Clive Barker has been at work on a sprawling new novel entitled The Scarlet Gospels for years now. Said to be a new Harry D’Amour mystery (he’s the character who appeared in Barker’s Books of Blood tale The Last Illusion which was later adapted into a film called Lord of Illusions), Scarlet Gospels also works Hellraiser‘s Pinhead into the mix. As it has been some time since we last heard about the novel, Barker took to Facebook to provide an update:
A lot of you ask about the status of The Scarlet Gospels. Firstly,thank you for caring. Several portions of the book are written and the scale of the narrative is massive.This is without doubt the most metaphysically ambitious book of mine since Imajica. But unlike Imajica,which offered an entirely new cast of characters,The Scarlet Gospels builds its narrative around Harry D’Amour and the Hellraiser mythology. Unlike Mister King,who has found brilliant ways to connect his different worlds so that we come to understand that each is an echo or reflection of the rest,I have no such grand ambition in mind.I simply want to tell an apocalyptic tale in which Harry will meet the forces of Hell as they appear in The Hellbound Heart and the first Hellraiser movie.
Since I became so unwell earlier this year I am trying to be a little kinder to myself.That means that I can’t tell you exactly when the book will be finished,only that it will be. My love and heartfelt thanks for all the concern you’ve shown for my well being. Over and over again I’ve been gently advised to get well first, then worry about which story will be told when I’ve finished the fifth and final Abarat book. I hope this was useful. Now I head back Abarat, where Christmas Day has just dawned….
Keep tabs on all things Barker-related at his Facebook page and be sure to send him well wishes.