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?
I have seen several of the HellRaiser movies, however this is the first book that I have actually read about the famed Pinhead. I can remember watching some of the movies and being scared but fascinated at the same time. So I was looking forward to reading this book. Well it did have the horror and gore that I was expecting from this book. I was fascinated by everything happening in this story. I would be lost in the moment reading and have to tear myself away to attend to real life. I could read this book and sleep just fine with no nightmares. Don't know if this is a good thing or that I am a little sick and twisted like Mr. Barker and enjoy reading this stuff. Either way, I did enjoy reading this book.
I just was a little disappointed that there was not a big battle between Pinhead and Detective D'Amour. They did interact but not on the level and high intensity that I was hoping and looking forward towards. Although the depths of Hell and the details that Mr. Barker wrote about this world did make up some for what was lacking. I know plan to go back and re-watch the movies and check out all of the prior novels.