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Cinema Junkie Episode 179: Author Joe Hill On ‘NOS4A2’ And Horror

Best-selling author talks about horror, comics, censorship, and Charlie Manx

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Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto) and his nemesis Vic McQueen (Asleigh Cummings) in the new AMC series "NOS4A2" based on author Joe Hill's best-selling novel.

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With AMC's "NOS4A2" renewed for a second season Cinema Junkie digs into the archives for a 2013 interview with author Joe Hill at the KPBS studios. He talks about his best-selling novel, horror, and comics. Plus he reads a selection from his novel and we'll hear from fans about what they love about his writing.

Aired: September 27, 2019 | Transcript

This past June AMC launched an adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel "NOS4A2" starring Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx and Asleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen. At Comic-Con, AMC announced that the series would be renewed for a second season. So Cinema Junkie digs into the archives for a 2013 interview when Hill stopped by the KPBS studios.

I had the chance to speak with author Joe Hill in 2013 when he came to Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore for a signing of his then new novel "NOS4A2."

At the book signing, fans sung Hill's praises as a brilliant, intelligent and visceral writer. Hill is also the son of fellow horror novelist Stephen King and while they share a certain DNA, their particular styles of writing and themes are markedly different.

In "NOS4A2," Hill gives us the character of Charlie Manx. Manx preys on young children and likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith that boasts the vanity license plate NOS4A2 (a reference to the word Nosferatu, which means vampire or undead). Manx stays young by living off these children that he drains of life and then leaves them in the horrific amusement park called Christmasland.

His nemesis is Victoria McQueen, who has a knack for finding missing things from a misplaced bracelet to answers to unanswerable questions. Her ride of choice is a Raleigh Tuff Burner bike that transports her to wherever she needs to go. And one day her travels take her to Charlie Manx and their lives become forever intertwined.

Hill reads a selection from his novel and talks about horror and comedy, writing for comics, parenting, censorship and being the son of a famous dad.

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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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