“The Scarlet Cosmos”

Check out this cocktail inspired by Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels, and then make sure you're signed in and comment at the bottom for a chance to win a copy of the conclusion to the Hellraiser series!

We all love a good horror story—but I prefer to drown my demons rather than try to exorcise them.

So, let's keep the drinks flowing with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel!

I present to you, “The Scarlet Cosmos”—inspired by the legendary Clive Barker's newest novel, The Scarlet Gospels (now available in paperback!)

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker concludes the Hellraiser horror series in the collision of paranormal detective Harry D'Amour with the Pinhead, the priest of hell (Available in paperback on May 17, 2016).

The Scarlet Gospelstakes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with bated breath for years, and it's everything they've begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker's horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming. Are you ready?

Read an excerpt of The Scarlet Gospels here!


“The Scarlet Cosmos”

– 2 oz. Vodka (I prefer Titos, but any vodka will do)

– 1/2 oz. Cointreau (or triple sec)

– 3/4 oz. cranberry juice

– 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

– splash of orange juice

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour ingredients (except for zest for garnish) into a mixing tin.
  2. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Cut two thin strips of orange zest and spritz the oils over the drink.
  5. Arrange zest strips in the shape of a cross on top of the drink.

Protect yourself from Pinhead with a couple “Scarlet Cosmos,” or try and summon a drinking buddy with several—just make sure to get yourself a copy of The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker!

Comment below for a chance to win a copy of The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker!

To enter, make sure you're a registered member of the site and simply leave a comment below.

TIP: Since only comments from registered users will be tabulated, if your user name appears in red above your comment—STOP—go log in, then try commenting again. If your user name appears in black above your comment, You’re In!

The Scarlet Gospels Comment Sweepstakes: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete the “Post a Comment” entry at https://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2016/05/qthe-scarlet-cosmosq beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) May 13, 2016. Sweepstakes ends 4:29 p.m. ET May 27, 2016. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Macmillan, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.


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Clive Barker is a legendary author, filmmaker, and visual artist. His acumen as a horror writer has been praised as some of the most influential to pop culture in recent times. Stephen King hailed Barker as “the future of horror.” His Books of Blood series and his novella The Hellbound Heart which inspired the Hellraiser movies have amassed a global cult following and cemented their place in pop culture history. The Scarlet Gospels marks Barker's highly-anticipated return to horror fiction.



  1. Gordon Bingham


  2. Karl Stenger

    I would love to read the book.

  3. Richard P. Fohrenbach,Sr.

    Would love to win

  4. Chuck Aeschbacher Jr

    It’s been a long time since I’ve read any Clive Barker. Looks good.

  5. Susan Robinette

    The cocktail sounds quite tasty

  6. ellie lewis

    Tjis would be fascinating. Thanks.

  7. Marsha Kamish

    Yummy sweepstakes!

  8. pearl berger

    Enticing sweetpstakes.

  9. Dorothy Young

    Sounds tasty. But, scotch on the rocks suits me just fine!

  10. Shellen

    I an dying for a good scare!

  11. Laura Shangraw

    Nice for summertime-both book and cocktail.

  12. Janice

    Verrrry interesting but scary. Can’t wait to read.

  13. Michelle Arredondo

    I’m not sure I own a Clive Barker book….I really think I need to change that ASAP!!

  14. tracey byram

    I am a HUGE clive barker fan. This is the only one of his books that I haven’t read yet.

  15. Deanna Stillings

    Great potable!

  16. Debra Nicholson

    I’ll drink to that

  17. cschillereff

    I haven’t ever read Clive Barker- although my mom read his books all the time – she’s been gone about 17 years now, but I guess I have to start sometime? Would love to win!!

  18. Renee Rousseau

    I would like to be a The Scarlet Gospelstakes reader and drinker!

  19. lasvegasnv


  20. Don McClure

    I like the cover.

  21. Celeste Gaydos

    Scarlet cosmos

  22. bill norris


  23. Daniel Morrell

    looks like another goo done

  24. mjreynolds32

    I adore the Hellraiser movies and Mr. Barker wrote one of my favorite books – The Thief of Always. Thanks for the chance!

  25. Michael Carter

    It’s the gospel truth that I’d love to win this one.
    Please enter me in this sweepstakes.

  26. Rhonda Stefani

    The drink sounds wonderful, would go perfect with the book I’ve been absolutely DYING to read! 😉

  27. Barbara Lima


  28. browsermix

    love Clive Barker…Would love to win…

  29. Bev Henry

    I would love to win and read this book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  30. Diane Pollock

    Would love to win!

  31. susan beamon

    Not sure I could handle the cocktail, but always enjoyed the Hellraiser series, films and books.

  32. Ruth Treadwell

    I have never won a book in all the years on the internet. I try daily but the force is not with me. I would be thrilled to be thrilled by this book!

  33. Suzanne Williams

    I’m not a drinker, but if this book is as scary as it sounds I may have to start.

  34. Desmond Warzel

    Count me in, please!

  35. Marie-Louise Molloy

    Would love to read the book while sipping a Scarlet Cosmo!

  36. Agnes Marshall

    This sounds delicious!

  37. Fred Gillis

    Count me in.

  38. Vernon Luckert

    Looks like a good read. My kind of book.

  39. Rudy Wright

    Bottoms up!

  40. Peter W. Horton Jr.

    Send me the book and the cocktail! Yes!

  41. Theresa

    that beverage sounds like my kind of drink!
    Clive Barker – love his work!

  42. Jeana

    Mystery, thriller and crime novel . . . oh my.

  43. Kelly VanAuken

    Sounds interesting.

  44. Patricia Hill

    I’ve read all the other books in the series and I am looking forward to this one

  45. Saundra K. Warren

    Ahh! Clive Barker! Wouldn’t miss it!

  46. Jane Schwarz

    Great recipe and giveaway. Thanks.

  47. Carol Lawman

    I am SO ready to read this!

  48. Kimberly Dull

    I cannot wait to try that drink, and I love Clive Barker’s work.

  49. Susan Mahaffey

    I’m making the drink tonight and toasting Clive Barker.i love his books! I hope I win this contest! ??

  50. rs2

    Who doesn’t like a good crossover?

  51. Thomas Walker

    I would love to win the book. Drink looks very good.

  52. Peg Nitskoff

    OMG!! My two favorite things. Clive Cussler AND scarlet drinks!!! This can’t be real! I am so excited!!

  53. Jeffrey Raiffe

    This sounds like the kind of book that I’d like to read.

  54. Anna Mills

    Just as my babysitting grandchildren mask comes off, then and only then….

  55. vicki wurgler

    thanks I’d love to win

  56. KMac

    Hope I get lucky

  57. Todd Henson

    I’d like to have a taste of this one!

  58. Jeffrey Malis

    Eagerly looking forward to reading this… Thank you for the excerpt and the entry opportunity. Cheers!

  59. Melissa Keith

    [b]Ooooooo, nothin’ like a Clive Barker novel and Vodka to get the juices flowin’. I’ve been reading CB for years and would love to win this book. Shounds shoooo good…needs another cocktailzzz…..zzzzz[/b]

  60. Laurence Coven


  61. Steven Wilber

    count me in

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