Excitement is “already at fever pitch” for Clive Barker’s forthcoming Hellraiser book, Pan Macmillan publishing director Wayne Brookes has said.
Brookes acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Scarlet Gospels in a joint deal with Macmillan imprint St Martin’s Press in the US through Janklow and Nesbit US.
The Scarlet Gospels, Barker’s first adult novel since 2007, will feature Pinhead, the priest of hell who first appeared in the novella The Hellbound Heart (HarperVoyager), which was made into a film. The character has also featured in graphic novels.
In The Scarlet Gospels, Pinhead is killing off the last of the earth’s magicians and gorging on their knowledge to enhance his powers in a quest to take over hell.
Meanwhile, private investigator Harry D’Amour is fulfilling the final wishes of the dead, and in the process inadvertently opens a rift between hell and the real world, through which Pinhead emerges.
Brookes said: “Like the thousands of fans, I have been waiting for this book for some time. It sees the return of Barker’s most nightmarish creation Pinhead and already the excitement is at fever pitch. Clive is one of the greatest writers of horror fiction and it’s a real honour to be publishing this brand new novel. We’re all going back to hell.”
Barker has also written short stories, and is a writer and director for stage and screen.
Macmillan will publish The Scarlet Gospels as an £18.99 hardback and an e-edition on 7th May.