Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

Author(s): Joe Hill
First release: 2007
Shorts collection: No
Dedication: ‘For my Dad, one of the good ones’
Nomination(s): Yes
Movie: No


The book/story is published with these cover(s):
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US editions:

0061241431
ARC Paperback
William Morrow
2006
9780061147937
Hardcover
William Morrow
2007
9780061147944
Paperback
William Morrow
2008
9780061944895
Paperback
Harper
2009

Information about edition(s):
· There were #100 signed, tipped-in copies of the US ARC.


Subterranean Press limited editions:

9780061237980
Hardcover
Subterranean Press
2007
9780061237980
Lettered Hardcover
Subterranean Press
2007
9780061237980
Hardcover
Subterranean Press
2007
2nd print

Information about edition(s):
· The Subterranean Press limited edition was first printed in three formats: A signed limited of #300 numbered from 201-500, a deluxe limited of #200 numbered from 1-200 and a lettered of #15 from A-O in traycase with deleted chapter, afterword & review.
· A second print from Sub Press had two formats: Limited, but not numbered, of #400 with blue endpapers and signed unnumbered of #100 with grey endpapers and deleted chapter, afterword & review.


UK editions:

ARC
Paperback
Gollancz
2006
9780575079120
Hardcover
Gollancz
2007
9780752889184
S/L Hardcover
Gollancz
2007
9780752889184
Slipcase

9780575082151
Paperback
Gollancz
2007
9780575079137
Export Paperback
Gollancz
2007
9780575081871
Paperback
Gollancz
2008
9780575081864
Paperback
Gollancz
2008
9780575085428
Paperback
Gollancz
2008
9781473223066
Hardcover
Gollancz
2017
9781473222700
Paperback
Gollancz
2017

Information about edition(s):
· The UK hardcover had some copies with a publisher-produced book plate on the title page, signed by Joe Hill. The first state dustjacket, initially priced at £ 9.99 contains a praise from Ramsey Campbell.
· A signed tipped-in edition with slipcased was produced by Gollancz of #1300.
· In the 10th anniversary edition hardcover and paperback is included The Tell-tale Heart: An Introduction to the 10th Anniversary Edition of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.


The story starts as follows:
Jude had a private collection.
He had framed sketches of the Seven Dwarfs on the wall of his studio, in between his platinum records. John Wayne Gacy had drawn them while he was in jail nad sent them to him. Gacy liked golden-age Disney almost as much as he liked molesting little kids; almost as much as he liked Jude’s albums.
Jude had the skull of a peasant who had been trepanned in the sixteenth century, to let the demons out. He kept  a collection of pens jammed into the hole in the center of the cranium.
he had a three-hundred-year-old confession, signed by a witch. “I did spake with a black dogge who sayd hee wouldst poison cows, drive horses mad and sicken children for me if I wouldst let him have my soule, and I sayd aye, and after did give him sucke at my breast.” She was burned to death.


Other information:
· US promo bookmark from William Morrow:

Nomination(s):
· Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
· International Thriller Writers Inc award for Best First Novel

Movie: