Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday - Hellraiser: The Toll by Mark Alan Miller

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, originally hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Since Jill is no longer hosting it, I'm joining Can’t Wait Wednesday movement over at Wishful Endings.

Hellraiser: The Toll by Mark Alan Miller
Expected publication: February 28, 2018 by Subterranean Press

Hellraiser: The Toll tells the story of what happened between Clive Barker’s iconic works The Hellbound Heart and its follow up, The Scarlet Gospels.

Thirty years after Kirsty Cotton escaped from the clutches of the Hell Priest, Pinhead, and lived to fight another day, her life has never been the same. Every few years she fashions a new name, a new identity, and a new home for herself; She is a woman who is running from her past at all costs, which is why it comes as such a surprise when she receives a mysterious letter in the mail, addressed to the woman she’s been running from over half her life.

Answering the letter’s query, she begins a descent down a rabbit hole to the ultimate confrontation. Her actions stir something unnamable in the ether, and throw her into a game where nothing—not even what she sees in front of her very eyes—can be trusted.

With equal parts economy and eloquence, author Mark Alan Miller brings to life the beginning of the end as The Toll expands the Hellraiser universe, and shows that before Harry D’Amour’s adventures in The Scarlet Gospels, there was a first witness to Pinhead’s infernal plan.

Although it's only 96 pages, it's a new Hellraiser novella with a story and illustrations by Barker himself, written by Miller, who has definite history with Barker's works, most recently with Clive Barker's Next Testament: A novel (which I am still pining for).


  1. Interesting that Barker isn't writing this. But it sounds really good! Especially since there are illustrations.

    1. He's too consumed with writing and illustrating his Abarat universe. I wish he'd wrap that up and get back to the dark, erotic, mind-blowing stuff.

  2. I have an ARC of this, but when I got it, I couldn't find any info on it at all. Thanks for confirming that it's related to Barker's Hellraiser universe! I thought it might be based on the title, but like I said, I literally found nothing in my research. Now my interest is definitely piqued.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. How the heck did you get an ARC? LOL

      I clicked the 'Wish for it' button in NetGalley, but that's as close as I've gotten.

  3. I'm surprised that they haven't done a film revamp of Hellraiser by now...could be fun with all the special effects available now.

    1. Barker wrote a reboot, but Dimension Films chose to do another sequel instead (with none of the original cast). It looks awful.