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Horns: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Joe Hill
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“A major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction.”
Washington Post

 

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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  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036F6WYO
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178 of 193 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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73 of 79 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Hill is becoming a force to be reckoned with ... March 30, 2011
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Part murder mystery, part contemporary fantasy, part theological satire, part treatise on the nature of good and evil, Horns is a book of many parts, and is well worth your time. The nicest guy in the book is the (or maybe just "a"?) devil, which gives you something to think about. Joe Hill is going places.

I think the low ranking reviews, missed the point by a country mile. I think some of the low reviewers didn't read the book, or if they did they couldn't overcome their religious bias (just my opinion). Hill stomps over delicate sensibilities in hobnail boots without apology, but he tells a heck of a story.
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16 of 17 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, but...wow. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Hill Is phenomenal
Best book I've read in a long time well since The Heart Shaped Box joe hill is my new favorite author
Published 8 hours ago by Thomas Hubbard
4.0 out of 5 stars Stretching a bit to hit this rating.
Ignatius wakes after a bender with horns growing from his head and some scary powers that compel people to do some pretty weird things. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift Item
Bought this item as a gift, so I have no review of the book itself, just the item from the retailer. It was delivered in a timely manner and came just as shown. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Johnnie A. Huffman
3.0 out of 5 stars Horns
Still trying to get through this one. Perhaps not my fault. I should start over again and see how it goes.
Published 4 days ago by dines-pones
1.0 out of 5 stars Soft Porn! Young teens should avoid.
This book did not advise it had explicit sex. When I checked it out of the Library I was surprised that the content was as sexual as it was. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Richard Weaver
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of this book!
Although I was impressed by the premise of the book, it was an interesting concept, I was not thrilled at the direction that it took! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tina Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise
I enjoyed Heart-Shaped Box more mainly due to its focused narrative. I found too many flashbacks that bored me. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sophea Uk
4.0 out of 5 stars Why am I reading this book?
Joe Hill delivers a book that left me wondering half way through it "why am I reading this book?" It isn't the style that I'm used to. But I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 6 days ago by R. Basley
5.0 out of 5 stars I like; sincerely recommend.
I've read a couple of Joe Hill's books now, and have been waiting awhile to finally set aside some time to read "Horns". Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dr. J.l. Kuchat
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This book was amazing! It was recommend by a YouTuber I love and was not disappointed. I couldn't put this book down.
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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
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
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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.
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