I recently read Joe Hill's book Heart Shaped Box. I love a good ghost story. I was intrigued with the concept of buying a haunted item off an internet auction sight. Judas Coyne is a rock star who grew up with an abusive father and an enabling mother. Judas grew up in rural
Louisiana on a pig farm. After his old man tried to end his guitar hobbie by breaking his fingers, Judas changed his identity and moved on to stardom. He became a rock star for a heavy metal band. After loosing two members of his band to death and a long string of failed relationships he buys a farm in Duchess County, New York. So he doesn't have to keep an office in Poughkeepsie he builds an addition onto his 200 year old farm house and puts in an office for his personal assistant, Danny. Judas has a collection of the macabre and when Danny reads an e-mail on the official Judas Coyne page listing the suite of a dead man for sale in a heart shaped box. The suite is said to be haunted by Craddock , the ghost of a Vietnam vet schooled in psychological manipulation. As the story goes the e-mail was directed to Coyne by an irate sister of a former girlfriend of Judas. The book deals with heavy subjects such as depression, suicide, abuse in many different masks, forgiveness, redemption, and loving the ones who can handle our kind of crazy. This was a good read and went in many different directions from the guesses I made in the beginning. If anyone is looking for a good ghost story with a modern twist try this one out.