Clive Barker ‘The Hellbound Heart’ Review

Here’s a good review that I recommend to everyone with an interest in the Hellraiser series.

Horror Novel Reviews

Written by: Matthew J. Barbour

Hellraiser is often listed among the greatest horror films ever made. Its cautionary tale of desire and despair is spine chilling. Through the film, we learn of the Cenobites, sadomasochistic beings, who enter our world through a mystic box. They do not differentiate between pain and pleasure. To summon these monsters is to become their prisoners.

This is what happens to Frank Cotton. In his search for heaven, he finds the Cenobites and a fate worse than death. Frank reaches out, from his prison, to his adulterous sister-in-law, Julia. Julia can aid Frank in escaping his jailers, but it will require blood. This is no easy feat and they mustn’t draw the attention of Frank’s captors.

While most horror fans have watched Hellraiser, fewer have read the novella on which the movie was based. The Hellbound Heart was first published in Night Visions 3, edited…

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Note to Self for January 6, 2015

The blogger on Padre Island, January, 2011.
The blogger on Padre Island, January, 2011.

After I lay down in bed last night, I had one of those thoughts that just pops up in the middle of the night, particularly after writing for a while in the evening (which I had been). I write this now more for my own memory than anything, but I hope it will be of some use to someone else out there.

The thought was that the purpose of every word in a horror story should be to make that story scarier.

This is a very simple idea that may be patently obvious to most of you, but it may not be to some. In any case, my intuition suggested that I publish it.

Thoughts? Comments?

The Top 10 Horror Novels of 2014

For those of you who would like an introduction to the state of the art in horror, here’s a good place to start.

Horror Novel Reviews

Written by: Matt Molgaard

What novels scored big with readers this year? Truth is, that’s a tough question to answer, as we all seem to be looking for something a little different. However, we can definitely let you in on the books that really won us over. The following are the 10 best novels released in 2014, as voted on by myself and a number of our contributors!


10 Sergey Kuznetsov – Butterfly Skin

Verdict: Butterfly Skin reads, at times, like a vintage giallo picture… mixed with a little Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. It’s wonderfully written and about as addictive as I imagine crack being. A stunning story that delivers tons of chills, the novel is about as disturbing as they come. Reviews of the novel seem to be a bit mixed, but lovers of the extreme are going to dig this one quite a bit.


09 Benedict…

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50 Great Sourced Author Quotes

Interesting Literature

What follows are the best sourced quotes (or, if you will, quotations) from writers down the ages, 50 of the most awesome, moving, and inspiring things that writers have ever said in literature. At least, that’s what we here at Interesting Literature reckon – we hope you agree.

Remember that quote from Abraham Lincoln, ‘The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.’ That joke is a reminder that we should be on our guard about internet quotes – so, although we haven’t cited chapter and page numbers, we have given the title of the text in which each quote can be found. (If you know better and think we’ve still misattributed any of the following, do get in touch.)

If you enjoy these quotes, you might also like our 10 great quotes from Oscar Wilde and our 10 great quotes about poetry.

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