Banned Book Club

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker - Book Review

October 28, 2022 BannedBookClub Season 3 Episode 2
Banned Book Club
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker - Book Review
Show Notes

In this spooky halloween episode we review “The Hellbound Heart”, a 1980’s horror novella by Clive Barker. Barker is a banned author/painter/playwright, who’s been described by Stephen King as “the future of horror”. The Hellbound Heart makes it plain to see why — rendering demons, killers, and the prospect of unending torture in a terrifyingly vivid light. When Frank, a suave hedonist - opens the cursed Lemarchand configuration, he’s transported to a world where one experiences pain to a point that they can no longer differentiate it from pleasure. But after Frank manages to escape back to earth, its up to a young girl named Kirsty to confront him and the demons he’s pursued by. Join us as we explore the further regions of experience in this novella, and discuss what elevates it above typical genre horror. Happy Halloween!

0:00 Intro
1:25 What the novel is actually about
4:35 Characters in the novel
8:00 Who is the most evil character in the novel?
10:30 Does the novel earn its violence?/The language of the novel
15:32 Can this novel have an impact on someone who doesn’t believe in hell?
19:40 Stephen King vs Clive Barker 
21:45 Hellraiser movies compared to The Hellbound Heart 
23:00 Outro

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