Author Joe Hill signs at The Booksmith on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 PM!
Victoria McQueen is a very special girl. On her blue Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she can travel anywhere she likes and retrieve anything lost by simply crossing a rickety, bat-filled covered bridge that magically appears whenever she needs it. But every journey takes its toll.
Charlie Manx is a very evil man. Ageless, creepy, and just a little bit charming, in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith––with the vanity license plate NOS4A2––he takes kidnapped children for rides from which they never return. Slipping out of the everyday world, Manx’s destination for these children is a place he calls “Christmasland,” an astonishing playground of amusements (think Candy Land on acid) where every morning is Christmas morning and you never grow up and you never die. But you are transformed into something absolutely terrifying. Once again, every journey takes its toll.
One day Victoria goes on one of her journeys looking for trouble . . . and finds it. Charlie Manx. But young Vic (as she is called) is the only child ever to escape his grasp.
But that was a lifetime ago. And now the only kid to ever escape Charlie’s unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget the time she spent with him. But the end of one nightmare is just the beginning of another because Charlie Manx (although believed to have died in a maximum security prison) hasn’t stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen, and he hasn’t stopped abducting children and taking them to “Christmasland” in is 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son Wayne.
In a life-and-death battle of wills––her magic pitted against his––Vic McQueen is going to get her son back and destroy Manx once and for all. Or she’ll die trying.
NOS4A2 cements Joe Hill as one of the masters, regardless of genre. After reading this book you’ll find yourself flinching at shadows, constantly checking your rearview mirror, and possibly never looking at a child quite the same way again. Brilliant, suspenseful, disturbing, and terrifying in equal measure.
Joe Hill is the author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner award-winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. Follow him on Twitter: @joe_hill
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Joe Hill, co-creator of Locke & Key, goes on tour for his new novel Horns and writes on his blog:
(Photo Credit: Shane Leonard 2009)
HORNS is out in just over a month, which means I’m on tour, which means your chance to see my adorable smiling face (pictured above) is right around the corner. My current tour schedule is below, but keep in mind that it is subject to change, and that dates may be added, removed, or shifted around. You can trust me to update this post as more information comes in. I don’t, for example, have any UK dates, but I know a brief UK tour is under discussion. So stay tuned.
On a related HORNS note, before the week is out, I’m going to put up another post, fielding some of the more common questions I’ve had about the book. If you’ve got a question for me about HORNS, ask it in the comments thread, and maybe I’ll get to it (I’m collecting questions on Twitter as well).
Now I won’t be saying too much about the plot – this will be a spoiler free Q&A – but I’m glad to address stuff about release dates, or how the book got written, or why it took so long, or whatever you might have for me. You can also ask about L&K, H-SB or 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, as long as you can tie it into HORNS in some way. If you did have a good question, you’d actually be doing me a favor by asking it. I have to do a mini-web-video-thing about the book and I don’t have a lot of practice talking about it yet, and so this will help me get my thoughts in order.
2010 TOUR SCHEDULE:
February 16th (Tues) – PORTSMOUTH, NH â€¢ River Run Books. 7:00 PM.
February 17th (Wed) - MANCHESTER, NH â€¢ Barnes & Noble. 7:00 PM
February 18th (Thurs) – CONCORD, NH â€¢ Gibson’s Bookstore. 7:00 PM.
February 19th (Fri) – MILFORD, NH â€¢ Toadstool Bookshop. 6:30 PM.
February 21st (Sun) – SALEM, MA â€¢ Cornerstone Books. 3:00 PM.
February 22nd (Mon) – CAMBRIDGE, MA â€¢ Porter Square Books. 7:00 PM.
February 23rd (Tues) – SOUTH HADLEY, MA â€¢ Odyssey Bookshop. 7:00 PM.
February 24th (Wed) – NEW CANAAN, CT â€¢ New Canaan Library. 7:30 PM.
February 25th (Thurs) – NYC, NY â€¢ Barnes & Noble (82nd & Broadway). 7:00 PM.
February 26th (Fri) – HUNTINGTON, NY â€¢ Book Revue. 7:00 PM.
March 1st (Mon) – PITTSBURGH, PA â€¢ Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 7:00 PM. (with an inevitable unscheduled side trip to my personal mecca, the Monroeville Mall, where I’ll probably just wander around, you know, like all the other zombies)
March 2nd (Tues) – SEATTLE, WA â€¢ University Bookstore. 7:00 PM.
March 3rd (Wed) – PORTLAND, OR â€¢ Powell’s Books. 7:30 PM.
March 4th (Thurs) – SAN FRANCISCO, CA â€¢ Booksmith. 7:30 PM.
March 5th (Fri) – CORTE MADERA, CA â€¢ Book Passage. 7:00 PM.
March 8 (Mon) – EXETER, NH â€¢ Water Street Books. 7:00 PM.
March 9 (Tues) – SOUTH PORTLAND, ME â€¢ Borders. 7:00 PM.
March 10 (Wed) – BANGOR, ME â€¢ Borders. 6:00 PM.