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1st Nov '15 1:31:02 AM DavidCowie
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* CoolCar

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* GhostlyGoals: Type B.

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* GhostlyGoals: Type B.B -- making the living suffer is an end in itself.
5th Feb '15 8:59:55 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** Meaningful Name: "Judas Coyne" is an allusion to how Jude felt about his relationship with his parents, especially about allowing the continuing abuse of his mother by his father.

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** Meaningful Name: MeaningfulName: "Judas Coyne" is an allusion to how Jude felt about his relationship with his parents, especially about allowing the continuing abuse of his mother by his father.
17th Nov '13 1:45:31 PM KingClark
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** Jude's father was a wife-beating, drunk asshole who broke his son's fingers after Jude's first attempt to learn guitar playing. [[spoiler: In his final assault, Craddock uses Jude's dying father as a vessel, making the attack even more nightmarish.]]
** Jessica seems to be a loving mother, but [[spoiler: is secretly involved in ParentalIncest practices on her daughter, encouraged by Craddock]]
** Craddock takes the cake as the most hideous character in the cast. He abused both his daughters [[spoiler: sexually, and using hypnotism to make them more receptive]], then manipulated Jessica [[spoiler: into making her daughter another object for Craddock's incestuous practices]], and finally topped himself with taking Florida away from Jude, trying to put her back into her original state [[spoiler: as his sex slave]], and when that fails, conspires with Jessica [[spoiler: to kill Florida and destroy Jude]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Craddock has sinister black shapes covering his eyes, looking like someone marked them out with a pencil. [[spoiler: Subverted when another, non-malicious ghost is revealed to have the same kind of eyes. Florida later reveals it's the only way for ghosts to see the world of the living without being blinded, like Jude is when he sees Heaven.]]

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** Jude's father was a wife-beating, drunk asshole who broke his son's fingers after Jude's first attempt to learn guitar playing. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In his final assault, Craddock uses Jude's dying father as a vessel, making the attack even more nightmarish.]]
** Jessica seems to be a loving mother, but [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is secretly involved in ParentalIncest practices on her daughter, encouraged by Craddock]]
** Craddock takes the cake as the most hideous character in the cast. He abused both his daughters [[spoiler: sexually, [[spoiler:sexually, and using hypnotism to make them more receptive]], then manipulated Jessica [[spoiler: into [[spoiler:into making her daughter another object for Craddock's incestuous practices]], and finally topped himself with taking Florida away from Jude, trying to put her back into her original state [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as his sex slave]], and when that fails, conspires with Jessica [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to kill Florida and destroy Jude]].
* ArcWords: Craddock spouts a couple.
** "We will ride at nightfall."
** "The dead pull the living down."
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Craddock has sinister black shapes covering his eyes, looking like someone marked them out with a pencil. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted when another, non-malicious ghost is revealed to have the same kind of eyes. Florida later reveals it's the only way for ghosts to see the world of the living without being blinded, like Jude is when he sees Heaven.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: Craddock's favourite MO. [[spoiler: Didn't quite work on Florida, though.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: Craddock's favourite MO. [[spoiler: Didn't [[spoiler:Didn't quite work on Florida, though.]]



* EvilDetectingDog: Jude's two dogs, [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus and Bon]], can detect Craddock's presence, and protect him and Georgia for most of the story. [[spoiler: That is, until Craddock eventually kills both of them.]]

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* EvilDetectingDog: Jude's two dogs, [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus and Bon]], can detect Craddock's presence, and protect him and Georgia for most of the story. [[spoiler: That [[spoiler:That is, until Craddock eventually kills both of them.]]



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Georgia [[spoiler: started off as a molested teen,]] moved on to being a stripper and by the time we meet her, she's been Jude's lover for a while, fully aware of her sex toy status. It doesn't stop her from genuinely caring for Jude, taking his verbal abuse and tolerating his weirdness. She stays with him to face Craddock despite the odds, [[spoiler: even attempting to pull a HeroicSacrifice in the end]].

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Georgia [[spoiler: started [[spoiler:started off as a molested teen,]] moved on to being a stripper and by the time we meet her, she's been Jude's lover for a while, fully aware of her sex toy status. It doesn't stop her from genuinely caring for Jude, taking his verbal abuse and tolerating his weirdness. She stays with him to face Craddock despite the odds, [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even attempting to pull a HeroicSacrifice in the end]].
28th Oct '13 8:38:40 PM Vasha
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A horror novel by JoeHill

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A horror novel by JoeHill
Creator/JoeHill.



!!''[[HeartShapedBox Heart-Shaped Box]]'' provides examples of:

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!!''[[HeartShapedBox Heart-Shaped Box]]'' !!''Heart-Shaped Box'' provides examples of:



* JerkAss: Jude, especially towards Georgia.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Jude, especially towards Georgia.
20th Apr '13 3:36:26 PM Terrie
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* HellIsThatNoise

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* MagicMusic

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent

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16th Apr '13 4:18:00 AM Bruxist
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* BlackEyesOfEvil: Craddock has sinister black shapes covering his eyes, looking like someone marked them out with a pencil. [[spoiler: Subverted when another, non-maliciouc ghost is revealed to have the same kind of eyes. Florida later reveals it's the only way for ghosts to see the world of the living without being blinded, like Jude is when he sees Heaven.]]
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Jude. Bordering on TooDumbToLive, since he keeps purchasing all sorts of morbid curios even after one of them [[spoiler:- the SnuffFilm -]] directly contriibutes to the smoldering wreck his personal life is.

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* BlackEyesOfEvil: Craddock has sinister black shapes covering his eyes, looking like someone marked them out with a pencil. [[spoiler: Subverted when another, non-maliciouc non-malicious ghost is revealed to have the same kind of eyes. Florida later reveals it's the only way for ghosts to see the world of the living without being blinded, like Jude is when he sees Heaven.]]
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Jude. Bordering on TooDumbToLive, since he keeps purchasing all sorts of morbid curios even after one of them [[spoiler:- the SnuffFilm -]] directly contriibutes contributes to the smoldering wreck his personal life is.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Jude is a heavy metal star and a morbid, cynical JerkAss, but definitely not as evil as his act would suggest.



* GirlFriday: Jude's lawyer has shades of this, being one of his former "State Girls" and the person who provides a coverup story for his "adventure".



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Georgia [[spoiler: started off as a molested teen,]] moved on to being a stripper and by the time we meet her, she's been Jude's lover for a while, fully aware of her sex toy status. It doesn't stop her from genuinely caring for Jude, taking his verbal abuse and tolerating his weirdness. She stays with him to face Craddock despite the odds, [[spoiler: even attempting to pull a HeroicSacrifice in the end]].



** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He gets better

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** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He gets betterTurns out Jude's past is the reason for his JerkAss facade.



* TheNicknamer: Jude nicknames all of his girlfriends after their state of origin. He briefly freaks out when it's revealed that Georgia's grandmother's nickname, Bammy, is short for "Alabama".

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* TheNicknamer: Jude nicknames all of his girlfriends after their state of origin. He briefly freaks out when it's revealed that Georgia's grandmother's nickname, Bammy, is short for "Alabama". In the epilogue, we get to meet another "State Girl".



* UncannyValley

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* UncannyValley** Meaningful Name: "Judas Coyne" is an allusion to how Jude felt about his relationship with his parents, especially about allowing the continuing abuse of his mother by his father.
16th Apr '13 3:53:39 AM Bruxist
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* AbusiveParents
** [[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Craddock has sinister black shapes covering his eyes, looking like someone marked them out with a pencil. [[spoiler: Slightly subverted when Florida reveals it's the only way for ghosts to see the world of the living without being blinded, like Jude is when he sees Heaven.]]
* CollectorOfTheStrange

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* AbusiveParents
AbusiveParents: All over the place.
** Jude's father was a wife-beating, drunk asshole who broke his son's fingers after Jude's first attempt to learn guitar playing. [[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]
In his final assault, Craddock uses Jude's dying father as a vessel, making the attack even more nightmarish.]]
** Jessica seems to be a loving mother, but [[spoiler: is secretly involved in ParentalIncest practices on her daughter, encouraged by Craddock]]
** Craddock takes the cake as the most hideous character in the cast. He abused both his daughters [[spoiler: sexually, and using hypnotism to make them more receptive]], then manipulated Jessica [[spoiler: into making her daughter another object for Craddock's incestuous practices]], and finally topped himself with taking Florida away from Jude, trying to put her back into her original state [[spoiler: as his sex slave]], and when that fails, conspires with Jessica [[spoiler: to kill Florida and destroy Jude]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Craddock has sinister black shapes covering his eyes, looking like someone marked them out with a pencil. [[spoiler: Slightly subverted Subverted when another, non-maliciouc ghost is revealed to have the same kind of eyes. Florida later reveals it's the only way for ghosts to see the world of the living without being blinded, like Jude is when he sees Heaven.]]
* CollectorOfTheStrangeCollectorOfTheStrange: Jude. Bordering on TooDumbToLive, since he keeps purchasing all sorts of morbid curios even after one of them [[spoiler:- the SnuffFilm -]] directly contriibutes to the smoldering wreck his personal life is.



* DoNotAdjustYourSet: One of Craddock's favorite methods of communication, talking through televisions, radios, an electrolarynx, etc.
* DrivenToSuicide

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* DoNotAdjustYourSet: One of Craddock's favorite favourite methods of communication, talking through televisions, radios, an electrolarynx, etc.
* DrivenToSuicideDrivenToSuicide: Craddock's favourite MO. [[spoiler: Didn't quite work on Florida, though.]]
9th Apr '13 4:54:10 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* EvilDetectingDog: Jude's two dogs, [[{{ACDC}} Angus and Bon]], can detect Craddock's presence, and protect him and Georgia for most of the story. [[spoiler: That is, until Craddock eventually kills both of them.]]

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* EvilDetectingDog: Jude's two dogs, [[{{ACDC}} [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus and Bon]], can detect Craddock's presence, and protect him and Georgia for most of the story. [[spoiler: That is, until Craddock eventually kills both of them.]]
9th Mar '13 5:37:49 PM TiggersAreGreat
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[[quoteright:324:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/HeartBox_9245.jpg]]

A horror novel by JoeHill

Semi-retired rockstar Judas Coyne likes to compliment his dark and edgy persona with a [[CollectorOfTheStrange collection of strange and macabre items]], most donated by his fans. These include things like a witch's confession, a used hangman's noose, and a genuine SnuffFilm (which he only saw once, then locked away forever). One day, he is sent an email directing his attention to the online auction of a dead man's suit, evidently still haunted by the dead man's ghost.

[[ShmuckBait Jude doesn't even think twice before buying it.]]

Soon enough, the suit is delivered to his place in a [[TitleDrop heart-shaped box]]. And what do you know... the ghost reveals himself to be real! Except the dead man, Craddock [=McDermott=], a hypnotist and occultist in life, doesn't like Jude one bit. It turns out Jude unknowingly has a connection with the dead man, and the real ghosts of his past are about to come back with a vengence.
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!!''[[HeartShapedBox Heart-Shaped Box]]'' provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents
** [[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Craddock has sinister black shapes covering his eyes, looking like someone marked them out with a pencil. [[spoiler: Slightly subverted when Florida reveals it's the only way for ghosts to see the world of the living without being blinded, like Jude is when he sees Heaven.]]
* CollectorOfTheStrange
* CoolCar
* DeepSouth: Birthplace of most of the characters, and the location of most of Jude and Georgia's haunted road trip pursued by Craddock.
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler:Angus dies on the backseat of Jude's car without Jude noticing at first, with only a few minutes passing between the last time he saw Angus alive and when he realizes the dog finally died.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: One of Craddock's favorite methods of communication, talking through televisions, radios, an electrolarynx, etc.
* DrivenToSuicide
* EBay: Jude buys the dead man's suit from a knockoff site.
* EvilDetectingDog: Jude's two dogs, [[{{ACDC}} Angus and Bon]], can detect Craddock's presence, and protect him and Georgia for most of the story. [[spoiler: That is, until Craddock eventually kills both of them.]]
* {{Fingore}}: A recurring motif, starting when Jude's abusive father broke his fingers.
* GhostlyGoals: Type B.
* HellIsThatNoise
* JerkAss: Jude, especially towards Georgia.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He gets better
* MagicMusic
* TheNicknamer: Jude nicknames all of his girlfriends after their state of origin. He briefly freaks out when it's revealed that Georgia's grandmother's nickname, Bammy, is short for "Alabama".
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* SecretKeeper: Jude kept the secret about one of his bandmate's homosexuality well after the latter's death.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Jude is a veteran rocker, but hasn't actually played with his band in a long time.
* ShoutOut: Lots of shout outs to RockAndRoll, [[Music/{{Nirvana}} including the title]].
* SociopathicSoldier: A vision of the past reveals Craddock to have been one, using his powers to fuck with a POW's head.
* StageName: Judas Coyne. His real name is Justin.
* UncannyValley
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