I will sell my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder.
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts: of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.
And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door...seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting - with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand.
A multiple award-winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.
©2007 Joe Hill; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Powerful....[Hill's] subtle and skillful treatment of horrors that could easily have exploded over the top and out of control helps make this a truly memorable debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Hill elicits honest empathy for Jude, who turned his stage persona into a nightmare version of his fears and must now figure out what strength he has left for legitimate battles. This dynamic is both frightening and funny, and the book weaves together those two threads in clever ways." (The New York Times)
This was one of the best ghost stories I've ever read! I was into this book from the very start! Steven King... make room...
This story really messes with your head, but it's highly entertaining. The narrator was excellent; his characterizations really added to the creep factor.
I loved this book. I could not wait to get to the end. Admittedly, you do have to "bend" your view of reality a little, but I really did like it. It borders on being of the Dean Koontz genre. This is a must listen!
I enjoyed the story, mostly. The author's concept of ghosts and spirits and their interaction with mortals is unusual. The violence and grief became oppressive after a while.
The occasional musical interludes seem to correspond with the beginning and end of CDs in the original audio release. They detract from listening to the book in the Audible format.
This is a ghost story and the visual description are vivid. It is also the story of evil human psychology. it is very creepy and Stephen Lang does a masterful job on the dialect which is very important in this tale. Well done Joe Hill!
Judas Coyne is a very original character in that he's not your typical human being. His experiences in life and the relationships he's made lend to the plot of this story. Without it, I think the book could've still done decently well. The ghost in the story and Judas' first encounters with it are terrifying...this is a must read for anyone new to horror novels!
I can't say I was sympathetic to the "victims" in this book, but overall it was well written and really well read. The only irritation was that each chapter would just cut off abruptly. For example, sometimes the last letter of the word was cut off. The most stupid "creative license" involved music seg-ways. First, They break the mood of the book. Second, when your lost in the listening spell of an audio book, sudden unexpected bad electronic music breaks you out of the spell and you need to reconnect.
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