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20th Century Ghosts

by Joe Hill

Other authors: Christopher Golden (Introduction)

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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.
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    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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    Dark Ride by Michael Laimo (lesleydawn)
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    Tiny Deaths by Robert Shearman (Booksloth)
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    Just After Sunset by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Short stories from father and son.
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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman (smammers)

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Amazing stories, each one so different from the previous. One to scare you, one to horrify you, one to almost make you feel a bit sick in the back of your throat as you read, waves of emotion from another. All so, so startlingly good. I'm sad they are finished.

Also, make sure you read the acknowledgement. Wink. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
Couple really good stories. ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
OK. 20th Century Ghosts was one of the best short story collections I have ever read. I loved best The Cape, 20th Century Ghost, Abraham’s Boys, My Father’s Mask and Pop Art. ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
Enjoyed most of these (in particular: 20th Century Ghosts, The Black Phone) - and a couple I'm still thinking of several days later (Voluntary Committal, My Father's Mask, Better Than Home). ( )
  DocHobbs | Apr 16, 2023 |
A disappointing read for me. The stories have a over-wrought quality to them, and fall short of what I had hoped a ghosting-themed collection would be. Many twist endings. Meh. ( )
  purplepaste | Feb 18, 2023 |
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Hill, Joeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Golden, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chong, VincentCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riffel, HannesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salminen, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Leanora: We are my favorite story.
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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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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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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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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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