Thursday Quotables: Horns


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!



 Horns by Joe Hill
(published 2010)

The problem with thinking that his horns were nothing but an especially persistent and frightening delusion, a leap into madness that had been a long time coming, was that he could only deal with the reality in front of him. It did no good to tell himself that it was all in his head if it went on happening anyway. His belief was not required; his disbelief was of no consequence. The horns were always there when he reached up to touch them. Even when he didn’t touch them, he was aware of the sore, sensitive tips sticking out into the cool riverside breeze. They had the convincing and literal solidity of bone.

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5 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Horns

  1. Pingback: Thursday Quotables – The Way of the White Folks | The Old Shelter

    • Oh, it’s a terrific horror/revenge/love plot — a guy wakes up one morning growing horns and apparently turning into the devil, with the ability to make people confess their darkest thought, a year after his girlfriend has been murdered and everyone thinks he did it (but he didn’t). It’s dark and disturbing, and just so, so good!

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