I’ve had a signed copy of this book for a year now and have been meaning to read it, only to be told by a friend that it features A LOT of snakes. Naturally, I screamed, dropped it and ran a mile.
Now, the film’s coming out at the end of this month and I really want to see it as I’m a huge fan of Joe’s, so I thought I’d grow a pair and finally give it a go (and, of course, sit in a well lit room, rocking back and forth, crying, after each passage with the snakes shivers).
So, what’s it about?
Ignatius Perrish wakes up after a night of heavy drinking (and urinating on a statue of the Virgin Mary at his dead girlfriend’s memorial site) to find he’s grown horns. Apparently this is unusual – I wouldn’t know, I don’t drink! – Ig freaks out, but other people don’t seem to react to the horns in any way. Quite the opposite happens, actually, they start to tell him their deepest, darkest desires. I especially like the bit where one guy admits that he likes to wear his mother’s underpants and get “good and hot.”
Not only do people tell Ig everything he doesn’t want to know, the moment he touches them, Ig falls into the person’s mind and sees their deepest secrets. Which is… awesome? Maybe? Uhh, no, no it really isn’t.
After a few of these encounters, Ig naturally doesn’t want to be around people. However, after an accidental confrontation with older brother Terry, Ig is set on the path to discover who really murdered his girlfriend Merrin. And boy, does it turn out to be one hell of a journey. Continue reading