Hellraiser: Beyond Elysium (Info)

AUTHOR: AnonGrimm = AnonGrimm@msn.com (@MET_Fic)

Status: Complete

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CATEGORY: Horror, Angst, & Erotica (Hetero and FemSlash).

PAIRINGS: Pinhead/Kirsty Cotton, Joanne Summerskill/OC, Kirsty Cotton/OC, Kirsty Cotton/Elliott Spenser

RATING: NC-17 for “foul” language, graphic sex (which might get pretty weird), some dubious consent sex, extreme violence, and gore. Lots of “abuse of a corpse” stuff.

WARNING: Hellraiser movies are among the goriest in the horror genre. If you are unfamiliar with the movies and not into gore, you may want to read this with caution. If you’re a fan of both, dig in – either way, I hope you find it entertaining.

SUMMARY: Pinhead takes a madman of the Lemarchand bloodline who solves the box. The young man’s kidnapped sister, with a drawing of the Elysium Configuration and plans for its construction tattooed on her back, is left behind. The child thinks Pinhead has saved her. Pinhead takes her with him to Hell – to learn about the tattoo. His inner conflict grows and the part of him that remains human names the child Lenore, meaning ‘light’. In time, Pinhead returns her to the world, into the care of the one human who holds his fascination: Kirsty Cotton. Lenore has a mission but she is also unknowing bait to lure Kirsty back to Hell. Yet Kirsty has recently met a woman named Joanne Summerskill, who might be pivotal in helping her stop Pinhead’s plans.

TIMELINE: This story takes place after the events of the sixth movie, Hellraiser: Hellseeker. Characters will at times make references to earlier films in the series, as well as to events/situations/characters from the comics. Several characters from the comics appear in this fic. The name Pinhead calls himself in this story, Xipe Totec, is a name he has in the comics. It comes from an Aztec life-death-rebirth deity, also called the Flayed God.

NOTES: Pinhead is the leader of the Cenobites, the Order of the Gash, who are among the most powerful servants in Hell. Solving the puzzle box, the Lament Configuration, calls the Cenobites forth to take a soul to Hell for eternal torment. Many people have mistakenly assumed the box would give them otherworldly pleasures, when all other diversions in the world have become meaningless. Elliott Spenser, the man who became Pinhead, once opened the box under that mistaken belief, following his service as a captain in the British Army in WWI.

The ‘Hell’ in this story is the Labyrinth, as envisioned by Clive Barker. This story clings to his mythology also, from book, films, and comics. This story deals rather heavily with some hellish concepts, literally and figuratively. In addition, the ‘monster’ is the hero of this tale. To quote the enigmatic and charming Mr. Doug Bradley, “As the movie went on, I felt less and less that Pinhead was the monster, that really the humans were the monsters. And for me, Pinhead felt more like a referee, a kind of demonic, impartial judge.” In that spirit, I present this tale.

DISCLAIMER: None of this is real, it didn’t happen. The characters (except for Lenore and her family), locations, situations, terminology and history involved here, I am borrowing from Clive Barker and the creators of the Hellraiser movies and comics. The cover art is from one of the comics, the artist is John Bolton, with my story titles added by my wonderful husband. No disrespect is meant to their work. No money has or will be made with this, unless Clive Barker calls me about making it into a screenplay.

FEEDBACK: I would love to hear from you in a comment if you enjoy the story. If you have any questions in your comment, I will respond as soon as I can here or via email or tweet. Thanks!  – AnonGrimm  (@MET_Fic)

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Table of Contents

  1. Torment
  2. The Tolling Bell
  3. Lenore
  4. The Labyrinth
  5. Kirsty
  6. Daughter of Hell
  7. Bloodline
  8. Dichotomy
  9. Cloven Destiny
  10. Flesh, Hunger, and Desire
  11. Different Paths
  12. Elysium
  13. Lessons
  14. Windows of the Mind
  15. Humanity’s Refrain
  16. The Further Reaches of Experience
  17. Blood Ties
  18. Choices
  19. The Black Pope of Hell
  20. Song of Leviathan
  21. Time to Play
  22. Canvas of Flesh
  23. Our Lady of Suffering
  24. Endings and Beginnings