"The Hellbound Heart" is a horror novella by Clive Barker, first published in November 1986 by Dark Harvest in the third volume in its "Night Visions" anthology series. The story features a hedonist criminal acquiring a mystical puzzle box, the Lemarchand Configuration, which can be used to summon the Cenobites, demonic beings who do not distinguish between pain and pleasure. He escapes the Cenobites and, with help, resorts to murder to restore himself to full life. Later on, the puzzle box is found by another. Along with introducing Barker's Cenobites, the story was the basis for the 1987 film "Hellraiser" (written and directed by Barker) and its franchise.

Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English playwright, author, film director, and visual artist. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories, the "Books of Blood", which established him as a leading horror writer. He has since written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into films, notably the "Hellraiser" series, the first installment of which he also wrote and directed, and the "Candyman" series. Barker also serves as an executive producer on the film "Gods and Monsters", which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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