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Writer Joe Hill is Stephen King's son
By Karl Schneider
March 19, 2007
Source: Associated Press
After nearly 10 years of writing short stories and an unpublished novel, Joe Hill was no longer able to hide his true identity as Stephen King's son.
"I really wanted to allow myself to rise and fall on my own merits," he said. "One of the good things about it was that it let me make my mistakes in private."
Hill recently released a fantasy thriller, Heart-Shaped Box, which came out last month.
The book is a fast-paced tale of another man with dual identities. Judas Coyne, born Justin Cowzynski, is an over-the- hill heavy metal rocker with a strange hobby: amassing ghoulish artifacts.
When Coyne learns that a suit purportedly haunted by a ghost is up for grabs on an online auction site, he can't resist adding it to his creepy collection. Things turn ugly fast after Coyne learns that the suit's occupant is a spooky spiritualist bent on vengeance following the death of his stepdaughter.
Hill's decision to follow his father's career should come as no surprise. His mother, Tabitha King, has been turning out novels for decades. His younger brother, Owen King, also came out in 2005 with a well-received novella and short story collection.