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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Well written story, but not my favorite Joe Hill novel. Just too depressing and the characters were hard to like. Read morePublished 8 days ago by D. R. Green
I really like this story and Joe Hill's writing and like the other stuff of his I've read. I look forward to reading much more from him!Published 12 days ago by barbc
If you are a Stephen King fan, I think you are really going to love this book.
I had an urge to read a horror novel and after browsing several lists of horror bests, I... Read more
This is one of my absolute favorite books, and Joe Hill has easily become one of my favorite authors (seriously, read his other stuff right now). Read morePublished 15 days ago by Yanssel
A sort of coming of age, mystery, horror story that has humor to boot. The timeline skips around quite a bit, and in a few chapters it took me a page or two to be sure exactly... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Chuck Shenk
This was my first Joe Hill novel. I liked his prose over all but there is a certain disconnection in the story itself. Read morePublished 16 days ago by CathyMcReader
I had never read anything by Joe Hill and figured that his writing would compare to his dad's. I bought it because I was looking into renting the movie when I saw someone say that... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Lyle