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Heart-Shaped Box
Heart-Shaped Box
Author: Joe Hill
Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman's noose, a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061147937
ISBN-10: 0061147931
Publication Date: 2/1/2007
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 321 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 15
I was very impressed with this debut novel by Joe Hill, Stephen King's son, one of the best horror novels I've read in a while! In this book we follow Judas Coyne, his two dogs, Angus and Bon, and his goth girlfriend Marybeth, as they try to escape from the ghost that is after them, the ghost that Judas purchased online. This book is filled with disturbing images, which I'm sure will stay with me for a very long time. I highly recommend this book and I eagerly await more from this author in the future. I don't suggest reading this book at night. If you have a dog, make sure to keep him nearby for your own protection!
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Helpful Score: 11
spooky, creepy, couldnt put it down! This is a story that sticks with you long after your done reading it. Its steven kings' son, what do you expect? A+++
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Helpful Score: 8
Very scary, right from the first chapter. I couldn't read this at night! However, it got a little repetitive at some parts. Overall, a great horror read!
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Helpful Score: 7
Don't let the fact he is Stephen King's son put you off. He didn't get this book contract by nepotism. I read this book while making dinner, then eating dinner, even over dessert. This is one of those books that you cannot put down. The pages seemed to turn themselves.
He writes in a very accessible style and I found it easy to slip into the world of the book.
As for the content, I did get some genuine creeps from this book. I got goose bumps several times while flying through the pages. I felt like I got a pretty good sense of the main characters.
After I was finished devoring this book I said to my S.O. that when I was reading Stephen King's books I always had to wonder. What kind of bed time stories did he tell to his children. And how did that affect them. I think I have my answer. :)
It's worth it.
Read it. Seriously.
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Helpful Score: 7
Could not stop reading this book, finished it in one day. Great ghost story and mystery, didn't like the main character Jude at first, but after a while you realize that he is not the person he thinks he is! Highly recommend!
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Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: from Disney sketches drawn by John Wayne Gacy, to a hangman's noose used at the turn of the nineteenth century in England - and everything in between. As an aging death-metal rock god, his varied taste for the unnatural is widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses can possibly rival his latest discovery - an item for sale on the Internet - something so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

"I will 'sell' my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder..." begins the email, and right from that line Jude is intrigued. For a thousand dollars, he will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts - of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the band-mates he betrayed. So, what's one more?

But what UPS delivers to his doorstep in a black heart-shaped box is completely unexpected. This is no imaginary or metaphysical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.

Suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door...seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting - with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. And, Judas Coyne is about to learn that sooner or later the dead catch up...

Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's son - something that I didn't realize until Mareena told me when I bought this book back in April. Anyway, although Joe Hill has written many short story collections, I believe that this is his debut novel - and what a debut it is!

I absolutely loved this book. I found the story to be fast-paced and action-packed, not letting up for an instant. Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel by Joe Hill was compulsively readable for me, and I finished it at a gulp. I give this book an A+! Definitely a winner in a family of winners, and I'm putting Joe Hill's other books - 20th Century Ghosts, Horns and NOS4A2 - on my Wish List.
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An amazing adventure of pain and terror with music references woven throughout. I haven't read any of his fathers books to compare although I collect them all because he is iconic.
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This is a book by Stephen King's son. While not completely awful, let's just say he is NOT his father. After pushing through this, I wouldn't bother to read anything else he's put out.

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