NOS4A2: A Novel (Paperback)
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
Now an AMC original series.
NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
Exclusive to the print editions of NOS4A2 are more than 15 illustrations by award-winning Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez.
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box; Strange Weather, a collection of novellas; and the acclaimed story collections Full Throttle and 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award–winning writer of a seven-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV, including NOS4A2 (AMC), Locke & Key (Netflix), and In the Tall Grass (Netflix).
“Hill’s imagination is...far-ranging.... NOS4A2 is full of chills and cliffhangers.” — New York Times
“Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is for certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“Hill is omnivorous in his appetite for story and character, and here he has created his best.” — Booklist (starred review)
“Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill’s masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling.” — Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of The Prophet on NOS4A2
“[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended.” — The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)
“[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction.” — Village Voice
“[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute.” — New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
“[A]stounding . . . .Though most of the stories have elements of horror, the overall mood of the collection is one of heartbreaking wonderment . . . Highly recommended .” — Library Journal (starred review)
“NOS4A2 is a brilliant exploration of classic and modern monsters and dark fantasties, all cut up, restitched and retooled...With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft.” — Publishers Weekly on NOS4A2
“Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again.” — Library Journal (starred review) on NOS4A2
“Hill is so skillful that we don’t know till the very end whether he’ll get away with it. . . Hill’s story is quite original and, for horror fans of a certain ironic bent, it’s an unqualified delight.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on NOS4A2
“NOS4A2 will pull you in from the first pages, and draw you away from your other responsibilities.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Read it with the lights on and your children locked in a closet.” — BookRiot.com on NOS4A2
“[Hill’s] sentences crackle with wit and understated craftsmanship – the kind so skillful it is only visible if you’re paying attention.” — The Globe and Mail on NOS4A2
“Joe Hills NOS4A2 is one of the creepiest books I’ve read in a long time--and I mean that in a good way.” — Tampa Bay Times on NOS4A2
“Hill’s well-stocked bag of narrative tricks keeps the pages moving at a steady clip, and his characters are sufficiently melodramatic to make the book’s scale feel both intimate and operatic. In fact, if you’re an impressionable reader, stick to reading ‘NOS4A2’ during the day. ” — Richmond Times-Dispatch on NOS4A2
“Words of warning for those who pick up this hefty, 704-page saga: You’ll never listen to Christmas carols the same way. Or sleep with the lights off.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram on NOS4A2
“Like any good novel, no matter the genre, NOS4A2 zips down the streets of its mesmerizing story line not just in the Wraith but also, and more importantly, on the backs of high-octane characters...Hill imbues the pitter-patter of little feet with a terror you won’t soon forget.” — USA Today, 4 stars
“NOS4A2 is a masterwork of horror.” — Lev Grossman, Time magazine
“NOS4A2 and its story of a heroic biker chic going up against an old vampire should grab you by the lapels and give y ou a few good shakes before setting its hooks in--and deep....Hill...puts together a riveting tale.” — St Louis Today on NOS4A2
“Joe Hill can terrify. he can humor. He can sadden. He can shock. His characters are deep and vibrant, his plots mesmerizing, his prose genuine. Simply put, he’s a damn good writer.” — Writer's Digest on NOS4A2
“NOS4A2 is [Hill’s] longest and most ambitious work yet. . . utterly absorbing.” — Seattle Times