From time to time, Warren Ellis reintroduces himself over on his blog, and I think that’s probably a good idea. It just seems polite to say hello to new readers from time to time, and greet your long-time readers all over again.
So. I’m Joe Hill, I do things with words for a living.
I’ve written four novels and one collection of short stories. Here they are, in reverse chronological order:
The story of a bad man with a car that runs on human souls. Probably not recommended for fans of car-sharing services like Uber.
The story of an unlucky devil. Not recommended for people who go squirmy at the mention of snakes.
HEART-SHAPED BOX (2007)
The story of a man who buys a ghost online and then is distressed to find out about the no-returns policy. Probably not recommended for people addicted to shopping online.
20th CENTURY GHOSTS – STORIES (2005)
A whole bunch of stories, including the one about the inflatable boy, the one about the ghost that haunts a small town movie theater, and the one about the dude who can fly with the help of his childhood cape.
My second novel, HORNS, was turned into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, and is available for download in all the usual places. It will be out in early 2015 on BluRay.
I’m also a writer of comic books. My series, LOCKE & KEY – created with artist Gabriel Rodriguez – first appeared in 2008, and ran for six years, before it concluded in 2013.
LOCKE & KEY is about an old New England mansion littered with impossible keys and full of impossible doors. There are six books in the series.
I also wrote a graphic novel called WRAITH, which uses characters and locations from NOS4A2… although you do not need to read NOS4A2 to enjoy it, nor do you need to read WRAITH to enjoy the novel. The two are related but completely independent. It was published in 2013, with art by Charles Paul Wilson iii.
WRAITH is about some escaped convicts who wind-up in the wrong getaway car and who would’ve been better off just going to jail. It also includes a kind of origin story for Charlie Manx, a man who loves Christmas more than is probably healthy.
As for future work, I recently finished a new novel, THE FIREMAN, and hope to see it in bookstores by early 2016. It’s always possible it will take longer, though – it’s impossible to underestimate my ability to drag things out.
I’m also editing BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY, part of Houghton Mifflin’s awesome BEST AMERICAN series. That will be out at the end of 2015.
I only update this site once a month, or sometimes less, and it primarily serves as a billboard to mark the release of new work.
I keep a more personal, chatty blog over on Tumblr, under the name joehillsthrills. There’s usually new content there at least once a week.
My thanks for your interest – and happy reading.