Joe Hill Christopher Golden
20th Century Ghosts
June 09, 2019 Comments.. 375
th Century Ghosts 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 Ar

  • Title: 20th Century Ghosts
  • Author: Joe Hill Christopher Golden
  • ISBN: 9780575083080
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Franci 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 Contents Best New Horror20th Century GhostPop ArtYou Will Hear the Locust SingAbraham s BoysBetter Than HomeThe Black PhoneIn the RundownThe CapeLast BreathDead WoodThe Widow s BreakfastBobby Conroy Comes Back from the DeadMy Father s MaskVoluntary Committal

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    1. BillKerwin says:

      Seldom does a collection of weird stories feature a style so accomplished, a range of tone and mood so broad, or a generosity so profound. Hill, the son of Stephen King,inherits his father's empathy for the ordeals of childhood as well as his artfulness in constructing a tale, but he also possesses a warmth and an elegance all his own. At times his stories are chilling and gripping like the horror fiction of King ("The Black Phone"), but at other times they are gentle and elegiac like Bradbury ( [...]

    2. Wil Wheaton says:

      Absolutely wonderful book. This is a collection of stores that will have you crying, checking for monsters under the bed, and wondering how the hell Joe Hill came up with that.Comparisons to Joe's dad will be unavoidable, especially from those of us who read Night Shift and Skeleton Crew at a certain age and though I believe Joe has more than earned the right to be far, far out of his father's shadow, I say with love that the comparisons are well-deserved. This is a sensational collection, and [...]

    3. Miriam says:

      "Best New Horror" - Fun concept and well executed for most of the story, but my interest tanked when the editor finally tracks down the author. Maybe I was supposed to laugh at the cliche-ness? 4 stars for the 1st half, 2 for the second = 3"20th Century Ghosts" - There was a delicacy to this haunted movie theater story that I appreciated, although I felt it ran too long (or rather, too wordy) for what it was. 3 stars"Dead-wood" - Instances of ghostly trees. You know, Joe, it would be okay to wri [...]

    4. Nandakishore Varma says:

      When I read NOS4A2, I had pegged Joe Hill as a horror writer of the calibre of his celebrated father. When I started this book, I expected much of the same fare: however, I was pleasantly surprised. “20th Century Ghosts” is less about ghosts than other sorts of boogeymen: more subtle, more scary, and all definitely weird.It starts off with a traditional story (“Best New Horror”) about a horror anthology editor trapped in something like one of his own tales: despite the story-within-the-s [...]

    5. Char says:

      4.5 stars!My favorite stories were:Pop Art20th Century GhostBetter Than HomeMy Father's MaskVoluntary Committal My thought on this collection cannot possibly make a dent in all of reviews already written about this book. Suffice it to say: I loved it and it gets my highest recommendation.

    6. Kelli says:

      Joe Hill makes me feel like I'm seven again. More specifically, I'm seven and he is the nine-year-old kid down the street hanging out with me in my tree fort telling me scary stories and urban legends that he swears are true. His voice is hushed, as if he is letting me in on a little known secret and I'm not quite sure whether to believe him but I'm mesmerized and a little afraid.Joe Hill gets the underdog and the misunderstood. He also writes childhood well, but it is when writing that mislabel [...]

    7. Ron says:

      More often than not, Joe Hill characterizes the child’s life within these stories. I think that’s where our imaginations and fears are strongest, and when things scare us the most. When we are grown, most of that is gone…until we pick up a certain book. Shit, I love the way Hill writes. It is so utterly readable. He makes me believe in ghosts and the supernatural, but even more in the power of a simple story. I say that because not even half of the stories included here are meant to be fri [...]

    8. Nikoleta says:

      Τα διηγήματα του Hill σίγουρα δεν τα κατατάσσω σε αυτά του κλασικού τρόμου. Είναι γραμμένα από την οπτική γωνία ενός συγκεκριμένου ήρωα, κάθε φορά. Μέχρι πριν το τέλος, συνήθως ,δεν γίνεται τίποτα. Παρακολουθούμε την καθημερινότητα του ήρωα και περιμένουμε να γίνει κάτι. Αυτό [...]

    9. Kostas Papadatos says:

      Το βιβλίο είχε τα πάνω του και τα κάτω του. Κάπου στη μέση η βαθμολογία.

    10. Sandi says:

      Short story collections can be hit or miss. Some stories may be wonderful, others may be clunkers. Every story in “20th Century Ghosts” is wonderful, some are even superlative. While Hill is a horror writer, not all of the stories in this book are horror. And, some of the ones that deal with the typical subjects of horror are not horrific. To me, the best stories in this collection are:“20th Century Ghost”, a touching story about a haunted movie theater.“Abraham’s Boys”, a tale abo [...]

    11. FrancoSantos says:

      Todos tenemos distintos silencios. ¿Acaso su marido tiene el mismo silencio cuando está contento que cuando está enfadado? Sus oídos son capaces de discernir entre clases específicas de nada. Buenos relatos, en general. Hay algunos que son extraordinarios, como La ley de gravedad, Madera muerta y Reclusión voluntaria. Otros, muy buenos: Último aliento, La capa y Oirás cantar a la langosta. Los demás son regulares y tiene varios que no lograron atraparme. Pero los que más me gustaron me [...]

    12. Brandon says:

      For a long time, this book was my “white whale”. Up to recently, I had three of Joe Hill’s novels (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2) in hardcover and although 20th Century Ghosts was easily accessible in paperback or for download on my Kindle, I felt I needed to match my existing format and seek out the rare hardbound edition.With every second-hand bookstore I entered, this illusive short story collection was front and centre in my mind. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t find it. A few month [...]

    13. Lisa says:

      This was the most awful grueling book to get through. The stories had great starts (some of them anyways) but then just ended with no warning, and not even at a place that really made much sense. Some of these stories I think could have made an excellent book on their own had they been fully completed. It was very difficult to make my way through these stories. I kept hoping they would get better or I'd find one really great story in the mess. Some really grabbed my interest in the begining but [...]

    14. Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~ says:

      Loved it!!! Loved it!!!! Loved it!!!!!These stories have got to be the best in any collection I have ever read. Hill's imagination is a wild ride I would stand in line for all day. I can't get enough from this man! Spooky, scary, frightening and just down right crazy I love it all.

    15. Jim says:

      People say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In this case, the apple fell very near indeed, but it got on the ground, grew its own roots and now it stands a proud tree. As you can imagine that is quite an achievement, when the tree that you fell from is named Stephen King.Before I write my thoughts on this book, I need to tell some very important things. First that not all the stories on this collection, are horror stories. Sure if you must put it in only one category, that would be th [...]

    16. Peggy says:

      I love Fall. Football has returned to the airwaves. The leaves are changing colors, and there’s a cold snap in the…oh, who am I kidding. This is Texas. If we’re lucky, it will only be 85 degrees with 95% humidity as you’re reading this. Still, I really do like the idea of Fall, though, and if I have to make my own chill, well, then, so be it. The best way I know of to bring a chill to the air is to break out the scary stories. Luckily for us, one of the finest collections of contemporary [...]

    17. Chris says:

      Wow. What better word to start this review? Joe Hill has a true gift for the short story.All short story collections are somewhat hit and miss with me. Some stories are great, some good, some okay, and some meh. That's pretty much the standard with even my favorite short story authors: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin. But I'm definitely putting Joe Hill on that list now. His stories vary as well between excellent and meh, but even the "meh" category stories are written with his sub [...]

    18. Amar says:

      Sjajna zbirka . Stvarno sjajna zbirka . Čak u nekim pričama Hill nema nikakav problem , da prekine priču na najzanimljivijem dijelu , da bi se poigrao sa fantazijom čitaoca , što mi se veoma dopalo . Možda je povećalo utisak što sam polako čitao ( nisam sve odjenom ) pa su priče ostavile mnogo bolji utisak .Pokušat ću kratko o svakoj priči po nešto napisati :Best New Horror (3/5)Ovo je prva priča u kojoj me je Hill "šokoraio" i ostavio nam jedan , pa hajmo reći , otvoren kraj . [...]

    19. Edward Lorn says:

      I first heard of Joe Hill after winning a bundle of used hardcovers on Ebay. Among the books in the lot were several King, some limited edition Laymon, a Straub or two, and two first editions by an author of which I had never heard. Heart Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts were in fantastic condition, and seemed to have never been read. I threw these two books on my shelf and forgot all about them. Later that year, I found a book at my local BAM entitled Horns. The premise piqued my interest, so [...]

    20. Eliasdgian says:

      Αν ψάχνει κανείς για ιστορίες φαντασμάτων και υπερφυσικό τρόμο έχει διαλέξει το λάθος βιβλίο. Αν, αντίθετα, αποζητά κανείς να διαβάσει μερικές καλογραμμένες, διαφορετικές μεταξύ τους, σύντομες ιστορίες, με στοιχεία από τον χώρο του φανταστικού, του αλλόκοτου και του παράδ [...]

    21. Richard says:

      *Re-Read (audio) in 2015 (originally read in 2010)*4.5 starsThis is a great story collection, which is interesting, because I was pretty disappointed by author Joe Hill's first two novels, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns. I thought they both started very strong and then fizzled about half-way through. Maybe Hill is better writing in the short form?The theme running most of these stories are kids coming of age through unexplained events and phenomenon that will stay with them forever, even as they get [...]

    22. Aileene says:

      Pre - ReadThis better scare the $#!T out of me, Ben , otherwise BR starts today! Post Read Heads up: Not so pleasant review. Read or lower down your pitchforks and skedaddle. A collection of short stories where GRs and readers categorised them as horror.H O R R O R.If you look up the meaning, it would say: An intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear.The title itself, The 20th Century Ghost should evoke goosebumps and scary images but after reading each one of them, they didn't even remote [...]

    23. Thomas Gaffney says:

      Best New Horror - Okay. I would have liked to see the story expanded and continued.20th Century Ghost - Really good. A nice, but still creepy, "love" story for horror buffs.Pop Art - The best short story that I have ever read. Can't go into too many details without giving away spoilers.You Will Hear the Locust Sing - Nice story with a 1950s "giant monster" movie feel.Abraham's Boys - Nice "continuing" tale of Van Helsing from Dracula. Good ending.Better Than Home - Eh, sucked.The Black Phone - A [...]

    24. Dawn says:

      The more I think about this book, the more I appreciate what an original and diverse collection of short stories it is.Most definitely worth a read if you like story collections. The ones I found a little too unsettling to 'enjoy' were simultaneously intriguing.My personal favourite was 'Pop Art'.

    25. aPriL does feral sometimes says:

      '20th Century Ghosts', a collection of Joe Hill's short stories, includes:20th Century GhostPop ArtYou Will Hear the Locust SingAbraham's BoysBetter Than HomeThe Black PhoneIn the RundownThe CapeLast BreathDead-woodThe Widow's BreakfastBobby Conroy Comes Back from the DeadMy Father's MaskVoluntary CommittalThe stories range from being kidnapped by serial killers, to meeting ghosts, to backwoods cannibals, to vampire fighters, to a very human not-human, and sweet elegiac, maybe slightly scary, bu [...]

    26. Becky says:

      In his introduction, Christopher Golden (who, by the way, collaborated on The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King with Stanley Wiater, if you're interested) said that Joe Hill is a master of subtlety in the way that he tells stories. And it's true. His stories all have a soft, surreal feel, and they spoke to me in a different way than most other short stories I've ever read, including his father's. These stories feel like they are told from the outside in, spira [...]

    27. ✰☽♥✰Unsolved Mystery ✰♥☾✰ says:

      - My Description -This is a collection of short stories. Not just ghost stories. You'll find monsters, love, friendship, beasts, rednecks (You read right, I said rednecks), vampires, baseball, super powers, haunted trees, zombies, and cardboard forts, etc, etc. **Breath**And yes, there are ghosts. =)This is full of everything to appease anyone. Best New Horror: Editor Eddie Carroll works at America's Best New Horror. He receives stories, reads them, then decides on whether to put them in his mag [...]

    28. William Thomas says:

      Whereas just a week or so ago I was writing a love letter to Joe Hill, now I am stripping his posters off of my wall, selling all of his CD's to Disc Replay, and selling his action figures and other memorabilia on ebay. Because I think it was just a crush on you from that one book and nothing really lasting. Or maybe this was just too soon for me, reading it on the heels of something I thought to be so perfect. Any way I slice it though, it just isn't the same. Sigh.Now, I know that people, when [...]

    29. Noel says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed every story in this collection. Great stuff.

    30. Monica Go says:

      4.5 I enjoyed almost all the stories, just a couple left me with no particular feeling and that is why I didn't give it 5 stars. Joe Hill didn't disappoint me this time either and I think his great talent extends to short stories too. I particularly enjoyed their shortness. We have a great start with a few creepy stories, Best new horror and 20th century ghost were very good; Pop art was, overall good and sad, even if I'm not used to absurdity and it felt kinda weird at times. Also enjoyed You w [...]

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