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Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.
At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by William Morrow
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Joe Hill has the story-telling gift and his terrific sophomore effort catapults him onto my “authors-to-watch” list. I had some heated internal debates regarding what final rating to tag this with as I vacillated between 5, 4 and 3 stars depending on where I was in the book, eventually settling on a very strong 4. I don’t think this ratings quandary necessarily reflects uneven levels of quality in Hill’s execution. Rather, I think the back and forth resulted from the subtlety and complexity of...more
Kemper
Stephen King really messed up his son, Joe. It’s not surprising. The children of famous people generally end up as tabloid fodder, and with King as a dad, I’m shocked that one of his brood hasn’t gone on an extended murder spree.

King spends all day thinking of the most horrific shit possible to try and scare the collective pants off the reading public, and he had huge substance abuse problems when his kids were young. So you gotta assume that the conversations went something like this:

“Joe, get...more
Becky
Remember, way back at the beginning of the year, when I said that I wanted to hump Hugh Laurie's leg for writing The Gun Seller? After reading Horns, and just the ARC - not even the finished, shiny and perfect masterpiece - I want to hump Joe Hill's leg for writing it.

Not too long ago, I read Hill's short story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, and in the intro, Christopher Golden says that Hill is subtle writer, that his stories are "promises fulfilled". I think that Golden's words about Joe Hi...more
Kelly
In order to enjoy this book for the disappointment it is, I suggest the following for the over 21 crowd:

Take one sip every time...:
Someone exclaims any one of: "No!"; "Oh my God!” “What ARE you?”
A character or location from a Stephen King novel is mentioned.
You want to slap the main character and tell him to man up.
Merrin’s hair is described.
The pace becomes inert.
The word devil appears. (*Warning* you may get intoxicated from this action alone)
The setting is either at the evil knieval tra...more
Dan Schwent
Ignatius Perrish's longtime girlfriend was murdered and the whole town thinks he did it but he's walking free because the evidence was destroyed. After an all night bender, he wakes up with horns sticking out of his head that allow him to hear the thoughts of others. When he learns the identity of Merrin's killer, things start spiraling out of control...

First off, the good points. Joe Hill's writing is a throwback to his father's early days, back when people had the guts to edit him and his stil...more
The Holy Terror
It's hard for me to rate this book. On one hand I was hooked within the first 20 pages. On the other hand though I found it emotionally draining and painful to read. There's a quote that Ig reads to himself that I think sums up my feelings as well:

"It goes against the American storytelling grain to have someone in a situation he can't get out of, but I think this is very usual in life."

I often read fantasy and paranormal books to escape the harsh realities of life. It's the same reason I don't w...more
Charity
Jul 21, 2010 Charity rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Scaredy Cats and Evil Folk
4.5 Stars

When people saw me reading this they would ask if it was "any good." To say that this was good would be a massive understatement. It was supremely good. It was deliciously good. It was piss-your-pants good. It was leave-the-lights-on-all-night good. Yeah, it rocked! I was haunted, I was chilled, I was tingled, I was addicted. Putting the book down, even for a moment, was a hardship. Hill wrote about a psychopath that was so real, so disturbing, so terrifying, that I just wanted to peel...more
Barks & Bites
Ignatius (Ig) wakes up from a drunken stupor to discover he has horns growing out of his head. At first he believes he’s losing his mind but quickly discovers that they are indeed real and come with a terrifying power that compel others to spill what they’re really thinking and it’s never all hearts and flowers either.

Poor Ig learns things about those closest to him that would destroy most people and soon realizes he is completely alone. A year earlier the love of his life, Merrill, was brutally...more
Brandon
Ig awakens following a night of drunken debauchery with a throbbing headache. A trip to the bathroom and a glance in the mirror reveals that he has amazingly sprouted a pair of horns.

This is coming off a tragic turn of events the previous year in which his girlfriend was found raped and murdered. Unfortunately, all the evidence that could have cleared him had been destroyed. So without a way to prove his innocence, the entire town is convinced he’s the culprit.

We soon find out that these horns a...more
Maciek
After a night of alcoholic indulgence and doing terrible things, Ignatius Perrish wakes up very hungover and very surprised - he discovers that somehow when he was passed out a pair of horns grew on his head. Understandably shocked by the fact, Ig at first tries to deny the very existence of his horns - he it on booze-influenced hallucinations. Just to be sure, he decides to see a doctor and confirm that everything is all right with him. Because the horns do feel very real...

The visit to the doc...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I'm really glad I picked this up. Horror isn't really my thing, or at least it hasn't been. I've tried several times to read King, but so far he and I haven't clicked very well. I've been hearing a lot about Joe Hill lately because a few of my very good GR friends recently formed a group to talk about his books. They invited me to it and I just though "eh. thanks but no thanks." Then one day I clicked the link to read the summary of Horns and thought "hey, cool cover!" Which, of course, being of...more
Janie Johnson
I'm not sure where to start with this book or exactly how to rate it. On one hand I was hooked right when I started reading it because it was so different, and then it did this 'go back in time thing', and then it snapped back into present and it made it a little confusing and hard to focus at times.

I also felt that the storyline was a bit weak, it felt like it would have been so much more. I loved the ideas behind it, it just did not seem to play out well. I kept thinking ok so it is just a sl...more
Rachel
Ok before Kandice starts bleeding, here I go....Horns is one of those books that starts out catching your interest right away, grabs on and doesn't let go until it gets you to the end. It's entertaining, exciting but also rather deep and thoughtful. When I was a teenager, for whatever reason, I tried to read Why Bad Things Happen to Good People and thought it was too philisophical and boring (I was a teenager). Horns examines the same topic but makes it fun. The story starts out more bizarro tha...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, I see a lot of reviewers liked this one... I may not be the first, but if I am, please let me be the first to disagree. Maybe it wasn't totally crap, but I found it a major disappointment.

Let me say I liked Heart Shaped Box a lot. It was a genuinely scary book that while it might not have broken totally "new" ground proved that the writer could do good psychological terror/horror without resorting to cheap cop out. This book, while not being terrible, was full of cop outs, stereotypes, (an...more
Lou
This is a creative story of the Urban Legends sort of stuff. I liked his debut novel was more frightening and ghostly here he writes in a different style and mixes the plot around switching from past to the present. Take care because no dark secret is safe when the Devils around he can see back into all you're Buggery!
The story develops with great momentum it picks up and takes off in tension, a hell-bound tale. I would give it 5 stars but i don't want to please the little DEviL.
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Chris
I don't know what to say about this book. I truly feel that my words won't do it justice.

Read it. If you're reading this review and wondering if this is the book for you, do it. For a moment, I'll be the tiny devil on your shoulder urging you to take the plunge, to give in to temptation. It's well worth your time.

The devil is in the details. That's what makes this work so spectacular. The story is great too, but it's Hill's weaving of detail, symbols, music, emotions, and perspectives that makes...more
Rusty
As you probably know by now, the main character, Ig, wakes up one morning to discover that he has grown horns. This after a long night of drinking, and mourning his murdered girlfriend. He also quickly discovers that anyone he encounters feels an overwhelming compulsion to tell him their deepest desires. This is a very interesting premise and I consider myself a big Joe Hill fan, but this book did not do it for me. I probably missed some subtleties, but at page 65 or so, the protagonist still se...more
Kathryn
Horns starts off as a great read. For me, it was compelling, and even a little mysterious trying to think of what was happening to Ig Parrish. Until the middle of the novel, I was still trying to figure out what was going on, and why Ig had horns growing out of his head. Could it be true? Could what people were accusing of him of doing be true?

This was my first Joe Hill read, and I've owned Horns for several months now. I'm not sure why I didn't pick it up before. I guess I was saving it in t...more
Joel
Mar 02, 2010 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of early Stephen King
I didn't read Joe Hill's other book, so I don't know if it holds true there, but in Horns, he really seems to be channeling his famous father. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, and maybe I wouldn't comment on it if I didn't know they are related, but everything from the lurid, high concept plot to the gallows humor, to the obsession with classic rock screamed "King" to me.

That said, it's a pretty entertaining book. The plot offers a weird twist on a somewhat familiar concept (the "hero's" sin...more
Jennifer
Reading Horns was a delightfully guilty pleasure. I'm a fan of novels that are scandalous by nature. The more airing of dirty laundry the better. Horns has just that, with people telling Ig their darkest secrets only to have no recollection of the conversation once he's gone. Some secrets were funny, others were completely disgusting, and all drew me further into the story.

Ig is a highly sympathetic character, surprising given his circumstances. Everyone believes he killed his girlfriend, but no...more
Sandi
Horns turned out to be very different from the book I expected. I knew it was about a young man who was the prime suspect in his girlfriend's murder a year earlier. I knew that he woke up one morning to find he had sprouted horns. I knew that those horns could make people reveal their deepest, darkest secrets and that he could compel those people to do things they otherwise wouldn't do. What I didn't expect was that the real murderer would be revealed in the first 50 pages of the story. Of cours...more
Kathy
This book was amazing! The first chapter, alone, as short as it is hooks you and reels you in! This is the story of Ig Perrish, who has just gone through a year from hell! Not only is the love of his life, brutally raped and murdered, but he is suspected of the crime. The police can't arrest him due to problems with evidence, but public opinion is cruel and powerful and the fact that he wasn't found "guilty" doesn't matter to the world.

And then on top of everything else, he wakes up one morning...more
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Lee
I have to say, I wasn't expecting where this tale took me. Joe Hill's imagination shines in this story of revenge. Well written, with the touching moments, the holy crap moments....and, yeah you deserved that moments. There are times, that I'd like to have Ig's powers...and touch someone!
Brendon Schrodinger
I dipped straight into Horns after my disappointment with NOS4A2, but my faith in Joe Hill still high due to Locke and Key. The worry was that I might only like Joe's graphic novels rather than his novels. The great news is that I enjoyed Horns much more than NOS4A2.

The main character of the novel, Ignatius, is a flawed twenty-something living in small town US. He has a troubled past, with a major tragedy defining his existence. Everybody he knows believes Ig to be guilty of a serious crime. The...more
Keit Doesntcare
This book starts really good. Really, really good! I mean, deep fried, covered in chocolate, then fried again good!

And after the 100th page it stumbles down the cliff so quickly and unexpectedly,(alongside with my enthusiasm) that I kept wondering if I was reading the same book.

I'm going to quote just one sentence, which completely summarizes the whole 300 pages for me: "His stomach cramped, which he wrote off as a symptom of his unhappiness". Oh, how sad! Look at how unhappy Ig is! He's been...more
Aaron
May 15, 2010 Aaron rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Sarahfina, if she's really bored
I don't know if Stephen King started out writing with an awareness of how the novel would transfer to the inevitable movie adaption, but his son is either less self-aware or far more willing to show the cards of his cinematic aspirations, and Horns falls squarely into the category of book-which-would-be-better-as-movie. And you know, this probably won't be a bad movie. Visual, heavy on the action, loving the sort of characters who are defined by physical characteristic and cadence more than intr...more
Bill
An ordinary guy wakes up to discover he has horns growing out of his head.

So starts a novel with one of the most unique beginnings I've come across. Joe Hill is good news. His father is one of my favorite storytellers, and of course he won't be around forever. But he has spawned a kid who writes every bit as well as he (and without his overuse of parentheses).
Hill shares his father's fondness for the dark side, but also his sensitivities: Love plays a major role in his writings.
But Joe Hill is h...more
Jeanette
I could perhaps go up to 3 1/2 stars, but not 4. I liked the initial theme about Ig's horns and how he discovers their powers. When people are in his presence, the horns make them tell him their deepest secrets, after which they forget having seen him or talked to him. It bugged me, though, that almost everyone's secrets were related to depraved sexual behavior or fantasies. C'mon, Joe, you've got a better imagination than that! Not a ONE of my deepest, darkest secrets is related to sex. The hor...more
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Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.

Hill is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.

Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing, showcases fourteen of his short stories and wo...more
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