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3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns comes this e-short story—from Joe Hill’s award-winning collection 20th Century Ghosts.

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 lon
ebook, 100 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by William Morrow (first published October 16th 2007)
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Andrew Lennon
That was really short! Possibly the shortest in the book, it's only one and a half pages.
Sadly, I didn't really like this one. I don't think I fully understood it? Maybe I just rushed through it because it was so short?
I can only compare it to the other stories in the collection and on that basis, this one is only a two star.

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Beth Roberts
I am currently 65% of the way through reading Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts and reviewing each story as I go. Most of them have rated 4.5-5 stars. This little story only 2 pages long will probably be my favorite. Why?

Joe Hill gets it.

Not far from where I live a ratty little forest on the corner of two large intersections has just this week been razed out of existence. It stood next to a small convention center that alternates between craft shows and gun shows, the occasional roller derby, an an
Oct 30, 2016 Andre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A (very) short horror story.

Actually, not so much a real story as it reads more like a small article in the monthly 'weird tales & testimonies' magazine.

So some trees keep on drinking water even though they have died?

'If something is still feeding, is it really dead?' Hmmmm...

This wasn't really my cup of tea. It consumes less than 5 minutes of your life so nothing much lost, but I can't say it comes highly recommended.

Joe's full length novels (as well as some of the other shorts in this
Сибин Майналовски
Много зле. Страховито зле. Потресаващо зле. Да се неначудиш как ОНОВА издателство с любовта на Мекерето към дебилщини не му е предложило още да го издаде с твърда подвързия и със златно преге...
Jonathan Echevarria
Dead-Wood is a two page tale about haunted trees. The concept is executed very nicely, but it lacks any real depth to really go anywhere fun or exciting. Not sure if anyone else really enjoyed this one, but I find this to be severely lacking in comparison to his other short stories. Maybe I was missing the point of this one, but I only give it three very generous stars. Overall this is my least favorite story in 20th Century Ghosts. The whole story is barely a page long, I can't imagine buying t ...more
Dione Basseri
A nice little ghost story. If there are reports of the spirits of humans and dogs and cats, why not other living things? Why not trees? And what unfinished business might a tree have? Revenge against it's killer seems strange. After all, most trees are killed by...humans.

I can't tell if I consider this to be fun or just unsettling. But I think I'm going to go plant some trees, now....
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Joe Hill's debut, Heart-Shaped Box, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His second, Horns, was made into a film freakfest starring Daniel Radcliffe. His other novels include NOS4A2, and his #1 New York Times Best-Seller, The Fireman... which was also the winner of a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror Novel.

He also writes short stories. Some of them were gathered together i
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