Horns has recently been made into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe in the main role I believe. I can see why it would make a good film, it's a good read.
Ig is rich, son of a musician, brother to a TV star and he has a girlfriend that he adores, Merrin. He befriends an odd boy at school and the three of them, over summer, forge a bond. Merrin is later killed and Ig is believed by all to be the culprit. Then one day Ig grows horns and with them the ability to hear what people are really saying. Their thoughts. Their truths. So he decides to use his new power to find out who killed his beloved Merrin.
While this is a good read, Hill suffers a little of his father's flaw - he writes great characters, great childhoods which are endearing and malevolent in turn, great starts to a story, full of promise that unfortunately fizzles out a little at the end and just for a moment, loses the reader.
I loved the relationship between Ig and Lee, the odd friend who needs Ig so much. It was intriguing and off-kilter - just as you'd expect and want. The question of Merrin's demise is really secondary to the story and I didn't find myself really thinking about it. The end just was a bit...hmm, saw that coming.
Attracted by the razor blades and butterflies on the cover, I decided to give this horror debut a shot. Judas Coyne (pun intended) is a aging rock star who has a taste for the occult. When his PA tells him that there is a ghost for sale on an auction site, he has to bid. What he buys is the dead man's suit and with it possession of the old man's ghost. But as soon as it arrives in a heart-shaped box, Jude knows that there is something badly wrong with his purchase.
Initially the image of the old man (Craddock) sitting in Jude's hall with a Fedora on his head is incredibly creepy. Jude and his girlfriend Georgia, walk back and forward passing the ghost. Only Jude seems to see him and becomes thoroughly terrified by this presence. That seated ghost stayed in my head for a while I can tell you.
Then Jude is called by the sister of an ex-girlfriend. She tells him that she ran the dodgy auction site with the sole purpose of making sure he bought the suit and that Craddock was the father of his ex-girlfriend (who committed suicide after Jude dumped her). Craddock is there to take Jude and all who help him to hell. And so begins a race against Craddock and death itself.
While not brilliantly written - in fact rather write by numbers, and riddled with cliches (over done rock cliches especially) - this is still an entertaining read. It's kind of what Stephen King should have stuck to writing rather than become lazy. I raced through the end just to find out the denouement. A total beach read, that actually is a little creepy.
It won't stay on my bookshelves but I am glad that I read it.
I wondered how many books Joe Hill will have to write before people stop mentioning that he is Stephen King's son. And I have just done it again.
The Cape is a comic based on his short story. As a boy Eric plays with a cape and one day a terrible accident occurs that changes his life. As an adult he is a waster; no job, no money, no hope. But he still has that cape and one night he pulls it over himself and drifts off to sleep...only to find himself having drifted towards the ceiling.
What does a person do when they suddenly have a super-power? Do they become the people's hero - flying around the world correcting wrongs and performing daring rescues? Or do they take revenge on everyone who has hurt them? Let them down? Opposed them?
It is not a new question but it is an interesting side to the superhero question. This is a gripping read and suitably dark with artwork to match. It's as if Superman's cape has been trampled in dirt and left to rot. It's twisted and grimy and drawn boldly. It's a virtual punch to the stomach and I enjoyed it immensely.
Tyler, Bode and Kinsey's father is a school counsellor and one day two former pupils stage a home invasion in which their father is killed. Their mother kills one of the boys and the other goes to jail. They move to Lovecraft where the father's family mansion is.
Here at the mansion they begin to repar themselves. Kinsey dabbles with her identity, Tyler comes to terms with letting his family down in their time of need, their mother struggles with alcohol and little Bode discovers that if he leave the house by a certain door his soul leaves his body while it drops dead to the floor. From there he just has to think of a person or place and he can be transported instantly. Not only does little Bode find this development interesting but he discovers that his Echo lives down a well in the old waterhouse. But the Echo wants him to do something for her.
Just in case Bode doesn't comply, the Echo orchestrates the release of Sam, one of their father's killers. She needs someone, Bode or Sam, to bring her the key for the house, a key which will unlock all the doors and free her from the well.
This book has it all; great story, great artwork, great dialogue, great characters and spooks and violence galore. I have not been this excited about a new series for a while and I can't wait to get my paws on the rest of the series.