Thursday, April 1, 2010

Book Review: Horns

Of all of the books I’ve read in the past few months, this one has really stuck with me the most. It begins with an allusion to Kafka’s The Metamorphous with Ig Perrish awaking to discover two horns protruding from his head. Then things really get crazy. The horns have the ability to make everyone around him reveal their deepest, darkest secrets, which usually have to do with their opinion of Ig. Everybody still thinks that he murdered and raped his long-term girlfriend, Merrin.

Joe Hill astounded me with his debut book, Heart Shaped Box, a few years ago. That was a ghost story that was actually scary in its own disturbed way. His second book now raises the bar and has established himself as one of my favorite writers working today. He’s very dark with an entertaining edge to him. It is mandatory for every review to mention he is the son of Stephen King, but right now he’s more exciting than his father and that is not a dig against King. Under the Dome was a great new addition from King but HornsHorns is wonderfully disturbing.

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