“AutoCorrect. AutoCorrect is the first phase in the war between the machines and mankind. There’s something so very, very wrong about sending a text to your mother that you thought said ‘nothing but cumulus clouds today’ but which AutoCorrect fixes to read ‘nothing but cunnilingus loud today.’ I assume at some point in the near future, the President will send a text to Hu Jintao reading ‘Looking forward to our talks in Beijing soon’ and his iPhone will change the message to read ‘Looking forward to our tanks in Beijing soon.’ This will be followed by 30 minutes of frantic text messages, all over the planet, reading ‘omfg the world is ending amf!! @ least I dont have 2 go 2 work 2day lol!!’ Millions will die, but will still be unable to get out of their cellular-phone contracts. This is the stuff that keeps me up at 3 a.m.”
— Writer Joe Hill’s first collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, published in 2005, won the coveted Bram Stoker Award and showcased Hill as a major new talent. His first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, went on to become a New York Times best seller in 2007, followed by 2009’s equally chilling Horns. Though Hill has earned his literary credentials on his own, you could say his penchant for horror is in his blood. His father is author Stephen King.