20th Century Ghosts
By Joe Hill
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780061147975, 336pp.)
Publication Date: October 2007
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Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . .
Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. . . .
Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .
John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .
Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Horns and Heart-Shaped Box and the prizewinning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner awardwinning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. His new novel, NOS4A2, will be published in May 2013. You can follow Joe on Twitter, where he goes by the inspired handle of @joe_hill.
“Alternately sad, scary, strange and at times even sweet, these tales will haunt you long after you’ve read them.”
-Parade (a "Parade Pick")
“[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction.”
“[O]ne of the best [horror] collections of the year. Hill is a relative newcomer who consistently creates creepy, very disturbing stories.”
“Each tale is unique, and the collection proves that Hill’s talent is not limited to horror, but extends well into the mainstream.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News
“[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute.”
-New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
“[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended.”
-The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)
“The selections range from the mundane to the surreal, with a strong emphasis on the kind of horror tale perfected by Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub and Stephen King.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“This solid, inventive, scary collection of stories reveals a writer who has thought hard about the problematics of horror.”
-New York Times on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS
“Each of these chilling tales arrests you from the opening sentence and leads you — trustingly, thanks to the simple mastery of the story-teller — into a place of gulping fear.”
-Daily Mail (London) on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS
“Subtle and disturbing in equal measure.”
-Coventry Telegraph on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS
-Evening Herald (Ireland)