Even uber-fans of 1987’s Hellraiser know that the wellspring, Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart, is a much different experience. Yes, Barker also wrote and directed the film, but nebulous concepts, characters, and themes changed significantly during the transition. For example, Pinhead was not the lead Cenobite, rather an androgynous subordinate to the more powerful Female.
Come April 27th, Hellraiser fans will be able to hear how it all began when The Hellbound Heart is released as an audiobook from Bafflegab. More of a dramatic reenactment than your typical straight-forward narration, it features prominent names in horror and sci-fi. It’s been adapted by Paul Kane, the creative mind who pit History’s greatest detective against The Order of the Gash in the book Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell.
You can pre-order a copy HERE and listen to a sample below.
Official Synopsis: When Frank Cotton (Tom Meeten) finally acquires a fabled puzzle box, he gets more than he bargained for. Because the box is a doorway to another world, to Hell and its dubious pleasures, ruled over by the sadistic Cenobites. And Frank’s reward for opening the box is an eternity of pain beyond imagining.
But when his brother, Rory, and his wife Julia (Neve McIntosh) move into the house where Frank conducted the ritual, he sees a means of escape. For Julia was once Frank’s lover and swore to do anything for him… even kill, if it would make Frank whole again. Julia will stop at nothing to bring her lover back from Hell, and only Rory’s friend Kirsty (Alice Lowe) unwittingly stands in their way…
Starring Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Sightseers), Tom Meeten (The Ghoul) and Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who), this is a faithful, full-cast adaptation of award-winning author Clive Barker’s novella (adapted for the screen as the classic horror movie Hellraiser), by Paul Kane (Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell).