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NOS4A2 (Paperback)

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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"

— Steven W.

May 2013 Indie Next List

“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


Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of the imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense . . .

Victoria "Vic" McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble . . . and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie. Now the only kid ever to escape Charlie's twisted imagination is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about Vic McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. . . .

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062200587
ISBN-10: 0062200585
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: October 15th, 2013
Pages: 692
Language: English