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Publisher Description

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?

But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .

A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 13
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

Waynerogers6oh6 ,


I read this about 4 years ago it was a wonderful book. He is definitely talented like his father.

PatrickWells2879 ,

Hard to get into

I’d heard great things about this book but it was hard to get into. The characters aren’t particularly likeable or relatable, which might have something to do with that. Will still check out some of Joe’s later work.

DCTX55 ,

Good writing, boring story

While the writing is great and furnishes an effortless reading experience, I just didn’t find the story very interesting. Part of the issue is that there is hardly a likeable character in the story. I’m sure the main characters were meant to grow on me as the story progressed, but it didn’t happen and by the climax I still didn’t really care what happened to them. Characters aside, the main conflict is fairly linear and there are few events that feel surprising or exciting.

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