of Metal and Flesh
- They were "the informed and fashionable." The two Cenobites that
were summoned by Jason's song ripped them apart and took them to Hell.
- Two Cenobites appeared in Jason's dreams and guided him through his musical
quest. They were "blue angels singing the songs of metal and flesh, wordless
and sublime." The taller Cenobite has an exposed brain, with wires holding
the skin to his clothes. His chest is pried open to show his organs. He has
spikes coming out of his shoulders and forearms. On his belt, he carries three
large butcher knives. The shorter Cenobite has no neck. The bottom of its
nose is hidden by his collar; only the top of his head shows. His eyes are
sewn shut. When Stephen finally played his piece, they arrived from Hell and
took Stephen, Jason, and the mutilated audience to Hell with them.
He told Jason's mother that Jason would never see again. Jason could sense
how the doctor was secretly attracted to his mother.
- "She sounded sweeter than running water through reeds. She smelled
more beautiful than meadows after spring rain. The taste of her shamed honey.
Touching her was like pressing your hand to the beaches of heaven." She
began sleeping with Jason, while seeing Stephen behind his back. She introduced
Jason to sadism while Stephen snuck into Jason's place and rigged his piano.
Stephen became famous after Jason's maiming and cheated on Deborah every chance
he could. Deborah eventually died of cancer.
- Marlowe, Mrs
- Jason's mother. She took him to the doctor in 1960. After the doctor told
her Jason would never see again, he "comforted" her in her pain.
- Marlowe, Jason
- A blind musical prodigy. He discovered a love for music at a young age.
He performed his own piano concertos for large audiences. He always felt that
he was not inventing music, but rather uncovering it's hidden patterns. The
more he uncovered, the more he wanted to uncover. He performed a concert on
the day he was accepted into the scholarship program at the academy. At the
academy, he met Deborah, with whom he slept with. He thought "the sounds
of her pleasure were the nearest song could come to those hidden melodies,
those mysterious harmonies that I knew circled somewhere between our world
and the next." He got even closer to this hidden song when Deborah tied
him up and sliced him with a knife. "The mixture of pain, pleasure and
secret agendas was the closest [he] got." When he returned home from
the experience, he mutilated his fingers on his rigged piano. Stephen had
placed razors in-between the keys while he and Deborah were playing. This
forced him to drop his concert career. He became a professor of ethno-musicology
at the academy and used this position to search for the hidden song. "The
Parisian lunatic, Gerard de Nerval... unlocked one door: 'Let us recompose
the dissonant scale and we will gain power in the world of spirits.'"
Jason decided that he had to move beyond study: "To unlock the puzzle,
[he] had to unlock [him]self." He embedded nails and razors in an old
door and crawled across it naked. This gave him the insight he needed and
he composed his piece. He arranged a concert, and asked Stephen to play the
piece. He had the orchestra practice with "related pieces." When
Stephen played his song, the gate to Hell was opened. Two Cenobites arrived
and took Jason, Stephen, and the entire audience to Hell. In Hell, Jason was
made to see, but his senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, and his ability
to move were taken away.
- Middleton, Stephen
- The second best piano player at the academy. He was sleeping with Deborah
behind Jason's back. He was extremely jealous of Jason; "His envious
hatred swam in the air around him each time [he and Jason] spoke, despite
his friendly words." While Jason and Deborah had sex, he snuck into Jason's
apartment and planted razors in-between the keys of his piano. After Jason's
maiming, "Stephen got glamour. The tours. The recordings. He betrayed
Deborah in every town he performed in." After Jason composed his Hell-song,
Stephen was chosen to play it. Upon hitting the first notes of the piece,
Hell's chains ripped him to pieces and he was taken to Hell. In Hell, he became
an instrument of the Cenobites.
- The Academy
- Where Jason furthered his musical training. He was accepted into their scholarship
program. The mutilation of his fingers lead him on a path to becoming a professor
of ethno-musicology here. He used the academy's libraries to do research for
the hidden song.
- Concert Hall
- Where Stephen played Jason's Song and summoned the Cenobites.
- Doctor's Office
- Where Jason was diagnosed as blind, and where he sensed the doctor's desire
for his mother despite his lack of sight.
- The department at the academy in which Jason became a professor.
- Piano, Jason's
- Stephen secretly planted razors in-between the keys. Jason mutilated the
fingers of his right hand when he tried to play the piano.
- Related Pieces
- Jason made the Orchestra rehearse with these.
- Song, Jason's
- The result of a decade of research. This song, when played by an orchestra
and piano, opens the door to Hell.
||Jason Marlowe diagnosed blind.
Jason Marlowe gives a concert upon his acceptance into the scholarship
program at the academy. Jason becomes involved with Deborah.
Deborah and Stephen plot behind his back. Stephen plants
razors in Jason's piano. Jason becomes mutilated.
Deborah dies of cancer.
|| Jason solves the puzzle
and writes a symphony. He has Stephen play it. Jason, Stephen
and the entire audience are taken to Hell.
Clive Barker's Hellraiser, Book 3: "Songs of Metal
and Flesh" by Peter Atkins, Dave Dorman, Lurene Haines & Phil Felix
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