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Title: 20th Century Ghosts
Author: Joe Hill
Length: 316 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
A collection of short stories.
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….
The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past…
How and when I got it:
I bought it after reading Heart-Shaped Box, which scared the hell out of me.
Why I want to read it:
I’m a fan of Joe Hill’s novels, but haven’t read his short stories yet. Well, to be honest, when I bought this book soon after it came out, I read one story — and it was terrifying and horrible (as in, bloody and gory, not badly written), and I basically had to put the book down and run away. A friend later told me that I would have been fine if I’d skipped that one story, but oh well — the damage was already done! In any case, I still own a copy of this book, and because I do love Joe Hill’s writing, I’m determined to screw up my nerve and give it another try… one of these days. (All this is putting aside the fact that I don’t usually have the patience for short stories… this book will definitely be a stretch for me.)
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14 thoughts on “Shelf Control #151: 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill”
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I think I did the same thing you did, bought a copy of this after I read Heart Shaped Box, lol. And I haven’t read it yet either!
I blame that one story I read!
Oooh I love the sound of this, and it’s one of his I haven’t heard of before! I’ve been listening to the audiobook of The Fireman and enjoying it, so I’m keen to check out more of his stuff in future.
He’s such a great writer! I really loved The Fireman, glad to hear you’re enjoying it!
Thanks for sharing, great post. When do you plan on reading this book?
Ha, I’d like to say I’ll read it soon… but there are so many books on my shelf! I do want to read it in the next few months, and since it’s a story collection, I could probably read it in bits and pieces in between other books. 🙂
That book sounds really interesting!
Thanks, I’m looking forward to finally reading it!
The description itself is pretty chilling. Hope it’s nice and scary 🙂
Joe Hill is pretty reliable when it comes to being terrifying. 🙂
I think I also read one story of this and didn’t much care for it and never got around to finishing either lol I’ve always wanted to go back and give it another go but that has yet to happen. I’ve read all of his other things though! Strange Weather were more “novellas” but they were fantastic.
Ha, I wonder if we read the same one story. I still haven’t read Strange Weather yet, which is ridiculous of me.
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