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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
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Aug 03, 07

Recommended for: John Trembly
Read in April, 2007

Aging goth-rocker Judas Coyne made a very good living singing songs about the occult, so when he sees a ghost for sale on an online auction site, it seems like the perfect lark to keep his fans interested. But when the dead man's suit arrives, bearing his ghost, things go horribly wrong. Coyne's assistant disappears and he starts having visions and compulsions of doing horrible things. Coyne and his girlfriend take to the road looking for a way to escape the ghost before they meet their doom. It is not often that I offer unequivocal praise for a book, no matter how well written, but in this case the kudos are justified. This is a truly frightening novel, not in the sense of blood and gore (although there is some of that) but in the pure Poe and Lovecraft tradition of psychological fear that drives this story to an unstoppable conclusion. The writing, pace and structure of this novel are all first rate. Highest possible recommendation - this is truly fine storytelling.
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