A woman is placed in a convent against her will and fantasizes about power, domination, sensuality and freedom — all the things that are forbidden to her. She finds a key to the Schism that can bring forth the Order of the Gash and she fearlessly summons the Cenobites, who are astounded at her willingness to trade her humanity for infernal, eternal sensation.
How did you get involved with writing this short story for Hellbound Hearts?
Iād met Paul Kane through his interviews with me for his book, āThe Hellraiser Films and Their Legacyā. He invited me to a British Fantasy Society get-together and I met Marie OāRegan there. They invited me to submit a story, and I have to admit, I was a bit dubious, because my field of expertise in writing is really crime, not horror, but one night āSister Ciliceā popped into my head and that was it. I think it took me a week to write and edit the story.
Iām hearing all kind of great things about your story. What kind of writing background do you have?
Well, Iāve been writing stories for many years now and Iāve finished a novel entitled āThe Venus Complexā, which is still looking for a publisher to understand it. Itās a fictionalized journal of a man who makes the decision to lose control and become a serial killer. But itās also a very angry, sexy, funny book. My tagline is: āEnter into Michael’s world through the pages of his personal journal, where every diseased thought, disturbing dream, politically incorrect rant and sexually explicit murder highlights his journey from zero to psycho.ā
Hereās a link to more info about āThe Venus Complexā, including a review of the book by Paul Kane, the editor of āHellbound Heartsā:
Iāve also written the scripts for most of the TV shows that Iāve presented over the years: āThe American Hot 100ā, āMusic Boxā, āHold Tightā, āThe Small Screenā, āThe Gigā, etc.
What inspired you to write Sister Cilice?
Paul suggested that I might want to explore the world of the Cenobites from a feminine perspective. After all, the Lead Cenobite in Clive Barkerās novella, āThe Hellbound Heartā, (the basis for all the Hellraiser films) was female. Since we had to use the novella as source material, rather than the films, it was fascinating to re-read āThe Hellbound Heartā again. So simple, yet so complex . . . and beautifully written as well.
Are you planning on writing anything else?
At the moment, Iām working on an erotic vampire novel. There does seem to be a mountain of vampire stuff out there at the moment, but my story has a very different take on the subject.
What other short stories from Hellbound Hearts should we look forward too?
Can you believe it, I havenāt had a chance to read all of the stories yet as Iāve only just received a copy of the book. So far, I loved the Pete Atkins story āPrisoners of the Infernoā and my fellow Cenobite Nicholas Vinceās story, āDemonās Designā. Iām really looking forward to reading the rest of the stories soon.
Do you ever see any of your old Hellraiser Hellbound co-stars?
We periodically meet up at horror conventions and we always have a great time together.
What is your fondest memory from back when you made Hellraiser Hellbound?
Well, my fondest memories have to be meeting Doug, Simon, Nicko, Ken, Ashley and Clare. (Although I spent much more time with my fellow Cenobites because of the make-up and costume preparation.) The make-up and costume crew were fantastic . . . funny and very patient. And of course, meeting Pete Atkins and Clive was pretty cool, as well.
The actual filming process was pretty exhausting, because we had very early calls for make-up and costume, then we had to wait around for hours, then sporadic bits of filming, then taking off the make-up took an hour, then the next day . . . it all started again! But it was fun to be part of such an extraordinary project.
Why do you think the Cenobites have remained so popular with fans through the years?
Clive created characters that were very intriguing, unique, powerful, sexy, mysterious and deeply disturbing. I think thatās why the Cenobites have stuck in peopleās memories and why theyāve frightened a generation of horror fans over the years.
Are there any current works of horror that impress you?
I must admit, Iām a big fan of older horror films like:
The Thing (Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks 1952)
Invaders from Mars (William Cameron Menzies 1953)
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel 1956) Kevin McCarthy
The Horror of Dracula (1958) Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing
Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur 1958) Dana Andrews
The Innocents (1961) ā this one is a personal favorite of Doug Bradley as well and it starred Deborah Kerr. Itās one of those films that prove subtlety and imagination can be ten times more terrifying than loud noises or things that go bump in the night.
The Haunting (Robert Wise 1963) Clare Bloom, Julie Harris (from a Shirley Jackson story)
The Exorcist (William Friedkin 1973) and The Exorcist III (1990)
Donāt Look Now (Nicholas Roeg 1973)
Of course, the original Halloween (Carpenter 1978) was brilliant.
I find organic Sci-fi horror very effective
Alien is a prime example (Ridley Scott 1979)
The Thing (Carpenter 1982)
Predator (John McTiernan 1987)
My favorite serial killer horror films:
Psycho (Hitchcock 1960)
Se7en (David Fincher 1995)
And my favorite Hellraiser film is the original (1987)
More recent films that Iāve enjoyed are:
Audition (āOdishonā Takashi Miike 1999)
The Ring (Gore Verbinski 2003) Naomi Watts
Night Watch (āNochnoy dozorā) (2004)
Constantine (Francis (I Am Legend) Lawrence 2005)