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 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. . . .
Seldom does a collection of weird stories feature a style so accomplished, a range of tone and mood so broad, or a generosity so profound. Hill, the son 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.
At times his stories are chilling and gripping like the horror fiction of King ("The Black Phone"), but at other times they are gentle and elegiac like Bradbury ( ...more
Comparisons to Joe's dad will be unavoidable, especially from those of us who read Night Shift and Skeleton Crew at a certain age ... and though I believe Joe has more than earned the right to be far, far out of his father's shadow, I say with love that the comparisons are well-deserved. This is a sensational collection, a ...more
Joe Hill gets the underdog and the misunderstood. He also writes childhood well, but it is when writing that mislabel ...more
Buenos relatos, en general. Hay algunos que son extraordinarios, como La ley de gravedad, Madera muerta y Reclusión voluntaria. Otros, muy buenos: Último aliento, La capa y Oirás cantar a la langosta. Los demás son regulares y tiene varios que no lograron atraparme. Pero los que más me gustaron me dejaron c ...more
“20th Century Ghost”, a touching story about a haunted movie theater.
“Abraham’s Boys”, a tale about teen-age re ...more
With every second-hand bookstore I entered, this illusive short story collection was front and centre in my mind. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t find it. A few months ago I ...more
These stories have got to be the best in any collection I have ever read. Hill's imagination is a wild ride I would stand in line for all day. I can't get enough from this man! Spooky, scary, frightening and just down right crazy... I love it all.
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Best New Horror (3/5)
Ovo je prva priča u kojoj me je Hill "šokoraio" i ostavio nam jedan , pa hajmo reći , otvoren kraj . Sama priča je jak ...more
All short story collections are somewhat hit and miss with me. Some stories are great, some good, some okay, and some meh. That's pretty much the standard with even my favorite short story authors: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin. But I'm definitely putting Joe Hill on that list now. His stories vary as well between excellent and meh, but even the "meh" category stories are written with his sub ...more
This is a great story collection, which is interesting, because I was pretty disappointed by author Joe Hill's first two novels, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns . I thought they both started very strong and then fizzled about half-way through. Maybe Hill is better writing in the short form?
The theme running most of these stories are kids coming of age through unexplained events and phenomenon that will stay with them forever, even as they ...more
20th Century Ghost - Really good. A nice, but still creepy, "love" story for horror buffs.
Pop Art - The best short story that I have ever read. Can't go into too many details without giving away spoilers.
You Will Hear the Locust Sing - Nice story with a 1950s "giant monster" movie feel.
Abraham's Boys - Nice "continuing" tale of Van Helsing from Dracula. Good ending.
Better Than Home - Eh, sucked.
The Black Phone - A ...more
Now, I know that people, when ...more
- My Description -
This is a collection of short stories. Not just ghost stories.
You'll find monsters, love, friendship, beasts, rednecks (You read right, I said rednecks), vampires, baseball, super powers, haunted trees, zombies, and cardboard forts, etc, etc.
And yes, there are ghosts. =)
This is full of everything to appease anyone.
Best New Horror:
Editor Eddie Carroll works at America's Best New Horror.
He receives stories, reads them, then decides on whether to put them in his mag ...more
I mean, they didn't blow my hair back. But would I recommend them to a friend? Sure. Can't wait for Joe Hill's next novel though, I think that is his strong suit (well for me since I don't read graphic novels, I've heard Locke and Key is his best work).
Don't take the title too literally - these are not all creepy stories about spirits that go bump in the night. Often the ghost theme is very subtle, or is expressed in nuance. And despite how different the individual stories are, they feel like they belong together in this collection.
All of these stories are really, really good. Some are charged wit ...more
A nice collection of shorts. I wouldn't say these were really all that scary but there was a lot of suspense and they were unique yarns that were spun from an off kilted wheel...and I mean that in a good way.
My grading may seem harsh after such a grandiose statement to open a review, but I have such extraordinarily high expectations of Mr Hill after first reading NOS42, then the Locke & Key series and Heart Shaped Box, that I could not help but be disappointed by some of the tales contained within ...more
Best New Horror is the first story in the collection and is about a horror anthology editor who is very burned out after reading more than his share of the same-old, worn out, lame horror stories. I could really relate to this one after my short-lived stint as a reviewer f ...more
So says Christopher Golden in his introduction to 20th Century Ghosts. And he’s correct.
I’ve read the first two installments of Hill’s Locke & Key series. ...more
"En una amistad, en especial entre dos chicos jóvenes, está permitido, incluso se da por hecho, un cierto grado de crueldad. Pero de ahí a hacer daño de verdad hay un trecho y bajo ninguna circunstancia se deben infligir heridas que puedan dejar cicatrices permanentes."
Normalmente no termino nunca de leer antologías porque después de terminar un cuento no puedo empezar otro inmediatamente. Necesito mi tiempo para pensar en lo que leí antes de seguir. Pero como se me acababa el tiempo y tenía q ...more
As of 2016 he has published four novels, a collection of short stories, a six-volume graphic novel series, and more. His most recent novel, The Fireman, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, and his novel Horns was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.