20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

20th Century Ghosts

byJoe Hill

Paperback | September 16, 2008

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From the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns comes this award-winning collection of short fiction.

Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . .

Francis was human once, but now he's an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of '77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . .

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past. . . .



Joe Hill is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersHorns,Heart-Shaped Box, andNOS4A2. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series,Locke & Key.
Title:20th Century GhostsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:September 16, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hill channels his dad in this collection I bought this book eons ago and it languished on my tbr shelf forever. During the summer I thought that maybe reading some short stories would cure me of my reading lethargy. I was a big fan of Hill’s novel Heart-Shaped Box and his short stories didn’t disappoint, either, although not all of them would fall into the horror vein. The first story in the collection, “Best New Horror” tells the story of Eddie Carroll, jaded editor of the anthology America’s Best New Horror. He’s sixteen editions in and “he didn’t finish most of the stories he started anymore, couldn’t bear to. He felt weak at the thought of reading another story about vampires having sex with other vampires.” Then, out of the blue, he receives an unsolicited story by way of an English professor named Harold Noonan. Noonan insists that the story “Buttonboy: A Love Story” is “a remarkable, if genuinely distressing, work of fiction.” Noonan himself had published it in the literary journal True North and the reaction had been immediate. And not in a good way. Carroll reads the story and admits that it is “cruel and perverse and he had to have it.” When he decides to track down the story’s author, things take a turn for the truly horrifying. Another story, “You Will Hear the Locust Sing” begins with the sentence “Francis Kay woke from dreams that were not uneasy, but exultant, and found himself an insect.” “Better Than Home” is a melancholy story of fatherhood and baseball. All the stories in the collection are slightly reminiscent of Stephen King, which is unsurprising since Hill is his son. It makes one wonder if the ability to write is a genetic trait that can be passed from parent to child, but the thing is, it’s clear that Hill has crafted his stories with care, and all the stories in this collection are wildly imaginative and often as tender as they are creepy. I didn’t like them all, but all of them are admirable.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some good, some not so good... A group of short stories, some were successful, some were disappointing...
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow this collection of short stories was great. Definitely takes after his father, Stephen King
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Lots of great short stories. All very well written and very intriguing. Enjoyed all of them fast reading
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely collection This is a great short story collection. I found it to be very eclectic & extremely detailed. Going into it, I was expecting your average ghost stories. None of these stories were average. Very goosebump inducing!
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some haunting tales An interesting collection if tales; some sweet, some horrifying. I find it interesting that his prose is as easy to read and as captivating as is father's; and that they sometime share the same "shortcoming": I agree that the most important part is the journey, but it is still nice to get to someplace notable; which does not always happen here...
Date published: 2014-01-11

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