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"In a nearly surprising turn of events, the newest, most ferociously
satisfying brick of horror to haunt our creaky shelves comes not from
Stephen King, but from his depraved offspring, the inimitable Joe Hill. NOS4A2,
a hideously hefty treatise on the interconnected, phantasmagorical
pathways that make a labyrinth of the creative mind, executes its task
with all the guileless imprecision of a rickety motorcycle backfiring
along a dirt road, and the staccato explosions of terror that ensue are
just as impossible to ignore. Pound for frenzied pound, NOS4A2 transcends the genre by
elevating the mundane, splattered night-rampages of standard horror fare
to the bizarre, cerebral night-rampages of this postmodern blood
diamond. Drenched in metaphor, Joe Hill’s doorstop narrative drives full
tilt from cover to hectic cover, leaving erudite, analytical
propositions along with burnt rubber casualties of the plot smoking in
its deep red taillights"
“From the very opening scene, Joe Hill's NOS4A2 gave me everything I want in a horror novel, believable characters coming face to face with fears that are primal and and universal, and a plot that purrs along like the featured Rolls Royce, speeding on a wide-open night highway. I started NOS4A2 on a Saturday night, and read until after midnight. Then slept, and I had nightmares. All. Night. Long. I woke at 6 AM, said, 'Damn you Joe Hill!' grabbed the book, and kept on reading. Poet Helen Adam always said that her goal in reciting her creepy ballads was to give listeners 'the grue,' that chill of a skeletal finger down the spine. This book gave me the grue. It keep on doing it, long after I've finished. I dare you not to want to keep reading. I dare you not to be very, very scared. I loved it.”
— Robert McDonald, The Book Stall At Chestnut, Winnetka, IL
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.