Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box

Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.

Title:Heart-Shaped Box
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780061147937
Format Type:

    Heart-Shaped Box Reviews

  • megs_bookrack

    Hi. Hello! Yes, YOU...are you always looking for an original ghost story? I would like to put forth Heart-Shaped Box as a contender for your consideration. Original and just damn cool, this is a must ...

  • Will Byrnes

    When aging, retired rocker Judas Coyne buys a ghost on-line, he gets more than he bargained for, as the ghost, which arrives by way of a used suit in a heart-shaped box, is no benign spirit. I was mos...

  • La Petite Américaine

    The cover of this book promises that you will be "haunted" and "startled," and that the book will even "visit you in your dreams." Funny, as I read this "scary" novel, I couldn't help but think back t...

  • Delee

    3.5This is the first book written by Joe Hill that I have read, and the fact that it was his debut is pretty impressive to me. I picked it up for a song awhile ago- never being sure if I was going to ...

  • Anne(marie)

    It took me more than a month to bring myself to write this review and I think this alone is very telling. I just cannot find the absolute slightest motivation to talk about this book, because quite fr...

  • Sr3yas

    Imagine a ghost! Not just any ghost, imagine a ghost with a unique set of skills like advanced interrogation skills and deep hypnotic abilities, which he acquired during his long and diverse career...

  • Dan Schwent

    When aging rocker Judas Coyne buys a ghost on the internet, he doesn't take it seriously. That is, until a musty old suit shows up in a heart-shaped box. Soon, Judas begins to see the horrifying spect...

  • Ginger

    Great ending to a heavy and intense book!I'm glad I read Heart-Shaped Box after-all!I have been struggling with this book for weeks.It wasn't the book, it's more of what is going on with the world and...

  • Hannah

    The scariest thing about Joe Hill's debut book, Heart Shaped Box, isn't the actual story, but what lies between the front cover and the inside title page of the Harper paperback version. In it, over 1...

  • Bradley

    With relentlessly good characterization, this debut horror novel by the now-firmly-established powerhouse of Joe Hill rocks one hell of a good ghost story.I have a thing for stories about aging rocker...