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Frank Cotton is a hedonist who has spent his life in a selfish, single-minded pursuit of the ultimate sensual experience. Having lived a life of world travel, engaging in countless crimes and every sexual experience known to mankind, Frank is now a nihilist, his pursuits having left him feeling unfulfilled and still wanting more extreme experiences. Jaded to the point that conventional sexual activity now leaves him completely unstimulated, Frank hears rumours of the Lament Configuration, a puzzle box that is said to act as a portal to an extradimensional realm of unfathomable carnal pleasure. Locating the owner in Düsseldorf, Frank obtains the box by performing "small favors" and returns with it to his deceased grandmother's home in England. Frank prepares a shrine consisting of bonbons, flowers, severed doves' heads, and a massive jug of his own urine, offerings for the box's inhabitants: The Cenobites, members of a religious order dedicated to extreme sensual experiences.
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Clive Barker is widely acknowledged as the master of nerve-shattering horror. The Hellbound Heart is one of his best, one of the most dead-frightening stories you are likely to ever read, a story of the human heart and all the great terrors and ecstasies within.From the Inside Flap:
SYNOPSIS: Clive Barker's classic novella that inspired the movie HELLRAISER gets the deluxe treatment! For the first time since its publication 20 years ago in the collection NIGHT VISIONS 3, THE HELLBOUND HEART is released as a standalone hardcover edition.Earthling's special edition features an introduction by Peter Atkins (writer of several Hellraiser movies), an introduction by Ashley Laurence (Kirsty of the Hellraiser movies), Barker’s early cenobite illustrations, and a new full-color cover by Barker. For horror fans who are new to this book or have read it before, this is the edition you must have.
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