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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
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Aug 09, 2008

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bookshelves: short-story-collections, 2008, horror
Read in August, 2008

I picked this up because one of my favorite authors, Christopher Golden, wrote the intro. He does horror really, really well, so if he liked it, then surely I would, too.

I thought it was better than the last collection of short stories I read (Paper Cities), but not as good as Hill's full-length novel Heart-Shaped Box). Hill provides a pretty broad spectrum of horror stories, some of them being so subtle that it takes a reread to find the horror.

I can see why Golden likes it; Golden and Hill share a similar brand of horror. It isn't just things jumping out and yelling "Boo!" - it's the slow, creeping chill when things start to go wrong.

Although some of the stories just fell flat for me, I did especially like the title story and the longer novella at the end, Voluntary Committal.
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