Author Joe Hill Video Booktalk: Thursday, April 11, 2013


Just a quick note for horror fans and book nerds: author Joe Hill will be holding a video booktalk on Thursday, April 11th at 7 P.M. ET / 4 P.M. PT to discuss his new novel, NOS4A2 , due for release on April 30th.  You can sign up for the free event — and submit a question to ask Joe — by going to Booktalk Nation’s event page here .

The official synopsis for NOS4A2:

NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx.

That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.


I’m a huge fan of Joe’s work — I wholeheartedly recommend his novels Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, but especially his collection of short fiction, 20th Century Ghosts. 

You can pretty easily put Box and Horns into the horror classification, but the stories in Ghosts are much more difficult to pin down to any one genre.  They’re all amazing, and showcase a writer with an incredible amount of range that’s really just digging in and getting started on a career.

My all-time favorite short story, ‘Pop Art’, is in 20th Century Ghosts, and if that story doesn’t break your heart a little by the final passages, you should probably stay away from wooden stakes and sunlight and crawl back into the grave where you belong.  Joe won both the 2005 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection for 20th Century Ghosts, as well as the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story.  If you haven’t read any of his work, I recommend starting there.


Comics fans may know Joe from his fantastic, Eisner Award winning Locke & Key series, with artist Gabriel Rodriguez, from IDW.  I sadly haven’t had the chance to read more than the first graphic novel collection, Welcome to Lovecraft, but I intend to correct that oversight in the very near future.

Joe recently collaborated with his father, Stephen King, on a short story, ‘In The Tall Grass’, which appeared in Esquire magazine last summer, and was released as an e-book.

You can also order personalized, signed copies of NOS4A2, Heart-Shaped Box, and Horns on the BookTalk Nation page for a very reasonable price — I think that’s how I’m going to snag my own copy of NOS4A2.

Apologies for not getting this up sooner, but I just learned about it myself yesterday.

— mal



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