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Horns

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Hill is of course horror royalty, being Stephen King's son, but his second novel (following the gruesome but compelling HEART-SHAPED BOX) could teach his old man a lesson. Ignatius Perrish wakes with a terrible headache to discover he now has horns and terrifying new powers. Which he will use to punish the man who destroyed his life. Hill injects a solid dose of humour into his dark fairy-tale (soon to be filmed) and a surprising love story element. Psychology, metaphysics and hairy-scary moments have never been such fun.

If you like Joe Hill you might also like to read books by Dan Simmons, Stephen King and Clive Barker.

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Synopsis

Horns by Joe Hill

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache ...and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty. Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power - with just a touch he can see peoples' darkest desires - to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge; it's time the devil had his due.

Reviews

Horns is pretty damn awesome. I have read my fair share of supernatural trhillers over the years but with Horns Joe Hill introduces something not seen before, it's not a complete embodient of the devil but holds in the lines. A perfect story that will creep you out and play with your emotions. And at the heart of it all yes a love story, gone wrong. * The Book Plank * 'Simply put, Horns is fantastic - the author has managed to weave an incredible tale that combines elements of thriller, horror and fantasy and yet has become something very believable, convincing and utterly compelling.' ***** * SFBOOK * On the whole, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone. It is wretched, witty, and enthralling. The writing is clever and masterful, despite the few faults I had. I think that if you are of a sensitive or conservative disposition, it might not be the book for you. It is a tragic love story, a murder mystery, and a supernatural fantasy with a dash of theological satire to sweeten the deal. * The Eloquent Page * An instant classic, Horns commands the reader's attention from the first page to the last and serves as an excellent starting point for Joe Hill virgins. I, for one, can't wait to see the film adaptation, despite the fact that the Ig in my head bears no resemblance to Daniel Radcliffe. This is a must-read, if you haven't already, and well worth a revisit if you have. * Reader Dad * After you've watched the movie, I'd whole heartedly recommend checking out the novel, its well worth the read. * Pissed off Geek * Horns was a terrific read which helps to bolster Joe Hill's already high status in my personal pantheon of storytellers/writers. * SFF World * I've read it a few times over the years and each time I come out of the experience having a completely new interpretation. Out of everything he's written, from his numerous short stories to his novels to his comics, it's Horns I always circle back to. * Tor.com *


About the Author

Joe Hill

Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of numerous literary, fantasy and horror awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America. He lives with his wife and family in New England.

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Publication date

2nd June 2011

Author

Joe Hill

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Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Horror
Thriller / Suspense
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Horror & ghost stories

ISBN

9780575099999

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