"There is but one all pervading knowledge man has, one constant known by one and all: Suffering! And that is my stock, for which you will now trade."
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"The Canons of Pain"
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Clive Barker's Hellraiser
Title: "The Canons of Pain"
Volume: 1
number: 1
Cover date: March, 1989
Cover price: $4.95
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Credits
Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Executive editor: Carl Potts
Writers: Erik Saltzgaber; Sholly Fisch; Jan Strnad; Ted McKeever
Pencilers: John Bolton; Dan Spiegle; Bernie Wrightson; Ted McKeever
Inkers: John Bolton; Dan Spiegle; Bernie Wrightson; Ted McKeever
Cover artists: John Bolton
Cover inker: John Bolton
Cover colorist: John Bolton
Colorists: John Bolton; Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh; Bill Wray; Ted McKeever
Letterers: Bill Oakley; Michael Heisler; Ted McKeever
Editors: Daniel Chichester
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Clive Barker's Hellraiser #1 is the premiere issue of the ongoing Clive Barker's Hellraiser comic book series (alternatively known simply as Hellraiser). The series was published by Marvel Comics under their Epic Comics imprint. The series was published on a quarterly release schedule and was formatted in squarebound bookshelf edition with a cover price of $4.95 per copy. Each issue of the series was 68 pages in length. Issue #1 contained four stories by various artists: "The Canons of Pain", "Dead Man's Hand", "The Warm Red" and "Dance of the Fetus".

"The Canons of Pain"[edit | edit source]

In the kingdom of Carillion in France during the 14th century, Lord Carillion goes off on a Holy Crusade, leaving his wife, Lady Carillion back at the family castle to tend to affairs of state. She is assisted by Monseigneur Robitaille. While the Lord is away, Monseigneur Robitaille warns Lady Carillion of a disturbing dream, and fears that her husband will bring back something evil from the Crusades.

After vanquishing the last of the Pagans, Lord Carillion marches into a temple where he expects to find God's treasures. Instead, all he discovers is an ornate puzzle box. Confused and disheartened, he declares an end to the Crusades. He brings it home and presents it to his wife. The Lord cannot divine its meaning, and his lack of understanding causes him to grow despondent.

Lady Carillion takes it upon herself to study the box, and believes that she can use it to do God's work in her husband's name. She solves the mystery of the puzzle, and summons a demon, whom she believes to be Satan. Rather, it is a Cenobite, who is a accompanied by a Hell Hound. Her efforts to vanquish the creature fails and the Cenobite summons metal spikes, which impale her husband. Monseigneur Robitaille and Lady Carillion dispel the Cenobite, but this is only a temporary respite from madness.

In the weeks following her husband's death, Lady Carillion and Monseigneur Robitaille combat evil wherever it arises. They prepare themselves to once again summon "Satan", so that they can vanquish him once and for all. The Cenobite appears, but once again, the case of mistaken identity catches them off-guard. The Cenobite summons more spikes, which impales the Monseigneur. He then offers Lady Carillion a choice as to who his next victim will be.

Lady Carillion suddenly awakens in her room as if the entire affair had been some sort of nightmare. She is pregnant with the late Lord's child and eventually gives birth. The baby is born with the same birthmark as his father, and is fated to walk a dark road for the rest of its life.

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  • Castle Carillion

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  • Carver's Creek

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