Joseph Hillstrom King (born June 4, 1972), better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. His work includes the novels Heart-Shaped Box (2007), Gunpowder (2008), Horns (2010), NOS4A2 (2013), and The Fireman (2016); the short story collections 20th Century Ghosts (2005), Tales From The Darkside (2016) and Strange Weather (2017); and the comic book series The Cape (2011) with 2 sequels: The Cape 1969 (2012) and The Cape: Fallen (2018), Road Rage (2012), Thumbprint (2013), Wraith (2014), Tales From The Darkside (2016) and Locke & Key (2008–2013). Locke & Key won British Fantasy Awards in 2009 and 2012, and an Eisner Award in 2012.
King is the son of authors Stephen and Tabitha King. He was born in Hermon, Maine and grew up in Bangor, Maine.
At age 9, Hill 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 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, 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 after an article the previous year in Variety broke his cover (although online speculation about Hill’s family background had been appearing since 2005).