Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest purchase, an item he discovered on the Internet:
I will sell my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder . . .
For a thousand dollars, Jude has become the owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. Suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored Mustang . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting--with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand . . .
About the Author
JOE HILL is the New York Times best-selling author of the novelsHeart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2, and the award-winning short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the writer of the critically-acclaimed comic book series Locke & Key. He is a winner of the Eisner Award, the World Fantasy Award, three Bram Stoker Awards, the Locus Award, four British Fantasy Awards, the International Horror Guild Award, and has been nominated for two Hugo Awards.
[Hill]’s got horror down pat, and his debut is hair-raising fun.”
“A relentlessly scary ghost story.”
“Powerful . . . a fast-paced plot that crackles with expertly planted surprises and revelations . . . a truly memorable debut.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“You can’t go wrong with Heart-Shaped Box.” Top Five Fiction-Books of 2007
“A fast-paced journey on wheels borrowed from hell’s used-car lot, and there aren’t a lot of comfort breaks...The pictures [Hill] painted colored my dreams and darkened my mood even after I’d put the book down.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer