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NOS4A2 : Welcome to Christmasland

Updated on May 1, 2014

Being that Joe Hill is one of my favorite authors ...I read this as soon as it was available. I'll admit when I first saw the cover image I had visions of vampires, and cars. But this novel is so much more than that. The main villain is like a vampire, but not in the traditional way like Dracula. You see he chooses children that he thinks have a bad life, and he "takes" them to Christmasland. A frail and very creepy old man who drives an old style car called a Wraith. He traps the souls of the murdered children whose youth keep him alive after he has his assistant murder their mother. There is a Christmas theme throughout the book, as for example the gas they use to knock out their victims is called "gingerbread gas". The novel is also filled with the occasional illustration from his collaborator on Locke & Key, which adds a nice touch and kind of makes the fantasy thriller more like a creepy kids story. This was one of the longest novels that I had read this past year, but the pace of the story will keep you reading and it does not really have any dull boring parts where you lose interest. One of the tricks he uses is to end a chapter and have the next chapter start right where the last one ended with the titles. I also thought the deckled edges were a nice touch, and I'm not sure if the Christmas special edition has this as well, but it makes page turning much easier. I highly recommend not only this author, but this book which I rated 4 stars on

For more about this author please check out my other lens -

Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel

First novel and by far one of his best. Much more deeper than a ghost story. A Tale of redemption.

20th Century Ghosts
20th Century Ghosts

Collection of his short stories, and first published work.

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

This amazing graphic novel wil have you on the edge of your seat, and it's soon to be a motion picture, so read it soo!



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      Dan 4 years ago from CNY

      @Merrci: He is Stephen King's son. I wrote a lens about him if you want to learn more -

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I wasn't sure about this book, but your description makes it sound very interesting. I might just give it a try! Thanks for reviewing it!