Horns: A Novel by Joe HillHorns: A Novel by Joe Hill

Horns: A Novel

byJoe Hill

Paperback | March 8, 2011

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Joe Hill's critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning debut chiller, Heart-Shaped Box, heralded the arrival of new royalty onto the dark fantasy scene. With Horns, he polishes his well-deserved crown. A twisted, terrifying new novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original triumph for the Ray Bradbury Fellowship recipient whose story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was also honored with a Bram Stoker Award—and whose emotionally powerful and macabre work has been praised by the New York Times as, "wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…a Valentine from hell."

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.
Title:Horns: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:March 8, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061147966

ISBN - 13:9780061147968


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Got better as it progressed 3.5 if I'm being honest. If you want to start reading Joe Hill - start with Horns. Of all his books, I enjoyed Horns the most. It has an unassuming depth to it that I didn't find (or maybe didn't notice) in Heart-Shaped Box or N0S 4R2. I thought I would need to rush to finish Horns before the movie comes out, but found I was rushing because I WANTED to know what was going to happen. Joe Hill has a tendency to start his stories and characters off on a traditional, seemingly predictable path, only to take a sharp left when you didn't realize you could even turn your head. Always unpredictable, Mr. Hill's characters surprise the reader with their choices throughout the book. Joe uses the flawed and reluctant hero archetype in all his books. This could become repetitive (formulaic?) but so far has not, as each story is different from one another and from what other writers are producing.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal. I seriously cannot articulate how deeply I enjoyed this book. I was able to relate a lot to Merrin and Ig simply because I've dated & been around people like Lee my whole life, I fell in love with the characters, and Ig's love for Merrin especially. It's an amazing story. This book is/could definitely be disturbing to some readers, my only wish is that Joe should have added a couple trigger warnings, there's descriptive scenes of assault, and one bad rape scene. This book is definitely heavy, and full of emotion, there were a few passages in here that made me tear up, but Ig's witty sense of humor and all the theological references keep it light as often as possible.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Horns It was a good story, page turner. Didn't like it as well as Heart Shaped Box but still enjoyed.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book is not necessarily scary or freighting. However, it is a fantastic battle between good and evil - blurring the lines between modern conceptions of both. The main character's transformation is brilliant. I did not except to laugh reading a horror novel (well, maybe besides King), but a few points of this novel really did crack me up. Recommended. A great second book from Hill.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read definite page turner, I really enjoyed this.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad Very graphic and sad read. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book This book is incredible. Magic realism at its finest.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most unique books I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good read the book and saw the movie...my preference is definitely the book version. well worth a read
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly a good read! I had been meaning to watch the movie, when this novel fell on my lap. I forgot the movie as soon as I sat down and started reading it. It is inventive and completely captivating read. Once I was done reading it I went to see the movie, but it doesn't give the book justice. The novel is so much better and the characters are so much more developed and the story is a truly artfully written. I definitely recommend this novel
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! I don't read a lot of horror, but every now and then I dip into the genre and find an occasional gem. This book was highly recommended by a co-worker and I am so glad I gave it a go! This book will not be everyone's cup of tea as it is violent and really shows the dramatic ugly hiding inside people. Joe Hill is an engaging author and I find he writes in a style very reminiscent of his father, Stephen King (whom I find hit and miss - love some of his books and hate others....) I couldn't put this book down and think that horror fans will really like what Joe Hill has written here. Not for the faint of heart as just when you think things can't get any worse for the main character, Ignatius, they end up getting so much worse. I liked the character of Ig very much and felt extreme empathy for him and his circumstance. This is horror with levels and an intense examination of the inherent evil of humans and how blurred the lines can be between good and evil....
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down Great book, don't have any plans when you start reading
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I read the book in a couple of days. It was super engaging, and pretty fun. There were some parts that I didn't find that exciting, and I did kind of find the climax to be somewhat underwhelming, but it was still a super gratifying read.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down !!!!!!!!!! My first book from Joe Hill, I ate this book in 2 days! I was completely hypnotized and wanted more. GREAT BOOK !!
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horns The movie was good BUT the book was way better. Hard to put it down you just want see how it ends. Great book
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Lovely That's the only way I can describe this novel. Joe Hill has mastered the dark, poetic allure that positively enchants the reader. It holds the same threatening charm and suspense as one could expect from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Horns lures you in and before you know it, you're too enthralled to put it down! I absoluteky can't resist the contrast between the dark allure and the subtle undercurrent of innocence portrayed by the characters. Brilliantly written! I look forward to reading more by this author!
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horns Excellent, good for Joe . It keeps you wanting more and doesn't disappoint. As good as heart shaped box.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Kept me hooked from the first paragraph. My first Joe Hill book but won't be my last! May even watch the movie.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chip off the old block a must for the avid reader
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from exciting read with some slow bumps in the road Didn't find this story scary at all. It is more of mystery, whodunnit and what the "devil" happening to ig? the book is mainly from protagonist's pov- Ignatius Parrish, but there are povs from Ig's older brother Terry Parrish and childhood friend Lee Tourneau. 1. Who murdered Merrin Williams? 2. Ig is growing horns from his head? These are the 2 premises of the book. Parts of the book are dark and sad. Reader right away meets Ig and his horns growing out of his head. He has powers he never had before that help him solve the mystery of his murdered beloved gf- Merrin. Not much gore, but there is fair bit of violence. I found Lee's pov the most interesting...as you read on you'll know why. Honestly Ig's pov had it's highs and lows. There are a few twists here and there but nothing that will shock and haunt the reader. Interesting story/ concept but nothing too spectacular here. Good pre-halloween read.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Son does almost as good as his dad Pretty good story and if the movie gets done right it should be awesome.
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As demented as his father! OMG, spellbinding and an excellent read.
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This is the first book I've read from Joe Hill. I really enjoyed it. The story moves along at a good pace and there are laughs as well as tears. I would recommend this to any if my friends.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horns yes. One of the most enjoyable reads I've ever had, just finished it for the third time. I'd recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horns Loved this book. Laughed so hard at one stage.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horns As good as his dad
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Very surprised by this book. Page turner all the way to the end. I will read this one again.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Best read in a very long time. Interesting thought on good and evil and the role of God and the Devil in our lives. Funny, sad, surprising, and thoughtful. Just excellent...
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Horns It was alright. Read better.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Really grabs you in the beginning. It gets a little slow in the middle with some back story. Great read all together though
Date published: 2013-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horns My 1st Joe Hill novel and I'm a believer! Great read, excellent story line, very well written.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hell of a Good Read! Great novel from Joe Hill, spawn of horror meister Stephen King. The novel has some weak spots in the middle but overall a great murder-mystery case with Ig Perrish seeking the truth about the demise of his girlfriend, Merrin. The book's strongest parts were Ig's transformation into Lucifer Jr. and the nature of God. As bad as the Devil can be, human nature by itself can be even worse. Cannot wait to see the Hollywood adaptation.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent little devil tale Good book & fast read. This was my first time reading Joe Hill and I enjoy his writing. I don't think he's there yet but with some time I think he'll evolve into something pretty grand. Story had some elements I could have done without and slowed it down a bit.. but overall I liked it
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Giving the Devil His Due I've just finished reading +Joe Hill's "Horns". Absolutely loved it. I'd been hesitating for months about getting this book, picked it up and put it down a dozen times before finally deciding it was something that I should grab. Now I'm kicking myself for not having picked it up sooner. There's a saying, I don't remember by whom, that goes, you get the book you need when you need it. Horns' protagonist is Ig Perrish, who's having a very very bad year. First his girlfriend is murdered, then he's suspected of having done it and, then he wakes up with horns (no literally horns growing out of his head.) What he does with his horns is the driving action of this novel, Hill's second, and watching Ig play with his horns is a rollicking adventure into the dark side of the human condition. Joe Hill plays with the trope that we can never know the mind of another to gritty, disturbing effect. What if all you could know was the worst that people thought, of you, of themselves, of others? Could you survive the onslaught? The beautiful thing about Ig Perrish is that he can, and uses the information, mostly, to do good. "Horns" is a wonderful, richly nuanced book, with moments of laugh out loud humour and a few playfully devilish cliches. As you can probably tell, I don't write reviews. Ig is a decent human being, flawed for sure, but fundamentally good. His only goal is to find out who murdered the love of his young life, Merrin. Sure, he exacts petty revenge, but only on those who richly deserve it and it doesn't necessarily turn out the way he planned, thereby proving the adage that the best laid plans of mice and men....(thank you Robert Burns) Joe Hill has a consummate understanding of the celebrity obsessed culture of the early 21st century evidenced by his exchange with a waitress in a bar whose only goal is to get on TV (read get famous), seemingly at any cost, including her own murder. Joe also knows about the heart of darkness that can lurk in even the most civilized of men. This is exposed and to some extent explored with the character (antagonist) Lee Tourneau. I really like the name of this of this character and I'm not sure how Hill came to it, but the depth of it really struck me as significant. "Tour" is French for Tower and the locale of the murder is near a tower-like structure. The name also contains in it the French word for water "eau" a motif that also runs through the book. Digging a little more, the concept of turning is also encapsulated in this name and echoes the 'turns' of Lee's own life. One of my favourite lines in the books is when the congressman Lee work for tells him he could be the Republican Party's next Reagan and Lee responds that he's rather be the next Karl Rove. Honestly, I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. What I found most interesting in the novel was the enigma that was Merrin. She is perhaps the most opaque of characters and I loved the book all the more for it. She is fully rendered, rich and deliciously flawed. But it her ability to wear different skins that makes her all the more human. Her sacrifice is stunning. I'm not sure if I've given away too much, but I enjoyed this book and I hope that this poor excuse for a review will spur others on to read it as well.
Date published: 2013-07-31

Editorial Reviews

Horns is dark, twisted, even sometimes funny in a macabre way.”