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The Devil and Clive Barker
Faustian bargains and gothic filigree
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Clive Barker's works frequently invoke fundamental elements in the gothic tradition. To reveal Barker's invocation of fundamentally gothic conventions, this chapter uncovers the gothic excesses in his early and seminal novel(la)s. They are The Damnation Game , The Hellbound Heart, The Thief of Always, and more recent novels Coldheart Canyon and The Scarlet Gospels, each of which are indebted to the Faustian pact. The Faustian pact is a key strategy for Barker to explore the corrupting nature of desire and the twisted path towards the sublime. Barker frequently entwines the invocation of the infernal with the desire for immortality, a pact with the damned that confers humanity's deepest wishes, all the while revelling in its nightmarish and often visceral consequences. Barker's novels, The Scarlet Gospels, continues in the vein of voyeurism and witnessing miracles beyond the call of human understanding.

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