by Joe Hill
Gollancz Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575079168
Date: 18 February 2010 List Price £14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: Don't pick this up unless you've got at least a whole single sitting in which you can devour it. Joe Hill's sublime second novel Horns will draw you in and bite down and nothing else will matter until you're done with it - or until it is done with you! This is the very definition of 'unputdownable' - a compelling and irresistible tale of evil and revenge and one of the best books you're likely to read in the coming year. Due from Gollancz in February 2010.
"Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples. Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty. Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge; it's time the devil had his due."