For fans, the name Joe Hill ignites a sense of wonder; of writing that cannot be held captive merely by the paper or digital screen the words are written upon. But wait. Could it be you are unfamiliar with Joe Hill, the award-winning writer who is the son of ... more on that later.
The writer who has quite the pedigree recently spoke with CNN about his work, his pen name and his famous father, who is one of the biggest-selling authors in the world.
CNN: Who are you and what do you write?
Joe Hill: I write scary stories, short stories and comic books. I've had a couple of novels. I had a book about the devil, which came out last year, called "Horns," and I wrote a comic book called "Locke & Key," about a spooky New England house, that's getting turned into a TV show. (As of this writing, Fox has passed on the "Locke & Key" pilot).
CNN: What was your first pro sale?
Hill: Oh, boy, that I'll admit to? My first professional sale that I'll admit to was, I sold a short story about baseball called "Better Than Home," and it actually won a contest. The A.E. Coppard Prize, and it's a mainstream story.
No, no, no, no, I'm in no rush for those stories to resurface; they were not good, and shortly afterwards, I wrote my first fantasy story.