Horns Hardcover – 16 Mar 2010
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I've read it a few times over the years and each time I come out of the experience having a completely new interpretation. Out of everything he's written, from his numerous short stories to his novels to his comics, it's Horns I always circle back to. (Tor.com)
Horns was a terrific read which helps to bolster Joe Hill's already high status in my personal pantheon of storytellers/writers. (SFF World)
After you've watched the movie, I'd whole heartedly recommend checking out the novel, its well worth the read. (Pissed off Geek)
An instant classic, Horns commands the reader's attention from the first page to the last and serves as an excellent starting point for Joe Hill virgins. I, for one, can't wait to see the film adaptation, despite the fact that the Ig in my head bears no resemblance to Daniel Radcliffe. This is a must-read, if you haven't already, and well worth a revisit if you have. (Reader Dad)
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone. It is wretched, witty, and enthralling. The writing is clever and masterful, despite the few faults I had. I think that if you are of a sensitive or conservative disposition, it might not be the book for you. It is a tragic love story, a murder mystery, and a supernatural fantasy with a dash of theological satire to sweeten the deal. (The Eloquent Page)
Joe Hill digs beneath the surface of civility to expose the brutal and savage sides of human nature. The result is an excellent read, full of dark wit and disturbing revelations. (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)
Horns is pretty damn awesome. I have read my fair share of supernatural trhillers over the years but with Horns Joe Hill introduces something not seen before, it's not a complete embodient of the devil but holds in the lines. A perfect story that will creep you out and play with your emotions. And at the heart of it all yes a love story, gone wrong. (The Book Plank)
A dark, funny 21st century fairytale - and a devilishly good one too. (Ian Berriman SFX)
A tale of sexual jealousy, the redemptive power of love and the loss of adolescent innocent, congealed into a parable about the soul's need demands for revenge. An original take on the half-glimpsed mystery of the human heart. (Neil Norman THE DAILY EXPRESS)
On the level of a horror thriller, Horns is a compelling read. What makes it exceptional is Hill's psychological insight as he dramatises Ig's plight, Tourenau's egotism and Merrin's heartbreaking dilemma. As an examination of the forces of good and evil, and all the shades in between, Horns is a remarkable achievement. (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)
Horns is many things: a tragic love story, a tale of revenge, an examination of human emotion and a startling picture of what love and hate can drive people to do. It's lucid, funny and intelligent. It's also sad, touching and - at times - utterly heartbreaking. But most of all it's utterly brilliant in conception and execution, a startling mix of childhood joy, adult despair, and a touch of midsummer magic. Horns is one of the most emotionally-engaging books I've ever read. (James Long SPECULATIVE HORIZONS)
This leaps between high-concept black comedy and psychological crime novel, love story and vengeance thriller, pondering the nature of evil along the way. It's thrilling confident, meaty, surprisingly and characteristically tender stuff from a devilishly good writer. (METRO)
Like his old man Stephen King, Hill can knock out a compulsive page-turner. Creepy and showy, Horns is still a novel to grab a hold of. (THE LIST)
Hill has more twists and tricks up his sleeve than the very best conjurers, and between its characters, its concept and its unrelenting pace, Horns outshines even the brilliant first blush of an astonishingly convincing and entertaining new voice in speculative fiction. (THE SPECULATIVE SCOTSMAN)
No difficult second novel from Joe Hill instead he raises his game. Horns feels more grounded. It's characters and his confidence with them really shows. He has an eye for what makes us tick and uses that to get behind our eyes and pokes about on the inside of our skulls. Joe Hill has humanity nailed. I wonder whose skin he is going to peel away next? (Gavin Pugh NEXT READ.CO.UK)
As we learn more about Ig , psychology and metaphysics combine and the novel becomes far more interesting as an exploration of the possibility that evil actions can have a positive outcome, and also that no one can expect to understand everything. (THE TIMES)
The NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling author of HEART-SHAPED BOX returns with HORNS: a relentless new supernatural thriller.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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!
The story is a great idea and the sprinklings of humour are very well done. However, where it loses me is when it suddenly diverges to flashback and stays there for chapter after chapter with no warning. There is no segue, leaving the jump feel out of place. There is also a fair amount of what seems like filler. I feel the book could have been a hundred pages shorter without really losing anything. There is excessive description of people and events that aren't actually relevant to the tale. I found myself skimming quite a lot.
This isn't a mystery as we know whodunnit fairly early on. I suppose it could be a coming of age tale, but the flashbacks feel too disjointed for that to be fully realised. It seems like a book that could have used a firm hand from an editor. The sudden changes in setting, time, place and tone don't really work for me and made it difficult for me to settle in to the story and properly care about the characters.
The ending felt rushed and didn't offer anything that felt like a resolution for me.Read more ›
On the surface the premise sounds preposterous; man grows horns and appears to be turning into the devil. I wish I was in that pitch session - I could have learned enough to make my career. Anyway however it sounds, it reads pitch perfect. If you've seen the film, this is worth a read as it fills in some blanks and expands on things the film could not cover - the treehouse was an especially nice touch. If you haven't seen the film or read the book and you like your humour pitch black with some highly quotable lines and few really deep thinks to kick the grey matter into gear, then give this a whirl. It's a bit of a slow starter but utterly addictive when you get going.
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After watching the film version of this novel twice and enjoying it both times, I decided to buy the book to see what it was like. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great idea for a story with spot on execution from Joe Hill. The author builds up an adversary that you really will hate after little things are revealed bit by bit,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. R. Stanton
I’ll admit, bar Darren Shan, I haven’t stretched out of what you could call my horror comfort zone.
So decidedly, after seeing the film with Daniel Radcliffe at the helm... Read more
INCREDIBLE BOOK...stayed up all night and read it in 1 day, amazing story, could not put it down till i read it allPublished 2 months ago by Stylianos S.
Ig Perrish awakens from a drunken night and finds he has grown horns. Not only that strange things start to happen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tinalouise1969
One of my all-time favourite novels. Truly horrifying in parts but also beautiful, smart and moving; I don't think I've ever shed more tears over a book. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Ja think
The first book I've read by Joe Hill, and I was expecting it to sound like a King novel. It did and it didn't. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards