It’s only within the last few years that the real identity of novelist and comic book writer Joe Hill has been revealed. He’s Stephen King‘s son, though for years Hill concealed that fact (his full name is Joseph Hillstrom King) in order to make his own fortune. Good for him, and now that he’s established to some extent and the truth is out, hopefully his family name only helps. Now he’s sold his novel Horns to Mandalay Pictures, which will develop it before hopefully selling the package to a studio for production. Read More »
A couple weeks ago I was browsing through a book store with a friend when we came across Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box. The name and cover was enough to catch my eye. But not enough to get me to buy it. The independent book store had a small printed author biography that revealed Hill as Stephen King’s son. That’s right – THE Stephen King. I wondered out loud why that fact was left of the book’s cover, and why Hill did not keep King’s last name. It was probably to avoid stories like this with headlines like this.
I later found out that Hill chose his pen name in an effort to succeed based on his own merits. Only after winning a few awards (including the Bram Stoker Award for best fiction collection) did Hill reveal his identity. And of course now Warner Bros is suddenly interested in his book.
And today it was announced that Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) will rewrite and direct Heart-Shaped Box for Warner.
So what is the book about? Jude Coyne, a middle aged rock-star, is a collector of all things strange and gruesome. One day, Jude buys a ghost on a third party site like eBay and it changes Jude’s life for the worse.