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NOS4A2by Joe Hill
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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. Hes 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.
“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
“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)
“[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre....Highly recommended.” The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)
“[An] undeniably readable work.” Booklist (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
“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, its an unqualified delight.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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
“Hill's imagination is...far-ranging....NOS4A2 is full of chills and cliffhangers.” New York Times
“[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
“Joe Hill's 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
“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 books scale feel both intimate and operatic. In fact, if you're an impressionable reader, stick to reading NOS4A2 during the day.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“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
“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
“NOS4A2 is a masterwork of horror.” Lev Grossman, Time magazine
“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
“NOS4A2 is [Hill's] longest and most ambitious work yet...utterly absorbing.” Seattle Times
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 the imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense...
Victoria "Vic" McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of 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 her way, inevitably, to Charlie. Now the only kid ever to escape Charlie's twisted imagination is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about Vic McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge....
About the Author
Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prizewinning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key.
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