After nearly five years of teasing, false hopes, and frustration, Clive Barker’s hotly anticipated novel The Scarlet Gospels is finally set to arrive at a bookstore(‘s website) near you. Ever since the initial announcement of the book, Barker fans have been chomping at the bit to know when they’ll get to read what just might end up being the celebrated author’s magnum opus. Well, wonder no more, as St. Martin’s Press is set to release The Scarlet Gospels on May 19, 2015.
The Scarlet Gospels will serve as a sequel of sorts to both Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart (which was famously adapted into the film Hellraiser), and Barker’s short story The Last Illusion (which itself was adapted into the 1995 cult hit film Lord of Illusions). The main plotline concerns a decades-long conflict between Illusion’s intrepid supernatural investigator Harry D’Amour and Hell’s most sadistic torturer, the creature known only as Pinhead.
The present-day portion of the story will feature Harry and a ragtag group of companions journeying into the furthest reaches of Hell, in an effort to rescue a friend that was kidnapped by the Cenobites. In fact, quite a bit of the tale is set to take place in Hell, so any of those among us who’ve always wanted to know more about the inner workings of Clive Barker’s rendition of the gore-filled afterlife are in for a real treat.
One would assume that if The Scarlet Gospels does well, Hollywood is likely to come knocking on Clive Barker’s door once again. If they do, here’s hoping he is able to maintain creative control over the project. Whenever Clive steps behind the camera, the results tend to be golden.