Horns by Joe Hill


Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable ...

Details Horns

Release DateMar 1st, 2010
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHorror, Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery

Reviews Horns

  • Stephen
    Joe Hill has the story-telling gift and his terrific sophomore effort catapults him onto my “authors-to-watch” list. I had some heated internal debates regarding what final rating to tag this with as I vacillated between 5, 4 and 3 stars depending on where I was in the book, eventually settling on a very strong 4. I don’t think this ratings quandary necessarily reflects uneven levels of quality in Hill’s execution. Rather, I think the bac...
  • Kelly
    In order to enjoy this book for the disappointment it is, I suggest the following for the over 21 crowd:Take one sip every time...: Someone exclaims any one of: "No!"; "Oh my God!” “What ARE you?”A character or location from a Stephen King novel is mentioned. You want to slap the main character and tell him to man up. Merrin’s hair is described. The pace becomes inert. The word devil appears. (*Warning* you may get intoxicated from this a...
  • Kemper
    Stephen King really messed up his son, Joe. It’s not surprising. The children of famous people generally end up as tabloid fodder, and with King as a dad, I’m shocked that one of his brood hasn’t gone on an extended murder spree.King spends all day thinking of the most horrific shit possible to try and scare the collective pants off the reading public, and he had huge substance abuse problems when his kids were young. So you gotta assume th...
  • Becky
    Remember, way back at the beginning of the year, when I said that I wanted to hump Hugh Laurie's leg for writing The Gun Seller? After reading Horns, and just the ARC - not even the finished, shiny and perfect masterpiece - I want to hump Joe Hill's leg for writing it. Not too long ago, I read Hill's short story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, and in the intro, Christopher Golden says that Hill is subtle writer, that his stories are "promises fu...
  • Shannon
    It's hard for me to rate this book. On one hand I was hooked within the first 20 pages. On the other hand though I found it emotionally draining and painful to read. There's a quote that Ig reads to himself that I think sums up my feelings as well:"It goes against the American storytelling grain to have someone in a situation he can't get out of, but I think this is very usual in life."I often read fantasy and paranormal books to escape the harsh...
  • Dan Schwent
    Ignatius Perrish's longtime girlfriend was murdered and the whole town thinks he did it but he's walking free because the evidence was destroyed. After an all night bender, he wakes up with horns sticking out of his head that allow him to hear the thoughts of others. When he learns the identity of Merrin's killer, things start spiraling out of control...First off, the good points. Joe Hill's writing is a throwback to his father's early days, back...
  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    I need three things to make the hurt go away:and
  • Matthew
    Joe Hill writes from a dark and mysterious place. When I read this book, I was enthralled and uncomfortable at the same time. With every Hill novel I have read, the evil is unconventional and twisted. In this novel, the protagonist connects with the dark forces through mysterious horns growing out of his head . . . and it only gets stranger from there. My guess is that 9 out of 10 readers will have no idea exactly what happened, but there is a go...
  • Anne
    Actual rating: 2.5 🌟I had no idea where the story would go and how it would end, which led to me only be able to make a judgement at the very end. This is one of those books you really have to look at as a whole.However, I still can't say if I enjoyed it or if I didn't...The biggest problem I had were the characters. I felt no connection to any of them. In fact, all of them seemed kind of "unreal" and "untouchable". I felt no emotion whenever ...
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    I'll start by saying that I loved both the book and the movie. Daniel Radcliffe did an amazing job at portraying Ig even if the actor looked a lot better than the book-Ignatius. Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Surprisingly good. A clever premise that was executed really brilliantly. I hated the characters, each more loathsome than the next but I loved our MC Ig. But what I loved even more was the non-linear narrative style. Time jumps, POV changes, misleading narratives - all to finally wrap up so nicely in the end.
  • Bill Khaemba
    “The best way to get even with anyone is to put them in the rear-view mirror on your way to something better.” Update: Just watched the movie I would give it a 6/10 the book is still way better This book rapidly broke into one of the best books I have ever read. In my small reading life, I have never come across a book that has such a bizarre concept with its own unique premise and an amazing story line that just leaves you…   “...
  • Jadranka
    Ig Periš, 26-godišnji mladić koji krade Bogu dane posle tragedije koja ga je zadesila, budi se jednog jutra mamuran, bez sećanja na prethodnu noć, sa rogovima na glavi. Vrlo brzo uviđa da rogovi nisu samo rožnati izraštaji, već da zahvaljujući njima može da sazna najgrešnije misli ljudi oko sebe, kao i da utiče na njihove postupke. Ig Periš postaje vrsni poznavalac "univerzalnog jezika - jezika greha"."Rogovi" je drugi Hilov roman k...
  • Charity
    4.5 StarsWhen people saw me reading this they would ask if it was "any good." To say that this was good would be a massive understatement. It was supremely good. It was deliciously good. It was piss-your-pants good. It was leave-the-lights-on-all-night good. Yeah, it rocked! I was haunted, I was chilled, I was tingled, I was addicted. Putting the book down, even for a moment, was a hardship. Hill wrote about a psychopath that was so real, so dist...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    *After second reading*VERY GOOD. watch my video review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZT4m3...*First read in Nov/Dec 2012*
  • Tally
    I had high expectations for this book.It completely blew those expectations out of the water!This review might end up as a bunch of disjointed thoughts, because I'm having trouble organizing exactly how I felt. Warning: The beginning of this story is slightly soul-crushing. This book doesn't put a lot of faith in humanity, at least not in the beginning (I won't disclose anything about the end). As long as you don't take that aspect of it too seri...
  • Jennifer
    This book was psychotic, sad, humorous, mysterious, and did I say psychotic? Imagine waking up with a pair of horns growing out of your head and every person you encounter suddenly has a compulsion to tell you their darkest thoughts and actions. Twilight Zone is a kid's show compared to this!After pissing his pants, the main character: Ig decides to make the best of this unbelievable situation. The love of his life was murdered and he didn't do i...
  • Coos Burton
    Me gustó bastante, es un libro de terror decente. Sin embargo, no lo amé como creí que iba a hacerlo, quizá porque tenía mucha expectativa. Lo considero un buen libro, entretenido, con situaciones macabras muy apropiadas para este tipo de historias, pero me pareció que hubo mucho relleno, hay cosas que sinceramente siento que sobraban. A veces se me hacía pesado, no avanzaba más, quizá por eso me tomó tanto tiempo terminarlo. El final m...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    3.5 stars“You think you know someone. But mostly you just know what you want to know.”Of course I know by now that Joe Hill is none other than the son of the nearly worshipped Stephen King. I keep seeing praise in my feed and groups about his work, but Horns is my first taste of what he's offering. I'd seen - and loved - the movie on Netflix a few months before reading this.Since the book and movie are so similar, there weren't surprises wait...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Well, I see a lot of reviewers liked this one... I may not be the first, but if I am, please let me be the first to disagree. Maybe it wasn't totally crap, but I found it a major disappointment.Let me say I liked Heart Shaped Box a lot. It was a genuinely scary book that while it might not have broken totally "new" ground proved that the writer could do good psychological terror/horror without resorting to cheap cop out. This book, while not bein...
  • Apatt
    As Horns is basically about a man who wakes up one day and finds that horns have sprouted on his head it is very tempting to start with a very lame joke “here is a guy who wakes up feeling horny - LOL!”. Fortunately I would never stoop to that level (plus it has already been done).OK, so Ignatius Martin Perrish wakes up with a couple of horns and some supernatural power which most people would rather do without. Horns starts off like some dar...
  • Bark
    Ignatius (Ig) wakes up from a drunken stupor to discover he has horns growing out of his head. At first he believes he’s losing his mind but quickly discovers that they are indeed real and come with a terrifying power that compel others to spill what they’re really thinking and it’s never all hearts and flowers either.Poor Ig learns things about those closest to him that would destroy most people and soon realizes he is completely alone. A ...
  • Puck
    Oh, what a book! How wicked, how sardonic, how devilishly good! But with the main character called Ignatius (which means fire or firey one), what can you expect? Nothing better than a lovely strange story with well-fleshed characters and a subtle creepy atmosphere, with the theme of revenge smouldering in the background. One year ago Merrin Williams, Ignatius Perrish’s girlfriend, was found raped and murdered in the woods. Ig was the main suspe...
  • Gavin
    I'm not a giant fan of the horror genre, but I'm glad I gave this book a chance as it was a decent enough read. Horns was more of a dark fantasy with a heavy dose of black comedy rather than your regular gore filled horror story, though it did have a few gory horror moments, and I think that is probably why I enjoyed it so much.Ignatius Perrish wakes up after a heavy night of boozing to discover he has grown a pair of horns! At first he thinks he...
  • Ashton Gibbs ♥ BB&B
    Horns - Joe Hill Beauty, Books and BabbleAfter seeing the trailer for the movie adaptation of Horns, I naturally made the decision to read the book before watching the film, and after hearing nothing but good things about it from my brother, I couldn't wait to get stuck in.Horns follows the story of Ignatius Perrish, who is living in his very own hell where his childhood sweetheart and long-term girlfriend, Merrin, has been murdered, and despite...
  • Myke Cole
    Horns is one of the best books I've read in the last five years.I came to Hill via NOS4A2, which is the only book that ever truly frightened me in the way that some films can, initiating bouts of hypervigilance and night-terrors that messed with my sleep for two weeks. Horns is a very different book, haunting and beautiful to the same extent that NOS4A2 is creepy and vicious. The so-called "horror" elements of Horns serve the greater narrative go...
  • Maciek
    After a night of alcoholic indulgence and doing terrible things, Ignatius Perrish wakes up very hungover and very surprised - he discovers that somehow when he was passed out a pair of horns grew on his head. Understandably shocked by the fact, Ig at first tries to deny the very existence of his horns - he it on booze-influenced hallucinations. Just to be sure, he decides to see a doctor and confirm that everything is all right with him. Because ...
  • Kandice
    I want to start off by saying the copy of this book I read was a signed copy that was a birthday gift from a very dear friend. It's the first signed book I've ever owned, and I was more excited by the fact that STEPHEN KING'S son signed it than that it was signed by the author when I first got it. Not anymore! No one will ever replace King in my heart, but I now love Joe Hill for Joe Hill. It doesn't matter who his parents are. It's morbid, but I...
  • Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
    Αυτό είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο του Χιλ που διαβάζω, μετά τη συλλογή διηγημάτων με τίτλο “Φαντάσματα του 20ου αιώνα” και το μυθιστόρημα “Κουτί Σε Σχήμα Καρδιάς”. Το οπισθόφυλλο του “Κερασφόρου” λίγο-πολύ τα λέει όλα: Ο Ιγκ ζει μια ρημαγμένη ζωή από τ...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    3.5 WWID (What Would Ig Do) StarsFor Halloween I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to try something a little different. I thought this would be a horror novel, while it is disturbing at times it isn’t scary and the dialogue is so smart as to make you really think. There are a few theological statements that really made me think. Statements like the one below sat with me for days - “Him and God are supposed to be at war with each o...