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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Hill Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre, including a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman’s noose, and a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is widely known. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible and strange that Jude can’t help but reach for his wallet.

I will “sell” my stepfather’s ghost to the highest bidder.

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man’s suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn’t afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, and of the bandmates he betrayed. What’s one more?

But what UPS delivers to his door in a black, heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It’s the real thing. And suddenly the suit’s previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door, seated in Jude’s restored vintage Mustang, standing outside his window, staring out from his widescreen television—waiting … with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand.

Author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…A Valentine from hell.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] cardiac hazard of a first novel.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Heart-Shaped Box is a fine mix of psychological terror and gruesome horror…Remarkable, moving, a well-crafted.”

    Denver Post

  • “Erupting out of mundane surroundings, the shocks in Hill’s riveting debut novel can be lurid and blood-drenched, or as quietly chilling as a casual phone call from an old, dead friend.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 Bram Stoker Award
  • Winner of the 2008 International Thriller Writers Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 British Fantasy Award Finalist
  • A 2008 Macavity Award Finalist for Best First Mystery

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven | 1/30/2011

    " Duel by Matheson is a classic short story that was the basis for Steven Speilberg's first movie. King and his son Hill take their own shot at the same plot with Throttle. The contrast is amazing. What a neat writing exercise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 5/7/2010

    " Two great stories by two of my favorite authors, Richard Matheson and Stephen King, and Joe Hill (who is Stephen King's son), who I am just now "getting to know." The stories were short, edge-of-your-seat, OMFG, wide-eyed misadventures of road raging truck drivers. Good stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 7/2/2009

    Stephen King and son Joe Hill's [named after THE JH:] nod to Matheson is most excellent. Bikers, rather than Matheson's salesman, give us a less subtle - but very effective - message. The irony in the ending is twistier than both deadly roads combined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Betsy | 7/8/2008

    " Fantastic!!! What a wild ride!! "

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