Tortured Souls is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary "first city" known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.
Lurking at the edges of this extravagant tale is the ancient entity known as "Agonistes", who accepts the pleas of selected "Supplicants" - transforming them, through a combination of art, magic, and pain, into avatars of violence and revenge.
The story begins when a freelance assassin named Zarles Krieger commits a routine murder-for-hire. This act will lead him to two life-altering encounters: one with the daughter of his victim, the other with Agonistes himself. This conjunction of the human and the inhuman stands at the center of this instantly absorbing creation.
With great authority and equally great economy, Tortured Souls expands to become a portrait of Primordium itself, with its hierarchies, its hidden mysteries, its shifting power structure, and - most significantly - its indelible cast of characters. A perfectly controlled example of what Barker calls "The Fantastique", Tortured Souls is something truly special, a story whose imaginative reach and sheer narrative power are evident with every word.
©2014 Clive Barker Ink (P)2015 David N. Wilson
This story has links to Clive's other written works,however maintains primordiam as a very unique world
You should like this if your a barker fan from way back to the wonderful books of blood stories.
"Fresh and Fascinating"
Much as is his fashion, Barker manages to weave an intricate tale in a very rich world in a very short number of pages. What began life as the back story to a collectible figure line, is now another haunting story in Clive Barker's universe!
"very clean well executed horror"
outstanding, very detailed and telling for a fast pace, the work of a talented writer that's been at it for a while
It OK I was hoping there be more action more horror. But feels more like hour and half teaser.
"Fabulous Delivery - Not My Usual Genre"
It wasn't my most enjoyable book, but it wasn't the worst. To be fair, this is not my usual genre for a reason, but Peter Bishop could read the phone book and I'd listen to it.
I have friends who love this genre and I'd tell them to put it at the top of their list.
Peter Bishop has a great voice and a fabulous delivery. He's narrated other books that I liked better, just because the story was more up my alley, but his delivery and performance is consistently excellent.
"Barker at his best"
Based on a toyline, the story is dark, yet not horrifying. A short story with a great reader, whose voice helps to bring out the darkness of the tale.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.