Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel

Paperback | December 22, 2009

byJoe Hill

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“Wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty….A Valentine from hell.”
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The publication of Joe Hill’s beautifully textured, deliciously scary debut novel Heart-Shaped Box was greeted with the sort of overwhelming critical acclaim that is rare for a work of skin-crawling supernatural terror. It was cited as a Best Book of the Year by Atlanta magazine, the Tampa Tribune, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the Village Voice, to name but a few. Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling Neil Gaiman of The Sandman, The Graveyard Book, and Anansi Boys fame calls Joe Hill’s story of a jaded rock star haunted by a ghost he purchased on the internet, “relentless, gripping, powerful.” Open this Heart-Shaped Box from two-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Hill if you dare and see what all the well-deserved hoopla is about.<_o3a_p>

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“Wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty….A Valentine from hell.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times The publication of Joe Hill’s beautifully textured, deliciously scary debut novel Heart-Shaped Box was greeted with the sort of overwhelming critical acclaim that is rare for a work of skin-crawling supernatural terror. It was cited as a Best Bo...

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Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box...a musty dead man's suit...

Joe Hill is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersHorns,Heart-Shaped Box, andNOS4A2. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series,Locke & Key.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:December 22, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061944890

ISBN - 13:9780061944895

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy This book made me feel the way I felt when I first read The Shining.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from While not as creepy as promised... This book was scary and nerve wracking. Not as scary as some reviews would lead to believe but certainly scary enough to sleep with the light on every once and a while. If ghosts do not amuse you and possession is not something you think is real then this book is not for you. Any fan of the Amityville horror should love this book though!
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Shaped Box An interesting view of karma and it's flaws. Spooky in just the right way and full of the family humour.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing author Joe Hill surely takes after his father!!! His writing is very similar to his dad Stephen King's as well probably why I enjoyed this book so much great read!!!!!
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart shaped box Very well done mr. joe hill, you are carrying on a family tradition. Looking forward to your new book......
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read This was the first Joe Hill book I've read and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more of his books.
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Way better than Horns. Really creepy
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Shaped Box Gripping thriller from start to finish!
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Shaped Box Really enjoyed this book, got me gripped and actually quite scared. Ending could have been better but still would recommended this read if you like horror ghost stories.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-Shaped Box Excellent, excellent, excellent ghost story. One of my new favourites, if you like creepy this story is for you. Can't wait to read more of his books.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill knows how to tell a story! And shape characters who are real. I find myself imagining a movie as I read. Great book!
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-Shaped Box Very good book. Could not put it down.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting Book This book haunted me. No, really. It did. It was a book that I didn't want to continue because the events within kept infecting my everyday thoughts as well as my dreams. Every time I picked it up, part of me was scared to continue reading. And yet, I couldn't stop. I came across a recommendation of this book on a writing podcast, and decided to give it a try. After all, I haven't read a lot of haunting related stories and thought since this one dealt with the subject, and had been well reviewed, I would give it a try. Little did I realize what I was getting myself into. From his opening lines, Hill creates a story that draws the reader in, every little detail fed to the reader to build a certain world and to draw them further and further into the story. Possibly the best thing in this book is Hill's level of detail when it comes to the haunting itself. I am not going to say much about it, except that there are tiny little things that he puts into the story that your conscious mind doesn't pick up on, but your subconscious does. Much like the hypnotism used by the main antagonist, this helps to spook the reader as they continue further in the story. Another thing that Hill does well is his characters. They are real people with realistic thoughts, feelings and issues. Each has a well defined past that gets explored and it affects them as it would people in the real world. It was hard for me as a reader not to get drawn into their world and problems as the story progresses and at points I was genuinely concerned for their safe being. Hill did a wonderful job bringing them to life and making each character easy to relate to. My only complaint with the book was the handling of the actual supernatural part. Not the haunting itself, but how the haunting actually took place. Hypnotism is one thing, outright working with spirits and the dead is another. It's really hard to take two actually unrelated subject matters and somehow form a bridge between the two. That said, that is just me nit-picking and it really didn't come to mind until I thought of it this moment. 'Heart-Shaped Box' was a haunting book to read that on some level spooked me. As much as I wanted to read it, I also didn't. Yet here I stand at the end, last page turned, and I feel a level of satisfaction that I don't normally feel with novels. I sort of feel like Bruce Willis at the end of 'Die Hard', broken, bleeding, but still alive and everything okay. So if you are looking for a really well written ghost story, this will absolutely will be the book for you. I can not recommend it enough to anyone who wants a good fright in their reads. Hill has managed to create an interesting ghost story that manages to keep the chills coming and have you at the edge of your seat. I highly suggest you read it, well, that is unless you aren't looking for horror.
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill is a fantastic author and I loved this book. I discovered him last year, and he has become one of my favorite authors.
Date published: 2013-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite! This is the first novel I've read by Joe Hill and it definitely will not be the last! I couldn't seem to put it down and I didn't want the story to end.
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! Although I preferred "Horns" this book has great characters. Good read.
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Very spooky at first,imaginative story.
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best ghost story ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** I really wanted to like this book. Really. Joe Hill, being the son of horror-writer Stephen King, seems to be attempting to follow in his father’s footsteps, writing in the horror genre. Heart-Shaped Box, however, was not scary. At all. I had read reviews of the book, and always looked at it at the library, wondering if I’d be brave enough to check it out. It was even in my wish list on Amazon. I was that intrigued. When I finally did check this book out, I couldn’t believe how I had worked myself up for nothing. The book is humorous at times (like a I-can’t-believe-he’s-trying-to-pass-this-off-as-scary kind of humorous), but Hill’s characters are so cliché and drab (an aging ex-rock star with his ex-stripper groupie girlfriend). The entire book is predictable and kind of boring. If you’re looking for a scary read, put Heart-Shaped Box back on the shelf. You’ll finish the book wondering where the scary was. Pick up something by Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, or Chuck Pahlaniuk instead.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great ghost story. This exciting ghost story had a tender side that I found both refreshing and original. The protagonist, Judas Coyne, is haunted by the stepfather of a girl who killed herself shortly after Coyne left her. But there are a few twists to navigate before you get the whole story. I also really liked the fact that the writing was straight forward ( sometimes fast forward, especially the action sequences)without a lot of excess detail (unlike some Stephen King pieces. Take a hint from your son, Dad). However the occasional trip down memory lane for Coyne and his girlfriend, Georgia, added an emotional and more human side to the story than expected. Well done debut.
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from read this last year i picked this novel out early last year and immediately dived into it. the book is good, but honestly the action in this is disturbing. at the time i wanted to move away from stephen king and i figured "hey why not". the book is an easy read and very very creepy. i was reading out in the sun on a summer day and i was getting the chills. you keep going because you want to know what is going to happen. it is definitely a page turner and sit on the edge of your seat creeper. maybe i just don't have the thick skin for what is going in the book. i always thought i did, because i love horror novels. just this out if you want a creepy and intense thriller. side note: i was spooked out by the book i left it with my boyfriend. i have yet to purchase another book by Joe Hill. Not because i didn't enjoy the book....like i said it is CREEPY
Date published: 2011-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great thriller story I found this story interesting in that I found myself rooting for a protagonist that I didn't like. I very much enjoyed Hill's style of writing, his character development, and the nearly constant tension throughout his storytelling. If they made this into a movie, I don't think I could watch it!
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "can't put it down until it's done" book! I originally bought Joe's book 20th Century ghosts. It's short stories.I never read stuff from this author before that. But loved the book! And then I looked online for other books by him and found Heart-Shaped Box. This story is a bit of fantasy, with some funny, and weird and strange. I love Mr. Hill's writing style. The book started good and kept on being good. I just couldn't put it down. Joe - keep 'em company! You are an excellent writer.. I look forward to reading more of your books. :)
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining This book was very entertaining - I found myself not able to put it down until it was completed. It has a good story was creepy was well. If you like horror type novels you will probably find yourself liking this book.
Date published: 2007-06-24

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“A fast-paced journey on wheels borrowed from hell’s used-car lot, and there aren’t a lot of comfort breaks...The pictures [Hill] painted colored my dreams and darkened my mood even after I’d put the book down.”