We all know that 99% of the time the book is better than the movie. Horns is no exception. Generally, however, once I’ve seen the movie I can’t bring myself to read the book. The climax has been given away and although I know there’s a lot of good story meat I’m missing I just can’t do it. BUT! I did it with Horns. Seriously, go check this out right now. Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, has crafted a really eerie, devilish twist on the revenge novel and you won’t be able to put it down. Ig Parrish is just a swell anti-hero and I couldn’t help picturing Daniel Radcliffe, who stars in the film, saying all his lines with his put on American accent.
The story goes: Ig Parrish and Merrin Williams have been together since they were kids. They always knew they’d get married and have cute little ginger babies and live the Life. But when, after a huge fight and break up, Merrin Williams is found murdered in the woods, everyone blames Ig; there’s no real evidence, but all fingers point his way. Ig is heartbroken, angry, and almost always intoxicated months after Merrin’s death. After an especially rough bender, Ig awakes with some pretty mysterious powers that turn his small town into a living hell. Horns has a slew of deeply thought-out characters that drive this story forward in surprising ways.
Check out this title if you’re a fan of Stephen King, creepy things, biblical allusions, cute Daniel Radcliffe, Jazz, and/or just great stories.