With the imminent arrival of house guests, I haven't been getting all that much reading done - too much house-cleaning to catch up on. I have, however, managed to squeeze in a couple of things:
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill - After reading the short story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, and his second novel, Horns, I became a Joe Hill fan. It's not surprising, I suppose, because I am a huge fan of his father's work and Hill writes a bit like him, same super-natural/horrific subject matter, same engaging accessibility, same gift with characters, but without the tendency to run long. Hill's first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, is a solid, exciting, ghost story thriller with an unusual protagonist - you don't often see aging shock rockers as main characters in novels. HSB moves along quickly - perhaps a little too quickly as I would have like it to stretch out a little longer. It has plenty of scares and a good lesson to be learned: whatever you do, don't buy a ghost off eBay.
PS - I'll update this with links shortly.