Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box

Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bi Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous ...

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Title:Heart-Shaped Box
Author:Joe Hill
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:Heart-Shaped Box
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:376 pages pages

Heart-Shaped Box Reviews

  • La Petite Américaine
    Jun 30, 2008
    The cover of this book promises that you will be "haunted" and "startled," and that the book will even "visit you in your dreams." Funny, as I read this "scary" novel, I couldn't help but think back to the time I read The Shining ... it was storming outside, it was 3AM and I was to...
  • Sammy
    May 29, 2007
    I don't think I quite knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I don't know what I thought I was going to read, but it wasn't this. So a warning to you: this book, or at least the beginning of it, is pretty freaky. I'm not a wimp. I grew up on Goosebumps and Scary Stori...
  • Dan Schwent
    May 24, 2013
    When aging rocker Judas Coyne buys a ghost on the internet, he doesn't take it seriously. That is, until a musty old suit shows up in a heart-shaped box. Soon, Judas begins to see the horrifying spectre of a man wearing the suit. Things take a sinister turn and people start dying so Ju...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 20, 2008
    When aging, retired rocker Judas Coyne buys a ghost on-line, he gets more than he bargained for, as the ghost, which arrives by way of a used suit in a heart-shaped box, is no benign spirit. I was most reminded of Freddie Krueger, as the hostile ghost sets out to destroy Coyne and all ...
  • Snotchocheez
    Aug 03, 2016
    I kinda felt like revisiting Joe Hill (by checking out his debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box) while many of my Friends-listers have been gushing over (or excoriating: Hi Glenn!) Hill's latest, The Fireman. I was impressed by my first encounter with his work, Horns; somewhat underwhelmed...
  • Kasia
    Feb 12, 2011
    I remember looking at this book at my local Barnes & Nobles years ago, I was strangely drawn to the title and it's meaning which always puzzled me but the cover was intriguing, not sure what took me so long to read it but I?m so glad that I finally dived in. Sometimes it's hard t...
  • Hannah
    Jun 08, 2010
    The scariest thing about Joe Hill's debut book, Heart Shaped Box, isn't the actual story, but what lies between the front cover and the inside title page of the Harper paperback version. In it, over 18 reputable newspapers and acclaimed writers attempt to prop up little Stevie King, Jr...
  • Maciek
    Nov 15, 2010
    I had pretty big expectations for this novel, since it was somewhat of a happening in the horror genre and was praised by writers such as Harlan Coben and Neil Gaiman. I was pretty disappointed. There is not a cliche that has not been used in this book, and not a single plot twist tha...
  • Richard Derus
    Jul 15, 2011
    Rating: 3.25* of five The Publisher Says: Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of...
  • Bradley
    Oct 30, 2018
    With relentlessly good characterization, this debut horror novel by the now-firmly-established powerhouse of Joe Hill rocks one hell of a good ghost story. I have a thing for stories about aging rockers. I don't know what it is. They're just so pathetic and glorious and full of rede...
  • Robert
    Jan 04, 2013
    From this point forward, I shall refrain from the HEART-SHAPED BOX, heart-shaped candies, and anything else in the shape of a heart that is sent through the mail or easily consumable. As my wife can attest, this will put a significant strain on the candy industry, to the point that the...
  • Mindi
    Feb 04, 2017
    OK, so I need to get back to reviewing, because I'm staring to fall behind again, and it's messing with my OCD. Plus, I feel like my initial reaction is a good thing to get down right away, since so often I find myself changing my opinion of a novel, and it's always fun to go back and...
  • Delee
    Nov 05, 2013
    3.5 This is the first book written by Joe Hill that I have read, and the fact that it was his debut is pretty impressive to me. I picked it up for a song awhile ago- never being sure if I was going to read it or not- I was worried that I wasn't going to connect with Jude and Georgia...
  • Char
    Oct 05, 2018
    It was fun taking this ride down the night road again, this time on audio. I was not crazy about the narrator, nor the musical bits in between the chapters, but the story itself is still good, though maybe not quite as good as I remembered. Still, Craddock and his creepy eyes remai...
  • Stefan Yates
    Feb 01, 2012
    Wow, what a great debut! Now that I have that out of the way, let me start out my review by saying that Heart-Shaped Box is the creepiest, scariest new book that I have read in quite some time. Mr. Hill tells an excellent story; well thought out with wonderful character development....
  • Phrynne
    Jun 09, 2015
    Scary - full of ghosts and gore and really gross stuff. Definitely a horror story and one which never lets up from start to finish. Jude, the main character, is strangely attractive despite everything and I really wanted him and Mary Beth to stay alive. I also wanted Angus and Bon to s...
  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
    Dec 29, 2013
    Dave's Quick Judgement - THE DEFENSE - The prose is very gripping. - Many genuinely creepy moments. - Frequent musical references add a little extra spice to the story. THE PROSECUTION - The main characters are rather bland. - Dialogue is often dry and tedious. -...
  • Steven
    Aug 09, 2013
    This book was VERY CREEPY. Way creepier than I anticipated from the synopsis. I stayed up late reading last night as my partner was out of town, and by the time I put the book down, it was LATE and I did NOT want to turn the lights out. I watch horror movies ALL the time, and they rare...
  • Christopher
    Jan 01, 2016
    This type of horror may just not be for me. Heart-Shaped Box is about a ghost who, apparently, can't decide if it wants to kill the person it wants to kill. Our tale starts off decently enough. Aging rock star buys a ghost off the internet and that ghost decides to kill him. Almost...
  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    Oct 05, 2015
    Buddy-read with some of my faves from the Non-Crunchy Bunch coming February 2016. This should be a sweet little gem of a story for right around Valentine's day, no?! 3.5 Stars I?ve never been a very good ghost story reader. I think a fundamental element of being spooked ...
  • Alissa Patrick
    Mar 19, 2014
    This book is creeeeeeeeeeeeeepy and I loved it! It's not Joe Hill's best, in my opinion (my favorite is NOS4A2, by a mile), but this one was fantastic. A good old fashioned ghost story. For some reason, I pictured the ghost to look like this: aka the creepy guys from Buffy in the ...
  • Helga
    Oct 28, 2018
    4.5 ?The dead win when you quit singing and let them take you on down the road with them.? What are the weirdest things you?ve ever collected? I was collecting matchboxes when I was little. Lol. And then I tried to collect stamps and failed. Does collecting chewing gum an...
  • Ellen Gail
    Oct 24, 2015
    What better way to spend my Valentines Day then reading Heart-Shaped Box? For surely, this shall be a sweet and romantic tale? Nah. GHOST STORIES! Fucking love em. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill is a grade-A egg. (Upon googling, it appears that the hightest grade of egg is AA,...
  • Anne
    Oct 29, 2018
    It took me more than a month to bring myself to write this review and I think this alone is very telling. I just cannot find the absolute slightest motivation to talk about this book, because quite frankly, I just hated it. I don't think I have ever read a book I found more boring and ...
  • Casey
    Oct 26, 2016
    Have I mentioned how much I'm loving horror at the moment?! Gah so good, this book was perfect for my tastes and I really enjoyed it. Rock Star Jude Coyne is living with his newest 20 year younger girl who is dubbed Georgia because that's where she's from. Jude stars off as a stran...
  • megs_bookrack
    Sep 22, 2017
    Hi. Hello! Yes, you... Are you looking for an original ghost story to read this Autumn? We all know, it is never too early to start planning your Spooktober TBR. I would like to put forth Heart-Shaped Box as a contender. Original and just damn cool, this is the perfect Fall read...
  • joyce g
    Oct 02, 2017
    I really liked it! Crazy, scary fun! ...
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    Oct 08, 2018
    WOW! This was a great horror novel and I will be reading more books by Joe Hill. I would recommend reading this book via audiobook because it really up'd the creepies. ...
  • Crystal
    Jan 21, 2018
    Jude is a member of a broken up metal band,; now living on farm land with his girlfriend, manager and two dogs. He sees the perfect opportunity to bring some excitement into his life when his manager shows him an online posting for a ghost for sale. Once his purchase arrives, Jude q...
  • Sr3yas
    Jan 20, 2018
    Imagine a ghost! Not just any ghost, imagine a ghost with a unique set of skills like advanced interrogation skills and deep hypnotic abilities, which he acquired during his long and diverse career. That's right, kids. The ghost in this story is Liam Neeson of Ghosts. Well...