Jan 21 2015

Horns: A Novel by Joe Hill

Here we go with another horror novel by Joe Hill. I admit that this book wouldn’t have even crossed my radar if they hadn’t turned it into a film with Daniel Radcliffe, but I’m glad it did.

The story focuses around Ig Perrish, who wakes up one day to find that he’s got horns. As he works on figuring out what the hell is going on, he discovers that the horns come with certain powers that he can use to manipulate people and things. With this realization comes the decision to right a terrible wrong that was committed in the past, and which ruined his life in the doing.

That’s the basics of the story, and it’s a good enough framework for a really decent horror book, but Joe Hill takes it beyond that. This book is also a bittersweet love story, and a mystery as well, as Ig uses his unexpected changes to figure out who owes the price of a life. It’s funny, too, in a macabre sense.

I enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to others who like horror that’s not all blood and guts but more psychological and creepy.

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