Victoria McQueen, a gifted young girl with a supernatural ability to find lost things, is the only child to have ever escaped Charles Manx, a not-so-human maniac that kidnaps children and takes them to a terrifying place he calls Christmasland. Now that she is an adult, tormented by the trauma of her childhood, Victoria tries difficultly to move on…until one day, Manx escapes from prison. Victoria immediately understands that Manx is coming to get his revenge, and she knows exactly how he plans to do it: Victoria has a son, and Manx is going to send him to Christmasland.
This book is too strange and full of surprises to appropriately describe in a few lines. It is a big book, with a complex story so fundamentally unusual and trippy that it is almost impossible to talk about it without spoiling it. Stephen King’s son and modern horror legend Joe Hill brings us one of the most unique novels ever written, regardless of genre, with a world unlike any other. “NOS4A2” is profoundly disturbing, and it is without the shadow of a doubt an absolute must-read of the horror genre as a whole, with one of the scariest villains of all time to get under your skin.
A TV adaptation of “NOS4A2” debuted in 2019 on AMC, with Ashley Cummings in the role of Victoria, and none other than Zachary Quinto in the role as the nightmare-inducing Charles Manx. Unfortunately, with mixed reviews and a failure to properly market the show to general audiences, AMC cancelled the series after 2 seasons, and is currently shopping it around, with fans hoping that it will get picked up by another network.