Monday, April 2, 2012
Hell, And How To Get There
Here's a thought that occurred to me, and I thought I'd pass it along. This is an early drawing by author Clive Barker of the character who later became known as Pinhead. Horror fans may recognize the name from the Hellraiser series of movies. Pinhead, the only name he's ever identified by in the films, is a Cenobite. The word's origins refer to a member of a religious order- more commonly a monk of some stripe. The movie version is above him, played by Doug Bradley. I found him to be an interesting character, coming across as very articulate, intelligent and urbane, yet at the same time immensely powerful and completely soulless. The movies inform us that he lives (so to speak) in Hell, where he can be called by solving a puzzle box. The box was at one point enchanted to act as a gateway to his level of existence, and so the box has been sought throughout its history as a means of summoning these beings by those people so jaded and tired of a life of decadence that they are desperate enough for some new thrill to seek him out, and he's only too willing to take these people to their logical conclusion- destroying themselves with their own desires.