"Joe Hill digs beneath the surface of civility to expose the brutal and savage sides of human nature. The result is an excellent read, full of dark wit and disturbing revelations." WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY "A dark, funny 21st century fairytale - and a devilishly good one too." -- Ian Berriman SFX "A tale of sexual jealousy, the redemptive power of love and the loss of adolescent innocent, congealed into a parable about the soul's need demands for revenge. An original take on the half-glimpsed mystery of the human heart." -- Neil Norman THE DAILY EXPRESS "On the level of a horror thriller, Horns is a compelling read. What makes it exceptional is Hill's psychological insight as he dramatises Ig's plight, Tourenau's egotism and Merrin's heartbreaking dilemma. As an examination of the forces of good and evil, and all the shades in between, Horns is a remarkable achievement." -- Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN "Horns is many things: a tragic love story, a tale of revenge, an examination of human emotion and a startling picture of what love and hate can drive people to do. It's lucid, funny and intelligent. It's also sad, touching and - at times - utterly heartbreaking. But most of all it's utterly brilliant in conception and execution, a startling mix of childhood joy, adult despair, and a touch of midsummer magic. Horns is one of the most emotionally-engaging books I've ever read." -- James Long SPECULATIVE HORIZONS "This leaps between high-concept black comedy and psychological crime novel, love story and vengeance thriller, pondering the nature of evil along the way. It's thrilling confident, meaty, surprisingly and characteristically tender stuff from a devilishly good writer." METRO "Like his old man Stephen King, Hill can knock out a compulsive page-turner. Creepy and showy, Horns is still a novel to grab a hold of." THE LIST "Hill has more twists and tricks up his sleeve than the very best conjurers, and between its characters, its concept and its unrelenting pace, Horns outshines even the brilliant first blush of an astonishingly convincing and entertaining new voice in speculative fiction." THE SPECULATIVE SCOTSMAN "No difficult second novel from Joe Hill instead he raises his game. Horns feels more grounded. It's characters and his confidence with them really shows. He has an eye for what makes us tick and uses that to get behind our eyes and pokes about on the inside of our skulls. Joe Hill has humanity nailed. I wonder whose skin he is going to peel away next?" -- Gavin Pugh NEXT READ.CO.UK "As we learn more about Ig , psychology and metaphysics combine and the novel becomes far more interesting as an exploration of the possibility that evil actions can have a positive outcome, and also that no one can expect to understand everything. " THE TIMES
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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