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Matt McGloin

Hellraiser goes Boom! Download the Prelude - right here!


The new Hellraiser comic book from Clive Barker and Boom! Studios hits comic shops everywhere today.

To celebrate this special occassion, Boom! Studios has provided a free downloadable Hellraiser prelude comic which you can get right here at Cosmic Book News.

The prelude is an all new, eight page story from Clive Barker!

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Hellraiser Prelude (pdf)


"At the Tolling of a Bell"

Written by: Clive Barker with Christopher Monfette
Art by: Leonardo Manco
Colors by: Juan Manuel Tumbrú
Lettering by: Johnny Lowe
Cover by: Tim Bradstreet
Edited by: Ian Brill
Published by: BOOM! Studios

Suggested for Mature Readers

WELCOME TO THE HELLRAISER COMIC SERIES! Not a preview. Not an excerpt. What you are reading is an all new, all original eight-page prelude to Clive Barker’s new ongoing HELLRAISER series. Only a taste of things to come! March 23rd sees the debut first issue of the monthly ongoing HELLRAISER comic series, written by master of horror Clive Barker! Haven’t been a regular comics reader for a while? New to the world of comics? Not a problem. BOOM! Studios makes it easy for you to get on board with this series and follow Clive Barker’s evolution of Pinhead with this self-contained prelude story that you can download, read, and share! Then make sure you get the first issue at your local comic shop!

We hope that you will join Clive Barker as he returns to his signature creation for a new saga of…HELLRAISER! HELL HAS COME HOME!


In addition, Boom! Studios has provided a first look at Hellraiser #1 with the following preview:

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"Pursuit of the Flesh: Part One"

Written by: Clive Barker with Christopher Monfette
Art by: Leonardo Manco
Colors by: Charlie Kirchoff
Lettering by: Travis Lanham
Cover A by: Tim Bradstreet
Cover B by: Nick Percival
Cover C by: Clive Barker
Larry's Comics Cover by: Tim Bradstreet
New Dimension Comics Cover by: Nick Percival
Edited by: Ian Brill
Published by: BOOM! Studios

Suggested for Mature Readers

40 PAGES, FC, $3.99

One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker's long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series' official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites... and Pinhead! So prepare your soul for an epic journey into horror from one of the medium's greatest voices, and starring one of the medium's greatest characters, in an unforgettable new chapter of HELLRAISER. BONUS: this epic 40-page first issue features a 10-page backup story written by the co-writer and co-director of THE MATRIX trilogy, Larry Wachowski!

Featuring covers from legendary artist Tim Bradstreet and LEGENDS: THE ENCHANTED artist Nick Percival. Special limited editon "C" cover by Clive Barker himself.

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March 23, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - Today at comic book shops worldwide one of the genre's most celebrated franchises returns with Clive Barker ushering in a new vision of Hell in the all-new ongoing HELLRAISER comic book series! BOOM! Studios celebrates this launch with an all-new, all-original “PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1” PDF available for download FREE from your favorite horror and comic book news sites — both written by Clive Barker himself.

That's right, to kick off the release of HELLRAISER #1 — available in comic shops across the nation today — Clive Barker and BOOM! Studios is making available for download an absolutely free, all-new, all-original “PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1” to whet your appetite for the insidious horrors of HELLRAISER #1. So head on over to your favorite horror or comic book news site to get the “PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1” and check it out. After you’re done reading, spread the word, and share the PDF by emailing, tweeting, facebooking, and torrenting as much as humanly possible. Help us evangelize the new series to all those horror fans, Hellraiser fans, and Barker fans that may not know about the comic or haven’t ever been exposed to comics.

“This is an unprecedented chance to spread the word of comic books,” said BOOM! Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie, “with one of the biggest authors and with one of his signature creations. Non-comic book fans, lapsed comic book fans, and horror aficionados who don’t go into comic book stores will all be excited and interested in this. And we are calling on the fans to get the word out to them. Send this via Facebook, Twitter, torrents, and e-mails to everyone in your life that you think would dig this, and let’s increase the overall pool of people worldwide who read comic books! I can’t think of an easier way to share this great comic. They don’t call it Portable Document File for nothing!”

The biggest and the best comics and horror sites have joined BOOM! to launch this franchise classic with its original founding father, Barker himself. BOOM! will be updating its Twitter account with locations where you can download this must-have Hellraiser essential! Search the hashtag #HellraiserPrelude to suss out participating sites!

BOOM! Studios has made it easier than ever to join Clive Barker, who along with writing partner Christopher Monfette and HELLBLAZER artist Leonardo Manco, serve up a masterfully chilling trip through Hell and bring fresh nightmares to new and old fans alike.

This new comic book series marks only the third time Barker has written the character: first in the original novella THE HELLBOUND HEART, second in the original seminal horror classic HELLRAISER film.

“With all the tremendous work and effort poured into the HELLRAISER comic series, we're confident that the second readers feast their eyes on those first pages they'll be clamoring for more,” says Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Whether you're a regular comics reader or not, HELLRAISER and Clive Barker are unmistakable names in horror, and if you read the free PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 I'm sure you'll agree HELLRAISER is a series worth picking up!”

“Have you ever heard of an offer like this from any comic publisher ever? I think not,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “We know how die-hard HELLRAISER fans are and to show them we mean business we're offering this fantastic PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 ready to download free! Are we crazy!? No, just BOOM! Studios.”

Visit your favorite horror and comic news websites to download your free copy of the all-original PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1, then run to your local comic shop to pick up your copy of HELLRAISER #1!

HELLRAISER #1 and the PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 PDF are written by Clive Barker and Cristopher Monfette with art by the sensational Leonardo Manco (HELLBLAZER). HELLRAISER #1 is a 40 page giant with a back-up story by Larry Wachowski (THE MATRIX) and Marc Pacella and ships with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival respectively, as well as a very special 1-in-50 incentive cover drawn and signed by legendary master of horror Clive Barker himself! This title is suggested for Mature Readers.

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About BOOM! Studios
With back-to-back 2009 and 2010 "Best Publisher" awards, BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Lee's SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox's PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company's FARSCAPE. BOOM!'s recently rebranded all-ages imprint KABOOM! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge's SNARKED!, Scholastic's WORD GIRL and DUCK TALES, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES.