Joe Hill (born 1972 as Joseph Hillstrom King) is an American writer of Speculative fiction. Hill is the second child of the authors Stephen and Tabitha King.  He has an older sister Naomi, and a younger brother Owen King who is also a writer.
Hill chose to use an abbreviated form of his given name (a reference to executed labor leader Joe Hill, for whom he was named) in 1997 , out of a desire to succeed based solely on his own merits instead of as the son of Stephen King. After achieving a degree of independent success, Hill publicly revealed his identity in 2007 after an article the previous year in Variety magazine broke his cover. He keeps his personal life exceedingly private.
Joe Hill is the past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. He has also received the William L. Crawford award for best new fantasy writer in 2006, the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize in 1999 for "Better Than Home" and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella for "Voluntary Committal". His stories have appeared in a variety of magazines, such as Subterranean Magazine, Postscripts and The High Plains Literary Review, and in many anthologies, including The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (ed. Stephen Jones), and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant).
His first book, 20th Century Ghosts (PS Publishing), showcases fourteen of his short stories and was the recipient of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, together with the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story for "Best New Horror". His first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, became #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list on April 1, 2007. It was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins on February 13, 2007 and by Victor Gollancz Ltd in March 2007. In October 2007, Hill's mainstream US and UK publishers tentatively to reprint his 2005 limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts, without the extras published in the 2005 slipcased versions.
Simultaneous to these two above cited editions, a limited edition of Joe Hill's debut novel Heart-Shaped Box was also released by Subterranean Press; this limited edition sold out several months prior to publication.
Among unpublished works is one partly completed with his father, 'But Only Darkness Loves Me', which is held with the Stephen King papers at the Special Collections Unit of the Raymond H Fogler Library at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine