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Horns [Paperback]

Joe Hill
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Book Description

2 Jun 2011

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.

Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power - with just a touch he can see peoples' darkest desires - to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man 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.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0575099992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575099999
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

Author photo (c) Shane Leonard

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'Simply put, Horns is fantastic - the author has managed to weave an incredible tale that combines elements of thriller, horror and fantasy and yet has become something very believable, convincing and utterly compelling.' ***** (SFBOOK)

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The NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling author of HEART-SHAPED BOX returns with HORNS: a relentless new supernatural thriller.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Inside 15 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
I think that Joe Hill has managed to tap into a genuine primal fear with this novel. What if you could read their minds with a single touch? Now part of you might be thinking, `this would be great'. But I'm going to have to disagree. Could there be anything worse than knowing exactly what the people around you think of you? I am sure the reality would be a lot like the situation depicted in Horns. You would immediately start to learn things that you just didn't ever want to know. I don't think it would take long to discover that underneath the thin veneer of society a lot of individuals are way freakier than they appear on the surface. Ig Perrish learns this the hard way as he descends into his own private hell. The good news is that the reader gets to follow him, every step of the way.

I should stress that it's not all doom and gloom though. There is some welcome dark humour particularly when Ig tries to master his new powers. He takes some amusing, if slightly petty, revenge against those that have slighted him in the past. I couldn't help but feel that all the various characters got exactly what they deserved in this regard. Almost without exception, everyone wants to see Ig just disappear, so it seems only fair that they get what is coming to them.

This is the first novel by Joe Hill that I have read and I was heartily impressed. The main protagonist is placed in a terrible situation and I was compelled to follow his journey. The novel is very dark but also surprisingly life affirming. There are some flashbacks that cover Ig's first meeting with Merrin and the beginning of their relationship. These add additional depth to the characters and made it easy to empathise with Ig's predicament.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly good! 20 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well I bought this on the recommendation of a friend. I knew nothing about it and didn't even read the blurb on the back of the book and I have to say, for me that is the way to read it!

It's a wonderful book from the very stylish and cool cover to the unpredictable and bonkers plot.

I will give nothing away other than to say pretty much anything can happen, the easily offended and possibly Daily Mail readers should steer a path round it! And it has :-

A Great story, lots of twists and turns, it's sad, funny, gripping and has a cast of great fully realised characters. It's not really a horror or ghost story...I don't quite know how to catagorise it in fact, and I'm not sure I need to. Just read it and see what you think.

I have read a few great books this year, The Brother's Grossbart and Killer of men to name two but this is right up with them. Joe Hill is an author to be watched and has a real gift for story. Enjoy the ride!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horns wow 11 Sep 2012
By Trish
Format:Kindle Edition
This was amazing. Im a reader not a writer and therefore i dont have the words to put how i felt about this book into action. All i can say is how happy and refreshed i was after reading this incredible story. Its about time i found a new favourite writer and Joe Hill your now it. Keep writing. Going to start on Heart shaped box later, cant wait.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read - but not if you're prudish! 13 Oct 2010
By Kerrie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great premise for a story and it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed this book it was well written, cleverly executed and relevant, and although the genre is horror there was also comedy, love, tragedy and mystery.

Joe Hill has an ability akin to his father - he makes you care about all the characters, and even when the antihero, Ig, did some questionable deeds I still found myself rooting for him all the way.

How often have I invested a lot of time and effort into a book only to be let down by a rushed, disappointing and unsatisfactory ending? Well not this time thank goodness, Mr Hill skillfully drew his characters to a very satisfying climax.

A warning - There are some rather graphic scenes both macabre and sexual in nature so if you are easily offended this book is not for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Has Never Been Prettier 17 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
For those who don’t know, Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. And even though having a famous author for a father clearly helped Hill’s work gain extra exposure, that doesn’t detract from his obvious skills as a writer. If Heart-Shaped Box showed a debut author with flare, good humour, a twisted mind, and heaps of potential, then this novel solidifies him as a serious talent to keep an eye out for.

Horns is the story of Ignatius Perrish, a young man who wakes up one morning with a hangover, horns on his head, and the ability to hear people’s deepest, most evil thoughts, with just a touch of their skin. And even if he doesn’t touch them, they tell him their sins anyway, unknowingly pouring out their darkest desires to him. He doesn’t want to know, they don’t want to tell him, and yet it happens.

I want to screw my daughter.
I’m attracted to dogs.
I punch my wife in the ribs when no one’s around.
I defecated on my boss’s car last Christmas.

The confessions stream out, and at first, the story follows Ig on his journey, from house to house, person to person, following him as he comes to terms with this painful—but hilarious for us—power he’s been cursed with. Or maybe it’s a gift, something he soon realises: a way for him to finally uncover the truth of his girlfriend’s rape and murder. Ig has been suspect numero uno for as long as anyone remembers, and despite the case being thrown out of court due to a lack of evidence (it was all burned up), the town still thinks he did it. They know he did, and they hate him. And so using his newfound curse/gift, Ig is able to find out some answers and eventually piece together the sick and twisted puzzle of his girlfriend’s murder, which ultimately leads to a big showdown and a satisfying ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so good my mother has borrowed and is hooked
Excellent thought provoking cleverly written could not put it down started this book at 10 pm finished 3am next morning
Published 3 days ago by marie eager
3.0 out of 5 stars Horns. Meh.
The main character's long time girlfriend was raped and murdered, him being the only suspect but not convicted, though everyone in the community believes he killed her and got off... Read more
Published 7 days ago by elehn
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously wicked
Beautifully written, Satan as a misunderstood 'Pan' and God as the apathetic absentee parent - intoxicatingly 'Evil'. More talented than his Father.
Published 19 days ago by Dubh
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I bought this book from a recommendation by YouTuber Anna Akana whose channel is called BonerBookClub. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Ross C Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book.
An excellent book. If you a fan of Stephen King or any similar books of the horror genre, then you will enjoy this one.
Published 21 days ago by Mark Tadman
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralled
This was the second Joe Hill book I have bought and I was very impressed - I had no idea from the opening chapter how the book would go and was totally enthralled from start to... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Catherine Grimes
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but.....
I think it'll take another read before I understand what happened at the end I got a bit confused. I enjoyed it though & I usually hate books with dark storylines
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Berts
Really good back and forth novel - good characterisation and a lead protagonist (?) you really wind up rooting for. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Berts
5.0 out of 5 stars horny devil
Good read, enjoyed it immensely, keeps you wondering how its all gonna turn out in the end, which is of course its intention which it fulfilled admirably, bravo old bean
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great story full of imagination. Shades of stand by me. Loses a bit of pace in the middle but doesn't disappoint. Would make a great movie
Published 2 months ago by Mr. D. Shaw
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