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by Joe Hill

  • ISBN: 006114794X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Joe Hill
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper (March 25, 2008)
  • FB2 size: 1259 kb
  • EPUB size: 1632 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 621
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Heart-Shaped Box (2007) is the debut horror novel of author Joe Hill. The book was published on February 13, 2007 by William Morrow.

Heart-Shaped Box (2007) is the debut horror novel of author Joe Hill.

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The Fireman by Joe Hill .From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

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Heart-Shaped Box, which takes its title from a Nirvana song, is a Valentine from hell. That’s a thought that would bring a smile to the Goth face of Judas Coyne, the book’s main character

Heart-Shaped Box, which takes its title from a Nirvana song, is a Valentine from hell. That’s a thought that would bring a smile to the Goth face of Judas Coyne, the book’s main character. Jude is 54, out to pasture, coasting on the royalties from old albums with names like Happy Little Lynch Mob and basically a fraud. He can watch another band and wonder which member will die first, but this is just macabre habit by now. So is his taste in girlfriends. It had been years since he dated anyone with a tan, Mr. Hill writes. When you were a Goth, it was important to at least imply the possibility you might burst into flames in direct sunlight.

Heart shaped box by joe hill. I read a lot of scary novels in fact Horror fiction is my genre

Heart shaped box by joe hill. I read a lot of scary novels in fact Horror fiction is my genre. So when I tell you that Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box is one of the best books to come out in a long while, you'd better believe it! It is the story of an aging heavy metal superstar named Judas Coyne who, owing to his carefully crafted public image, has developed a habit for acquiring morbid things. This includes a procession of pale Goth girlfriends, groupies who become lovers and think they’re the one who will tame the beastly Judas. 401 printed pages. A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror. Thriller & Crime Horror. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

“Wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty….A Valentine from hell.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times


The publication of Joe Hill’s beautifully textured, deliciously scary debut novel Heart-Shaped Box was greeted with the sort of overwhelming critical acclaim that is rare for a work of skin-crawling supernatural terror. It was cited as a Best Book of the Year by Atlanta magazine, the Tampa Tribune, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the Village Voice, to name but a few. Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling Neil Gaiman of The Sandman, The Graveyard Book, and Anansi Boys fame calls Joe Hill’s story of a jaded rock star haunted by a ghost he purchased on the internet, “relentless, gripping, powerful.” Open this Heart-Shaped Box from two-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Hill if you dare and see what all the well-deserved hoopla is about.

Reviews about Heart-Shaped Box (7):
After listening to the audiobook version of Joe Hill's graphic novel Locke and Key - which I still consider the best audiobook I've ever listened to - I went out and bought all of his novels. At that point they all sat on either my Kindle or my physical shelves waiting to be read, like so many others. Every time I mentioned wanting to read a scary story my boss raved about Heart-Shaped Box. She brought it up every...single...time! Finally, I decided it was time to give it a shot. I was in the mood for something scary and this fit the bill after all. I am now kicking myself for waiting so long! Not only is this story terrifying, especially in the beginning, but it ended up being so much deeper than I expected.

From the very beginning there is a "bump in the night" kind of creepiness that sets in, making this reader feel incredibly unsettled (which is great when reading a scary story!). As the synopsis states, Judas Coyne receives a ghost attached to an old man's suit that he purchased online, a ghost that it turns out has a personal vendetta against Judas. And boy oh boy does he start terrorizing Judas and his girlfriend, Georgia (real name Marybeth), from the moment that box arrives. As Craddock, the ghost, starts popping up around Judas's house he doesn't just stand around spooking people, no. He starts taking over their minds (turns out Craddock was a sadistic hypnotist when he was alive), herky-jerky moving around the house, whispering in ears and trying to get Judas and the people around him to either kill themselves or kill Judas. This in particular I found terrifying because how do you stop a ghost, who has this particular ability, from taking over your mind? And when Judas starts hearing horrible things - including dead people! - on the phone and through the radio I nearly jumped out of my skin!

Once Judas determines he is going to go on a road trip to confront the woman who sold him the ghost the scope and depth of the story builds. The actual race to find a way to stop this ghost before death literally catches up to them allows the tension to get tighter and tighter. Beyond that, Judas's reevaluation of his life and what he has done in his past makes this become a redemption story, one about a man facing all the bad things he's done in his past and forgiving himself for these past mistakes (figuratively putting his ghosts to rest) in order to try and move on and have a better life....if he can survive, that is. On top of this there's even a love story component - if an unusual one - and I was really happy to see a true building and acknowledgement of affection between Judas and Marybeth. I'm not going to give anything away about the ending, but I will say I would never have thought of the story ending that way.

Heart-Shaped Box has just about every component I can think of wrapped up in one thrilling package, something I didn't expect at all and which I absolutely loved! There's definitely scares and grit and gore, but there's so much more than that. I am now a forever fan of Joe Hill and cannot wait to read his other novels!
My intent was to savor this book, as it is only 400 pages, and enjoy it for at least a couple weeks. No such luck. Not since book 7 of Stephen King's Dark Tower series have I literally NOT been able to put a book down! I finished it in 2 nights, and I was as equally moved to tears by parts of the book toward the end as I was by the fact that the story was over, you know, that "what now?" feeling you get (well I do anyway) when you finish a really good read. Then, when I was looking on the internet to see if there were any talks about making a film about this fantastic book, I learned that Joe Hill is actually the son of Stephen King! Mind = blown. There have been talks, BTW, about a film version, and Mr. Hill has expressed interest in Russell Crowe to play the main character, Jude. Might I make a suggestion, Mr. Hill? The entire time I was reading your wonderful book, one person's face was stuck in my mind as the face of Jude - Rick Springfield.


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Sadaron above the Gods
Well color me blind, I did not realize Hill is Kings son. No Wonder I like how his stories twist . I've loved all of his stories and this is no exception but...I did not like how at the very end he's fast forwarding with 1 paragraph chapters. He tried to tidy up their ending too rapidly. He would have better served his characters ending it at the hospital when Jude found Georgia.
You want to know what happens when the idea of the “ghosts of your past has come to haunt you” comes to life? The closest one gets to this hypothetical scenario would be Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. While the book seems to be a story about a man being haunted by a ghost, and it is, you eventually come to see that the haunting goes beyond the typical spooky ghost story variety. And this added layer was what made the book an entertaining and gripping read for me.

With that said, it didn’t seem like I would end up feeling that way when I started the book. The first quarter of the book had a slow and monotonous feel with patches of action showing up here and there. It didn’t mean that it was horrible in any specific way. It just lacked a certain energy that would’ve grabbed my attention instantly, in which you knew you were in for a thrilling ride. In fact, for a good deal of time, I thought the tone wouldn’t change and therefore believed I knew what I would rate this book. Fortunately, as the story got to its midpoint, things changed and the book was seemingly infused with more action, suspense, drama which helped energized the book. Afterwards, the story got more intriguing, pulling me in and had captivated me until the end. The book’s second half really saved it from just being an average read.

I really appreciated how the story was about the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt us. While you had Judas and Georgia/Marybeth trying to contend with a ghost who is aiming to do them harm, running parallel to that is them, along with other characters (Anna, Jessica and Craddock) confronting/dealing with the “ghosts” of their past and how it shaped who they’ve become. You think you’ve gotten past it and you don’t have to deal with it anymore, but in reality it’s right there with you, in the periphery, subtly exerting its influence on you. This idea is (creepily) literally illustrated in Craddock’s method of getting to Judas and Georgia/Marybeth. It made the story not just a ghost story, but one that is also character-driven.

Which brings me to our protagonists. What I enjoyed about this book was Hill’s ability to create characters who were ostensibly uncouth and essentially unlikeable but whom you surprisingly grew to sympathize and root for. In a way, their fallacies makes them more credible and opens the door for you, as the reader, to like them and care about what happens to them. When I first met Judas and Georgia/Marybeth, I didn’t think much of them. They were quite unlikeable. However, in the end I wanted them to survive and succeed. While they may not be the epitome of the role model you’d want for your kids, they show how real evil can exist in the most unexpected places.

I was first introduced to Joe Hill through NOS4A2 which I really enjoyed. So it wasn’t a leap for me to have certain expectations with his other books such as this one. Now while Heart-Shaped Box isn’t on the same level as NOS4A2, it still was an engrossing read with intriguing characters and great writing (I really liked the morbid sarcastic humor within the narrative). Don’t let the slow beginning turn you off from this book. The build-up that began at the start pays off as you get towards the end and once you get to the book’s latter half, you’ll find yourself unable to turn away until you discover how it all ends.

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