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Horror novels…Fiction or Non Fiction?

21 Feb

I haven’t been doing much of anything this week, not much to write about at least. I stopped reading Paranoia by Joseph finder, it just couldn’t hold my interest. ¬†Maybe not my genre, but I could imagine my dad really liking it ūüôā .

I’ll probably just see the movie. ¬†Gary Oldman will be in it, so that is an automatic yes for me, I love him.

Anyways, I finally picked up Heart Shaped Box from the library, I’m gonna start reading it today. It’s looking nice and gloomy outside too, perfect weather for a horror novel (my favorite genre). The author, Joe Hill, is awesome and I look forward to reading more of his books.

Speaking of Horror…What the hell is going on in the news lately? I think writers of horror novels could just get their inspiration by turning on the TV. Lets see….this mornings highlights were as follows…

  • A theatrical style shoot out on the Las Vegas strip killing three people. Literally two cars side by side shooting at one another like you see in the movies. One of the drivers got shot resulting in his/her death, in turn causing a taxi to crash and blow up killing the two passengers. The other car in the shoot out got away.¬†
  • A stand-off in Encinitas,CA (very close to where I live), a young guy comes home distraught and armed, after someone put a retraining order on him. His mother called the cops because she was afraid for her life and his. After the police tried coaxing him out of his room with tear gas. A gun fight ensued leaving two of the police deputies shot (but not killed, thank goodness). He then turned the gun on himself and took his own life.
  • Last but certainly not least. People in an LA hotel were complaining to management that the water coming from their faucets was blackish, had a foul odor and taste bad. After calling a repair man to check the water tank they discovered there was a womans decomposing body left inside. The worst part is that people were complaining that it TASTE foul.

I’m serious people, I could not make this stuff up. I watched those stories back to back on the news this morning. I am really convinced that everyone has gone mad.

It makes me think about all the other horrific things that happen in this world that we don’t ever hear about. There are some pretty sick tickets out there. Enough for a lot of fictional horror novels to be labeled nonfiction.

That is all.

Christine Kay



9 Feb

Finally finished reading Horns by Joe Hill last night, after having to put it down repeatedly! So I am officially in “the book is over” hangover – You know, when you were so excited to get to the end but then it’s over, and then you pout for a day? Yup, that was me last night. (signs of a good book)

Thanks to this book I had an interestingly realistic dream that my twin was the devil!

So yeah, on to the book……

Horns by Joe Hill

It was on my list of books to read from my earlier post on The Great Gatsby. “26 books to read before they are adapted into movies in 2013”

I didn’t even know who Joe Hill ¬†was until I read this book and oh man, he is just as imaginative at thriller/horror novels as his Father, Stephen King. (He looks a lot like him by the way)

I absolutely loved this book and am on my way to reading his NY Times best seller, Heart Shaped Box, another thriller.

Horns, written in five separate parts, going back and forth within the story, kinda like the movie Pulp Fiction. Hell, Cherry, The Fire Sermon, The Fixer, and finally The Gospel according to Mick and Keith (a nod to The Rolling Stones).

The beginning of the book, section Hell, he really draws you in.  Ignatius Perrish wakes up from a blackout night of drinking after mourning the loss of his brutally murdered girlfriend, Merrin Williams.  He stumbles to the bathroom mirror and realizes he is sprouting devilish horns from his head. At first, he is trying to wake up from what he thinks is a bad nightmare, until he notices all the people around him feel compelled to tell them their twisted, sinful secrets.

Instead of losing his mind with his new-found devilish power, he uses it to try to find Merrin’s true murderer, which was unsuccessfully pinned on him from the very start.

The movie is post Рproduction and will release sometime in 2013 with no definite date. Daniel Radcliffe (Love him) is cast as the main character, Ig Parrish and I think he will do well (little Harry Potter is so grown up).

I’m not sure they have the full cast pinned down, but the main line up is here.

Here’s a web search of a promo photo I found.

Side Note:

I might not have picked up on this, had I not known the cast before I read the book, but there are Harry Potter references that I picked up on.

In chapter 22 he describes a waitress as one of the evil witches in Harry Potter, and in chapter 28 Ig ¬†is preaching a devilish sermon to snakes, I hope they don’t make it sound like¬†parseltounge in the movie. ūüėČ

Also, his psychopathic BFF, Lee Tourneau, is described as a silvery blonde (aka Draco Malfoy), but they cast a brunette to play him. Which I think was a good move on their part.

Maybe I’m just hoping that Joe Hill is¬†just a big, dorky Harry Potter fan…like me.

Just an observation.

Seriously, this book is nothing like the Harry Potter series, and I hope they make the movie as gruesome as I read it, Rated R.

What did you think of the book?

Next week…

Paranoia by Joseph Finder


Christine Kay

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