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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Hill Narrator: Fred Berman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780061969300
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Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a pair of horns growing from his temples.

At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who had been raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once, the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. Nothing Ig can do or say matters. Everyone it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. It's time for a little revenge . . . it's time the devil had his due . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Horns is] devilishly good…Hill is a terrific writer with a great imagination. He has a special talent for taking us and his characters to very weird places.”

    USA Today

  • “On the strength of two masterly thrillers—2007’s Heart Shaped-Box and his newest Horns—Hill has emerged as one of America’s finest horror writers.”

    Time

  • “Toggling between past and present, and incidents that range from the supernaturally surreal to the brutally realistic, Hill spins a story that’s both morbidly amusing and emotionally resonant.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Horns is thoroughly enjoyable and often original…a richly nuanced story. Fire and brimstone have rarely looked this good.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Horns is a well wrought tale with intellectual merit. Not only are we entertained, we are challenged to think as well.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “[A] fresh, tough-minded take on what it means to make a deal with the devil and your own worst nature.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Hill’s survey of the question of suffering is a wild ride, as filled with thrills as his hero’s headlong plunge down to a dark and dazzling river.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The wise guys point out that the literature of horror fantasy tends to be both romantic and conservative. Normalcy is idealized and so precious that its violation is the essence of horror. Joe Hill’s sweet, fanged demonology takes us there.”

    Oregonian

  • “[Horns is] a creepy murder mystery, a tragic love triangle, and a sweetly wistful coming-of-age story. It’s the kind of book that has you laughing on one page, crying on another and making sure the doors and windows are safely locked on a third.”

    Miami Herald

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A 2010 Bram Stoker Award Nominee
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Reeves | 2/7/2014

    " Wow. How else can you say it? The only other thing that comes to mind is "fucked up". But on that note, it was such a twisted story that i couldn't put it down. Joe's uncanny ability to draw a snicker out of you while he's laying out the details or walking you through the thoughts of this main character keeps you pulling page after page. It has been (much to my surprise) one of my favorites to date. My only real concern is that a movie is being adapted from this. Fans of Joe Hill and his writing will more than likely flock to this but its unlikely to be accepted by the general horror mainstream crowd... mostly because this isnt your typical story... much of the dialogue and detail, the meat and potatoes of what makes this book so great, im afraid to say may be lost in the adaptation to film. Im sitting earnestly with my fingers crossed and will be reading this again before the movie comes out, in hopes that the film is as great as the book. Very much recommended for anyone who's looking for something different that still has all the attraction of a great supernatural/paranormal-ish thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Roberts | 2/6/2014

    " I loved Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts, so I picked up this book next. It was a huge disappointment. First of all, the plot that the marketing materials for the book uses is not the actual plot of the book. (the upcoming movie version still uses this plot too in its materials) The actual plot is more convoluted than that. The book feels like an early draft that needs to be rewritten. Theological themes are brought up but not really explored and the book mixes a number of genres, something I like about Hill's work, but this time it feels like an unfocused mishmash. I will say that the scenes that work really work. You can still see how good Hill can be even in a book that is mostly a failure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Pederson | 2/4/2014

    " Funny, disturbing, sad, loving. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 2/4/2014

    " Can't wait to see how the movie turns out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susi Mirick | 2/3/2014

    " Joe Hill is awesome once again! i loved Heart-Shaped Box and i loved Horns...Joe is almost as talented as his father Stephen King but Stephen King has years more experience...Joe is quickly coming into his own and i am excited to read more by him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Leingang | 1/31/2014

    " One if the most entertaining reads of my life. Hill, brings a new taste to the table that shares helpings of his fathers style. Really like reading his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Allyn Skoda | 1/27/2014

    " Just put the book down. Great story by a great storyteller, who seems to possess quite the gift for taking a plot which sounds good for a shorter story and manages to pull you along through 400 pages eagerly awaiting what comes next. Unexpected storyline and I thoroughly enjoyed the surprise of what the tale turned out to be. I enjoyed Heart-Shaped Box, loved HORNS, and am now picking up my signed copy of NOS4A2 to start devouring that beast. Read this story, where the devil may be the hero, even though he knows in the end he can't be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. Patrick Neagle | 1/15/2014

    " I'm a big Stephen King fan, going back to the early 80s when I first started reading him, but Joe Hill may surpass his father's skills, if not his productivity. In "Horns", Hill shows that he, too, has the skill of creating characters who are real people and showing us how they act when placed into an exotic situation--in this case, a man who wakes up one morning to find that he has devil horns sprouting from his head; and that he has a few powers to go along with them. Hill's writing is sophisticated, allowing the plot to develop in complexity without ever letting the characters devolve into types, or letting the plot devolve into the expected. It's a satisfying read for the connoisseur of speculative fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/10/2014

    " bleak! good writer, however, apple doesn't fall far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 1/7/2014

    " This rocked my world. And kept me up at night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derick Siddoway | 12/25/2013

    " An entertaining and thoughtful book dealing with perceptions of good and evil and how those perceptions relate to reality. A bit crude in spots, but that did not diminish my enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Hutchinson | 12/18/2013

    " This is a good book. Joe Hill has talent writing about dark topics, but his writing style is definitely that of a young writer. A man wakes up with horns, and basically becomes the devil. A quick read. It was funny in some situations, but uncomfortable in others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 12/2/2013

    " This one grabbed me and would not let go. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 McLaren Brennan | 10/22/2013

    " Excellent! I'll read more of his stuff. This was dark, and I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi, A Book Fanatic | 4/15/2013

    " This book had me hooked from the beginning but the last portion was very hard to follow for me and very strange. I thought this book was very original and I am so glad that I read it. I am wanting to read 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael McCarty | 2/28/2013

    " It was okay. 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS was a lot better. And I liked it a lot better than HEART SHAPED BOX, but that isn't saying much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/26/2013

    " I'm not really sure what I expected when I started this book, but I think it was better then that. Well written, keeps your attention, and totally makes you think about things. Good vs. Evil is not really that simple ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/16/2012

    " I'm a big fan of Joe's work. Good story, fun ride, but no urge to reread it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Krause | 9/24/2012

    " Finally, a book that may translate well to a movie. I hope so, because the book was fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Garrett | 6/2/2012

    " Liked the suspense and was intrigued by the premise of the story. Didn't like the rant the main character went on and his view of Christianity. As a story I was entertained but as a Christian I was offended at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha Mahoney | 5/6/2012

    " Horns is a wonderful division of good and evil and human/ otherworldly properties. In a spence it delivers the point that satan is blamed for all evil and humanity is our satan. Very emotional characters and a humbling vision of life in someone else's shoes. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 3/11/2012

    " An interesting idea spoiled by some shoddy characterisation of the main protagonist (antagonist? Idk) I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I had cared for Ig at any point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Blatter | 3/10/2012

    " A tragic, dark humored story. while it may be sacrilegious he combines the best skills of his parents, he creates defined, authentic characters like his dad *Stephen King* and can finish with a viable climax like his mom *Tabitha King* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy-Noëlle | 1/21/2012

    " Imagine if Chuck Palahniuk was actually a good writer, and you have Joe Hill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Weedon | 8/16/2011

    " Dark, messed up & intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Moore | 7/11/2011

    " Great engaging read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 5/23/2011

    " I loved this book and thought it was impeccably crafted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/17/2011

    " I really liked this book however, the end made me slightly upset. I was waiting for a dramatic ending and it never came. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/15/2011

    " Awesome book! It was really good, i love a book that can make me laugh out loud, feel ill with disgust, cry tears of pain, and shake with outrage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeana | 5/11/2011

    " This is the second book by Joe Hill that I've read. I was afraid it would have no redeeming end but it did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 5/9/2011

    " This, and Barker's 'Mister B. Gone' are my favorites of the current century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/7/2011

    " A delightfully dark tale of revenge full of twists, including one near the end that I didn't see coming at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 5/4/2011

    " Disturbing, dark and intense. I didn't want to find out all the horrible things that happened to the characters and yet I could not stop reading (and didn't want to). Joe Hill is fantastic. A new favorite for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 5/2/2011

    " I liked this book. But I hated the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 4/22/2011

    " At many nits as I might pick with this, I tore though it like crazy and was totally entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 4/21/2011

    " One of the best books I have ever read. The characters are interesting and believable. The story is exciting, detailed, and keeps a good pace.

    Best thriller ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 4/19/2011

    " I loved everything about this book, from the first line until the last. It was disturbing, thrilling, and thoughtful--all in the best possible ways. "

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About the Author
Author Joe Hill

Joe Hill, author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box, is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections. He calls New England home.

About the Narrator

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration and is the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He is a theater, film, and television actor, whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.