Author: Joe Hill
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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Like he did with his excellent genre-tweaking novel Horns, Joe Hill—yes, son of Stephen King—has given horror fiction fans something original, bold, and unclassifiable in NOS4A2, his most ambitious book to date.
Not exactly a vampire story, NOS4A2 (whose title cleverly evokes F.W. Murnau's classic silent film Nosferatu) uses some of the traditional vamp storytelling tropes to create a new horror villain extraordinaire named Charles Manx, a slithery creeper who drives a 1938 Rolls Royce, abducts children, and brings them to a nightmarish fantasy world known as "Christmasland." Trust, he's no Jolly Old St. Nick. —Matt Barone