20th Century Ghosts

A collection of short tories.

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 ....

Phili Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It is n't difficul to make friends when you 're the only inflatable boy in town ....

Nicholas 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 Taylor is locked in a basement that 's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the kitche with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead ....

The past is n't dead. It is n't even past ...
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Published October 16th 2007 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2005
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20th Century Ghosts
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Hill, the niece 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.

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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 starsOkay, so having read 4 stories and 3-starred all, I feel like I do n't need to read the emainder.

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Dick 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.

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Before Heart-Shaped Box, Hill wrote short stories.

The narration is a oy with an inflatable friend and even in a ook of ghost stories it was too allegorical to allow any emotional engagement.

Hill stretches a bit in defining what constitutes a ghost story.

He is a very fain light on the horror scene.=============================EXTRA STUFFLinks to the uthor ’ s personal, nstagram and Tumblr pagesOther Joe Hill books I have reviewed: -- -- -Full Throttle -- -- -Strange Weather -- -- -The Fireman -- -- -NOS4A2 -- -- -Heart-Shaped Boxreviews of some books by his dad -- -- -The Institute -- -- -Revival -- -- -Doctor Sleep -- -- -Mr. Mercedes -- -- -The Shining -- -- -Under the Dome -- -- -Duma Key -- -- -Lisey 's Story

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“ 20th Century Ghosts ” is less about ghosts than other sorts of boogeymen: more subtle, more fu, 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 tal: despite the story-within-the-story structure of the irst part, this stor becomes highly predictable towards the end and falls rather flat.

This is one thing that Joe Hill does beautifully; his rose is sometimes so prosaic and unemotional, almost Hemingway-esque, still it conveys a depth of feeling.Among all these stories, the title story stands out as the nly one where a traditional ghost appears.

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Some were " kay " and not a avorite but the writing was still good.Joe Hill has a fantastic imagination and his writing is top notch in my boo! Best New Horror – 5 stars! This was one of my avorite short stories.

Loved the setting of an old movie theater! Pop Art – 2.5 starsStill a bit confused by the balloon people, but the ending was a nice touch.You Will Hear the Locust Sing- 3.5 starsIt was gross and felt like a creature feature.

You ’ re not quite sure what will happen to Killian with the girls.Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead- 3 starsNot a bad short story about being an extra in a seque and finding lost connections again.My Father ’ s Mask- 3.5 starsI felt like I was on acid reading this.

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