- Adams, John William
- (1879-1913) A "minor symbolist poet" and author of only one book:
Songs of Metal and Flesh. He dedicated this volume to his lover, Sissy.
He was involved with a "radical off-shoot of the Order of The Golden
Dawn" named the Brethren of the Sundered Body.
- Bloodstone, Richard "Rick"
- (1955-1992) "Was born in Hackney (a district of London, England) in
1955" or in Cornwall in his Great-Aunt Sissy's house. His mother abandoned
him at the age of 5 and he was raised by Sissy. She died of cancer when he
was 14. He didn't see his mother again until he was 19. When she asked him
not to see her again for fear that an illegitatme son would harm her husband's
political career, he sold his story to "The News of the World" for
£10000. He used this money to travel to America on the QE2. On the ship,
the only thing he had to read was Sissy's copy of Songs of Metal and Flesh.
His favorite poem from the volume was a sonnet named Orchid For a Dishonoured
Prince. Once in America, he discovered that he loved bartending, concluding
that it was "very honest. People stated their needs. You satisfied them.
They rewarded you." He shot his father in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He eventually
ended up in New York's Boiler Room, bartending for JP Monroe.
- Channard, Dr. Phillip
- Doc's court-appointed psychiatrist. He kept the police photographs of the
Penman murder in his private files.
- Cooper, John
- (?-1987) Rick's father. A Canadian seaman who inpregnanted a chorus girl
while on leave in London. He was shot three times through the left eye by
his son, while enjoying a beer in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
- Edwards, Natalie
- See Flora Pender.
- The Fan
- He paid See-Dee $100 to introduce him to Slither. After taking drug with
Slither and Lamia, the three of them participated in some S&M play while
listening to Slither's newest album. The Fan was tied to a bed, sliced open
in various parts of his body, and had candles placed in the wounds.
- Fisher, Daniel Erwin "Doc"
- (?-1992) He "had two formative experiences as a boy: seeing Shane
at his local drive-in and being given an 8mm movie camera by his uncle Mort."
Worked at Channel 8 in New York as a cameraman. He was hired by Penman to
film the invocation to summon the Power. He left his camera recording the
invocation, but slept in his own apartment. When he returned in the morning,
he found Penman and his five guests "spread them over the walls and ceiling
like lumpy and steaming puree." He was insitutionalized for three weeks
from the shock of the sight. Aftwards, he claimed to have completely forgotten
- Fisher, Ray
- Doc's father. He was "killed in a drunk-driving accident when Doc was
three years old."
- Hammerstein, Jimmy "See-Dee"
- (1967-1992) DJ at the Boiler Room. "The kids loved him both for his
impeccable sense of dance floor zeitgesit and for the ease with which he could
obtain whatever their drug-of-choice might be." He introduced the Fan
to Slither after the Fan paid him $100. He accidentally observed the Fan,
Slither and Lamia engaging in S&M.
- He Who Dwells In The Deep
- See The Power.
Slither's girlfriend. After taking drug with the Fan and Slither, the three
of them participated in some S&M play while listening to Slither's newest
- Pender, Flora
- Also: Natalie Edwards, Natalie Silver
(1936-?) Rick's mother. A chorus girl, she was forced to quit her job when
she became pregnant at the age of 19. She moved in with her grandmother's
sister Sissy. She abandoned Bloodstone there in 1961. She married a Member
of Parliment. She met Richard again in 1974, and asked that he not see her
again, fearing that an illegitamate son would damage her husband's career.
- Penman, Woodrow, III
- (1914-1977) "Inheritor of a vast family fortune." "A lifelong
bibliophile, Penman had for the last seven years specialised in collecting
obscure works of an occult nature." In the writings of John William Adams
and the papers of the Brethren of the Sundered Body, he discovered an inovation
to summon the Power. He hired Doc to film the event. Doc left his camera recording.
He did so in front of five guests and they were "spread them over the
walls and ceiling like lumpy and steaming puree."
- The Power
- Also: He Who Dwells In The Deep
What Penman wanted to summon. He discovered an invocation in the writings
of John William Adams and the papers of the Brethren of the Sundered Body.
More than likely, these were other names for the Cenobite Pinhead. When Penman
summoned the Power in front of five guests, it "spread them over the
walls and ceiling like lumpy and steaming puree."
- Silver, Natalie
- See Flora Pender.
- Great-Aunt Sissy
- (?-1969) Flora's maternal grandmother's sister. "A lapsed bohemian,
[she] was the only relative who had whole-heartedly supported Flora's choice
of career." "She had outlived two thoroughly respectable husbands
and, childless, had inherited the cottage from her second." After quitting
the chorus, Flora moved in with Sissy. Sissy delivered Rick
and took care of him when his mother fled. She died of cancer in 1969.
- Lead-guitarist for Thanatos and friend of See-Dee. After taking drug with
the Fan and Lamia, the three of them participated in some S&M play while
listening to Slither's newest album.
- The Boiler Room
- A club in New York own by JP Monroe. Rick was the bartender at the main
bar and See-Dee was the DJ.
- Cornwall, England
- One possible birth location for Richard Bloodstone. Home of Great-Aunt Sissy.
- Hackney, London, England
- One possible birth location for Richard Bloodstone. Where John Cooper seduced
- Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
- Where John Cooper was killed by his own son.
- New York, New York
- Home of the Boiler Room and Channel 8.
- Arthur Machen - A E Waite Correspondence
Contained a postscript that caught Penman's eye: "I see MA's capers with
our misguided brethren have lost him Fleet street's favour. What flesh will
sing his songs now?" This confirmed to Penman that the JWA mentioned
in the Brethren of the Sundered Body was, in fact, the poet John William Adams.
- The Brethren of the Sundered Body
- A radical off-shoot of the Order of the Golden Dawn formed by A E Waite.
John William Adams was a member. Public knowledge of his membership caused
- Invocation to a Power
- "By careful cross-referencing of clues, portents, and hidden instructions
in the Brethren [of the Sundered Body's] papers with certain lines from certain
poems in Adam's [Songs of Metal and Flesh], [Penman] was convinced
that he had unearthed a buried invocation to a Power." Penman used this
invocation in front of five guests. The summoned Power slaughtered them all.
Part of it made it into Slither's lyrics for his new album Orphans of Ecstacy,
Children of Fire, which were borrowed from the poem of the same name in
Songs of Metal and Flesh.
- Orchid For a Dishonoured Prince
- Rick's favorite poem from Songs of Metal and Flesh. It was an unrhymed
sonnet whose closing sextet was:
The room is dimmer now. The thirteenth comes.
The philosophic stone is steeped to blood.
The petals of the black rose port like wounds.
And razor tongues within sing slow pavanes.
Now strikes the filial hand (unholy joy!)
And scarlet rivers ease the pain of years.
- Order of the Golden Dawn
An occultist group. John William Adams was involved with the radical off-shoot
The Brethren of the Sundered Body.
- Orphans of Ecstacy, Children of Fire
- Slither's new album and the name of his favorite poem from Songs of Metal
and Flesh. It contained part of the Invocation to a Power:
And the fish that hides the stone.
Three cycles back and the eye in your hand.
Before the sky was blue.
Babylon's cauldron and eighty to go.
- Songs of Metal and Flesh
- John William Adam's only volume of poety. It was dedicate to Sissy.
||John William Adams is born.
||Sissy and John William Adams
spend the winter together. Adams' involvment with the Brethren becomes public
||John Willam Adams dies.
||Woodrow Penman III is born.
||Flora Pender is born.
||Richard Bloodstone is born.
||Flora Pender abandons her son.
|1967 Aug 22
||See-Dee is born.
||Richard Bloodstone meets his
mother for the last time and leaves for New York.
||Doc is institutionalized for
3 weeks after witnessing the aftermath of Penman's ritual.
||Richard Bloodstone kills his
father, John Cooper.
||See-Dee begins DJing at the
||Rick, Doc and See-Dee are turned
of Fire" by Peter Atkins
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth by Peter Atkins and Anthony Hickox
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