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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


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

Listener Opinions

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

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

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