Nicholas Vince, a.k.a. The Chattering Cenobite, drops by to tell us a little about his contribution to The Demonologia Biblica.
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When Dean Drinkel, the editor of The Demonologia Biblica, asked me to write the last story in the collection, I reached for my copy of Dictionary of Demons. That gave me quite a few choices under ‘Z’. I chose Zizuph, “the genius of mysteries.” He sounded fun as I wanted to write a murder mystery.
I also watched the True Horror With Anthony Head programme on Demons. If you have a chance to watch this documentary, then I recommend it as a very intelligent look at the history of Beelzebub and the role of exorcism in the 21st Century.
The story starts on a cold day in Hell.
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Nicholas Vince played The Chattering Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound. He also played Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed, which has found a new audience through ‘The Cabal Cut’; a restoration version much closer to Barker’s original vision for the film, due for release on DVD and Blu-ray later this year.
After working on the movies, he contributed stories to the Hellraiser and Nightbreed comics published by Marvel. His short stories and articles appeared in ‘Fear’ and ‘Skeleton Crew’ magazines, and for the latter he created the series of interviews ‘The Luggage in the Crypt’. This featured interviews with Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale and Clive Barker. His story ‘Demon’s Design’ appeared in the ‘Hellbound Hearts’ anthology.
Of his recent collection of short stories ‘What Monsters Do’, zombie hamster.com said:
“… a range of stories which will delight, disgust and terrify. An erudite, charming and brutal examination of relationships, obsession and ghastliness,…”
He’s currently working on another volume of short stories, ‘Other People’s Darkness and Other Stories’.