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Heart-Shaped Box
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'Buy my stepfather's ghost' read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought the dead man's suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock. But the rest of his collection doesn't make the house feel cold. The bones don't make the dogs bark; the movie doesn't make Jude feel as if he's being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life ...
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The supernatural is making a strong come-back, and this is a perfect moment for a creepy and fresh kind of ghost story Superb, high-concept, claustrophobic thriller HEART-SHAPED BOX has great mainstream and horror appeal: a cross between THE BITCH GODDESS NOTEBOOK, Nick Cave and a road movie! A highly talented debut author who combines a wonderfully literary voice with excellent characterisation and driving plot, an author who is set to go from strength to strength Joe Hill's first collection, TWENTIETH CENTURY GHOSTS, is attracting enormous critical acclaim

About the Author

Joe Hill is past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

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