It was in November of 1986 that Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart was published, which introduced readers to the Cenobites and went on to become the film Hellraiser. Just about 30 years later, Pinhead is getting ready to say goodbye, as Barker’s final foray into Hell is on the horizon.
Set for release on May 19th, the long-awaited novel The Scarlet Gospels will be Pinhead’s swan song, as he goes up against occult detective, and frequent Barker character, Harry D’Amour. The story is fittingly set in the fiery bowels of Hell, and it will serve as Barker’s personal apology for the movie franchise’s mistreatment of his most iconic creation.
“I want to give Pinhead a good send-off. I want to do it right,” said Barker. “If we are going to get rid of the old guy, let’s do it with some style. Because after this there will be no more Pinhead stories. Because this story is the end of Pinhead. This story will mark his death.”
The book has been in the works for nearly two decades now, and its 243,000 words will be spread out over more than 350 pages. In so many words, this is the book all Hellraiser fans have been patiently waiting for, as Barker has been talking about it for well over a decade.
Publisher Wayne Brookes describes The Scarlet Gospels as being “bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex.” He continued: “Fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker’s horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories.”
In the novel, a friend of Harry’s is taken hostage by Pinhead, and Harry, accompanied by four mismatched companions and an animal, must track his friend down into the lowest levels of Hell. Much will be learned about the nature of Hell, its creator, its inhabitants, about the Order of the Gash and Pinhead’s place within it.