The Devil's Due

With his new novel, Joe Hill climbs to the top of the horror pack

Shane Leonard

Stephen King's eldest son has proved his horror bona fides.

It's one of the oldest stories in literature: a boy goes forth into the world, forsaking his past, only to return home as a man and discover that it was where he was always meant to be. And so it was for Joe Hill. After years of getting nowhere peddling middlebrow literary fiction ("stories about divorce and children trying to figure out their parents," he calls them today), Hill began to write tales of murderers, evil spirits and giant bugs--the kinds of subject matter better associated with his father Stephen King. And like the heroes of such stories, Hill (who writes...

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