Sunday, March 14, 2010

King of the Hill

How do you come to grips with a father's legacy? This week's objet d'eBay, the collected PDF versions of Stephen King's works, celebrates not just his extrarodinary output — and growth from genre artist to American literateur —  but also the balance he has achieved with his (along with novelist wife Tabitha King) son Joe Hill (actually, Joseph Hillstrom King).

Hill has just written the followup to the Heart-Shaped Box, a novel acclaimed before most critics and fans knew of his familial connection. In Horns he considers the life of Iggy, son of the devil and, perhaps, even a loving consideration of the place in literature and life where he himself lives.

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