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Joe Hill

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Joe Hill's debut, Heart-Shaped Box, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His second, Horns, was made into a film freakfest starring Daniel Radcliffe. His other novels include NOS4A2, and his #1 New York Times Best-Seller, The Fireman... which was also the winner of a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror Novel.

He writes short stories too. Some of them were gathered together in his prize-winning collection, 20th Century Ghosts.

He won the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his long running comic book series, Locke & Key, co-created with illustrator and art wizard Gabriel Rodriguez.

He lives in New Hampshire with a corgi named McMurtry after a certain beloved writer of cowboy tales. His next book, Strange Weather, a collect
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Joe Hill I see genre as a set of props that you can bring in to stage the performance. In the horror prop room there's the axe, strobes for suggesting the flas…moreI see genre as a set of props that you can bring in to stage the performance. In the horror prop room there's the axe, strobes for suggesting the flash of lightning, plastic gallon jugs of fake blood. In the science fiction prop room, you've got the robot costume and a drawer full of Buck Rogers zap guns. And so on. If you use those props, you're inevitably going to encourage certain expectations in your audience, which you can seek to meet or confound, depending on your goals.

If I'm not sure The Fireman is really horror, it's probably because I got most of my props from the science fiction department, with a couple side trips to to the room where we store stuff for romantic comedies. I also visited the wardrobe we use for "road trip" stories. Oh, and also, I grabbed a carpetbag left over from the theater's last performance of Mary Poppins. Ahem.(less)
Joe Hill Oh man! What a great question. If we're talking romantic couple... probably Jake and Sadie from 11/22/63. It seemed to me that Jake didn't just fall f…moreOh man! What a great question. If we're talking romantic couple... probably Jake and Sadie from 11/22/63. It seemed to me that Jake didn't just fall for a lovely, thoughtful woman, but also for an emblem of an innocent, more hopeful time. If I had to pick a runner-up I'd go for Yorick and Agent 355 from Y: The Last Man. I am a fan of the idea that the person you're looking for has often been at your side all along and you just didn't notice.

Cecilia and Robbie from Atonement are pretty wonderful too.

But it's possible for a "couple" to be defined just as a pair of comrades. In which case I'd go with Aubrey-Maturin from the Patrick O'Brian novels, and Holmes-Watson.(less)
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“The best way to get even with anyone is to put them in the rearview mirror on your way to something better.”
Joe Hill, Horns

“You think you know someone. But mostly you just know what you want to know.”
Joe Hill, Horns

“She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.”
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The Fireman The Fireman by Joe Hill by Joe Hill
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
 
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The Red Notebook The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain by Antoine Laurain
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
 
  1 vote 16.7%

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman by Fredrik Backman
From the author of the internationally bestselling 'A Man Called Ove', a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales.
 
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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King by Stephen King
A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
 
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Redemption Road Redemption Road by John Hart by John Hart
A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long?

And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened…

This is a town on the brink. This is a road with no mercy.
 
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The Fireman is a finalist for a GoodReads Award in Horror! I'm not sure it's really a horror novel, but it has scary parts, and winning prizes is always fun, so if you feel inclined to vote for it, I WILL LICK BETWEEN YOUR TOES IN GRATITUDE.*

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