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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
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Dec 03, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: 2007reads
Recommended for: Jeremy
Read in November, 2007

Joe Hill burst onto the scene this spring with the extraordinary novel Heart Shaped Box (my favorite book of the year) and he continues apace here with a collection of short stories. Hill isn’t your run of the mill horror writer, it’s not all blood and guts (although there is a little of that) but a really thoughtful and creepy kind of horror reminiscent of Poe or Hitchcock that creeps up on you and sticks with you. Several of Hill’s stories in this collection examine issues of friendship during adolescence, like “Voluntary Committal” that examines a man’s relationship with his autistic brother who has extraordinary powers, and “Pop Art,” the story of a young man and his best friend, a living inflatable boy. The title story is the truly creepy story of a haunted movie theater, and it manages to be charming and charming and scary at the same time. Not all of Hill’s stories are about ghosts, but many of them are haunting and will stick in your mind long after you’ve read them.

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