20th Century Ghosts

20th Century Ghosts

Book - 2007
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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. . . .

Publisher: New York, NY: HarperCollins; c2007, c2005.
Edition: 1st. U. S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061147975
Branch Call Number: FICTION HILL
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Twentieth century ghosts.


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Nov 18, 2018

What a really fantastic book. I usually don't write reviews, but this really blew me away...not one dud in the whole collection. Please read it!

May 12, 2016

An eclectic collection of short stories (only a few of them horror!) by Stephen King’s son. Some are better than others, but all have interesting ideas.

Jun 22, 2015

Horror? more like horrible

dead_bird_by_bird Oct 10, 2013

I thought this collection of stories were okay, nothing too thrilling or excellent. The stories all seemed to stop short at the end instead of developing them just a little bit further. With all of the great 4 and 5 star reviews, I expected something a little more from these stories except kept feeling rather indifferent after I read them. Maybe I'm missing something with Hill's short stories.

Jun 17, 2013

I really liked this book! Christopher Golden wrote the intro and his favorite was Pop Art, but my three favorites were 20th Century Ghost (lots of movie trivia and a wonderful romance), Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead (which takes place on a George Romero film set and isn't a ghost story at all) and The Cape (which was more supernatural than ghostly). Joe Hill writes the bizarre and the real really well. I'm going to check out his novels next!

Feb 02, 2013

This is a stupendous selection of short stories by Joe Hill. From the sublime to the sick.

It's all here and this book is a great showcase for Hill's writing range.

Aug 05, 2012

Fantastic set of stories, ranging from a ghost story ("20th Century Ghost") to sci fi ("You Will Hear the Locust Sing) to surreal ("My Father's Mask") to just plain charming and odd ("Pop Art"). Read it if you like words at all.

Apr 26, 2012


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May 20, 2010

a terrific collection of short stories - some horror, some quirky psychological fiction. Loved Pop Art! Looks like Joe Hill inherited the creative gene from his dad, Stephen King.

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