20th Century Ghosts

20th Century Ghosts

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20th Century Ghosts 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
"20th Century Ghosts : Stories" is not a book of horror fiction or ghost stories! The title seems to draw some readers in and push others away. This is a book of outstanding short fiction, where one of stories just happens to be called, "20th Century Ghost" and Joe Hill decided to use it for the title. Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King, still that doesn't guarantee that his writing will be as good as his fathers, but in my opinion his short stories are just as good. Joe doesn't have quite an impressive list of novels written yet, unlike his father, but he is off to a great start. Joe has written two full length novels, "Horns" & "Heart-Shaped Box", which have both been successes. I have read "Horns" and I enjoyed it, I'm definitely looking forward to "Heart Shaped Box". Read this collection and you will certainly see for yourself that Joe Hill can really write and that this collection belongs near the top! The collection includes a total of 15 stories and one bonus story at the back of the book, after the acknowledgements. 5 star stories: "Pop Art" - a great story, great original concept "20th Century Ghost" "Abraham's Boys" "The Black Phone" "Voluntary Committal" - a story to get lost in when reading, great creative writing "You Will Hear the Locust Sing" The rest: "Best New Horror" "In the Rundown" "Better Than Home" "The Cape" "Deadwood" "Last Breath" "The Widow's Breakfast" "Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead" "My Father's Mask" "Scheherazade's Typewriter" (Bonus story) All in all a great collection of short stories, with topics varying from ghosts to killers to sibling rivalry to old flames re-united! Highly recommended! Enjoy~
DPManwell More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill is the son of horror master Stephen King. Knowing that, it's impossible not to compare the two, so... Hill's writing is as good as King's, if not (gasp) better. It's more concise and with less archaic slang. As for the merits of this collection itself, it's a brilliant collection of short stories. They aren't all horror stories, so if you're looking for a thrill ride, you may want to look elsewhere... but most of them do have a horror element. "Dead-Wood" is an amazing piece of flash fiction or prose poetry, and "The Cape" is one of the best uses of the short story form I've ever seen. That's all I can say about it. If you're a Stephen King fan, get it. If you're a literary horror fan, get it. If you're a fan of short fiction generally, get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ordered it for 1.99 but was charged 9.99... be careful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
More than enough has already been said about Joe Hill's genetics. What counts is the quality of his work, which is quite strong indeed. Though this collection is a bit uneven, the best pieces are so good they elevate the whole book to a very high plane. A must-read for fans of the genre, or anyone who loves imaginative short stories.
Pugs11 More than 1 year ago
I read Heart Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2 first. Wanting more, I decided to take a chance on the short stories. Don't miss out! I'm eager for the next book.
KatyScarlettDT More than 1 year ago
In Joe Hill's book 20th Century Ghosts you will find 15 short stories that are so thrilling they will have you on the edge of your seat until the amazing conclusion. All of the stories are unique and scary and will have you captivated, then terrified, happy, then crying, and are all tinged with an underlying romanticism. I loved curling up on the couch with this book during a thunderstorm, even though late at night in bed I would be searching into the shadows for the fictional characters that Joe Hill painted vividly into my head. If you loved Joe Hill's novel Heart Shaped Box, or like to read in short bursts, this book is perfect for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a word to descrive this book, addictive, every history will grab your attention and time until you finish it and you'll be wanting more.Some of the stories are twisted and sordid but they do show 'the other side' that other stories refuse to look at... Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And enough substance to leave you chewing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection of storles is rather bizarre,but interesting!
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Pad in andwaits. Glad she can post again. Silverpaw.
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Most of the stories stop abruptly. They arent dramatic, they are poorly wriitten.
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Good short stories that are well written. Stephen King must be very proud of his son who authored this collection. ER
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Very good book. Liked most of the stories, especially the last one.
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