Joe Hill has made a good attempt to step into his father’s shoes with his first three novels, all horror novels that feel like old school Stephen King. I’ve had … mixed enjoyment of them, despite loving King the elder. See, to me they read more like the bad old Stephen Kings. You know, the Gerald’s Game and Rose Madder sorts that we forget about because he was cranking out two books a year during the eighties?
Heart-Shaped Box was decent, but I felt was more a novella’s worth of story stretched into novel form. NOS4A2 I found forgettable, and Horns I disliked so much that I only got about a third of the way through it before forgetting I was reading it and eventually putting it back on the shelf. Naturally that’s the one that’s getting rushed into a film adaptation.
Here’s the new trailer:
Well, most of that wasn’t in the part of the book I remember, so maybe a lot more started happening after I gave up. My experience was: protagonist goes to person he loves, uses horny magic non-euphemistically to make them tell the truth, and it turns out they think he’s a dick. Surprise! Rinse and repeat with another character.
My conclusion was: I don’t know if he’s the killer, but there’s a growing consensus between me and the other characters on the subject of the protagonist being a dick. The book made a good mousepad for a while though, so it had that going for it. Very flat, perfect size.