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Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with 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 his beloved, Merrin Williams, who had been raped an
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Published February 16th 2010 by HarperAudio (first published March 1st 2009)
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Karen I just started reading this, and it's good to see such favorable reviews! Looking forward to the movie! Btw, If you haven't read Hill's "Heart Shaped…moreI just started reading this, and it's good to see such favorable reviews! Looking forward to the movie! Btw, If you haven't read Hill's "Heart Shaped Box," I highly recommend it. (less)
César Hard to say, depends a lot on the reader. For me, 1-2.

There are lots of hell/devilish imagery, but I didn't find the supernatural part scary at all.…more
Hard to say, depends a lot on the reader. For me, 1-2.

There are lots of hell/devilish imagery, but I didn't find the supernatural part scary at all. There are some (well done) thriller/suspenseful bits, though, mostly related to the murder/killer. They kept me at the edge of my seat reading, but I wouldn't list them as "scary".(less)
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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
Mar 22, 2010 Kemper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
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
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
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
Dan Schwent
Sep 25, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2013
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
Jul 21, 2010 Charity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Raeleen Lemay
Mar 19, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
*After second reading*
VERY GOOD. watch my video review here:

*First read in Nov/Dec 2012*
Oct 28, 2014 Tally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had high expectations for this book.

It completely blew those expectations out of the water!

This review might end up as a bunch of disjointed thoughts, because I'm having trouble organizing exactly how I felt. Warning: The beginning of this story is slightly soul-crushing. This book doesn't put a lot of faith in humanity, at least not in the beginning (I won't disclose anything about the end). As long as you don't take that aspect of it too seriously, it can be so good.

The setting was superbly
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*

3.5 stars

“You think you know someone. But mostly you just know what you want to know.”

Of course I know by now that Joe Hill is none other than the son of the nearly worshipped Stephen King. I keep seeing praise in my feed and groups about his work, but Horns is my first taste of what he's offering. I'd seen - and loved - the movie on Netflix a few months before reading this.

Since the book and movie are so similar, there weren't surprises waiting for me. That soured it a little but I still loved
Mar 05, 2016 Jadranka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ig Periš, 26-godišnji mladić koji krade Bogu dane posle tragedije koja ga je zadesila, budi se jednog jutra mamuran, bez sećanja na prethodnu noć, sa rogovima na glavi. Vrlo brzo uviđa da rogovi nisu samo rožnati izraštaji, već da zahvaljujući njima može da sazna najgrešnije misli ljudi oko sebe, kao i da utiče na njihove postupke.
Ig Periš postaje vrsni poznavalac "univerzalnog jezika - jezika greha".
"Rogovi" su drugi Hilov roman koji sam bila u prilici da pročitam (prvi je bio "Kutija u obliku
Sep 23, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I'm not a giant fan of the horror genre, but I'm glad I gave this book a chance as it was a decent enough read. Horns was more of a dark fantasy with a heavy dose of black comedy rather than your regular gore filled horror story, though it did have a few gory horror moments, and I think that is probably why I enjoyed it so much.

Ignatius Perrish wakes up after a heavy night of boozing to discover he has grown a pair of horns! At first he thinks he has simply lapsed into madness. Who could blame h
Bark's Book Nonsense
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
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
Ashton Gibbs ♥ BB&B
Horns - Joe Hill
Beauty, Books and Babble

After seeing the trailer for the movie adaptation of Horns, I naturally made the decision to read the book before watching the film, and after hearing nothing but good things about it from my brother, I couldn't wait to get stuck in.

Hornsfollows the story of Ignatius Perrish, who is living in his very own hell where his childhood sweetheart and long-term girlfriend, Merrin, has been murdered, and despite the lack of evidence, Ig is the prime suspect, and
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 WWID (What Would Ig Do) Stars

For Halloween I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to try something a little different.
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I thought this would be a horror novel, while it is disturbing at times it isn’t scary and the dialogue is so smart as to make you really think. There are a few theological statements that really made me think. Statements like the one below sat with me for days -
“Him and God are supposed to be at war with each other. But if God hates sin and Satan punishes the sinn
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
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
Ellen Gail
Apr 13, 2016 Ellen Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, horror
Five absolutely amazing stars! What was I even doing with my life before I was reading Joe Hill?

Full review in the works.
Oct 30, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As Horns is basically about a man who wakes up one day and finds that horns have sprouted on his head it is very tempting to start with a very lame joke “here is a guy who wakes up feeling horny - LOL!”. Fortunately I would never stoop to that level (plus it has already been done).

OK, so Ignatius Martin Perrish wakes up with a couple of horns and some supernatural power which most people would rather do without. Horns starts off like some dark and surreal comedy but as the story unfolds the narr
Apr 29, 2015 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to start off by saying the copy of this book I read was a signed copy that was a birthday gift from a very dear friend. It's the first signed book I've ever owned, and I was more excited by the fact that STEPHEN KING'S son signed it than that it was signed by the author when I first got it. Not anymore! No one will ever replace King in my heart, but I now love Joe Hill for Joe Hill. It doesn't matter who his parents are. It's morbid, but I've always been sad to think that someday King wil ...more
May 06, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction, 2012
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
Ignatius Perrish wakes up one morning with a nasty hangover and a pair of horns growing from his temples...

Horns was a book that sounded really cool, a man wakes up with horns and the power to make those around him their deep dark secrets. And, in a way the book was good, but it was also a book that I felt just wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Sure the part when everyone around him started to reveal what they really thought was fun, but I never really felt that the story becomes really eng
Feb 23, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 21, 2012 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Review alsohere
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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Just realized I missed updating this since I saw the film. LOVED IT. The book was much better because it was really inside Ig's head half the time, which allowed for more exposition. I think the treehouse and the ending were both handled better in the book, but Dan Radcliffe + horns + snakes + pitchfork = HELLFUCKINGYES.

Finished! SOOOOOO GOOD! gods. If this is how Joe Hill writes, I think we can all agree he's got talent to match his father. Brilliant writing. I've got Heart-Shaped B
Chris Dietzel
Mar 25, 2016 Chris Dietzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this was an odd experience for me. I read a ton of Stephen King when I was in middle school and high school but since then haven't read very much of his. So reading a book by his son, a book that in many ways was just like the ones I had read when I was a kid, gave me an odd sense of deja vu. Overall, it was a fun read and very easy to get through. Endings for books like this are always difficult but even that was done well. I'll definitely read another of Joe Hill's books.
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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
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