Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box is a horror novel about an aging rock star who buys a ghost on the Internet.

I don't read that much horror or dark fantasy, but, I have to say, I was struck by how fresh and inventive Heart-Shaped Box felt. The book was fast-paced and combined a creepy realism with just the right amount of traditional absurd horror tropes. Gothic elements and strong themes of redemption and the road further helped lift the book from set genre trappings.

Highly recommended.

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