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For those who like to face their fears... with books!

We read one weird, wonderful and (crucially) terror-inducing book* a month. Then we meet up in central London to discuss.

If you like:

• Horror

• Dark Fantasy

• Weird Fiction

• Ghost Stories

• Gothic Fiction

• or just generally being scared and/or weirded out of your pants...

...then The Horror Book Club is for you!

Just some quick house rules for meetings:

1. The resurrection of the dead is strictly forbidden

2. No biting

3. It is polite to warn members before summoning spirits, demons or ancient deities

4. All familiars, zombie-slaves and maniacal assistants must wait outside the venue for the duration or the meeting

5. No rampaging

*Either novel, graphic novel or a short story collection.

Upcoming events (4+)

Classic HBC: Hellbound Heart & Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (Pub meeting)

N.B. this meeting will be held in person in The Prince of Wales pub near Covent Garden. There is also an online session held on Thursday if you are not in London or are not able to attend in person for any other reason.

This month's classic is the long awaited double bill of The Hellbound Heart and The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker. We first read these back in 2015, when The Scarlet Gospels was published.

The Hellbound Heart is the novella that inspired the 1987 film Hellraiser, and The Scarlet Gospels was it's long awaited sequel. The Hellbound Heart is only short (144 pages) but the influence on modern horror is enormous. Read this one first! It can be bought as a stand alone, or is included in some Barker anthology collections. The Scarlet Gospels is a full length novel (368 pages) and is famous among long time HBC attendees, having been raised in discussion many, many times over the years.

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb for Hellbound Heart:
"Clive Barker is widely acknowledged as the master of nerve-shattering horror. The Hellbound Heart is one of his best, one of the most dead-frightening stories you are likely to ever read, a story of the human heart and all the great terrors and ecstasies within. It was also the book behind the cult horror film, Hellraiser.
"In a quiet house on a quiet street Frank and Julia are having an affair. Not your ordinary affair. For Frank it began with his own insatiable sexual appetite, a mysterious lacquered box- and then an unhinged voyage through a netherworld of imaginable pleasures and unimaginable horror… Now Frank- or what is left of Frank -waits in an empty room. All he wants is to live as he was before. All Julia can do is bring him her unfulfilled passions…and a little flesh and blood…"

Here's the blurb for The Scarlet Gospels:
The gates to Hell are open and something beckons... The last of Earth's magicians are living in fear. A Cenobite Hell Priest known as Pinhead is killing them off, gorging on their knowledge to enhance his own magical powers as part of a quest to take over Hell. Meanwhile, Private Investigator Harry D' Amour is fulfilling the final wishes of the dead, who communicate with his business associate, the blind medium Norma Paine. But while investigating one such case, Harry inadvertently opens up a portal between Hell and Earth.
When Harry's nemesis Pinhead emerges through the portal, a vicious battle ensues. After failing to enlist Harry to pen his Scarlet Gospels - the epistles chronicling the Hell Priest's grand coup - Pinhead instead captures Norma. Harry realizes he must go through Hell - literally - to save her.

Classic HBC: Hellbound Heart & Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (Online meeting)

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N.B. this meeting is held online via Zoom. If you want to join us for the in-person discussion, it is held the day before (on Wednesday) in a central London pub.

This month's classic is the long awaited double bill: The Hellbound Heart and The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker. We first read these back in 2015, when The Scarlet Gospels was first published.

The Hellbound Heart is the novella that inspired the 1987 film Hellraiser, and The Scarlet Gospels was it's long awaited sequel. The Hellbound Heart is only short (144 pages) but the influence on modern horror is enormous. It can be bought as a stand alone, or is included in some Barker anthology collections. The Scarlet Gospels is a full length novel (368 pages) and is famous among long time HBC attendees, having been raised in discussion many, many times over the years.

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb for Hellbound Heart:
"Clive Barker is widely acknowledged as the master of nerve-shattering horror. The Hellbound Heart is one of his best, one of the most dead-frightening stories you are likely to ever read, a story of the human heart and all the great terrors and ecstasies within. It was also the book behind the cult horror film, Hellraiser.
"In a quiet house on a quiet street Frank and Julia are having an affair. Not your ordinary affair. For Frank it began with his own insatiable sexual appetite, a mysterious lacquered box- and then an unhinged voyage through a netherworld of imaginable pleasures and unimaginable horror… Now Frank- or what is left of Frank -waits in an empty room. All he wants is to live as he was before. All Julia can do is bring him her unfulfilled passions…and a little flesh and blood…"

Here's the blurb for The Scarlet Gospels:
The gates to Hell are open and something beckons... The last of Earth's magicians are living in fear. A Cenobite Hell Priest known as Pinhead is killing them off, gorging on their knowledge to enhance his own magical powers as part of a quest to take over Hell. Meanwhile, Private Investigator Harry D' Amour is fulfilling the final wishes of the dead, who communicate with his business associate, the blind medium Norma Paine. But while investigating one such case, Harry inadvertently opens up a portal between Hell and Earth.
When Harry's nemesis Pinhead emerges through the portal, a vicious battle ensues. After failing to enlist Harry to pen his Scarlet Gospels - the epistles chronicling the Hell Priest's grand coup - Pinhead instead captures Norma. Harry realizes he must go through Hell - literally - to save her.

Remina by Junji Ito [Pub meeting]

Prince of Wales

N.B. this meeting will be held in person in The Prince of Wales pub near Covent Garden. There is also an online session held on Thursday if you are not in London or are not able to attend in person for any other reason.

Junji Ito's horror manga has always proved popular with Horror Book Club so let's read some of his latest output! Be warned: things are about to get weird

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb from goodreads.com:
An unknown planet emerges from inside a wormhole, and its discoverer, Dr. Oguro, christens the celestial body "Remina" after his own daughter. His finding is met with great fanfare, and Remina herself rises to fame. However, the planet picks up speed as it moves along in its curious orbit, eliminating planets and stars one after another until finally Earth itself faces extinction… Is the girl Remina the true cause of the catastrophe? A masterwork of horror from Junji Ito, unfolding on a universal scale.

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Remina by Junji Ito [Online meeting]

Link visible for attendees

N.B. this meeting is held online via Zoom. If you want to join us for the in-person discussion, it is held the day before (on Wednesday) in a central London pub.

Junji Ito's horror manga has always proved popular with Horror Book Club so let's read some of his latest output! Be warned: things are about to get weird

Meeting starts at 7pm with drink breaks at 8 and 9. The discussion will end around 10pm but leave whenever you need to.

Here's the blurb from goodreads.com:
An unknown planet emerges from inside a wormhole, and its discoverer, Dr. Oguro, christens the celestial body "Remina" after his own daughter. His finding is met with great fanfare, and Remina herself rises to fame. However, the planet picks up speed as it moves along in its curious orbit, eliminating planets and stars one after another until finally Earth itself faces extinction… Is the girl Remina the true cause of the catastrophe? A masterwork of horror from Junji Ito, unfolding on a universal scale.

Past events (289)

Author Event: An evening with Anna Mazzola & Catriona Ward

Waterstones Trafalgar Square

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