The Scarlet Gospels

  • by Clive Barker
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Scarlet Gospels takes listeners 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 baited 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?

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I can't get past the narrator.

Would you try another book from Clive Barker and/or John Lee?

I am planning to delve into the Barker collection. I read "Hellbound Heart" many years ago, and I think Clive Barker is clever and original. I am sad that Pinhead's story arc doesn't get much play in any of the other stories (as far as I can tell). I would have loved to have the universe of Hell Priests expanded into a full history.

John Lee, on the other hand, was very disappointing as the narrator. I don't expect the narrator to come up with a voice for every character, so I never understand why narrators go out of their way to attempt voices and accents that are far beyond their range. With the core characters being of American origin, it was not a good idea to cast a narrator from the UK to attempt caricature American accents that wouldn't even sound good in a cartoon.

Every time he spoke as Harry, or, worse, Lana, it completely took me out of the story as both sounded like they should have been arguing in a Bronx deli over rye bread instead of how to defeat an onslaught of demons.


If you’ve listened to books by Clive Barker before, how does this one compare?

This is the first book I've listened to by Clive Barker. I'll listen to the others as long as Lee isn't the narrator.


How could the performance have been better?

If you can't do an accent, don't try. The listening audience isn't here for a theatrical performance. We're hear to listen to a story. If it's absolutely necessary that the characters have American accents, then use a narrator who is either American or can speak in an American accent.


Did The Scarlet Gospels inspire you to do anything?

Yes. I want to re-record it.


Any additional comments?

From what I've read about Barker and Pinhead, it seems like he doesn't want to do anything else with the character, which is fine. But, my hope is that he changes his mind someday and revisits the monastery with its many Hell Priests. I'd love to know its history and purpose.

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- Matthew Jacobson

Classic Barker

I'm a Clive Barker fan from the Books of Blood days. Waiting on pins and needles for the Scarlett Gospels and was hooked from the get go (sorry!). Typical Barker tome, could use editing to tighten-up the narrative (same issue as with Great and Secret Show and Imajica). But his writing is so lush and decadent, the right mix of sex, blood, and gore. No surprises, just glad Barker is back. John Lee was very good as Pinhead, Lucifer, and Dale, but perhaps not the best choice for doing New York accents. So much more could have been done with sound effects. Overall, worth the wait.
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- Aaron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio