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NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing - and terrifying - playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland."

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger: Vic's own son.

Exclusive to the print editions of NOS4A2 are more than 15 illustrations by award-winning Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez.

Alternative Title: Nosferatu
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062200570
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 692 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rodríguez, Gabriel 1974-


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ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Good. Twisted, but good. Lots to the story (with a whole lot of words) and totally worth it! Vic is an excellent character, with many flaws making her extremely easy to relate to.

Dec 24, 2018

I agree with Ghettostone. This book was all over the place, almost 700 pages, took me 2 months to read it. Don't like to read about things that do not make any sense at all. Not what I expected.

Dec 17, 2018

From, Michael R. Brown, leader of the Best Seller's Book Club and Editor/Chief of Ghettostone Publications Company.

WARNING: "NOS4A2" by Joe Hill is not about Vampires...! Twists, Turns, Time Travel, what? A Teenager who has an supernatural experience and the adults who don't believe him, "really?" Years later an evil force resurfaces, "come on...!" An old black, haunted hurst,
"too much"...! Wanted to thrown this book out the window, "timeless...!" Spoiler alert, Joe Hill is the son of "Steven King" and proclaims that he is the "New King of Horror" in this 600 page collision of non-sensical, "Poopdom"!

The Best Seller Book Club unamiously disliked this book...! "And I'm being polite...!"
I could be wrong, please if anyone has read this book and found it enjoyable, please let me know...!

Sorry...! Joe Hill,

Michael Brown, Editor/Chief
Ghettostone Publications Company

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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

This is chilling. I should have read this book in winter for full atmospheric effect. Kate Mulgrew's raspy voice lends itself well to the narration, especially to the voice of Charlie Manx. There were moments where I regretted listening to NOS4A2 in the dark.

At many points during this book I felt like I was reading classic Stephen King. Joe clearly took inspiration from his dad's writing, in a good way. His writing isn't as elegant, and some of his supporting characters were almost cartoonish, but he still manages to creep under the skin. Those kids in Christmasland? Ghastly. Terrifying. This book says a lot about childhood. No matter how many buffers adults create, kids are never really safe.

May 17, 2018

Very nicely done. Charter development, pace, and setting. Classic Joe Hill. Good read -

Mar 02, 2018

Vic McQueen has a special gift....she can cross a bridge that appears only before her at will. ....
she can find anything.....who knows what she will find at the other end and where it will take
her.....characters are both good and evil....

Oct 21, 2017

This book was always on the shelf in the library and I looked at it so many times before it registered.... N0S4A2..... Nosferatu. Oh my god. I had to suddenly read it. I am glad I did, because this was one hell of a ride. I loved the protagonist and I really rooted for her. This book was creepy, thrilling, and despite it's literal length, was a really quick read. I enjoyed it even more than Heart Shaped Box. Joe Hill is one I will return to again and again!

May 16, 2017

Great book and worth a listen! Bridges the worlds of Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

Mar 04, 2017

Wow!! I'm definitely a new fan of Joe Hill.
NOS4A2 was a thrilling ride. I can definitely see Hill's relation to King in his writing. However, his voice is certainly his own, and I enjoyed his storytelling very much.
The idea behind NOS4A2 was very intriguing. I found the concept of inscapes to be fascinating. The idea that we all have the power to bring life to our thought worlds is definitely inspiring to a want to be writer.
The characters all felt real and well developed. I always enjoy a good flawed character, and boy were they all deliciously flawed.
Manx was terrifying and complex, my favorite combination in a villain.
I would definitely recommend this to any fan of King or just anyone looking to be creeped out and willing to never view Christmas ornaments or enjoy the smell of gingerbread the same way again.

Feb 17, 2017

There is so much within N0S4A2 that I loved that it is impeccably difficult to put into words. The characters alone make this one a fantastic read; I am adding Vic McQueen and Maggie to my list of favorite literary characters. I would play scrabble and discuss libraries with Maggie any day!
Now onto the elephant in the room- our villain- Charles Talent Manx III aka Charlie Manx aka N0S4A2 aka The Wraith.
He is everything you could ever want in a creepy, evil man: pale, veiny face with bulging eyes and brown, decaying teeth. He is as it is physically possible to being actual Nosferatu as it comes. With him comes the promise of the permanent voyage and residency to a place called Christmasland, where it is Christmas everyday! Bad news is, kid, you become an evil little sh*t like him.

What I also loved about Manx's character is that he was flamboyantly (is this possible) evil- he bears it as a fact and is just doing one simple thing: "saving" kids from terrible parents to give them what their parents could not. Not to mention, his ride is snazzy. A Rolls Royce Wraith- with, you guessed the novel's namesake, N0S4A2 as the license plate. For whatever reason, I was pleased that his weapon of choice for the majority of the novel was a bone hammer- an object used solely in autopsies.

With a tip of the hat to Hill's previous novel Horns, I reveled in the connections with the inscapes and existence of two worlds; the real and the imaginary.

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ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Quote from librarian: “If books were girls, and reading was… f***ing, this would be the biggest whorehouse in the county and I’d be the most ruthless pimp you ever met. Whap the girls on the butts and send them off to their tricks as fast and often as I can.”

Mar 15, 2018

"You can't let facts get in the way of the truth."

Mar 15, 2018

"No one looks too closely at a librarian. People are afraid of going blind from the glare of ssss-ssso much compressed wisdom."

Mar 15, 2018

"Innocence ain't all it's cracked up to be, you know. Innocent little kids rip the wings off flies, because they don't know any better. That's innocence."

Dec 17, 2017

"She told me about Charlie Manx. She warned me about him. She said there was a man, a bad man with a bad car. He used his car to suck the life out of children. He was a kind of vampire - a road vampire."


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ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Sexual Content: Sexual content.

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Coarse Language: Swearing.


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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Vic McQueen is an average girl with a seriously abnormal ability -- when she rides her bike, she can open a bridge through space to find lost objects. When Vic tries to use her gift to find "trouble," she comes face to face with the equally gifted, and utterly evil, Charles Manx. Charles Manx uses his car like Vic uses her bike, but instead of finding lost things, he spirits children away into Christmasland, where they never grow old, never feel sorrow, and lose their humanity to become sociapathic monsters. Vic escapes Charles Manx, only to have her life scarred by the echo of Christmasland. When Charles Manx returns to target Vic's son, she has to pit her magic and courage against Manx's for the stake of her son's soul.


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