Title: The Hellbound Heart
Author: Clive Barker
Date of Publication: November 1986
Publisher: been republished numerous times
I remember when I was a kid, hanging out at the movie store, trying to decide what age-appropriate film to rent. I always found myself back in the horror section, staring at the covers in fascination. Hellraiser was one of the covers I often returned to. It mesmerized me. I eventually saw the movie years later, and it quickly became a favourite.
I finally read the novella this brilliant movie was based on this year. Being a novella, it is quite fast paced, and the horror begins within the first few pages. Despite the short length of it, we get to delve into the motivations of the main characters with a remarkable amount of detail.
This is my first Clive Barker book, and it definitely won’t be my last. His writing style is unique and beautiful and horrifying. I want to explore another world he’s created with his brilliantly twisted mind and unrivaled talent for putting words to the pages.
Before reading this book, I was warned that it’s quite similar to the movie, and that I might be disappointed because of this. To the contrary. I was in the mood to rewatch the movie, so I read the book instead. It is a terror-ride from cover to cover, and recommended reading for any horror lover.
Recommended for those who love the movie, or for those who are looking for a bite-sized horror novel to read before a sleepless night.
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