Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside.
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. It's time the devil had his due.
©2010 Joe Hill (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
I just popped by to rate...wasn't even gonna write and then I saw some of the reviews and just had to laugh.....
The one up top with all the seething vitriol just makes me wonder if the writer has some kind of personal grudge against Hill - could not take that seriously at all - and neither should you. Obvious some odd bias thing happening there...there is just nothing in this book to waranty such heat (lol - yeah yeah...devilish - couldn't help myself) and those offended by the take on religion - why would you read a book called Horns by Joe Hill with a pitchfork on the front? Were you expecting tales of the life and times of Jesus and his pet bunnies and kittens? Lol...unbelievable.
Honestly, this book is good. I had just finished the latest Stephen King, which I really enjoyed, and was in that awful limbo where you have to pick your next book and you just know it won't be as good as the last and since I had exhausted the King library it struck me - Hey - like father like son, right? And I was not disappointed - genetic greatness. Hill definitely has his own voice, though, not just copying pops - he really is a good, solid horror writer (something there are just way too few of these days). Inventive, funny, made me cry, laugh - kept me interested and Damnit! another hellish reference) I'm back in limbo again! Maybe I'll just go for the ghost stories....after all I really enjoyed 'Heartshaped Box' too.
and please...if you don't like horror - stop reading and then giving bad reviews to things you should have stayed away from in the first place. It's unfair to the author. Horror is a tricky thing, you either like it or you don't - like country music or...opera!
What is good / What is evil ? -- What do they look like ? IS Satan really the excutioner for God's judgement? So would that make Satan and God working the same side ? And as in all good books, will good conquer evil ?
Story woven by Hill contain many thought jewels beattifully crafted into the work, this requires several readovers to fully digest the spectrum meanings and impact the auhor challenged. Hill takes a pretty strong verbage discussing Jeudo Christian beliefs- which offenda few-but taken as part of the whole - strengthen the work.
But our devil has seemed to find contentment in the here after -- just got to figure out who he his
Would not be suprised to is this being considered a modern classic
Final Point-I found that Joe Hill wrote this story, Not his father, This author has jumped into his own, not rode the tails of his father, When reading this I did fell a long shadow looking over Hill's shoulder when he wrote it, and mine when I read it.
I really enjoyed this story and was eager to get back to listening to it. It is a great premise. I love a good sympathy for the devil story. That said:
1) I only tolerated the narrator. Maybe it was the director's fault. His reading of the protagonist's lines didn't resonate with what we know about Ig. Ig is kind of a big wimp, and nothing makes him seem otherwise, except for the narrator's intonation. The acting didn't match the writing.
2) Hill is a better storyteller than he is a writer. He is still early in his career and I want to read more by him, but he was often too "on the nose."
3) I didn't like any of the characters to really root for them. Sometimes that is OK in a book, but with this book, everyone was so terrible that I wanted someone, anyone, to be vaguely likeable.
Those are a few caveats about what was ultimately a fun listening experience.
After listening to Heart Shaped Box, I decided to find out more about the author and listened to Horns. It was really a unique story with well-developed characters. It starts off with the hero waking up with a pair of horns and describes what happens when he starts interacting with people around him, then moves on to detail how he wound up in that predicament for much of the book. I like the way it is laid out, since it keeps you guessing and also becomes a bit of a romance as well as a mystery, fantasy, and horror book. Joe Hill writes very well, and the book kept me involved all the way through. I can see why more conservative Christians might be uncomfortable with it, since it questions a lot of orthodox thought, but really don't understand why someone who might be uncomfortable with a "devil" as a protagonist would purchase a book called Horns with a pitchfork on the front. Before reading this, I'd been making my way back through old Stephen King favorites, and although I didn't realize Hill was his son until listening to Horns, their writing styles are somewhat similar, and it was a good transition. Like much of King's work, the ending left me craving more. It was a decent ending, just missed it when it was gone and am looking forward to Hill's next work. The narrator was perfect for it, and most of the time I didn't notice him in a good way, though yes, one voice was a little "crusty" for a female...overall excellent.
Very original idea, great story and loved the ending, listened to it twice.
Keep the stories coming please Joe, Heart Shaped Box was awesome as was Horns.
Credit-worthy, good narrator, great author.
Masterfully written & narrated. More of a morality play than a horror story, but definitely worth the credits.
This book grabbed my attention and kept it there. When not listening I was thinking about it. Joe Hill definitely follows his parents footsteps. Very, very entertaining. Thanks Joe what a great ride.
Another great book by Joe Hill. I actually felt compassion and sorrow for Ig and pure hate for Lee. It is a love story but with a twist. I love the way Joe tells a story. The end was kind of tied up with a bow but I couldnt imagine any other way of ending this book.
I can think of a number of ways it could haved ended for Lee, but Joe Hill had other ideas. Yes the ending was a bit weird, but the story for much of the time is an absolute hoot when Ig crosses paths with people. I thought Fred Berman did an outstanding narration of the book.
I wasn't quite certain what to expect, but after listening to the entire book I'm glad I opted to give this book a try. Joe Hill paints a very vivid tale throughout the the story. The further the twisted tale unravels, the harder it becomes to put down. I'd highly recommend this book!
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