IT WAS WORST KEPT SECRET EVER: JOE HILL = STEPHEN KING'S SON
Glad I came across this article (and the Bram Stoker Award press release) or I would have thought from the way some people were still whispering about it that nobody "officially" knew. But, yeah, Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. And it was the worst-kept secret EVER.
I mean, honestly, the worst-kept secret in the history of secrets. At least a dozen people emailed or IM'd me and said, "Don't tell anybody, but Joe Hill is Stephen King's son." Or variations thereon, "So-and-so would kill me if they knew I was telling you this." And this happened for MONTHS all over genre.
Meanwhile, ironically enough, it appears Variety had let the cat out of the bag (see article link above) on April 5th of this year.
You could also see it in the smugness of some of the reviews, a kind of "I know a secret," with little hints dropped (like little winking references to Stephen King) so we could tell in hindsight just how clever said reviewers were to not reveal the secret and yet allude to it. (Perhaps more disturbing, you could see it in how certain people treated Joe Hill in person at various events--a kind of muffled fawning that has no particular saving grace to it. One can certainly see why he kept his identity a secret for so long. That said, there was also genuine adulation for the talent in question.)
You could also see it in Locus's People & Publishing, which one month ran headshots of Stephen King and Joe Hill in identical profile, with near-identical beards. Now THAT I thought was pretty funny.
Anyway, you heard it here last, folks. Joe Hill is Stephen King's son.
As for his fiction, that's a TRUE secret since I'm a World Fantasy Award judge--and I ain't tellin' nobody.
BUT, I can now reveal that I am the son of Tiny Tim... What? That don't buy me no love? How about you, Evil? What do you think?
(Evil Monkey: "Go to sleep.")