Ah, the day before Valentine’s Day. A day when lovers really begin to determine how they’re going to spend the one day a year that celebrates love in all forms, the day when last-minute gifts to show devotion and commitment are scooped up from flower shops and jewelry stores across the nation.
As I’m sure you’ve realized by now, it’s a day of horror.
So it’s only appropriate that Joe Hill’s debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box (review), should hit shelves today, the first time any of Hill’s work has seen print in the U.S. Wondering just who the hell this guy is, besides one of the best new voices in our genre? As if you couldn’t tell from the picture, he’s the son of some author guy named Stephen King.
Hill’s true identity, something he’s hidden from the public at large for as long as he could in order to assure success on his own terms, is the subject of a rather lengthy, down-to-earth article that appeared over on USA Today’s site (thanks to Lilja’s Library for the heads up!), and since Heart-Shaped Box is out today, I want to make sure you all get out there and get a copy of it. This article should be a good impetus to move you along if for no reason other than out of curiosity to see how similar his writing style is to his father’s (hint: not as much as you’d think). Click here to give it a read!
Heart-Shaped Box is currently in development at Warner Bros. with screenwriter Tom Pabst reworking the story of Jude, an aging rock star who makes a big mistake when he buys a ghost on the Internet, into a filmable screenplay. In all honesty the story’s not nearly as “weird” as it may sound by reading the plot synopsis, but hopefully you’ll find that out for yourself. Click here to get Heart-Shaped Box through Evilshop!
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