I decided I needed to read Joe Hill’s Horns before the movie is out – so that’s how I’ve started September. As one might guess by the title, this is supernatural/horror a la Christian mythology. Some will therefore inevitably find it unpalatable, but I’m all for it. (I also enjoy Supernatural, so there’s that.) Joe Hill’s storytelling gifts are eerily like those of his dad, sometimes – there is a distinct difference, absolutely, but also a great similarity in how I feel reading the extremely readable prose, speckled with a Morgan Freeman-narrated sort of wisdom. (You know what I mean.) Anyway, a sample:
He paused, twisting his goatee, considering the law in Deuteronomy that forbade clothes with mixed fibers. A problematic bit of Scripture. A matter that required thought. “Only the devil wants man to have a wide range of lightweight and comfortable styles to choose from,” he murmured at last, trying out a new proverb. “Although there may be no forgiveness for polyester. On this one matter, Satan and the Lord are in agreement.”
You should watch the movie trailer too, I think it looks great!
Now I need my library to obtain the sixth volume of Lock and Key, and my Joe Hill Appreciation Seance will be more or less complete. (I’d buy all six volumes if I was richer or hadn’t been robbed by a hairdresser today. I know, hairy robot. Design flaw.)