by Joe Hill
Published in 2010 by William Morrow
Ignatius “Ig” Perrish wakes up with a killer hangover and a set of horns growing out of his head! Set in New England in the recent past (as evidenced by cell phones and x-ray security at a state politician’s office,) Horns is a fun and clever, if not particularly horrific story about the transformation of man a year after the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Ig is the prime suspect, though he was never charged, or for that matter cleared of suspicion. As the town’s dislike and abhorrence of him becomes crystal clear to him, Ig changes both temperamentally and in physical stature. The story twists both that which seems sacred & profane as well as that which is both material & metaphysical with an adept hand of wit and humor. There are poignant moments which ground what would otherwise be an overly comic spoof of references to the devil.
OP-ED: I admit that there were times that I laughed, remembered that the book was classified under the heading of “Horror” and then felt a little uneasy about laughing; but it really is a funny book 🙂
OTHER: I’m not sure but I think that I probably picked up this copy of Horns (by Joe Hill) from a Friends of the Library sale or from their shop (Jackson County Library System, Southern Oregon.) I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.
This title qualifies for the Murder, Monsters & Mayhem Challenge hosted by jennsbookshelves 🙂