Sunday, November 3, 2013

On Tour: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Hardcover, 1st edition, 692 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by William Morrow

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.

* Exclusive to the print editions of NOS4A2 are more than 15 illustrations by award-winning Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez.

My thoughts about NOS4A2 ~~

I love Stephen King's novels and consider him to be the master of creepy and spooky. And I have to tell you his son, Joe Hill, is following in his father's footsteps. NOS4A2 is an amazing tale with twists and turns, ups and downs, with a whole bunch of intensity thrown in for good measure.

Victoria Queen has an amazing bike and an unusual gift of finding 'lost' things when she hops on that bike. It eventually takes her places she doesn't want to go and connects her with people she would rather not know. But she has to go there, to save the children.

NOS4A2 drew me in and held my attention to the very end, even though it was exhausting to go through some of those intense scenes that just kept coming and coming. I couldn't read fast enough to get to the other side!

And it has that Christmas twist to it and who doesn't love a good Christmas story?

Like I said, I love Stephen King. I will have to say after reading this novel, that I love Joe Hill and I will be reading everything he writes from now on.

About the author

Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.

Hill is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.

Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing), showcases fourteen of his short stories and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, together with the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story for "Best New Horror". In October 2007, Hill's mainstream US and UK publishers reprinted 20th Century Ghosts, without the extras published in the 2005 slipcased versions, but including one new story.

Hill's first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins on February 13, 2007 and by Victor Gollancz Ltd in UK in March 2007. Simultaneous to these two editions, a limited edition of Heart-Shaped Box was also released by Subterranean Press; it sold out several months prior to publication. The novel reached number 8 on the New York Times bestseller list on April 1, 2007. His next novel Horns was published in 2010.

Hill chose to use an abbreviated form of his given name (a reference to executed labor leader Joe Hill, for whom he was named) in 1997, out of a desire to succeed based solely on his own merits instead of as the son of Stephen King. After achieving a degree of independent success, Hill publicly confirmed his identity in 2007 after an article the previous year in Variety broke his cover (although online speculation about Hill's family background had been appearing since 2005).

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  1. Looks like Mr. Hill has a new fan in you!

    Thank for being on the tour.

    1. Most definitely. And you are welcome! It was a great read and a great tour.

  2. I feel really silly that I didn't know Joe Hill was Stephen King's son. No wonder he is such a talented horror writer!

    1. I know - it's wonderful to see that talent stay in the family. I have enjoyed both of the books of his that I have read.


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