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Horns: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Joe Hill
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,195 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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."

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2010: Best known for his terrifying (really) debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box, and his famous dad, Joe Hill continues to make a name for himself with Horns, a dark, funny exploration of love, grief, and the nature of good and evil. Ignatius William Perrish wakes up bleary and confused after a night of drinking and "doing terrible things" to find he has grown horns. In addition to being horribly unsightly, these inflamed protuberances give Ig an equally ugly power--if he thinks hard enough, he can make people admit things (intimate, embarrassing, I-can't-believe-you-just-said-that details). This bizarre affliction is of particular use to Ig, who is still grieving over the murder of his childhood sweetheart (a grisly act the entire town, including his family, believes he committed). Horns is a wickedly fun read, and reveals Hill's uncanny knack for creating alluring characters and a riveting plot. Ig's attempts to track down the killer result in hilariously inappropriate admissions from the community, heartbreaking confessions from his own family, and of course, one hell of a showdown. --Daphne Durham

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Critics across the board felt possessed by Horns and strongly recommended it to horror fans and general readers alike. But the devil is in the details, and it seemed as if each reviewer felt obligated to find a minor flaw in the book. Some disliked the structure of its plot, others felt the tone to be uneven, and a few were overwhelmed by the book's many devil references and puns. All of those critics, though, were ultimately persuaded by Hill's sympathetic characters, his combination of the best of horror with psychological fiction, and his consistent originality.

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  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575079169
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036F6WYO
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215 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just a great funny touching wild book January 8, 2010
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Ig Perrish wakes up one morning with a hell of a hangover and discovers that he has grown horns on his head. He has become a (the?) devil, has powers and thus opportunities (but also downsides) he didn't have before, and within a short time, he knows just what he wants to do with them - take revenge for a hideous wrong. How best to do it?

That's simple enough, an amusing premise for something of a supernatural thriller, but Joe Hill does more than just exploit that - a lot more.

First of all, the book is just crazy funny. Hill has a great ear for dialogue, his scenes are often completely absurd and yet somehow believeable, and the situations are, after all, ridiculous on their face, but he makes it all work.

Second, his plotting (for such a strange book) is tight. The heart of the book is something of a murder mystery, and Hill uses flashbacks from various characters to good effect, putting the pieces of the puzzle in place in a pretty clever way.

Third, there is something more than just a wild ride for his characters here - there is actually a touching love story, and the revelations behind various motivations and actions are really well done. The last 50 pages or so, and especially the last 20, are in fact just downright intimate - and all without seeming mawkish or losing the flavor of the very strange ending.

It's a crime story, a horror story, a love story - frankly, it's a lot like something Steven King would have written 20 years ago. It's excellent.
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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the Devil March 10, 2010
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"Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things." So begins Joe Hill's excellent sophomore novel, Horns. As the straightforward title suggests, the novel has a simple, high-concept premise. After the aforementioned night of doing terrible things, Ig Perrish wakes up the next morning with a pair of horns growing out of his head. His reaction is typical enough. After the immediate shock of it, he concludes he's hallucinating--and either way, he'd better see a doctor.

It is with these initial interactions, with his girlfriend, the folks in the doctor's office, and most disturbingly with his family, that Ig makes several unpleasant discoveries. No one reacts to the horns. Rather, they're compelled to share their deepest, darkest, sickest secrets. Trust me; you don't want to hear the most vile thoughts of a stranger on the street--much less those of your grandma!

Just when this grotesque show-and-tell is beginning to feel a bit old, Hill moves on and dives into the meat of his story, Ig's story. One year prior, Ig's childhood sweetheart, the love of his life, was violently murdered. The crime was never solved, and Ig is widely believed to be the murderer. Very widely believed, he is to learn. Hill's novel ultimately spans several literary genres. It's a supernatural thriller, a murder mystery, a coming of age story, and a dark comedy all rolled into one. And the novel succeeds quite well on all counts.

As the story drew to its conclusion, the thing that was very noticeable to me was how elegantly constructed the novel was. It was like a perfect puzzle, with different clues and unanswered questions salted throughout. But by the end, everything came together in a way that wasn't so much neat as inevitable. It was elegant.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Favorite Novel March 18, 2011
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Stayed up late reading last night, to finish Joe Hill's Horns. The book blew me away. I'd read about half of Hill's collection, 20th Century Ghosts, so I knew what sort of caliber to expect, Phenomenal. The concept is so brilliant, so obvious, and yet so perfectly executed: the protagonist, Ig Perrish, stumbles toward the mirror after a night of drunken mischief, gazes upon his own reflection to find he has grown a pair of devilish horns.

The story is told in a clever, anachronistic series of revelations, flashbacks, and varying perspectives on the same hellish, downright heartbreaking series of events. Hill's talent for weaving a yarn from dreamlike scenes, sudden remembrances, and epiphanies is something I've scarcely seen done so masterfully before. He manages to direct the reader's every thought, not misguiding through deception -- such acts are the sort of devilry that only Ig Perrish would condone -- but rather leading his audience through darkness (as well as some truly beautiful, almost divine imagery both heartwarming and obscene) toward the inevitable conclusion.

Without spoiling too much, I'll simply say that Horns was everything I wasn't expecting, in addition to that which I was. For every sinister act of the devil, there eventually shines the light of God (saith the Atheist in Theology 101). It's a fascinating, brilliant, saddening, glimmer-of-hope examination of all humanity's faults and what it means to truly achieve redemption.

Theology, though, is far from the real focus of the novel -- although it is certainly a heavy thread throughout. In fact, the devil Hill portrays is a purely modern conception: powers of deception, influence over the sinful mind, rock n' roll, and rusty pitchforks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Not gonna be one of my favorites. Joe Hill spins an interesting mythology, but the back and forth between POVs and the regular flashbacks didn't help an already slow-pace for me. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by jaina solo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 hours ago by deidri deane
3.0 out of 5 stars Not crazy about it
I ordered the sample and I was so thrilled by the beginning of the book that I didn't mind paying $8 to continue reading it. Well...I was wrong, kind of. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Ivee
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!!!!
Definitely a 5 star book. I was impressed with its originality which is rare nowadays. Also it is a very dark book. But Mr. Hill, you have just GOT to write a sequel!
Published 2 days ago by Senor Nahual
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the devil? Yes please!
This book was very fun to read, and was an interesting spin on the whole under mystery story. The characters feel like people and change throughout the book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
First Joe Hill book and not my last. Very well written and kept me wanting more. Can't wait to read more from him.
Published 3 days ago by Noelle Sanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Wow! Just wow!i have read two books by Joe Hill and have enjoyed both immensely.
This story grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Peggy Dupper
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, you will enjoy it.
fantastic read! Truly interesting plot twist with an interesting ending.
Published 3 days ago by Dylan
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Such a amazing story, if all of joe hills books are this good then I may have found my new favorite author.
Published 4 days ago by vision619
2.0 out of 5 stars A brave step in the right direction
This book reads like one of the author's father lesser novels...yet it shows potential.
If only the author could leave the mantle of his parent's style, perhaps he might be... Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. SALMAN
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The author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts, Joe Hill is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year's Best collections. He calls New England home.

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Anyone know what this book is about?
I haven't read Joe Hill's other books. I haven't been a big fan of what they call horror these days since James Herbert began writing thrillers. This was, of course, a while ago. I've also never been a Stephen King fan. Ever. I do anything I can to stay away from anything remotely connected to... Read More
Dec 6, 2009 by Lucas Thorn |  See all 5 posts
Horns (Film) (2013/2014) | Starring Daniel Radcliffe as "Ig"
I'm glad I read the book first, but in watching the preview I believe it most likely will do the book justice. I love it when I watch a book-based movie and find that it looks exactly as I pictured it while reading, this is the case with the "horns" teaser, I can't wait to watch the... Read More
Jul 16, 2014 by Karen |  See all 2 posts
Will this be out on Kindle?
Kindle books are sometimes released up to two months after the hardcover release. This, they say, is to preserve hardcover sales. That seems a little silly to me. By my calculations, the publishers make significantly higher profits on Kindle books. No marteials. No postage. No handling.
Mar 21, 2010 by Russell G. Moore |  See all 2 posts
Wow, Paperback of Horns Cheaper Than Kindle Edition?
I was also surprised to see that. Why, when there is no paper, printing, shipping and the labor is already completed in the text version?
Jul 31, 2014 by Beth R. Schwartz |  See all 3 posts
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Shadow S. - Posters are sometimes snarky...just ignore it!

I was excited to find out the Joe Hill was SK's son. I didn't know when I read 20th Century Ghosts...and I really loved it.
Feb 27, 2010 by Donna Cravey |  See all 8 posts
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