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Publisher's Summary

The long-anticipated new novel from best-selling author Clive Barker.

The gates to hell are open, and something beckons.... The last of Earth's magicians are living in fear. A Cenobite Hell Priest known as Pinhead is killing them off, gorging on their knowledge to enhance his own magical powers as part of a quest to takeover hell.

Meanwhile Private Investigator Harry D'Amour is fulfilling the final wishes of the dead, who communicate with his business associate, the blind medium Norma Paine. But while investigating one such case, Harry inadvertently opens up a rift between hell and the real world. When nemesis Pinhead emerges through the portal, a vicious battle ensues.

After failing to enlist Harry as one of his Scarlet Gospels, an elite group of indefatigable messengers who will witness his takeover of hell, Pinhead captures Norma, and Harry realizes he must go through hell - literally - to save her.

©2015 Clive Barker (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Gruesome, madly entertaining, eminently picturesque in all sorts of crazy ways, this is Barker in fifth gear and a set of adventures his fans will relish." (Maxim Jakubowski, lovereading.co.uk)

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  • matt foster
  • 11-05-17

incredible.

An incredible and fitting end to the hell priests story. Great story and brilliantly written and told.

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  • Stephen Hamblin
  • 23-05-15

Great book. Read it and enjoy

It's not often that I spend an entire day plugged into my iPhone listening to a book from start to finish but this is one of those rare occasions where I couldn't help but see the story through to the end stopping only for coffee and snacks or when the cat insisted on attention!

If you're familiar with Clive Barkers early works than The Scarlet Gospels are like slipping on an old comfortable robe or meeting a good friend that you haven't seen for a while. The story itself is brilliant and the plot absorbing. Without spoiling the end, just like the Box, a door is now opened for more of the same from one of my favourite authors.

I look forward to reading of the future of a world in which Hell may come calling when you least expect it.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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  • J Kilby
  • 25-06-15

Fails to inspire, excite, inform or satisfy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Almost a decade in the making, and butchered to half its original length (presumably by an understandably nervous publisher) this lacklustre tale fails to inspire, excite, inform or satisfy.I’d been following its slow development over the years, and was always intrigued by what I heard from Mr. Barker. Sadly, after hoping for some payoff all the way to the final page, we never learn Pinhead's true demonic name, the Order of the Gash (of which Pinhead is a key member) is present but never mentioned by name, the promised scene with Pinhead at The Crucifixion is missing, and the Hell-shattering confrontation doesn't include Harry D'Amour except as a bystander. To say more would be to give away what few surprises the book contained. All we get in THE SCARLET GOSPELS is a lot of wandering around, some fairly undetailed exploration of Hell, and more characters than were needed to carry the plot. Hugely disappointing after such a long wait.

Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Barker again?

Yes. The man is an important voice. This simply was a weaker offering.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The presentation was excellent, the narrator terrific. Some of the New York accents were a little overdone, but perhaps those are accurate to the characters.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, there were some good scenes, and it was nice to see Harry D'Amour again.

Any additional comments?

One for hardcore Clive Barker fans only.

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  • mel tracey
  • 07-04-21

bad narration

As usual; Clive Barker doesn't fail to satisfy. This would have been an excellent story to listen to if it hadn't been for the terrible narration. The accents are so awful that it's as if he's joking at times! Pinhead at the very least deserved much more. Instead he is made to sound like a disgruntled butler. Very disappointing.

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  • Djinn V
  • 28-02-21

I want more

It is a very well read story and so enjoyable to listen to John lee did a fantastic job as narrator
As usual Clive barker has written a fantastic piece of work and I am left wanting more

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  • PD.
  • 13-02-21

should be good

the story is solid but Clive Barker, for all his ideas, is not a great writer of prose.

the narration is horrible. all the character voices are basically the same & almost unlistenable to.

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  • fewnotbusydays
  • 30-01-21

Unusual complaint

Bought this book in 2015 never got round to the audio version.Have had to delete and reload the file but there is a glitch which means it closes down before getting to 10 minutes in.I have tried to play across several devices and the same fault appears .

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  • D with a J and a W
  • 04-01-21

As always a master of suspense

Will be re listening again and again. so much to visualise. Can't wait for more!

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  • Edward Jennings
  • 02-01-21

Interesting

Was beautifully written and Clive Barker has a wonderful turn of phrase in prose. Sadly, it was also a bit formulaic. Reads like the pilot of a TV series (maybe it is)

Enjoyable though. I was entertained and interested for the duration of the book and one can't really ask for much better than that. Definitely worth the money; more so if you're a CB and Hellraiser fan.

(John Lee's American accents need work though; everyone sounds like Jimmy Cagney when he says "You doyty raat!" which can be a little incongruous when it's a woman speaking)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-20

brilliant

must get if you love hellraiser univers I only wish I had got it sooner

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  • Nadine Brooke-Smith
  • 12-05-20

Just fantastic

An amazing tale by my favourite author. The narration is spot on. If you fancy a trip to hell and back, this is the book for you.

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  • Brendan
  • 26-01-17

Loved it.

Hearing Harry come to life like this is great. I also really enjoyed the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-20

Gruesome and compelling

Loved it, superb gruesome descriptions, gripping storyline. Hell priest surprised me a bit and the ending leftme wanting more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-20

Non-stop action cover to cover!!!

An unrelenting thrill ride. Dark and beautiful. You will have answers to questions you never dared ask!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-20

Classic Barker at his best

I especially love that the story centred on Harry D'Amore˙. I've been thrusting to hear from him since Everville.