Sherlock Holmes Vs Cenobites in Clive Barker-Sanctioned Hellraiser Novel

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SERVANTS OF HELL COVERNext year is set to witness the bloodiest and weirdest Sherlock Holmes tale ever as the Great Detective crosses over into Clive Barker’s Hellraiser universe in a bizarre new novel, Sherlock Holmes And The Servants Of Hell.

Set to be published by Solaris, Sherlock Holmes And The Servants Of Hell is written by Paul Kane, a best-selling novelist also noted for being an expert on all thing Clive Barker (he’s the author of The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy). Cenobites are promised but no news yet on wether Pinhead will be making an appearance. And the whole enterprise has the blessing of Clive Barker, if not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish – as the person in question vanished from a locked room – and something to occupy him other than testing the limits of his mind and body. But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers and known only as “The Order of the Gash”.

As more and more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover as he finds himself face to face not only with those followers who do the Order’s bidding on Earth, but those who serve it in Hell: the Cenobites…

Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver commented on the signing: “The world’s greatest detective meets horror’s greatest icons, what more could you want? Paul has been a significant voice on the horror scene for a while now and he’s steeped in Clive Barker’s hellbound mythos. That we now have the chance to pit Holmes against a world he could never have imagined is very exciting indeed. This promises to be a journey into hell, pitting two great masters against each other. With the blessing of Clive Barker, we’re so excited for Paul Kane to take Holmes deep into the Hellraising mythos.”

Paul Kane said: “I’m incredibly excited – if also more than a little daunted – by the prospect of this book. It’s only the third long-form fiction featuring elements from Clive’s Hellraising universe, coming after The Hellbound Heart and this year’s massively successful The Scarlet Gospels, and the first time Holmes has ever encountered the mythology. Readers can expect a very different kind of Holmes book, and a very different kind of novel featuring Hell and its famous Servants.”

Sherlock Holmes And The Servants Of Hell by Paul Kane will be published by Solaris in July 2016.

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