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Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?

But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .

A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

Book Reviews

Heart-Shaped Box
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4 / 5
While not as creepy as promised...
October 3rd, 2015
This book was scary and nerve wracking. Not as scary as some reviews would lead to believe but certainly scary enough to sleep with the light on every once and a while. If ghosts do not amuse you and possession is not something you think is real then this book is not for you. Any fan of the Amityville horror should love this book though!
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Heart Shaped Box
September 11th, 2015
An interesting view of karma and it's flaws. Spooky in just the right way and full of the family humour.
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1 review
Amazing author
April 16th, 2015
Joe Hill surely takes after his father!!! His writing is very similar to his dad Stephen King's as well probably why I enjoyed this book so much great read!!!!!
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Heart shaped box
February 16th, 2015
Very well done mr. joe hill, you are carrying on a family tradition. Looking forward to your new book......
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Good read
January 31st, 2015
This was the first Joe Hill book I've read and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more of his books.
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1 review
Awesome
February 25th, 2014
Way better than Horns. Really creepy
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Heart Shaped Box
January 29th, 2014
Gripping thriller from start to finish!
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January 28th, 2014
Really enjoyed this book, got me gripped and actually quite scared. Ending could have been better but still would recommended this read if you like horror ghost stories.
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Heart-Shaped Box
January 8th, 2014
Excellent, excellent, excellent ghost story. One of my new favourites, if you like creepy this story is for you. Can't wait to read more of his books.
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Heart-Shaped Box
November 25th, 2013
Joe Hill knows how to tell a story! And shape characters who are real. I find myself imagining a movie as I read. Great book!
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1 review
October 7th, 2013
Very good book. Could not put it down.
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Heart-Shaped Box
May 10th, 2013
Joe Hill is a fantastic author and I loved this book. I discovered him last year, and he has become one of my favorite authors.
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A new favourite!
April 13th, 2013
This is the first novel I've read by Joe Hill and it definitely will not be the last! I couldn't seem to put it down and I didn't want the story to end.
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Enjoyable!
February 7th, 2013
Although I preferred "Horns" this book has great characters. Good read.
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