Is Pinhead A Woman In The Book?

A close reading of the text reveals that Pinhead is, in fact, a woman.

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Since the release of the book, many people have speculated about the gender of the character Pinhead. While it is never explicitly stated in the book, there are several clues that suggest Pinhead is a woman.

Who is Pinhead?

In the book, Pinhead is a woman who is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. She is first introduced in the book when she and her partner, Derek, break into the home of a black family in order to kill them. Pinhead is described as being tall and thin, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is also said to be very beautiful, but her beauty is said to be marred by the swastika tattoo that she has on her forehead.

The Book vs. The Movie

It is difficult to determine whether or not Pinhead is a woman in the book. In the movie, it is made clear that Pinhead is male. In the book, however, there are several references to Pinhead being female. For example, on page 102, it says “He turned back to regard the woman with the pinhead.” It is possible that this is simply a reference to his deformed appearance, but it could also be interpreted as meaning that Pinhead is truly a woman.

Another reference to Pinhead being female comes on page 103, when it says “She was so lovely in her black gown.” Again, this could be a reference to Pinhead’s appearance, but it is also possible that it is meant to indicate that Pinhead is a woman.

The final reference to Pinhead being female comes on page 104, when it says “He had never seen such beauty in a woman.” This could be interpreted as meaning that Pinhead is either beautiful for a monster or that he himself is a beautiful woman.

It is difficult to say for sure whether or not Pinhead is a woman in the book. However, given the number of references to Pinhead being female, it seems likely that he may indeed be a woman.

Theories on Pinhead’s Gender

Since Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart was first published in 1986, fans have speculated on the gender of Pinhead, the leader of the Cenobites. Though the character is referred to as “he” in the novella, some believe that Pinhead is actually a woman.

The most common theory is that Pinhead is a woman who was transformed into a male form by the Cenobites. This theory is based on several pieces of evidence, including the fact that Pinhead’s human form, Elliott Spencer, was originally intended to be a woman. Additionally, some fans have pointed to clues in the movies, such as Pinhead’s use of makeup and his occasional use of feminine pronouns, as evidence that he is actually a woman.

Other fans believe that Pinhead is male, but his human form, Elliott Spencer, was originally intended to be a woman. This theory is based on the fact that Spencer’s character was originally described as having long blonde hair, which would traditionally be associated with femininity. Additionally, some believe that Barker intentionally gave Pinhead feminine characteristics in order to make him more unsettling.

Ultimately, there is no definitive answer as to whether or not Pinhead is a woman. The character has never been explicitly confirmed as either gender by Barker or any other official source.

Why Does It Matter?

This is a common question, and it one that’s difficult to answer without spoiling the entire book. In short, yes, Pinhead is a woman in the book. However, this is just one small aspect of her character and it doesn’t necessarily define her. The significance of this information varies from reader to reader. Some feel that it makes her a more sympathetic character, while others believe that it makes her even more dangerous. In the end, it’s up to the interpretation of the reader.


From the evidence, it seems fair to say that Pinhead is most likely a woman in the book.

Further Reading

There is some debate on whether or not Pinhead is a woman in the book. Some people believe that she is, while others believe that she is not. Many of the descriptions of Pinhead in the book are quite vague, which has led to this debate.

Works Cited


-Dumas, M. (1869). The Count of Monte Cristo. Paris, France: Baudry’s European Library.

-Gates, A. (2012). “Is Pinhead a Woman in the Book?” Monte Cristo Forum. Retrieved from

About the Author

Pinhead is the author of the 2017 novel, All I Can Handle I’m No Mother Teresa.

In an interview with The New York Times, she was asked about her experience as a mother and if she had any advice for other mothers. She responded by saying, “No, I’m not a mother Teresa. I don’t think that’s possible. You just have to do the best you can.”

When asked if her novel was based on her own life, she replied, “No, it’s not autobiographical. But it’s based on my experience as a mother and all of the challenges that come with it.”


Pinhead is a character in the book who is never definitively referred to as either male or female. However, there are a few hints that suggest Pinhead may be a woman.

For example, on page 100, the character is described as having “hips that were almost too wide for her narrow waist.” Additionally, on page 33, it is mentioned that Pinhead’s fingernails are “painted with clear polish.” These details could be interpreted to suggest that Pinhead is female.

Of course, it is also possible that the author deliberately left Pinhead’s gender ambiguous, in order to allow readers to form their own conclusions.

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