The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with bated breath for years, and it's everything they've begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker's horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming. Are you ready?
The 2 reviews b4 r a bit harsh IMO. I haven't finished it yet but I am thoroughly enjoying this 1. Though not as large scale as Imagica, The Gr8 & Secret Show, & Everville, I love the detail of it. Good 2 revisit Harry & Pinhead! My favorite Clive Barker novel will always b The Damnation Game. I absolutely loved the lengthy & detailed Imajica, Gr8 & Secret Show, & Everville & my only criticism with Gospels is that it feels 2 edited. I was hoping 4 a more lengthy journey. The Hellbound Heart was like that; short & intense. I've been reading Barker 4 29 yrs & I read a lot but when I pick up a King or Barker novel it's like coming home.55
I enjoyed the book, especially visiting with old friends as it were. But I couldn't shake the feeling that I was being rushed along. Some things were covered in too broad of stokes. It definitely puts a pin in Pinhead (yep, I went there), and ties up things nicely, though.45
As a devout Clive Barker fan, I'm really having a hard time getting through this one. I can't seem to wrap my head around what is even going on and it's leaving me in a snore fest. I'm very close to not finishing it but if I do, then I will revisit my review and update it as I think necessary.25