Horns by Joe Hill
A Novel

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Joe Hill's critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning debut chiller, Heart-Shaped Box, heralded the arrival of new royalty onto the dark fantasy scene. With Horns, he polishes his well-deserved crown. A twisted, terrifying new novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original triumph for the Ray Bradbury Fellowship recipient whose story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was also honored with a Bram Stoker Award—and whose emotionally powerful and macabre work has been praised by the New York Times as, "wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…a Valentine from hell."


About Joe Hill

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Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. Follow him on Twitter @joe_hill. Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63, Under the Dome, and the Dark Tower novels Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Published January 30, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 446 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The New York Times

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In Joe Hill’s new novel, a man who finds himself turning into a demon, with horns sprouting from his head, struggles to stay pure of heart.

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BC Books

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The betrayal becomes all the more painful because, knowing what we know, we're now thrown into an extended flashback that, contrary to the nasty business that has come before, is a warm-hearted coming-of-age story about three friends growing up together.

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BC Books

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But then Hill twists the knife, having Ig inadvertently confront those closest to him, friends and relatives, finding out exactly what they think of him during his darkest hours.

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AV Club

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Horns is more confident and unexpected, taking risks in chronology and perspective for a narrative that starts off as dark comedy before becoming something richer and more affecting.

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USA Today

And when his brother Terry spills the beans about who's to blame for Merrin's murder.Ig uses this information and his "bad case of the devil" to rain fire and brimstone on the person who wrecked his life.Along the way he attracts "pet" snakes by the hundreds, plenty of enemies and revelations abo...

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Ig is miserable and living with Glenna, someone who he doesn’t really love but makes due with.

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Oregon Live

Ig sprouts demon horns, but he also wears the metaphorical horns of the cuckold.

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Tampa Bay Times

The morning after a night of solitary drinking brought on by the first anniversary of his girlfriend's brutal, still-unsolved murder, Ig looks in the mirror and discovers he has sprouted horns: bone hard and needle sharp, they're pushing their way through the skin above his temples.

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SF Signal

The story takes a surreal turn towards the end of the book, as Ig quite literally turns into a devil figure, complete with the red skin and pitch fork, but this transformation is almost an afterthought, a symptom of his state of being.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Michael Berry Seattle Times 4 of 5 Stars "In scenes sometimes gorgeously sensual, sometimes wrenchingly grotesque, Horns ranges between flashbacks of Ig's childhood and first experience of love to his hate-filled quest for revenge.

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The Ranting Dragon

Horns is the second standalone novel from Joe Hill, also known for his dark and twisted graphic novel series Locke & Key. Horns follows Ignatius Perrish a.k.a.

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They say not to judge a book by it’s cover and I’ve never had that old adage illustrated more poignantly for me than with Horns: A Novel by Joe Hill.

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