Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.
I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?
But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.
And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .
A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.
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I dont know the significance of that omission but I do know that the book contains the line If hell was anything, it was talk radio and family. In a better book youd be inclined to read something into that.Feb 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
Only after it arrives does Judas discover that the suit belonged to Craddock McDermott, the stepfather of one of Coyne's discarded groupies, and that the old man's ghost is a malignant spirit determined to kill Judas in revenge for his stepdaughter's suicide.Dec 11 2006 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
I was almost finished reading Heart-Shaped Box, a story of ghostly revenge, when I discovered, via Neil Gaiman's blog, that the author, Joe Hill is, in fact, Joe Hill King, originally from Maine.Feb 27 2007 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
By the time Coyne confronts his ghost --- actually his ghosts of past and present --- you'll be exhausted.Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
The storyline is very different compared to anything else you might have read which is a good thing because it is not like the same old plots you read all the time.Feb 25 2015 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
In this sense, modern horror writing is supremely moralistic: what most separates contemporary horror from Lovecraft's pulp is our ability to empathize with its protagonists, and the greatest triumph of the modern genre's champions is their ability to make us recognize ourselves in the heroes of ...| Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.| Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
When the ghost begins to haunt Jude, the novel turns into something of a road novel, with Jude and Georgia both fleeing the ghost and attempting to track down who sold the ghost to Jude.Mar 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
Mark Graham New York Times 3.5 of 5 Stars "[Hill] holds the italics to a minimum, pulls back from the brink of hallucinatory overkill and mostly keeps this story tightly on track.Aug 07 2007 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
He is his father's son in many ways, but one thing that sets Joe Hill apart from his sire is the fact that Heart-Shaped Box, his first novel, is far more accomplished and intellectually sinuous than Carrie, his dad's debut.Mar 23 2007 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
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Joe Hill's debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box, opens with the description of a collection, belonging to the novel's protagonist, Judas "Jude" Coyne, of objects macabre, grotesque, and just plain creepy: drawings by John Wayne Gacy, the trepanned skull of a sixteenth century peasant, a witch's confessi...Mar 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
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