Clive Barker’s intensely awaited crossover of Hellraiser’s Cenobites and Lord of Illusion’s Harry D’Amour, The Scarlet Gospels, may be finally approaching publication.
The story, which pits the intrepid Detective D’Amour against the Cenobites and their leader, Pinhead, was announced in 2007, but Barker has taken his time writing the first draft which is, apparently, now complete. Now to find a publisher and editor! That’s where the talented Mark Miller, a good friend of Barker’s and the man who’s been working to restore the movie Nightbreed to its intended cut, comes in. Miller is reported to be working on editing the 200K+ draft into a full novel.
With any luck we’ll have our novel sometime this year or early next year. Considering how popular both Hellraiser and Lord of Illusions are among horror fans, the book will likely be an instant hit. The book is said to contain a history of the Cenobites and a look into their society, something that will hook a number of fans, pun intended.
With news of the Hellraiser remake on its way, a sequel to Barker’s video game Jericho in production, and now this, it looks like we may be on the cusp of a “Barkergasm.”
We do have one small hint about the book, a quote from one of my favorite philosophers, John Locke (no, not the character on Lost…):