Horns

by

Author: Joe Hill

Title: Horns

Genre: Horror / Audio book

Publication Date: 2010

Length: 12 compact discs (13 hours, 50 minutes unabridged)

Geographical Setting: New Hampshire

Time Period: Contemporary

Plot Summary:
Ignatius Perrish seemed to have it all: a promising internship abroad, a devoted relationship with his childhood sweetheart, and the admiration of his family and New Hampshire community. Then the unthinkable happens: Merrin Williams, the love of his life, is found raped and murdered. Despite never being charged or tried for the crime, he is found guilty in the court of public opinion and lives in his own private hell.

After a particularly nasty bender, Ig wakes up to discover horns protruding from his temples. The horns give him the power of insight, compelling strangers and friends and family alike to confess their darkest impulses and feelings. While he uncovers the truth about Merrin’s death, he realizes just how dark human nature really is, and wonders if he should just give in to the devil inside of him.

Subject Headings:
Devil, Faith, Good and evil, Lovers, Revenge, Murder victims, Grief, New Hampshire, Telepathy, Monsters, Transformation, Brothers

Appeal:
Page-turning, descriptive, visceral, darkly humorous, compelling, violent, suspenseful, speculative, dark, bleak, engrossing, flawed characters, profanity, sexually explicit, flashbacks, unaffected language

3 terms that best describe this book:
Compelling, gruesome, cynical

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
King explores the darker side of human nature in this collection of four novellas, which include a rape victim taking revenge, a pact with the devil, and a murder victim that just won’t stay dead.
Similarities: Revenge, dark side of humanity, dealing with the devil

So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
Failed Hollywood filmmaker Eric Shaw is intrigued by a commission to produce a memorial documentary about billionaire Campbell Bradford, but finds himself in over his head when he arrives in West Baden, Indiana, Bradford’s mysterious hometown, a place that oozes with evil.
Similarities: Suspenseful and thriller-esque, well-developed characters, supernatural elements

Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
Action movie star Todd Pickett recovers from plastic surgery in a famous mansion, whose strange panoramic painted tiles unleash hellish creatures on the hunt for his soul.
Similarities: Dark humor, violence, morally ambiguous characters

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors
But I Trusted You: And Other True Cases by Ann Rule
Exploration of criminal cases wherein the victims have been murdered by trusted spouses, lovers, friends, and family.
Similarities: Ig is suspected of murdering his lover, Merrin

People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck
A trained psychiatrist, Peck uses case studies, one of which details demonic possession and exorcism, to analyze ways that evil manifests itself in human behavior, and how one may combat it.
Similarities: Exploration of evil, demonic possession

The Dark Sacrament: True Stories of Modern-Day Demon Possession and Exorcism by David M. Kiely and Christina McKenna
The authors recount 10 contemporary tales of possession and haunting, also profiling the work of two active exorcists. They supplement the tales with historical analysis and an appendix of terms, rituals, and exorcism prayers.
Similarities: Demonic possession

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