Heart-Shaped Box


Author: Joe Hill

Title: Heart-Shaped Box

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: 2007

Number of Pages: 376

Geographical Setting: Piecliff, NY; Testament, FL; Moore’s Corner, LA

Time Period: 2002

Plot Summary: What kind of man would buy a ghost over the internet? Judas Coyne, retired death-metal rock star, has somehow survived his career and now spends his time collecting macabre items. His latest acquisition proves to be as deadly as it is demented, and Judas must confront his childhood and adult mistakes alike to survive. Judas’ character develops beyond a rock cliché into a person the reader cares deeply about, and the secrets revealed between horrifying moments keep the pages turning.

Subject Headings: Supernatural, ghosts, secrets, hypnotism, men/women relations, rock musicians, horror

Appeal: Suspenseful, darkly humorous, graphic, character-oriented, driven, twists, macabre, psychological, violent, compelling, conversational, intense

3 terms that best describe this book: Macabre, psychological, violent

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Sprit Seekers, and Other Investigators of America’s Paranormal World by John B. Kachuba (Study of ghosthunters, including spiritual dowsers)

A History of Hypnotism by Alan Gauld (Accessible history of mesmerism and hypnotism that examines both cases and theories)

Motley Crue: The Dirt—Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band (Very dark tales of abused groupies and rock hedonism)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

The Kill Riff by David Schow (suspenseful, revenge, violent, plot twist, death-metal background)

Ghost Radio: A Novel by Leopoldo Gout (revenge, ghost story, suspenseful, twists)

Bag of Bones by Stephen King (conversational tone, suspenseful, twists)

Name: Marisa


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