• Tortured Souls

  • The Legend of Primordium
  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Peter Bishop
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-02-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • 4.2 (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tortured Souls is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary "first city" known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.
Lurking at the edges of this extravagant tale is the ancient entity known as "Agonistes", who accepts the pleas of selected "Supplicants" - transforming them, through a combination of art, magic, and pain, into avatars of violence and revenge.
The story begins when a freelance assassin named Zarles Krieger commits a routine murder-for-hire. This act will lead him to two life-altering encounters: one with the daughter of his victim, the other with Agonistes himself. This conjunction of the human and the inhuman stands at the center of this instantly absorbing creation.
With great authority and equally great economy, Tortured Souls expands to become a portrait of Primordium itself, with its hierarchies, its hidden mysteries, its shifting power structure, and - most significantly - its indelible cast of characters. A perfectly controlled example of what Barker calls "The Fantastique", Tortured Souls is something truly special, a story whose imaginative reach and sheer narrative power are evident with every word.
©2014 Clive Barker Ink (P)2015 David N. Wilson
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By Kyle Atwood on 10-22-17

Great Tale

I just wish it was much longer. The story was both beautiful, artistic, and horrific in its entirety. I wouldn't expect any less from Clive Barker.

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By Roy on 09-25-17


What more can i say? If you want Clive Barker stories, here they are. well worth reading/listening too.

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By Troy on 08-05-16

Well done again Clive

This story has links to Clive's other written works,however maintains primordiam as a very unique world
Highly recommended
You should like this if your a barker fan from way back to the wonderful books of blood stories.

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