Joe Hill – Heart-Shaped Box

heartshapedbox   It seems that sometimes I like books for a completely irrelevant to the story reason. This is the case with Joe Hill‘s “Heart-Shaped Box“. I was recommended this book for it’s a horror story, and I try to justify my Nosferatu name. Sadly, all the horror seeped out of it before the second half of the book was reached. Yet I kept on reading, because this was the vice-versa damsel in distress story. The metal music vocalist Jude Coin, a mighty man with a mighty beard, required saving by two thin and damaged goth ladies. I applaud the author for that.
Jude Coin, previously a vocal in a metal band, now a solo-career pursuing metal-star, is as good an artist as they come. To keep up the “bad guy” profile, he dates depressed goth girls and kicks them out when he’s bored of them. He also collects all sorts of occult rubbish, as must be. Thus, no surprise there that he bites the bait when his assistant finds online an offer saying that a woman will sell her step-father’s ghost to anyone willing. Apparently, the famous hypnotist died without any place he could call his own, thus now he haunts this old suit. Jude bought the suit with the ghost attached to it. I assume he did not expect to actually get a ghost. At least not that tremendous of a being…
Soon after Jude gets acquainted with the ghost, the story makes a less fun turn and the horror story becomes a run-for-your-life story. I do believe that a moving candlestick and broken mirrors would’ve been scarier than running to all of those relatives. Oh and did I mention the love story it all involves? It’d seem that every soon-to-be-goth girl was molested in her early teen years, and now knows not what to do with their lives. And he has a pair of smart-ass dogs, but hey, that’s not the bright side of the story either. So all I can give is 3 out of 5, and even that’s a bit much, I feel. Mostly it’s for the first half of the book. Joe Hill has the potential to write horror stories, but this one was far from a good one.

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