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Heart-Shaped Box: A nail-biting ghost story that will keep you up at night

Joe Hill

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Gollancz S.F., Fiction, Horror & ghost stories

'A compelling, spine-tingling chiller' (Harlan Coben), one of the most memorable debuts in decades, now ten years old! With a brand new exclusive introduction from the author.

A nail-biting ghost story that will keep you up at night while you keep turning the pages . . .

'Buy my stepfather's ghost' read the e-mail.

So Jude did.

He bought it, in the shape of the dead man's suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.

But the rest of his collection doesn't make the house feel cold. The bones don't make the dogs bark; the movie doesn't make Jude feel as if he's being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life ...

People can't stop reading Heart-Shaped Box:

'Unique and just damn cool, this is a must read for fans of the macabre . . . This gritty, haunting tale had my horror-loving heart swooning with how eerie it was' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Don't be fooled that this is some cute story, there is death and there is intense danger and stress, but oh so well woven together' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'A story of a vengeful ghost, but there is a lot more to the story than that . . . [it] takes many unexpected twists and turns and Hill's conception of what a ghost can do is quite original and disturbing' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'[A] clever plot and seemingly unlovable characters, I was turning the pages like there was no tomorrow for the last 100 pages and didn't guess the ending' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'The creepiest, scariest new book that I have read in quite some time . . . a grand adventure fraught with tension and nail-biting moments that you won't want to put down' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Praise for Heart-Shaped Box: A nail-biting ghost story that will keep you up at night

  • HEART-SHAPED BOX is a true spine-tingler ... right away there was a subtle line that made the hairs on the back of my neck go up in a way I haven't experienced since I first discovered great horror as a teenager ... it will haunt you and startle you and stay with you and yes, visit you in your dreams - Harlan Coben, No. 1 bestselling author of TELL NO ONE, on Amazon.com

  • Hill's prose is lean and precise, and he renders Jude's world with impressive confidence . . . not only well-written and terrifying, but also surprisingly moving - Scott Smith, bestselling author of THE RUINS and A SIMPLE PLAN, on Amazon.com

  • Subtle and skilful . . . a truly memorable debut - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

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Joe Hill

Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

For more information, visit www.joehillfiction.com, visit joehillsthrills.tumblr.com, or follow @Joe_Hill on twitter.

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