20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

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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. . . .


About Joe Hill

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Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. Follow him on Twitter @joe_hill. Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63, Under the Dome, and the Dark Tower novels Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 338 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Eddie and Nolan spend their time in accepted slacker activities until Eddie, whose home life is rough, starts pushing the edges, leading to real mischief, a big problem for Nolan who would rather stay within the law.

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The New York Times

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Joe Hill has clearly given a fair amount of hard thought to the problematics of horror. Also: reviews of new horror stories from Laird Barron, Clive Barker and John Shirley.

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Publishers Weekly

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Fully developed characters with complex emotional lives enhance the 14 horror stories in Hill's extraordinary debut collection.

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BC Books

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It is a highly imaginative collection of short stories Hill has written over the years, and displays Hill's mature writing style and command of the short story genre.

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SF Site

Another story bound to give you the creeps -- although you'll be unable to pinpoint the specific reason -- is "My Father's Mask," a kind of dark fairy tale set during a weekend in a mountain cabin and featuring an odd pair of parents playing obscure games.

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Though this is a relatively short collection of stories, the strength of the tales inside it is such that they will leave the reader with flashbacks and images for days afterwards.

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