Author Highlight: Joe Hill

By Alicia Ballard

A few short months ago, AMC announced that they will be adapting Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2. It will be a 10 part television series, set to release in April of 2019. Fans of Joe Hill and the Christmas horror novel are very excited at the news. It will be the first Joe Hill adaption since Horns in 2013. In celebration here are five facts about the rising horror star you may not know.

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1). His Father is Stephen King

Joe Hill was born Joseph Hillstrom King on June, 4 1972 to parents Stephen and Tabitha King. His love for horror and spinning his own twisted narratives was nurtured from a young age. Hill decided to forge his own path, away from his father’s fame by taking the name Joe Hill.

Hill was able to separate himself from his father for many years. Rumors of his parentage circulated on the internet. It wasn’t until 2007 when the truth came out and the rumors were confirmed in a magazine article.

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2) Joe Hill is a Graphic Novel Writer

Not only is Joe Hill a talented novelist, he is also a talented graphic novel author. Hill has penned the wildly popular series, Locke and Key. He has also penned various other works such as The Cape and Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland.

Hill has a large imagination and this is reflected in his work. Hill is able to craft large worlds filled with colorful characters and settings. These aspects are highlighted in his visual work, especially.

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3) His Books have Been Adapted Before

In 2013 Hill’s novel Horns was adapted into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. The movie and book are about a man who wakes up one morning to discover he has grown a pair of Horns. Recent projects have been announced and are set to release in 2019.

NOS4A2 is about Charlie Manx. Manx steals away children to take them to Christmasland. Christmasland is not as happy as it seems, something sinister lurks beneath the surface. NOS4A2 is being adapted into a television series by AMC.

Locke and Key is about three siblings that move in with their uncle after the death of their father. Their new home is filled with secrets and magic.

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4) He was in Creepshow

Creepshow was released on November 12, 1982. It was written by Stephen King and directed by George A Romero. The movie was heavily inspired by 1950s horror comics. The movie shares similar formula to Tales from the Crypt.

Stephen King even stared in one of the shorts; The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. Most might not realize that the boy, Billy, from the opening and closing sequences is in fact a young Joe Hill. It’s not hard to imagine that the little boy would grow up to write some twisted novels and short stories of his own.

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5) Joe Hill and Stephen King Are Not the Only Writers in the Family

Joe Hill and Stephen King are not the only spinners of tales in the King family. Tabitha King, Hill’s mother, has written many acclaimed novels, such as: Small World in 1981, One on One in 1993, and Candles Burning with Michael McDowell in 2006. Owen King, Hill’s younger brother, has written: Double Feature in 2013, Sleeping Beauties with Stephen King in 2017, and even a graphic novel; Intro to Alien Invasion in 2015. Writing is certainly the family business.

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Hill is certainly a shining star in the horror literature community. A true talent that has proved himself to be a capable writer time and time again. Even with the rumors and comparisons to Stephen King, Hill has stuck to his figurative guns. The staff of the El Reno Carnegie Library awaits more from Hill with baited breath.