so don't let that stop you.

Jun 12, 2015

Pretty entertaining all on its own, but doesn't hold up to the lyrical story telling of Barker's past. It reads more like noir. Pinhead loses his enigmatic, ensentient beauty and his narrative unfolds like an overly done, modern horror film. He deserved better. I expected more. Now I'm going on an old school Barker binge.

worker11 Jun 09, 2015

Well it was about time!
Barkers imagination is limitless. Consequently, I find myself smiling when I read his horror depictions.
The story was good, but not as great as some of his earlier works.
Who else could make Satan a character you feel pity for?
I wondered how he was going to explain Norma's fate. He glossed over it. Harry had motive!

May 30, 2015

Many of us have been waiting a very long time for this book. Barker got side-tracked by writing YA fiction and by needing to paint more than he needed to write, which is fair enough. He was also without a publishing deal for a long while. At one point, The Scarlet Gospels was longer than the 850 page Imajica, so to have it published, Barker made drastic cuts, and the end result is just under 400 pages long. Barker is a completely original writer, and his best stories are beautifully nuanced and complex. This is a good book, but it is not a great one. It adds very little to the cannon, despite the fact that reviewers claim that it reveals a lot about Pinhead. A lot of it seems rushed and compressed. D`Amour comes across as a type found in a lot of urban fiction, the smart-ass, wisecracking protagonist, rather than the complicated champion long-term fans know him to be. A good story, but it would have been brilliant, I think, if Barker had been given more room to write. All that being said, The Scarlet Gospels is definitely worth reading, but will disappoint long-term fans. This is the last story Pinhead will be in, and he goes out with a whimper.

Radharc May 29, 2015

Well, the prologue kicked everything into high-gear, bringing back reminiscences of my first jaunt through "The Books of Blood" After that, it turned into more of an adventure story, which at times made me think of the 1993 comic series "The Harrowers: Raiders of the Abyss". It was nice to see Harry D'Amour back in action, though. Forget the Hellraiser films - they don't exist as far as this books continuity in concerned. (Leviathan as the lord of Hell? Oh mais non!) BY the book's end, there does seem to be a bit of a nod to Neil Gaiman, regarding one particular supporting character's fate...


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Mar 06, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The first part of the book where these five people get soiled and killed by pinhead,

Mar 06, 2017

Sexual Content: Lots of scenes of the main character has his penis sucked lots. Pinhead tells a woman to bow down to him and make babies

Mar 06, 2017

Violence: All over the place. But hey this is the man who made Hellraiser of course there is violence!

Mar 06, 2017

Coarse Language: Lots of fucks and shits around that is about it

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Feb 05, 2016

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