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. . . .
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
“20th Century Ghost”, a touching story about a haunted movie theater.
“Abraham’s Boys”, a tale about teen-age re...more
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
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
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
Now, I know that people, when...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
"Best New Horror" is, simply put, a masterpiece - not just...more
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. H...more
Damn but that's a good book. I knew for sure during the opening story, "Best New Horror," in which our narrator is an anthology editor who gives us a one-page synopsis of a novella manuscript he receives, and the compressed summary made me forget where I was. Right on through the weird and metafictional "Pop Art" (bad! Pun! Alert!) and the amazing li...more
Before Heart-Shaped Box, Hill wrote short stories. Maybe he still does.
I was immediately taken with his ability to draw the reader in. For most of the stories here, I quickly felt that I could settle back in my chair and let Hill lead me wherever he wanted. He engages quickly and strongly. He is having a lot of fu...more
Review by Nickolas Cook
In the life of a reader, short story collections that gestalt so immediately, resonate so deeply, are a rarity. Joe Hill’s “20th Century Ghosts” is one of those exceptional books.
I haven’t been so moved by a chain of stories since my wonder years of discovering Ray Bradbury’s poetic prose. There were times that I had to place the book aside to examine my reaction to its latest offering. And that is the power of this man’s voice. He ca...more
The stories add up on you. They’re not connected in a traditional sense, but thread, an impression, an image will leak from one to the next---and it may or may not have any kind of similar meaning. This could have been distracting, something to “look for”...more
20th Century Ghosts WOWed me! I loved Hill's take on "ghosts." I loved that the collection included horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mainstream fiction. But what I loved most was that I could (can) still remember all 16 stories (there was one hidden in the Acknowledgments), and there were only two I didn't like. Frequent readers of short stories know how rare that is.
Hands down my absolute favorite of the collection was My Father's Mask . After I finished it I sat dazed for about 15...more
"Best New Horror" was a great quick adrenaline rush. Loved it, because whenever I read or watch a scary story, I always wonder how I would do in that situation.
"20th Century Ghost" was also a great story. I liked how everyone who met the ghost ended up doing something movie-related.
"Pop Art" was beautiful and poignant in a strange dreamy sort of way. I was almost misted over when it ended.
"You Will Hear the Locust Sing" really, really grossed me out. From the recollectio...more
I finished 20th Century Ghosts and immediately picked up Dr. Sleep by Stephen King. As I commented to my...more
Пару лет назад Джо Кинг взял себе в качестве псевдонима фамилию то...more
Well, I was wrong. First of all, I feel like 90% of the stories were great i...more
Hill is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.
Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing, showcases fourteen of his short stories and wo...more