Quick review: Joe Hill weaves a great tale with a new take on the idea of vampirism, family and imagination. He definitely plays in the same sandbox as his dad, but he brings a younger, more modern voice to the New England horror scene. Unlike, say, Salem’s Lot, where vampires run amok, killing/feeding/ stalking and no one outside of the town seems to take notice. Instead, in Hill’s vampire story, police get involved, the FBI, hospitals, mental institutions and varied places throughout the United States. Make no mistake, the King boys are thoroughly American. Hill brings into stark contrast the real, modern world and the fantastical one he creates. He takes the logical path that if a person claimed to ride across a bridge to find lost things, later had dead children call her on the phone, any phone and swear that a dead man was alive and well that it would be assumed, quite rightly that person was insane. Of course being a horror story, all of the above is true, and then some.
Admittedly, I bought NOS4A2 on a bit of a whim, a Kindle sale for a $1.99. At that price especially, an incredible bargain. It was my vacation read and quite hard to put down in the airport, on the plane and on the beach. I can honestly say that I feel Joe Hill is a strong writer, but the best is yet to come.