Horns: A Novel

Paperback | March 8, 2011

byJoe Hill

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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."

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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 origi...

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The New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box returns with a relentless supernatural thriller that runs like Hell on wheels . . .Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin's murder, Ig spends th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:March 8, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061147966

ISBN - 13:9780061147968

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Customer Reviews of Horns: A Novel


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 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 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 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

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