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The opening is one of the strongest I have ever read. Audiences are quickly ushered into a story of addiction, desire, and otherworldly mystery. The writing is incredibly sharp, as artful details paint a picture of horror which could easily invoke disgust, but instead paints a portrait of dark beauty that’s enough to take your breath away.
Then, in the tradition of classic horror, the story shifts to an everyday scene, leaving audiences to wonder when the otherworldly horror will return, and pounce upon these unsuspecting characters. Audiences are treated to a variety of perspectives, including those who will ultimately become the villains of the narrative.
Through their journey the story explores issues of addiction and inurement, echoing that classic quote, “when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back.” It’s a slow narrative, and at times audiences may grow tired of the repetitive nature of some of the later scenes, but strong writing manages to carry the day, building up tension as the stage is set for a strong, if somewhat abrupt conclusion. All the right questions are left unanswered, giving audiences a good framework from which to imagine their own personal ending to a suspenseful and very well written story.
*Slow, minimalist plot
As a work in and of itself, "The Hellbound Heart" is a decent read. It's definitely not like a lot of horror literature: despite the violent subject matter, it certainly doesn't read like a lot of the "splatterpunk" you see today, and the demonology is, like in the movie (at least the first one), focused more on reflecting the human characters than having scary monsters running around screaming "BOO!" Much of the detail seems surprisingly limited in the world, especially the world of the Cenobites. What does get shared is interesting, mind you, but how the various parts of it functions (for example, with the Engineer) seem to be told with scanty details. One almost thinks that Clive Barker could have expanded on the world of the Cenobites far more than he did, as the movie's sequels ended up doing (with varying degrees of success). One thing I will say is that the effects of the cube on Kirstie are actually better realized in the story than in the movie: in the story, it describes how the Cenobites remain around her, even if only in the shadows, or in her subconscious. She could literally feel the madness surrounding her, even as she left the hospital and was walking around. It was a nice touch that I actually wish had been better captured in the movie. (Before anyone comments... yes, I'm well aware of the limitations of various mediums, I'm not saying this somehow ruins the opinion of the movie for me.) I will admit that Kirstie being Rory's daughter in the movie made her feel more connected to the chain of events, whereas in this story she's literally just a close friend who ends up getting caught up between Frank's little love triangle.
If you're a big "Hellraiser" fan, by all means pick this up. If you want to read horror, but something a little on the lighter side, this will definitely please you as well. I recommend it.
As a fan of the horror genre, I love to read the differences between the greats. King is great at getting the reader into the minds of the characters. Koontz work reads like an action packed thriller. But Barker, on the other hand, has his own unique style that has a bit more eloquence and art to his prose.
The Hellbound Heart is the story of Frank and his subversion into the world of the Cenobites. In Barker's depiction of one man's Hell, pleasure and pain become one. Apparently, the key to entering this realm is through Lemarchand's Box; a puzzle cube holding such delights and terrors as the human mind could ever imagine.
Frank's brother, Rory, and his wife Julia move into the very house that Frank had been occupying when he met his demise at the hands of the Cenobites. Now, it appears, Frank has found a way to escape Hell with the aid of Julia and lots of blood. Will the Cenobites return to claim what is theirs? Or will the life of an innocent be lost to the evils that lie waiting in Lemarchand's Box?
After reading his prose and learning something of his, obviously vivid imagination, I am excited to read some of his other works.
I recommend this to those who like a spine tingling read, with a few gross out sections of course.