October 12, 2013

Horns by Joe Hill

Horns written by Joe Hill will be debuting in theaters sometime in 2014. The star playing the role of Ignatius Perrish, is none other than Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

Something happened to Ignatius Perrish, when he fell asleep drunk in an old foundry underneath a tree where Merrin Williams was sodomized and killed. We are left wondering why Ig had two horns growing on the side of his head. Nobody seems to care, oddly enough, but what they did care about was they believed he killed Merrin and got away with it. Except HE didn't kill her. Poor devil.

What I didn't expect was Blasphemy. Gah! my virgin ears! I don't know if I'd want to see the movie. Sometimes it was pretty shitty but that is how the devil operates, and I understood. I was expecting more of a suspense horror but it wasn't like that, in fact, it was rather funny. Ironically the devil isn't the real bad guy here. It's an awfully wierd psychological fantasy into hell after Ignatius loses heaven with Merrin Williams. Ig learns that he can compel people to confess their dirty secrets and draws them to do terrible things. Indeed the devil is portrayed more accurately than Joe Black.

Just FYI. I listened to the book on audio and I finished it in less than 24 hours.


Here's the real synopsis

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and 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 was 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: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can 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 to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. . . . It's time the devil had his due. . . .

About Joe Hill

Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill. 
Hill is the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.

Joe Hill is the author of two novels, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, a collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, and a comic book series, Locke & Key. He also wrote a New York Times bestseller Nos4a2! You can get nearly daily doses of his pithy one-liners and mind-numbing insights over on Twitter, where he goes by the inspired handle of joe_hill. Now and then he even updates his blog. He now has a Tumblr as well: http://joehillsthrills.tumblr.com

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