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 […]
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.
To say I’m a leeeeeetle bit excited about this book from Paul Kane would be an understatement! It’s coming July 2016! Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish—as the person in question vanished from a locked room—and something to occupy him other than testing the limits of his mind and body. But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers and known only as ‘The Order of the Gash’. As more and more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover—as […]
You can’t walk in to a bookstore without seeing tons of coloring books for adults. It’s huge in the library world too, the adult coloring programs are insanely well attended. As horror fans, we may not find those squiggly shapes as the perfect meditation method, we need something a bit more interesting right? Well, never fear as there are horror coloring books. The best ones I’ve found are from the U.K. but you can get them online. My favorite is Colour Me Good ARRGGGHHHH, which has pictures based on some horror movie masterpieces, Hellraiser, The Shining, Psycho, and Nightmare on Elm Street to name a few. Tesco, a U.K. supermarket chain, got in hot water for stocking this title when kids starting picking it up and buying it. Apparently parents frown on having their kids coloring Carrie drenched in blood. Copy a page on to some cardstock to keep the actual […]
I’m delighted to be joined by the wonderful Barbie Wilde! If you haven’t read The Venus Complex or Voices of the Damned, you must! How did Voices of the Damned come about? I had the idea of doing a collection of my short horror stories a while ago, but I wanted to do something different. Paul Fry of SST Publications contacted me back in November 2014, complimenting me on my debut dark crime novel, The Venus Complex, which he had just finished reading. He said that if I ever had a project, then to please consider his company. I’d already done a couple of reviews of Daniele Serra’s art books for SST publications: Veins and Skulls (for Fangoria) and I Tell You It’s Love (with a story by Joe Lansdale), so I was familiar with the kind of projects that SST was involved with. They specialize in doing quality full […]
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 […]