Joe Hill’s “Horns”


Got about thirty pages to go in Joe Hill’s new book, Horns, which has turned out to be a very entertaining book.  I don’t Hill will ever be able to fully separate himself from his father — and he’s probably okay with this — but comparisons are going to continue to be made between Joe and Stephen King throughout his life.  And here’s one more.

Horns feels like a classic horror premise that Stephen King himself could’ve come up with.  Ig Perrish wakes up from a long night of drinking to discover he’s grown a pair of terrifying small horns and apparently now whenever he interacts with anyone, they see him as a demon, possible the Devil, and the feel compelled to confess their deepest, darkest desires, and ask him whether they should act upon them.

While the premise may feel like something concocted from the mind of Stephen King (and Joe Hill is in possession of half the man’s genes), Joe Hill shows his own take on a horror story with his powerful and deep characters that carry the book along.  The result is a novel that Stephen King never could’ve written.

And here’s a fun short video with Joe Hill talking about Horns:

Upcoming Book Reviews on BookBanter

Tomorrow I’ll begin working on putting Episode 24 together featuring my interview with S. G. Browne.  In the meantime, the following book reviews will be featured in the episode and or appearing on the BookBanter site.

Mage of None Magic

A Mage of None Magic by A. Christopher Drown

Nyphron Rising

Nyphron Rising by Michael J. Sullivan


Breathers by S. G. Browne

Electric Church

The Electric Church by Jeff Somers

Upcoming Book Reviews for Episode 21

The following book reviews will be appearing on the BookBanter site with the new episode which will be up on December 1st:


Depraved by Bryan Smith

City of Night

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Book Two City of Night by Dean Koontz

Dead and Alive

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Book Three Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Upcoming Book Reviews

The following book reviews which will be on the BookBanter site with the next update.  I’m hoping it’ll be later tonight, if not some time tomorrow afternoon.

World in Six SongsThe World in Six Songs by Daniel J. Levitin

Tek JansenStephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen

The BoxThe Box: Uncanny Stories by Richard Matheson

Hell HollowHell Hollow by Ronald Kelly

FleshFlesh by Richard Layman

Knights of CrystalliaAlcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson

Dreams of the DeadThe Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall

Upcoming Book Review: Star Wars: Death Troopers

Episode 18 of BookBanter will feature my interview with author Joe Schreiber, and we talk a lot about his new horror novel Star Wars: Death Troopers, which I’m also reviewing, and here’s a sneak peek at it:

Star Wars: Death Troopers

All good horror novels have a foundation using a familiar horror trope, whether it be zombies, vampires, deepest darkest space, or creepy children.  The really great horror novels employ multiple tropes to become terrifying, page-turning nightmares that the reader simply can’t put down.  Star Wars: Death Troopers is one of these horror novels.

And you can check out my earlier post on what I thought of Death Troopers after finishing it.

Upcoming Book Review: Princess of Light

My review for Princess of Light by Marie Bilodeau will be up on October 15th with the new update, but for now here’s a sneak peak:

Princess of Light

We all react to different situations in different ways.  The question is when we are tested to the extremes of our endurance, whether we will succeed or fail.  In the genre of fantasy, readers find an escape in characters that defy the odds and triumph, often with magical powers.  Marie Bilodeau has done just this with Princess of Light, the first book in the Heirs of a Broken Land series.

Upcoming Book Review: No Doors, No Windows

Another review that will be appearing on the site and in Episode 18 is Joe Schreiber’s No Doors, No Windows, a dark and disturbing horror novel that serves as a good pairing  to Schreiber’s other book coming out, Death Troopers.  Both books will be available October 13th.

No Doors, No Windows

From my review for No Doors, No Windows:

It’s been recommended that writers should stick to writing what they know when it comes to writing, and what better character can a writer write about than him- or herself . . . a writer.  But the writer in Joe Schreiber’s new novel, No Doors, No Windows, is one with a dark, disturbing past that even he doesn’t fully understand until the last few pages of the book, and has worked hard to forget and stay away from.  One hopes that Joe Schreiber isn’t anything like his character, Scott Mast.

Upcoming Book Review: Distant Early Warnings

One review that is now complete and will be featured on the BookBanter site and possibly in Episode 18 on October 15th is Distant Early Warnings: Canada’s Best Science Fiction edited by Robert J. Sawyer.  I interviewed Sawyer in Episode 11 where he talked briefly about this project, but little did I know it was going to be such an enjoyable and fascinating collection.

Distant Early Warnings

And here’s the first paragraph to get you interested:

Readers who either don’t read a lot of science fiction, or don’t read a wide breadth of science fiction, may look at Distant Early Warnings and wonder: “Canada has science fiction writers?”  Then they’ll read down the list of the stories included in this collection by authors like Julie E. Czerneda, Nalo Hopkinson, and Robert Charles Wilson, and think to themselves: “They’re Canadian?”  And finally they look and see that Distant Early Warnings is edited by Robert J. Sawyer, a brilliant science fiction writer who has won just about every award possible, and think: “He’s Canadian too?”  Not only is science fiction alive and well and being skillfully created and written in the great country north of the United States, but it is in fact home to some of the best science fiction writers alive today.

And that review will be up on BookBanter on October 1st.

Reviews to look forward too . . .

Reviews for the following books will be up with the new episode tonight — around midnight — along with the new episode:

Inheritance of RomeThe Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000 by Chris Wickham

Heat WaveHeat Wave by Richard Castle

Crush by Alan Jacobson

Her Fearful Symmetry
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Bloodborn by Kathryn Fox

The Chosen
The Chosen – Rise of the Darkness by C. A. Milson