20th Century Ghosts

20th Century Ghosts

Joe Hill

Language: English

Publisher: Harper

Published: Jan 1, 2005

Words: 114320
Pages: 464


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. . . .* ** ### From Publishers Weekly After the release of Hill's acclaimed novel *Heart-Shaped Box*, this collection of his short fiction, originally published in Britain two years ago made its way to the United States. Hill, the son of horror master Stephen King, runs a diverse gamut that includes some unapologetic chillers along the lines of the book's title story. Yet the essence of his material could best be described as a hybrid that connects the ironic twists from episodes of *The Twilight Zone* with the angst and vulnerability of childhood and adolescence. David LeDoux, whose previous audiobook credits include Douglas Coupland's *Hey Nostradamus!* and Sara Gruen's *Water for Elephant*s, demonstrates an especially keen knack for capturing the cadence of teen and young adult male speech patterns, with equal parts deadpan cool and quivering tension. Hill's novella Voluntary Committal provides a sublime experience of jarring suspense and compelling family drama. Admittedly, a few of the briefer works may leave listeners longing for more fully developed story lines, but Hill consistently manages to evoke emotional responses and provoke unsettling questions, which makes for a worthwhile experience. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. ### Review “This solid, inventive, scary collection of stories reveals a writer who has thought hard about the problematics of horror.”