While in the cinematic world of horror we know that Clive Barker is about to reboot the ‘Hellraiser‘ franchise, it would seem that in his upcoming novel, ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ we’ll be seeing the end of Pinhead. Long term fans of Barker will be happy not only to see Pinhead but also a return of detective Harry D’Amour who has starred in a few of Barker’s short stories as well as the full length novel ‘Everville.’

The new book has actually been in the works for over 20 years as Barker had originally thought of the tale as a short story and it has slowly expanded into the 350 page novel that will be his first for adults since 2007.

According to Barker this all finally came together because “Pinhead needed to say goodbye. He had a farewell speech to make. It was truly as simple as that.”

According to Barker’s editor Wayne Brookes, “You only have to look online to see the excitement that has been mounting about this book [as fans have waited for ‘The Scarlet Gospels’] for at least 10 years.”

Brookes adds that “With the Hellraise franchise, Clive created a vision of hell through his own eyes. Suddenly this weird and terrifying world had a new image, and it’s that fantastical setting that the fans are desperate to see again. There’s nothing conventional about Clive Barker’s world of nightmares, his style is distinctive and unique”

With so few details having been revealed about the novel to learn that it is actually to take place in Hell at least gives us a setting and with part of the synopsis released stating that the book “will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories” we have an idea of the tone.

It sounds like we’re in for something special to send off Pinhead in style. Are you looking forward to the final look into the world of ‘Hellraiser’ on page?


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 coming. Are you ready?

‘The Scarlet Gospels’ will scare its way into bookstores on May 19th, 2015

Source: The Guardian