Saturday, September 12, 2009
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
An jaded aging rockstar buys a dead man’s jacket from the internet. Then things start to get evil.
The premise works. The dialog is believable, the characters are interesting, if clichéd. The evil is small bore haints, wicked stepparents and the like. People learn things about themselves and some of them don’t make it.
Quality horror, especially in a debut novel. Reads almost like… oh, I don’t know… a young Stephen King…
Cause, oh wait, he is. Well, that’s cool anyway. Street cred for not having your dad endorse your book on the back jacket, and for using a psudo-pseudonym, I suppose.
It’s also cool that The Shining is dedicated to this (once) young man, even if it has no relevance to this particular tale.
Good pulp horror novel. I’ll buy the next one.