20th Century Ghost: A Story from the Collection 20th Century Ghosts

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This short story was originally published in Joe Hill 's collection 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS.

It was first published in the final issue of The High Plains Literary Review in 2002, and later included in Hill 's own 2005 collection 20th Century Ghosts.

The pirit of a teenage girl talks to various moviegoers at the Rosebud Theatre. She has been posthumously frequenting the cinema after she died during a screening of The Wizard of Oz. The tal also focuses on Alec Sheldon, the theatre owner, and how he comes to erms with his nearing mortality and how the Rosebud will fare after his retirement.
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Published February 3rd 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2002
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20th Century Ghost

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I couldn ’ t sk for a better anthology of contemporary fictio.

I was convinced Hill could make any subject work, because he even made “ Pop Art ” work – work so well it could bring tears.

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But the ext day I listened to it through.

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This is definitely a touching story, that is eminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode with a ot of heart.

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Those stories include the following: " Pop Art: " so deliciously committed to its weirdness that Hill does n't bother to explain why the main protagonist 's best friend is inflatable, like something you would buy from a gag shop.

It reminds me very much of a modern and more personal twist on King 's short story " The nd of the Whole Mess " from Nightmares& Dreamscapes combined with King 's " From a Buick 8. " It 's the stor of two sons.

The others were also enjoyable reads, but felt a tad abbreviated.I 've been a little critical of some aspects of Joe Hill 's writing, namely in regards to pacing in his longer work, but this collection of novellas is probably the best demonstration of his alents and limitless imagination, aside from his latest novel NOS4A2.

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