Waiting on Wednesday: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

As part of this month's Halloweird Creepfest, I'll be focusing on some horror-themed pre-publication releases, beginning with my single most anticipated "can't-wait-to-read" selection in the last decade:

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
Expected publication: May 19, 2015 by St. Martin's Press

The Scarlet Gospels takes readers 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?

This is a book I feared would never see the light of day - he began teasing it back in 1999 (as part of the planned Black Is The Devil's Rainbow collection), then was dropped by his adult publisher just as he announced the completion of the first novel-length draft, and then he nearly died following a freak complication from dental surgery in 2012. St. Martin's Press has made a very smart move in picking this up, and I'm hoping it's a sign we'll see more of the 'adult' novels he's been working on soon.

It hardly needs to be said that this is one book for which I'd gladly take a crack at the Lament Configuration puzzle box, just for the chance to get my hands on an advance copy. :)


  1. Awesome! I'm a HUGE Clive Barker fan ;)

  2. What, he nearly died from dental surgery?? I have been out of touch with all things Clive for a long time. Wasn't the last thing he wrote the Abarat series? (Which was never finished, right?) So excited to see he's back!

  3. I've never read anything by Clive Barker, but what a shame it would have been if things had turned for the worse in 2012. Eep, like I need another reason to be nervous about dental work...

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  4. OOh nice! That's a new to me author! Sounds exciting! Hope you enjoy it!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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