The world and mythology of Hellraiser is back. Although we have seen recent Hellraiser comics and graphic novels, this is the first publication to come direct from Clive Barker’s own company, Seraphim. The reason they’ve gone the in-house publishing route is censorship. Barker and his team’s experience with other publishers was a frustrating one. The original vision for stories was diluted and toned down, or certain panels were removed. This anthology promises a new beginning for a more extreme and visceral Hellraiser, as god (?) intended. The anthology contains eleven stories, one of which is text with a few Clive Barker illustrations, written by Mark Alan Miller. Other authors include Ben Mears, Matt Murray, and Blumhouse’s David and Rebekah McKendry. We’re brought to Hell, sex clubs, suburbia, and even the Old West with these tales. The book ends with a vibrant gallery of Hellraiser inspired art in different forms. The […]
Subterranean Press brings us Infernal Parade, the latest offering from legendary author, Clive Barker. Similar to Tortured Souls, these are the back stories to a range of McFarland figures created in conjunction with Clive Barker. These stories, originally crafted for the 2004 release of the figures, are now brought together into one complete collection. The infernal parade is to be a group that will shake man from his complacent state and strike fear into all. Barker brings us six tales for the six fantastical figures that make up the infernal parade and how they came to join up. First is Tom Requiem, a trickster who could be anything to anyone. His time of manipulating people and the fabrications about his life have come to a close. He is to pay for his crimes, prosecuted as a murderer, with his head. The underworld has other ideas. He has been chosen to […]
Mark Alan Miller brings us the novelization of the graphic novel of Clive Barker’s Next Testament, published by BOOM Studios in 2013. I haven’t read the graphic novel yet and so I was happy to go into the book blind. Julian Desmond is a man of exquisite taste – a billionaire who seeks out the rarest things to possess. As we’ve seen with Clive Barker before, we see the motivation of a man seeking the forbidden, regardless of cost. There is also the solving of a puzzle to find it. In this case it’s the puzzle of a pyramid in the desert. What Julian finds is an incredible being, known as Wick. Unfortunately for Julian and the rest of mankind, Wick is God, and he’s vengeful. Wick is fascinating, not only for his supreme power, but also for his wonderment at the state of the modern world. There is no […]
Paul Kane is no stranger to the Hellraiser universe. He’s the author of the truly outstanding “The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy” as well as the editor for the short story anthology, Hellbound Hearts, which expanded Clive Barker’s mythos still further. This is a man who clearly respects Clive Barker’s most brilliant creation. So there could be no safer hands for a tale that brings together two legends, Sherlock Holmes and the Cenobites. As a huge Hellraiser fan myself, I have to admit I’ve been giddy about the prospect of reading this since I first heard about it. Barbie Wilde (Hellraiser II) is another favorite author of mine (The Venus Complex, Voices of the Damned) and she provides an insightful introduction to the book. When we meet Sherlock he’s a lost soul. His nemesis, Moriarty, is dead and there are no challenges left for him. So instead he has been […]
As soon as I had access to 3D printing I was on the lookout for iconic horror props I could attempt to recreate. The unholy grail for me, so to speak, was the the Lament Configuration, also known as Lemarchand’s Box or simply the Hellraiser puzzle box. I started on a Mini-MakerBot and made a few boxes, but the results weren’t great, (see the bottom of the page). I then had the opportunity to use a uPrint 3D printer which offered much more detail and sophistication, and these are the results.
Following in the vein of the successful relaunch of Hellraiser comics by BOOM! Studios, they have brought us another collaboration with Clive Barker, bringing one more of his beloved worlds to life – that of Nightbreed. The original novel that brought these fantastical characters to life was called Cabal, and the movie based on that story became Nightbreed. Scream Factory has recently brought out an incredible Blu-ray restoration of the movie that is a must-watch. This graphic novel collects issues 1-4 of the comics. For those not familiar, the Nightbreed are a secret society or tribe of monsters and are persecuted by humanity for being different. Considered freaks due to their looks or actions, they are feared, hunted, and killed in the human world. They find sanctuary with others of their kind in a place called Midian, a city below a cemetery. This first volume explores the history of some of the […]
As a Clive Barker and Hellraiser geek, I’m a bit of a fanboy when it comes to Barbie Wilde. You’ll most likely remember her as the female cenobite from Hellraiser II. In addition to her acting, she’s established a deserved name for herself with her horror fiction. I reviewed her previous book The Venus Complex on this blog and I loved it. Now, Wilde is back with a collection of 11 short stories, Voices of the Damned. Most of these stories have appeared as part of other anthologies or in Fangoria’s Gorezone magazine, but there are two stories making their debuts. Three of the stories make up the Cilicium Trilogy, which are part of the Hellraiser cenobitical universe. The first thing you’ll notice before you even crack the book open is the amazing cover art from Clive Barker. It’s titled She Waits. What a way to grab the attention! The […]