Joe Hill (writer)
Hill at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014
|Born||Joseph Hillstrom King
June 4, 1972
Bangor, Maine, United States
|Occupation||Novelist, short story writer, comic book writer|
|Alma mater||Vassar College|
|Genre||Horror, dark fantasy, science fiction|
|Spouse||Riley Dixon (1999–2010; divorced)|
|Relatives||Stephen King (father)
Tabitha King (mother)
Owen King (brother)
Naomi King (sister)
Joseph Hillstrom King (born June 4, 1972), better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. He has published three novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and NOS4A2—and a collection of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the author of the comic book series Locke & Key. Hill's parents are authors Stephen and Tabitha King.
Hill chose to use an abbreviated form of his given name (a reference to executed labor leader Joe Hill, for whom he was named) in 1997, out of a desire to succeed based solely on his own merits rather than as the son of Stephen King. After achieving a degree of independent success, Hill publicly confirmed his identity in 2007 after an article the previous year in Variety broke his cover (although online speculation about Hill's family background had been appearing since 2005).
Joe Hill is a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. He has also received the William L. Crawford award for best new fantasy writer in 2006, the A. E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize in 1999 for "Better Than Home" and the 2006 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella for "Voluntary Committal". His stories have appeared in a variety of magazines, such as Subterranean Magazine, Postscripts and The High Plains Literary Review, and in many anthologies, including The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (ed. Stephen Jones) and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant).
Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts (published in 2005 by PS Publishing), showcases fourteen of his short stories and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, together with the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story for "Best New Horror". In October 2007, Hill's mainstream US and UK publishers reprinted 20th Century Ghosts, without the extras published in the 2005 slipcased versions, but including one new story.
Hill's first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins on February 13, 2007 and by Victor Gollancz Ltd in UK in March 2007. The novel reached number eight on the New York Times bestseller list on April 1, 2007.
When he began writing, Hill was well aware of the inevitable comparisons that would arise between his own work and that of his father, Stephen King, one of the world's best-selling and most-recognized living novelists, with the name "King" being synonymous with horror fiction. Stephen King had himself used a pen-name, Richard Bachman, after he had become well-established, explaining later in the short essay, "Why I Was Bachman" that he felt he had to know whether he could "re-achieve" success as an author purely through the quality of his writing, as opposed to what perceived as the "brand" that had become established through his own name. Joseph King chose to take the same approach; although many readers (and most reviewers) are now aware of the connection, his fiction has been widely praised, and many critics have stressed their own objectivity and lack of preconceptions when reviewing his works.
On September 23, 2007, at the thirty-first Fantasycon, the British Fantasy Society awarded Hill the first ever Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award. Hill's first professional sale was in 1997.
Among unpublished works is one partly completed with his father, "But Only Darkness Loves Me", which is held with the Stephen King papers at the Special Collections Unit of the Raymond H Fogler Library at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.
Hill is also the author of Locke & Key, a comic book series published by IDW Publishing. The first issue, released on February 20, 2008, sold out of its initial publication run in one day. A collection of the series in limited form from Subterranean Press sold out within 24 hours of being announced.
Hill is currently working on his fourth novel called The Fireman, set to release in early 2016.
- Better Than Home (A. E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize)
- Voluntary Committal (World Fantasy Award for Best Novella)
- 20th Century Ghosts (Bradbury Fellowship)
- 20th Century Ghosts (Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection)
- 20th Century Ghosts (British Fantasy Award for Best Collection)
- 20th Century Ghosts (International Horror Guild Award for Best Collection)
- Best New Horror (British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story)
- Best New Horror (Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story)
- Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award - 2007
- Heart-Shaped Box (Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel)
- Heart-Shaped Box (International Thriller Writers Inc award for Best First Novel)
Novels and collections
- 20th Century Ghosts (2005, collection)
- Heart-Shaped Box (2007)
- Horns (2010)
- NOS4A2 (2013)
- The Fireman (2016)
- Locke & Key (2008–2013), illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
- Kodiak (2010), one-shot, co-written with Jason Ciaramella and illustrated by Nat Jones
- The Cape (2010), one-shot, co-written with Jason Ciaramella and illustrated by Zach Howard
- The Cape (2011), mini-series co-written with Jason Ciaramella and illustrated by Zach Howard
- The Cape: 1969 (2012), mini-series co-written with Jason Ciaramella and illustrated by Nelson Daniel
- Thumbprint (2013), co-written with Jason Ciaramella
- Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland (2014), mini-series illustrated by C. P. Wilson III
- Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury: "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" (2014), one-shot, adapted by Jason Ciaramella, illustrated by C. P. Wilson III
Dates by original magazine or anthology publication.
- "The Lady Rests" (1997), Palace Corbie 7
- "The Collaborators" (1998), Implosion 8
- "Better Than Home" (1999), A. E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize Series, stand-alone chapbook
- "The Saved" (2001), The Clackamas Literary Review spring/summer issue
- "Pop Art" (2001), With Signs & Wonders, Invisible Cities Press anthology
- "20th Century Ghost" (2002), The High Plains Literary Review, journal's final issue
- "The Widow's Breakfast" (2002), The Clackamas Literary Review spring/summer issue
- "You Will Hear the Locust Sing" (2004), The Third Alternative 37
- "Abraham's Boys" (2004), The Many Faces of Van Helsing, anthology
- "The Black Phone" (2004), The Third Alternative 39
- "Dead-Wood" (2005), Subterranean Press February online newsletter
- "Last Breath" (2005), Subterranean Magazine 2
- "Best New Horror" (2005), Postscripts 3
- "Voluntary Committal" (2005), Subterranean Press stand-alone chapbook
- "In the Rundown" (2005), Crimewave 8
- "Scheherazade's Typewriter" (2005), 20th Century Ghosts, within the book's acknowledgments section
- "The Cape" (2005), 20th Century Ghosts, original to collection
- "My Father's Mask" (2005), 20th Century Ghosts, original to collection
- "Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead" (2005), Postscripts 5
- "Thumbprint" (2007), Postscripts 10
- "Jude Confronts Global Warming" (2007), Subterranean Press online magazine, spring issue
- "Gunpowder" (2008), PS Publishing stand-alone novella
- "Throttle" (2009, written in collaboration with Stephen King), He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson (also included in the audiobook Road Rage)
- "Twittering from the Circus of the Dead" (2010), The New Dead, edited by Christopher Golden
- "The Devil on the Staircase" (2010), Stories: All-New Tales, edited by Al Sarrantonio and Neil Gaiman
- "Wolverton Station" (2011), Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2, edited by William Schafer
- "In the Tall Grass" (2012, written in collaboration with Stephen King), Esquire, June/July and August issues
- "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" (2012), Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Mort Castle and Sam Weller
- The Sundial Man (2010) 
Below is a list of Hill's short fiction which has been reprinted.
- "20th Century Ghost": The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume Fourteen (2003), ed. Stephen Jones
- "My Father's Mask": The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 19th Annual Collection (2006), ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant
- "Best New Horror": The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume Seventeen (2006), ed. Stephen Jones
- "The Cape": Horror: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006), ed. John Gregory Betancourt and Sean Wallace
- "Thumbprint": The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume Nineteen (2008), ed. Stephen Jones
- "Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead": The Living Dead (2008), ed. John Joseph Adams
- "20th Century Ghost": Poe's Children: The New Horror (2008), ed. Peter Straub
- "Pop Art": American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now (2009), ed. Peter Straub
- "Abraham’s Boys": By Blood We Live (2009), ed. John Joseph Adams
- "20th Century Ghost": The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror (2010), ed. Stephen Jones
- "My Father's Mask": Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010), ed. Ellen Datlow
- "Throttle" (with Stephen King): The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume Twenty-One (2010), ed. Stephen Jones
- "Pop Art" was reprinted in 2007 by Subterranean Press as a chapbook featuring illustrations by Gahan Wilson. As well, 52 lettered (A–ZZ) hard covers and 150 numbered soft covered chapbooks were signed by Hill.
- "Fanboyz", a comic script, was written for Spider-Man Unlimited 8 (2005). The story was illustrated by Seth Fisher.
- "The Saved", first published in The Clackamas Literary Review in 2001 and also as part of the bonus material included in the 2005 deluxe slipcased edition of 20th Century Ghosts, was reprinted in December 2007 as part of PS Publishing's annual Holiday Chapbook series, available, free of charge, to subcribers of the quarterly magazine Postscripts.
- "Thumbprint", first published in Postscripts #10 in 2007, was reprinted as a chapbook in summer 2008 to accompany the anthology Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy published by Subterranean Press.
- Hill was selected to serve as the guest editor of the first (2015) volume of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's series The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.
- Fade Away (unproduced screenplay co-written with Owen King)
- Tales From The Darkside (1 episode, pilot)
Movies based on his Books
- Monroe, Justin. "Interview: "NOS4R2" Author Joe Hill Talks the War on Christmas, Movie Adaptations, and Mark Twain's Twitter".
- "Secret of Horror Writer's Lineage Broken", Associated Press 17 March 2007
- Excerpts from interview in July 2006 Locus
- "fiction". joe hill fiction. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- NYT Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list (registration only)
- Rocky Wood, et al.: Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished, Abingdon, Maryland: Cemetery Dance Publications, 2006, p. 110
- Fantasy-Horror Comic Locke & Key Sold Out in One Day (press release), Comics Bulletin, February 21, 2008
- Limited and Lettered LOCKE & KEY by Joe Hill Sold Out, November 24, 2007
- World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
- Fire, Larry (2011-07-23). "Joe Hill On NOS4A2, The Walking Dead & Future Projects | THE FIRE WIRE". Larryfire.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "A place to get news on Joe Hill's novels, short stories, comics, films, and other projects". Joe Hill Fiction. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "THE FIRE WIRE Exclusive: Interview With NOS4A2 Author, Joe Hill".
- "Exeter author Joe Hill earns Top 10 honor". seacoastonline.com.
- "Joe Hill's Thrills".
- Hill, Joe. "Pop Art by Joe Hill — Subterranean Press". Subterraneanpress.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. February 21, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- Personal website
- Interview from 2011
- 2010 Powells.com interview
- Review of 20th Century Ghosts by Gary Couzens
- Interview by John Joseph Adams - Part One and Part Two
- Joe Hill comments on the origins of the stories in 20th Century Ghosts
- February 2007 blog at Powells, featuring previously unpublished poetry and prose
- Read Heart-Shaped Box excerpt online
- Writer Joe Hill Talks to TFAW.com About Locke & Key From IDW
- Joe Hill reads from his novel Horns, March 4, 2010, San Francisco, Ca
- Joe Hill at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database