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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

20th Century Ghosts (2002)

by Joe Hill

Other authors: Christopher Golden (Introduction)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

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A compilation of short fiction includes the tales of Imogene, the legendary ghost of the Rosebud theater, and Francis, an unhappy, hopeless human turned giant locust seeking revenge on his Nevada hometown.
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    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman (mao21234)
    mao21234: Gaiman likes to embed stories in his introductions- as a nod to Gaiman, Hill embeds one in the acknowledgements at the end of the book.
  2. 10
    Pictures From An Expedition by Alexander C. Irvine (msouliere)
    msouliere: Like Joe Hill, and very much in the spirit of Ray Bradbury's short story collections, this book is eclectic and exploratory in nature. Good stuff!
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    Just After Sunset by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Short stories from father and son.
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    Tiny Deaths by Robert Shearman (Booksloth)
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    Dark Ride by Michael Laimo (lesleydawn)
  6. 01
    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman (smammers)

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4.5 stars!

My favorite stories were:

Pop Art
20th Century Ghost
Better Than Home
My Father's Mask
Voluntary Committal

My thought on this collection cannot possibly make a dent in all of reviews already written about this book. Suffice it to say: I loved it and it gets my highest recommendation. ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
The good stories are spectacular. The bad stories are not quite boring enough to stop reading. Overall the bad outnumber the good, but it's still worth a read. ( )
  thewanlorn | Feb 24, 2020 |
This is an interesting collection of stories. Many of them just don't behave they way you initially expect them to. What they ultimately hold isn't clear until you're done. I like the originality of thought that has gone into them. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Dec 1, 2019 |
This book was a really pleasant surprise for me. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking "Wow, these stories are great! This guy could be the next Stephen King!" And then I learned that he's actually Stephen King's son. ( )
1 vote DF1158 | Oct 20, 2019 |
Excellent short stories from one of my favorite writers. There's some really bizarre stuff here. ( )
  cjorthmann | Sep 9, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hill, Joeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Golden, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chong, VincentCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riffel, HannesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A month before his deadline, Eddie Carroll ripped open a manila envelope, and a magazine called The True North Literary Review slipped out into his hands.
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Disambiguation notice
Please do not combine this anthology, 20th Century Ghosts with the short story "20th Century Ghost," contained herein.

Anthology contents:

-- Best New Horror
-- 20th Century Ghost
-- Pop Art
-- You Will Hear the Locust Sing
-- Abraham’s Boys
-- Better than Home
-- Black Phone
-- In the Rundown
-- Cape
-- Last Breath
-- Dead-Wood
-- Widow’s Breakfast
-- My Father’s Mask
-- Voluntary Committal
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Collects these stories:
"Best New Horror"
"20th Century Ghost"
"Pop Art"
"You Will Hear the Locust Sing"
"Abraham's Boys"
"Better than Home"
"The Black Phone"
"In the Rundown"
"The Cape"
"Last Breath"
"The Widow's Breakfast"
"Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead"
"My Father's Mask"
"Voluntary Commital"

Introduction by Christopher Golden
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