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HEX Hardcover – April 26, 2016

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

In his acknowledgements at the end of the book, Heuvelt discusses how he rewrote his original story (published in the Netherlands in 2013) while it was being translated into English. He changed the setting to a small town in the Hudson Valley and gave the work a completely new ending. Although he provided his characters with American names, he allowed them to retain their "Dutchness," which makes for a charming, quirky, and humorous cast. They seem amazingly well-adjusted considering the restrictions that govern their lives. But when a group of Internet and social media savvy high school seniors confront the reality of being trapped forever in Black Spring by a 17th-century witch's curse, town law is no obstacle to their determination to change the status quo. Unfortunately, well-intentioned, testosterone-fueled teen bravado can quickly turn ugly. The teens pursue a series of activities that awaken the witch's wrath, but it is the townsfolk's dehumanizing descent into fear that turns Heuvelt's charming, don't-turn-out-the-lights ghost story into a bona fide tale of horror. Teens will relate to the characters' dilemma and appreciate how decisions made in the grip of either fear or love can have disastrous consequences. VERDICT Definitely not for the faint of heart, Heuvelt's cinematic descriptions will appeal to horror movie fans and lovers of psychological thrillers.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA


“This is totally, brilliantly original.” ―Stephen King

“HEX is creepy and gripping and original, sure to be one of the top horror novels of 2016.” ―George R.R. Martin

“Thomas is a great writer, the next genre superstar.” ―Paul Cornell

"[A] touch of strangeness, of alienness, avoiding sub-Stephen King clichés. [Olde Heuvelt] has written five novels already, and publishers should be lining up to translate them." ―The Wall Street Journal

HEX is reminiscent of vintage Stephen King, and I can think of no higher praise. Chilling, moving and . . . profound.” ―John Connolly

“Olde Heuvelt’s HEX sets ancient magic against contemporary technology to create a kind of dark fairy tale that seems ultimately believable in today’s world. A terrific debut novel.” ―Jeffrey Ford

“HEX is a thoughtful horror story, and one that is all the more chilling for its uncompromising view of humanity. . . . I found the story and its ending uncompromising and inevitable.” ―Robin Hobb

HEX takes the horror/thriller genre to a whole new level. It’s deeply unsettling, wholly original, brilliantly written and contains scenes that will haunt you for a long time to come. I dare you to read it.” ―Sarah Lotz

“Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX is a treat for all fans of dark fiction . . . a modern spin on the witch's curse story that forces us to take a closer look at ourselves. Who is really evil after all? It's may not be who you think. This is just the beginning and I can't wait to read his next one.” ―Ann VanderMeer)

“Hidden tensions and human weakness trigger a witch-hunt that boils over into persecution, scapegoating and a shocking denouement. A powerfully spooky piece of writing.” ―Financial Times

“The best horror debut since John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In.” ―Alan Kelly, Rue Morgue

“Equal parts Stephen King and The Cabin in the Woods, Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s novel is a pop page-turner with an intriguingly weird ambience . . . a funny, surprising and eerie novel.” ―SFX Magazine

“Olde Heuvelt offers up a truly terrifying parable about mankind’s depravity and the depths of evil of which we are capable. The story is not merely unsettling, it is horrifying” –Kirkus Reviews

“[I]ntriguing premise . . . Heuvelt develops his characters enough to give their tragic lives resonance” ―Publishers Weekly

[S]imilarities to early Stephen King . . . Spielbergian in the way Olde Heuvelt shows supernatural goings-on in the midst of everyday life . . . It’s a fabulous, unforgettable conceit and Olde Heuvelt makes the most of it.” ―The Guardian

“Heuvelt’s masterfully frightening debut will haunt the reader for days afterward.” ―Book Riot

“A great read for fans of The Blair Witch Project or The Crucible. “ ―Booklist

“[O]ne of the most original, clever, and terrifying books to be published in the 21st century”. ―New York Journal of Books

“An entertaining read with a chilling concept. Not for the faint hearted.” ―Brave New Words

“Truly absorbing and keeps you locked into the horrifying events as they unfold.” ―Fantasy Book Review

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Hardcover : 384 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0765378804
  • ISBN-10 : 0765378809
  • Publisher : Tor Books; First Edition (April 26, 2016)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.41 x 1.29 x 9.58 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 658 ratings
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