Joe Hill’s latest novel, THE FIREMAN, effectively presents this popular young horror author at his creative best, as well his self-indulgent worst. And it’s the striking creativity of the story that makes you wish the end result were so much better.
Can a person really die from spontaneous combustion? No, unless they are stricken with Draco Incendia Tyrchophyton – the disease central to the novel (more commonly known as “Dragonscale”) that marks its victim with beautiful black and gold bruises before it causes them to burst into flames. No one is sure how it began, but it has turned into a plague spreading across the country and hitting cities one by one.