Just finished Clive Barker's Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium
- a series of six short stories released as individual chapters packaged with an action figure. I thank my friend Mike for letting me borrow his collection (sans figures) to read.
If you're a fan of Clive Barker, or just curious to delve into more of the vision that produced the Cenobites
and the Hellraiser
universe, this is a disturbing addition to the corpus.
Cautionary note: Mssr. Barker has both a vision, and a very good descriptive handle, on a dark realm of absolute evil and those that call it home. Clive's bad guys go well beyond the baddest of the bad. We are talking stark satanic evil here. Not for the faint hearted or those who are easily shocked. I'm fairly hardheaded when it comes to fiction since I know it's just a story. But some of Clive's scenes and concepts even I found to be more than a little disturbing. Reader discretion advised
Here's an excerpt
from the first book. It deals with a character called Agonistes
. It is implied (though never stated) that Agonistes is the creator of the Cenobites
found in Hellraiser
. Those who follow the Hellraiser
series will probably recognize him/her/it as the enigmatic creature the Cenobites call The Engineer