As a child, Vic discovered she had a special gift hidden within herself when she happened upon a rickety, covered bridge with an entrance that turned out to be a doorway leading to any designated destination of a specific time and place. A hallucination turned reality that Vic utilizes as an escape route from everyday life.
Charlie Manx is the proprietor of a horrific fantasy home called Christmasland, otherwise known as The Sleigh House. Charlie is a collector. He amasses the souls of children. In order to complete these tasks he has recruited the help of a faithful companion named Bing, also known as The Gasmask Man. Wearing a gas mask and fatigues, Bing is a terror and an efficacious killer in his own right. Now that Vic is an adult, Charlie Manx and company have decided they want the soul of her young son, Wayne, to keep forever in their frightful facade of snowflakes and candy canes. Charlie wields his strength and power through a Rolls Royce with license plate NOS4A2. This vehicle is capable of sucking the life out of a human soul, a kind of road vampire, nicknamed The Wraith. The only way Vic will be able to achieve the impossible and save her son is to apply her inherited gift, and channel it to her own vehicle of power. With innocent Wayne at stake, all roads lead in one direction, Christmasland...and it's waiting for you.
Joe Hill has become a man who wears many hats. With his successful dive into graphic novels, he has found time to write a disturbing horror book that is bound to become one of his best, entitled NOS4A2. The two antagonists in this most recent effort represent all that is good and evil. While discovering the repulsive traits of Charlie Manx, the reader will have to endure the sensitive nerve that Hill strikes when depicting scenes of imprisoning children and torture rooms for adult captives. Definitely not for the squeamish, yet at the same time makes this a non-stop page turner. The chapter to chapter flow is entertaining and bordering on interactive. His descriptive creative writing style peaks when he opens the gates to Christmasland and lets all enter at their own risk. Once inside the reader will discover the truth and leave with an open gawk. He is definitely a top notch horror author and one to be reckoned with. No doubt the torch will be carried from the past and into the future by Joe Hill.
“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
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.