Hellbound Heart

Hellbound Heart

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by Clive Barker
     
 

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The Hellbound Heart is one of Clive Barker's best, a nerve-shattering novella about the human heart and all the great terrors and ecstasies within its endless domain. It is about greed and love, lovelessness and despair, desire and death, life and captivity, bells and blood. It is one of the most dead-frightening stories you are likely to ever read.  See more details below

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The Hellbound Heart is one of Clive Barker's best, a nerve-shattering novella about the human heart and all the great terrors and ecstasies within its endless domain. It is about greed and love, lovelessness and despair, desire and death, life and captivity, bells and blood. It is one of the most dead-frightening stories you are likely to ever read.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Barker's the best thing to happen to horror fiction for many moons...[he] never fails to deliver the compelling prose and relentless horror his readers expect.
Atlanta Journal
Spellbinding.
L.A. Life
Barker's most ambitious work to date...Rapturously full of emotions.
Washington Post Book World
Rich in plot twists, byzantine intrigues and hidden secrets, Imajica is a Chinese puzzle box constructed on a universal scale...Barker has an unparalleled talent forenvisioning other worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061002823
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume.

Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1952
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Education:
Liverpool University
Website:
http://www.clivebarker.info

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Hellbound Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Janus More than 1 year ago
'The Hellbound Heart' served as the inspiration for the movie 'Hellraiser'. I am ashamed to say I have only seen the second movie and one of the countless straight-to-DVD sequels. It's really quite amazing how butchered the ideas Barker came up with have become with each subsequent film iteration. First and foremost, as usual, Barker writes with subtle grace that has won him numerous fans and sets him apart from the typical genre author. The story is short, sweet and to the point. The violence is relatively sparse but rather intense, and even that may be up for debate. Thematically, this is a story of obsession and repercussions. As for the assertion that the films have deviated significantly from the source material I'm afraid that further explanation may give away some rather enjoyable parts of the book. If you enjoy HP Lovecraft then it is reasonable to assume you will enjoy this novella.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a horror novel that is as much a morality tale, then this story is perfect. Sins of the flesh, adultery, and the temptation to seek supernatural pleasure are all woven with equal amounts of exposition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barker is an excellant storyteller. If your only exposure is the film, there are differences but i feel they add more to the characters.
jennybennyhillbilly More than 1 year ago
I just love Clive Barker's sick and twisted mind.
Mike Murphy More than 1 year ago
Great book they need to put weaveworld on the nook next
Soliman More than 1 year ago
Clive Barker is such a great writter, whom I find strangley underrated, and proves it with this tale of the desires of the human heart. A really sick and fun story, The Hellbound Heart shows just how far a man will go to experience all the pleasures of carnal lusts and his wildest desires. The characters brought into the tale are all great and fun to explore...done throughout the Hellraiser films (1&2!!!)...and the main, sickening couple, Frank and Julia, are most memorable. The Cenobites, the hellish creature thought to be able to grant you your wildest wishes, are called upon by Frank after he opens a puzzzlebox, and he asks to experience the pleasures of the flesh; not knowing that his definition of pleasure wasn't the same as theirs. Later Julia finds that he is "living" within the house she has just moved into and also figures what it takes to keep him coming out and reconstructing himself...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A VERY GREAT STORY. POSSIBLY HIS BEST.
evelyn vasquez More than 1 year ago
I love this book......! It' way better than the movie! A must read for any horror movie fans out there!
jac8304 More than 1 year ago
I paid 6.99 new at bn last year. Save 2 bucks and buy the paperback. As for the book, fantastic read, wonderful author. Must have for Clive Barker fans and horror enthusiasts. Even though it is horror, and gross at times, Barker has a wonderful voice and underneath the gore he tackels some really interesting subjects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although Barker is an eloquent and often beautiful writer, his images are among the most horrific ever put to paper. This is a shocking and graphic story of violence and love, pleasure and pain, cynicism and hope, among other contradictory emotions. Barker has a depraved imagination which he lets run free in this short, thoroughly engrossing novella. While many of the passages repelled me and made me feel revulsion, I could not put the book down. A must read for all fans of modern horror at its most gruesome and viceral. This is a book I will not soon forget.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Not bad for a novella. Very short, but has good character development. I'm going to have to watch the movie again. Two stars because the nook version was missing a page and some punctuation was out of context.
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