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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.
Indie Next ListMay 2013
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
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. . . .