Joe Hill (novelist)

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Joe Hill
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Hill at the 2019 WonderCon
BornJoseph Hillstrom King
(1972-06-04) June 4, 1972 (age 49)
Bangor, Maine, United States
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • comic book writer
Alma mater Vassar College
Genre Horror, dark fantasy, science fiction
Leanora King
(m. 1999;div. 2010)

Gillian Redfearn
(m. 2018)
Parents Stephen King (father)
Tabitha King (mother)
Relatives Owen King (brother)
Naomi King (sister)

Joseph Hillström King (born June 4, 1972), better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American writer. His work includes the novels Heart-Shaped Box (2007), Horns (2010), NOS4A2 (2013), and The Fireman (2016); the short story collections 20th Century Ghosts (2005) and Strange Weather (2017); and the comic book series Locke & Key (2008–2013). He has won awards including Bram Stoker Awards, British Fantasy Awards, and an Eisner Award.


King is the son of authors Tabitha and Stephen King, and the brother of writer Owen King.

Early life

Joe Hill was born in 1972 to authors Tabitha King (née Spruce) and Stephen King. He was born in Hermon, Maine and grew up in Bangor, Maine. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has an older sister, Naomi King.

At age 9, he appeared in the 1982 film Creepshow , directed by George A. Romero, which co-starred and was written by his father.


Hill chose to use an abbreviated form of his middle name for his professional surname in 1997, out of a desire to succeed based solely on his own merits rather than as the son of one of the world's best-selling and most-recognized living novelists. After achieving a degree of independent success, Hill publicly confirmed his identity in 2007, the year his first novel came out, after an article the previous year in Variety reported his identity. [2] [3]

Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. [4] He has also received the William L. Crawford award for best new fantasy writer in 2006, [5] [4] the A. E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize in 1999 for "Better Than Home" [6] 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, [7] together with the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story for "Best New Horror". [8] 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.

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Hill at a book store reading in March 2007

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. [9]

On September 23, 2007, at the thirty-first Fantasycon, the British Fantasy Society awarded Hill the first ever Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award. [8] Hill's first professional sale was in 1997.

Among Hill's unpublished works is one partly completed story 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. [10]

Hill is the writer 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. [11] A collection of the series in limited form from Subterranean Press sold out within 24 hours of being announced. [12]

Hill's second novel, Horns , was published in February 2010. A film based on the novel was released in 2014, directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple.

NOS4A2 , his third novel, was published in April 2013. The novel peaked at number five on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Hill's fourth novel, The Fireman, was released in May 2016. It entered the New York Times Best Seller list at number one, making it his highest-ranked novel.

In 2018 a collection of four short novellas was released titled Strange Weather.

In 2019, In the Tall Grass, co-written with his father Stephen King, was released as a Netflix Original film. Filming for the Locke & Key TV series, also by Netflix, began in the middle of January 2019 and the first season aired in February 2020. [13] Also, AMC began broadcasting a TV series of NOS4A2 in July 2019.

Shudder announced in 2017 that their upcoming series reboot of Creepshow would contain an adaptation of Hill's short story "By the Silvery Waters of Lake Champlain". The series aired its first season in September 2019 and was renewed for a second season as well. [14]

Following DC Comics's announcement in June 2019 that it would suspend publication of its Vertigo Comics imprint, they announced that Hill would oversee and share the writing for a new horror line, Hill House Comics. [15] Hill started talking about the Hill House line in 2017 with editor Mark Doyle. The line was originally to be titled Vertigo Fall, then Joe Hill's Vertigo Fall, before eventually being renamed. [16]

Personal life

In 1999, Joe Hill married Leanora King, whom he had met at Vassar College. They had three children, the eldest among them being Ethan King, now an actor. The couple divorced in 2010. In 2018, he married publisher Gillian Redfearn of Gollancz Publishing.






Short stories

Dates by original magazine or anthology publication.


Anthology appearances

Below is a list of Hill's short fiction which has been reprinted.

Miscellaneous credits

Screenwriting credits


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