By Joe Hill
Publication Date: March 8, 2011
Number of Pages: 368 pages
Geographical Setting: New Hampshire, United States
Suspicion falls on Ig Parrish after his high school sweetheart, Merrin Williams, is found brutally raped and murdered in the woods. In dealing with the pain, Ig goes on a drinking binge and wakes to find a pair of horns growing out of his head. With these horns comes the ability to hear what people truly think of him and each other. He also finds that he can force people to do all of the terrible things that they have only thought about doing. These new powers allow him to conduct his own investigation of his beloved's death with horrifying results. Throughout his journey, we are shown the history of the star crossed lovers' romance as well as a glimpse into the killer's mind. We come to find that, despite Ig's demonic appearance, there are greater monsters and devils in the world.
Subject Headings: Revenge -- Fiction.
3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Character-driven, Intensifying, Darkly humorous
Similar Authors and Works:
3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
- You Suck- Christopher Moore: You Suck has both the humorous and paranormal elements that are found in Horns. It is about a man who wakes up to find that his girlfriend is a vampire.
- Revival- Stephen King: I would be remiss not to include a book by Joe Hill's father Stephen King. This novel is about a man who is forever changed by a local preacher and the supposed powers he possesses.
- Coldheart Canyon- Clive Barker: Both books involve men with physical deformities; this one features a Hollywood actor who undergoes surgery and ends up seeking refuge in a seedy place.
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors
- The Stranger Beside Me- Ann Rule: This is Ann Rule's own account of her acquaintance with serial killer Ted Bundy. It shows that you can't always see the evil in people.
- The Innocent Man- John Grisham: Similar to Ig Parrish's experience, but based on true events, this is the story of a young man who is accused of the murder of a local waitress.
- Devil’s Knot- Mara Leveritt: This is the true account of the West Memphis Three. They were three teenage "gothic" boys who were convicted of the molestation and murder of three young boys despite conflicting evidence.