Sunday, January 6, 2008

Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. The main character of the book is Judas Coyne, an aging death-metal rock star. He collects unusual and macabre items, such as a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman's noose, and even a snuff film. So, when he reads an ad on the internet for someone selling their stepfather's ghost, he can't help himself. For $1000, he purchases the dead man's suit, which arrives in a black heart-shaped box. 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 TV. The ghost sits waiting, with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from his fingers.

My full review is at my blog.

No comments: