2009.  79. Heart-Shaped Box

“Jude had a private collection.”

Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill

       This is the second book I’ve read by Hill, and I enjoyed it well enough, which is to say, the more I think about it the more I think that I’m just not that into horror novels.  I like reading Stephen King (Mr. Hill’s father, as you may know), but I think I like the way he writes, and put up with the horror, more than loving horror fiction.* I think I’d put Hill in the same category - I liked the voice of the novel and quite enjoyed reading it (and read it quickly without feeling like it was trashy, which I think is the ultimate compliment to a writer), but I’d prefer not to be reading this kind of story. Anyway, its the story of Jude Coyne, a famous rock star (in the death metal vein), who is semi retired, and, as befits a death metal type, has a penchant for the macabre.  One day, he sees an internet ad offering a ghost for sale.  He buys it for a lark, and when the dead man’s suit arrives, he finds he’s gotten more than he bargained for.  From there it goes dark and scary and twisty and horror-y, and it’s quite well-written and if you love horror, there is no question that you’ll like this.  I’m just not so sure I like horror.  When I think back on the book, I remember enjoying reading it, and I can’t pinpoint one problem I had with the book, except a vague sense that I don’t love that kind of book so much. 

* Although, I have to just say that Salem’s Lot is the scariest book I have ever read, ever, and when I read Pet Semetary I had to put in the freezer at night so it wouldn’t come get me while I slept, so don’t think I’m not affected, by horror novels, I just don’t think I adore the genre.  


Date/Place Completed:  May 2009; D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Library Book

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