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Horns: A Novel

A book by Joe Hill

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What if you could hear the evil thoughts of those around you?!

  • Mar 26, 2010
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Joe Hill is an author like no other that I have read before - and believe me when I say that I have read plenty, lol! This is a man that can write the most twisted of scenes one minute and then the most human of scenes the next minute. After reading Heart-Shaped Box, I was instantly hooked on Mr. Hill's writing style. Needless to say that when I found out about this newest release, Horns, I grabbed it and gobbled it up right away.

Blending horror and paranormal, Joe Hill weaves a story of one man's spiral into the deepest and darkest journeys that a soul can go. A year after the death of his longtime love Merrin, Ig wakes up after a night of drinking and doing some not so nice things (including relieving himself on a statue of Mary) at a memorial site where Merrin's body had been found. Feeling a bit on the strange side, Ig visits the bathroom, glances into the mirror and is shocked, beyond words, at reflects back at him. Are those horns growing from his head?!?! Surely his eyes are playing tricks on him. However, when the relentless throb continues at his temples and the strange ability to hear everyone's innermost sinful thoughts disturbingly continues, Ig knows he has a problem.

Tagged as Merrin's killer, but free from lack of evidence, not many hold Ig in very high standards. However, Ig knows he is innocent and will do anything to find the person who raped and killed Merrin. With his new minding-reading ability, he makes some startling discoveries, not to mention several undesired discoveries, which may just help Ig in his mission.

Horns has a very deep soul-searching effect on the reader - whether this is intended or not. Delivered with chapters of flashbacks intertwined with present time happenings, Joe Hill presents a very layered and intense story. A bit exhausting in it's intensity, (this, being a good thing) once I began reading, I was hardly able to stop. The flow of the story, the continuous "cliff hangers" delivered between scene switches, leaves the reader wanting to constantly see what happens next. While some readers may view Ig as a monster, I found myself feeling very empathic toward him. His thoughts, during his transformation, are rather thought-proving for the reader and though Ig is suppose to be turning "evil", he puts forth some rather compassionate actions.

I do want to extend a warning to those easily offended by sexual overtures, strong religious beliefs and offensive language, Horns does contain a large portion of all of these things. This is a book meant for entertainment purposes, so should be taken as such, not to heart.

Readers and fans of horror and paranormal will revel within Horns. The writing is marvelous and the ability that Mr. Hill demonstrates to interweave time frames and varied scenes is excellent. I highly recommend Horns and can't wait for the next release from the enormously talented Joe Hill!

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review by . February 06, 2011
   Ig Perrish is having what can only be described as a Very Bad Day. He can't remember the previous night. Everyone he meets is suddenly compelled to tell him all their most secret, terrible thoughts, from his girlfriend's confession of what she did with his best friend to his mother's revelation of how seeing him makes her feel.      Oh, and he has horns growing from his forehead. Horns hard as bone, painfully stretching the skin.      …
review by . June 15, 2010
I have to say that I am glad that Joe Hill has a different last name than his famous father Stephen King. With that said, I may have been a little tempted to read this because of the association, but let no one be confused, this is not some spoiled son given the clear path to a published career.   The premise may sound hokey, OK, very hokey. A guy wakes up with horns. Of course, you can guess a few things from there, he's the devil, he can make people do evil things,  he must …
review by . June 30, 2010
Most people have wished at some point in their lives for the ability to know what another person is thinking or feeling about them. Ig Perrish has just received that gift, and it's not working out so well. Couple that with the new set of horns that Perrish woke up with, and Perrish's life is headed downhill at terminal velocity. But at least his new abilities will help him figure out who really killed his girlfriend on a cold rainy night a year ago. That's the storyline in Joe Hill's latest horror …
review by . June 03, 2010
   Great summer read (and great non-summer read as well) by Stephen King's kid Joe Hill. Hill got famous anonymously before people knew he was related to the master of horror, which was a classy anti-nepotism move, and is frankly a great writer. I want to say that his writing reminds me somehow of Will Self, although it's not so much the technique that is similar as the effortless feel of the prose. Crazy, weird things happen and are treated almost casually, as if they were commonplace, …
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Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
An interesting read with a novel story. Generally good summer reading.
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Not as good as his first book- some REALLY great ideas, but bogged down with unoriginal junk. Not as horror as you might think considering the pedigree
review by . June 10, 2010
Ig Parrish did something terribly wrong last night. The problem is that, with the exception of one of two rather vague details, he cannot remember exactly what he did to earn the devil's horns that have suddenly sprouted from the top of his head. Ig does remember spending much of the night ranting about God and organized religion at the base of the isolated old tree under which his girlfriend had been murdered just a year ago. Now, unlike the hangover he had every reason to expect, he understands …
review by . April 27, 2010
Ignatius ("Ig") Perrish wakes up one morning with the mother of all hangovers. He has no idea of what he did, but he is sure that it was bad. That is not as shocking as what he sees in the mirror; it's him, alright, peering back, but there are also horns sprouting from his temples.       Not sure what to do, or where to turn, Ig heads over to the hospital. People see the horns, but do not make any issue with them. However, Ig finds that those he comes into contact with, …
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Best known for his terrifying (really) debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box, and his famous dad, Joe Hill continues to make a name for himself withHorns, 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).Hornsis 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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ISBN-10: 0061147958
ISBN-13: 978-0061147951
Author: Joe Hill
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
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