Indie Next ListMay 2013
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 imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense that will have you flinching at shadows and checking the rearview mirror again and again.
Victoria McQueen has a knack for finding things. Riding her bicycle through an old covered bridge, she always emerges where she needs to be. But Vic doesn t tell anyone about her unusual ability no one would believe her.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He takes children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith, and they slip away to an astonishing playground he calls Christmasland. But the journey through 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 Charlie.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Manx s unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx is on the road again, and he won t slow down until he s taken his revenge. As a life-and-death battle builds her magic pitted against his Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Manx once and for all.
Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill s phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride."