Hellbound Heart

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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.
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Clive Barker

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.

Biography

Nothing ever begins....Nothing is fixed. In and out the shuttle goes, fact and fiction, mind and matter woven into patterns that may have only this in common: that hidden among them is a filigree that will with time become a world.

It must be arbitrary, then, the place at which we choose to embark.

Somewhere between a past half forgotten and a future as yet only glimpsed."

And here is as good a place as any to begin with Clive Barker, the author of strange and scary stories such as the novel that begins above, Weaveworld. Barker is probably best known as the creator of the Hellraiser franchise -- which began with the novella The Hellbound Heart; later became the 1987 horror classic that Barker directed; and was then a comic from 1989-1994. He accomplished the print-to-film-to-comic trifecta again with Nightbreed, the film version of which was released in 1990.

Barker drew attention with his early '80s story volumes, Books of Blood. His first novel, The Damnation Game, not only put him on a par authors such as Stephen King but earned praise from those same authors. He is widely admired for weaving into his scary stories complex themes about human nature and desires.

In addition to crafting his signature novels, a chilling amalgam of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, Barker is an accomplished artist. (His comic Ectokids is in development as a movie project at Nickelodeon.) He has also written for children -- a fact that surprises readers familiar only with his disturbing adult oeuvre. But, in fact, his children's tales (The Thief of Always, Abarat, etc.) are among his most imaginative.

No matter what his audience or medium, Barker's stories are effective because it's clear that he takes his work, and his genre, very seriously -- and expects the same from his audience. In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, he told us "[Fantasy and horror] liberate us into a world in which our frustrations and our repressions can take an exoticized form, rendering them more safely and also, if we dare, more approachable."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      Liverpool University
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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Awesome auther

    Great book they need to put weaveworld on the nook next

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    "Your Suffering Will Be Legendary...Even In Hell"

    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...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Entertaining read

    Barker is an excellant storyteller. If your only exposure is the film, there are differences but i feel they add more to the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    ALWAYS HELLBOUND

    A VERY GREAT STORY. POSSIBLY HIS BEST.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    I just love Clive Barker's sick and twisted mind.

    I just love Clive Barker's sick and twisted mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Awesome book

    I love this book......! It' way better than the movie! A must read for any horror movie fans out there!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    too much money for an ebook...

    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.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

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    The Hellbound Heart

    '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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Good

    My fave book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Very good.

    Nothing like the movie but still very good. I'd dare say it's even better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Great Novella

    Great novella....just the right amount of horror and suspense in a beautifully written package. Wish I had discovered this writer earlier!

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

    Short, to the point... very graphic!

    This Clive Barker novella will satisfy the taste of any horror fan. It's a great story and Barker goes to great detail to make even the strongest of men squirm. I've read this book a few times now and each time the read goes a little quicker. If you like graphic violence, mixed with a little sexual deviation and some demons... check this book out! Give it a read. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    eeehh... this one was alright.

    This book was a little too short for my taste. I don't think I really would have cared for this book at all if I hadn't already seen the movie. I don't really care for Clive Barker's writing style and I don't think I will be picking up any of his other books any time soon.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    Gut Wrenching Horror (Literally)

    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.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    great horror

    I realy enjoyed this book. It was horrific and fun to read. Clive Barker is a fantastic writer ad has a wonderful way of illustrating even the most fantasmagorical details. A must read if yoou like to be scared and horrified. My imagination ran wild while I read this short but very sickeningly sweet book. two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    GREAT!!!

    This is a short book, but it keeps you going. The hell bound heart, is a great horror novel about, greed, want, and love. Read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    Clive Barker's best

    This book is so cool! The imagination in this book is so mysterious and bizarre which makes it unlike any book you have read before. Clive Barker proved again that he is one of the greatest horror writers ever and if you liked the movie Hellraiser, you will definetely love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    On the way to hell

    This is a pleasingly short book on which the horror classic Hellraiser is based. For once I really would rather watch the film than read the book, the story is sluggish to say the least. Based around the Lemarchand box and its ability to conjure up the cenobites who will lead you to pleasures untold is a good premise but one that hasn't been given that classic Clive Barker touch, maybe the problem is it is all set in 'the real world' and not in one of his fantastical places - something which he does far, far better. Whilst it will fill a rainy afternoon quite enjoyably it is not one that you will want to pick up time and time again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Hellraiser Rules!

    Hi, I think Hellraiser is the best thing since sliced bread. I looked every where for the Hellbound Heart and when I finally found the book is even better then the movie. I'd let Pinhead walk my earth. Biggest Fan they'll ever have, Teila L.

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