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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Feb. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061147958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061147951
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] compulsively readable supernatural thriller...Hill spins a story that’s both morbidly amusing and emotionally resonant. The explanations for Ig’s weird travails won’t satisfy every reader, but few will dispute that Hill has negotiated the sophomore slump.” (Publishers Weekly)

Horns is a well wrought tale with intellectual merit. Not only are we entertained, we are challenged to think as well.” (New York Journal of Books)

“On the strength of two masterly thrillers—2007’s Heart Shaped-Box and his newest Horns—Hill has emerged as one of America’s finest horror writers.” (Time magazine)

“HORNS should bring even more fans to Joe Hill . . . he has his own style, and it is very accessible as well as fast-moving. . . . HORNS is a fast-paced, fascinating murder mystery/love story with a dash of the devil himself to spice things up.” (DreadCentral.com [horror entertainment review website])

“[Horns is] devilishly good. . . . Hill is a terrific writer with a great imagination. He has a special talent for taking us and his characters to very weird places.” (USA Today)

“Hill’s survey of the question of suffering is a wild ride, as filled with thrills as his hero’s headlong plunge down to a dark and dazzling river.” (Seattle Times)

“The wise guys point out that the literature of horror fantasy tends to be both romantic and conservative. Normalcy is idealized and so precious that its violation is the essence of horror. Joe Hill’s sweet, fanged demonology takes us there.” (Oregonian)

Horns is thoroughly enjoyable and often original.…a richly nuanced story. Fire and brimstone have rarely looked this good. ” (Los Angeles Times)

“A devilish, ingeniously designed story that positions Hill in the same realm as Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, and Stephen King.” (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Horns is a pitchfork-packing, prodigal son’s take on religion…But the real meat of the story dissects man’s relationship with good and evil wihtout sacrificing a bit of suspense…Horns is a mesmerizing page-turner.” (Tulsa World)

“Brilliant in conception...HORNS is a rollercoaster of a work filled with thrills and chills.” (Bookreporter.com)

“Hill’s one incredibly talented writer with a wicked sense of humor and a master’s control of pacing.” (Bookgasm.com)

“No one working in horror today is more adept than Hill …His writing is both merciless and compassionate, driving hard toward the painful truth in every story while holding fast to the desires of his protagonist. ” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

“”Darkly comic in places, touching in others, chilling on occassion…” (Valdosta Daily Times)

“[D]evilishly good…Hill is a terrificwriter with a greatimagination. He has a special talent for taking us and his characters to very weird places.” (Wilmington News Journal)

“Fire and brimstone have rarely looked so good.” (Orlando Sentinel)

“Horns is not only scary but it’s also insightful, often funny and sometimes sweetl romantic.” (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

“[A] fresh, tough-minded take on what it means to make a deal with the devil and your own worst nature.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Fast-paced, well-made, and wonderfully weird.” (The Globe and Mail)

“This is masterful allegory as Hill proves himself…to be a compelling chronicler of human natures continual war between good and evil.” (Providence Journal-Bulletin)

“a tight and well-plotted murder mystery, as well as a thoughtful meditation on good and evil....[HORNS] establishes Hill as one of the most clever and talented writers working in the genre.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

“As the plot builds through flashbacks and clever exposition, Ig’s true nature reveals itself, and the reader is left questioning the traditional border between good and evil....Highly recommended, particularly for fans of Clive Barker and Christopher Moore.” (Library Journal)

“A satisfying and entertaining book.” (www.npr.org on HORNS)

“[HORNS is] a creepy murder mystery, a tragic love triangle, and a sweetly wistful coming-of-age story. It’s the kind of book that has you laughing on one page, crying on another and making sure the doors and windows are safely locked on a third.” (Miami Herald)

Horns is dark, twisted, even sometimes funny in a macabre way.” (Connie Ogle, "Between the Covers," The Miami Herald)

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Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He awoke the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and two horns growing from his temples.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Connell on Dec 28 2010
Format: Hardcover
The premise of the book is that an ordinary guy, with some unordinary emotional baggage, wakes up one day to find he has devil's horns on his head. These horns give him the power to get people to reveal their deepest secrets and desires. He also has the power to give them permission to act on them. As an earlier reviewer said, some of the earlier instances where Ig was figuring out his new powers could be quite humorous, while others were truly horrifying. I don't think it is a stretch to say that every human being has a very dark side to them that shouldn't see the light of day.

So I would have enjoyed exploring that more. That is, everyday regular people confronting permission to do what they always wanted to do. Instead, the tale goes off onto a revenge thriller where the "devil" has to deal with someone who is truly a monster. Some might enjoy a tale like that, but the first part of the book promised to be something more engaging than the typical good versus evil. I wanted to know more about "the monsters" true motivations, but even under the spell of the horns, we learned nothing about what made them that way.

But I do think this is a worthwhile book to read because it certainly makes you think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Farant TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 11 2011
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Horns is a decidedly strange book. It begins with a half-page chapter. This first chapter gives us the set up, the hook, and everything we need to know to keep reading: After a night of drinking he can no longer remember, Ignatius (Iggy) Perrish awakens to find he has grown horns. These are not metaphorical horns. These are bony growths extending from his temples and forming curved points.

Along with the horns, Iggy has gained powers of dubious value, including the ability to induce those around him to give voice--and in some cases action--to their darkest thoughts and desires. By touching them, Iggy can also see what dark deeds they have already committed.

We quickly learn that, even before the appearance of the horns, Iggy was not an average guy. Not only is he a member of a marginally famous family, he remains the prime suspect in the year old rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin. It is this crime that Iggy sets out to solve and avenge using his newfound abilities.

With Horns, Hill has crafted a genuinely original novel. How he came up with the idea would make for an interesting interview or essay. I can only imagine his agent's reaction when the pitch was made, most likely a mix of "What the hell?" and "Oh, god, yes!"

Hills' prose, overall, is serviceable. There are few truly remarkable turns of phrase and, at times, he is given to recycling metaphors and overusing particular words. The eyes of snakes, for instance, are compared--no fewer than three times, meaning every time--to golden foil. Hill has also, for some reason, fallen in love with the word "bowels," which pops up, in a variety of contexts, at least a half-dozen times but probably more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamieson Villeneuve on May 31 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ig Perrish is having a rough go of it.

After a night of drinking, he wakes up hung over and not entirely sure what he got up to the night before. Added to that, he has two small horns growing out of his head.

He knows that they weren't there before, that they are a new edition to his body. He also quickly finds out that they influence others around him. The horns force others around him to tell him what they're thinking.

Exactly what they're thinking.

Those close to him begin to share their innermost secrets. The "I can't believe you just said that" kind of secrets. Secrets and thoughts about a past that haunts all of them.

Years ago, Ig was accused of the rape and murder of the one woman he loved, the one woman who was his heart. Though he maintains his innocence, he finds out what his family and friends really think.

Everyone believes that he did it. Everyone thinks he killed her.

With his newfound talent, Ig decides to take the only course of action left to him. He decides to find out who really killed the one woman he loved.

And then take out his revenge...

I love Joe Hill. Rather, I love his writing. His first novel, Heart Shaped Box, was one of the creepiest, scariest novels I have read in years. His collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, was one of the most amazing collections of short fiction I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

I wasn't sure about Horns at first. Second novels have a tendency to be lacklustre and usually don't live up to the sacred gem of the first novel, especially one as widely heralded as Heart Shaped Box.

Before opening the book, I wondered if Horns would be a one trick wonder.
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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book definitely had a very different and interesting concept. What I did not expect was the comedy that went along with it. Ig's new found power (which took me a bit to figure out what it was) is an interesting gift, and could potentially be either; very dangerous, hurtful, or downright hilarious. Throughout the first bits of the book I couldn't stop laughing. The moments of Ig's childhood years (the shopping cart incident) and the situation with the two policemen made me laugh, and kept me reading the book. Yet there were serious moments too, with Ig finding out the truth about Merrin and her death, who was really behind it, and the real true feelings of people close to him (like his parents). It's a bit shocking, to read how his parents really felt of the situation surrounding Ig and at a certain point of the book I really felt sorry for him.

The first half of the book was really enjoyable to read. The middle part where it focuses on Ig, Merrin, and Lee wasn't so bad. Lee's a jerk. A real jealous one. I never really liked him to begin with and when you see his true colors, I hated him even more. Ig was such a nice guy and Lee just took advantage of that and stepped all over him. I liked Ig as a character although throughout the second half of the book he just got really strange and started behaving rather odd. This is where I thought the book was rather stuck in a rut and it suddenly dragged. I felt the pace of the book just stopped all of a sudden and started to crawl.

The ending was good and after that rut, the pace starting picking up a bit. I was definitely unprepared for the ending and it caught me by surprise. When I finished this book, I wasn't sure how I felt.
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