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The Widow's Breakfast

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This short story was originally published in Joe Hill's collection 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS.
Published February 3rd 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 16th 2007)
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Andrew Lennon
Feb 20, 2015 Andrew Lennon rated it it was ok
I didn't rea get this one. I don't under why it was in the collection. It wasn't scary, if anything it was a bit depressing.
Sorry, dont have much to say about it. Didn't enjoynit.

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Maggie Leroy
May 20, 2014 Maggie Leroy rated it it was amazing
Scarey? Horror? Terrifying? Not to me. Just a lovely gothic story.
Beth Roberts
Sep 16, 2016 Beth Roberts rated it it was amazing
No, this isn't horror. No, this isn't scary.
Yes, this is a GREAT subtle story.

Read it.
Jonathan Echevarria
Sep 25, 2014 Jonathan Echevarria rated it really liked it
The Widow's Breakfast is a short story about loss, acceptance, and the act of giving. The main protagonist named Killian has it really rough, especially trying to avoid abusive law enforcers who like to murder homeless people. Eventually his luck turns out for the better when he encounters a very generous widow. This woman has a soft for the homeless, so she helps Killian on his way to where he needs to go.

This story isn't anything spectacular or amazing, it's basically more or less it's sum pa
Dione Basseri
Jun 18, 2015 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
There's a certain romance in old stories of riding the rails but the realities were often far more troubling. A young widow gives advice to a drifter, along with unceasing generosity and a little chill.

I expected this to end with a ghost story twist, but was rather pleased with the down-to-Earth, yet still unnerving ending. But, as with all of the short stories in this collection, it's not worth the $0.99 individually, and I advise you to just buy the entire collection.
Lucie Coulombe
Nov 16, 2014 Lucie Coulombe rated it it was amazing
very good
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Dec 07, 2015 Lynne - The Book Squirrel rated it really liked it
Short and bazaar!
Sean Brennan
Feb 14, 2015 Sean Brennan rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Did not get the punch line, at all! Also has the fewest rating of his short story kindle collection and that really does say it all! Avoid this one!
Surprisingly good, well written story from Stephen King's little boy. Not a ghost story as such, but a mainstream story with a little bit of a shiver at the end.
Сибин Майналовски
Егати тъпия финал, честно. Защо го четохме цялото това нещо, щом ще свърши по този начин???
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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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