Last month, we posted September’s Book to Read in the Tub: Gone Girl. This month, we want to share a spooky book in the spirit of Halloween. It is October after all; you have to read something scary! So grab this paperback and relax with some bubble bath. Remember to leave the lights on!
October’s Book to Read in the Tub is Horns by Joe Hill. Horns tells the story of Ig Perrish. Following the murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, Ig wakes up from a crazy drunken night. When he touches his head, he realizes he has grown devil’s horns. Suddenly, Ig also has a supernatural power. For some reason, people feel the need to tell him their deepest and darkest secrets. When Ig touches people, he can influence them to act out their dark desires. Will Ig be able to use his new-found power to find out who killed Merrin?
About Joe Hill
Joe Hill is the son of the famous horror novel author Stephen King. However, Hill found success before he revealed his identity. He was awarded the Bram Stoker Award in 2005 for Best Fiction Collection for his anthology of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He is also a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the William L. Crawford Award for Best New Fantasy Writer of 2006. Horns was published in 2010 and nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. Joe Hill has a Tumblr, Joe Hill’s Thrills, where he talks about interviewing other authors and essays for writers. He also posts stills from Horns and shares quotes and thoughts on popular culture.
-Horns has been made into a motion picture, produced by Red Granite Pictures and Mandalay Pictures. The movie was directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors), written by Keith Bunin and stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig and Juno Temple as Marrin. It comes out on Halloween of 2014.
-Joe Hill is the son of author Stephen King.
Our Favorite Quotes from Horns
“You think you know someone. But mostly you just know what you want to know.”
“I want you to remember what was good in me, not what was most awful. The people you love should be allowed to keep their worst to themselves.”
“I will be waiting by candlelight in our tree house of the mind.”
Books like Horns
-Other books from Joe Hill include Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2, 20th Century Ghosts and the comic books Locke & Key and Wraith.
-A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
-The Stand by Stephen King
-Seed by Ania Ahlborn
-Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge