20th Century Ghosts

20th Century Ghosts

A collection of short stories. Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945.... Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy A collection of short stories. Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everythi...

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Title:20th Century Ghosts
Author:Joe Hill
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:20th Century Ghosts
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:316 pages pages

20th Century Ghosts Reviews

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Nov 20, 2012
    Seldom does a collection of weird stories feature a style so accomplished, a range of tone and mood so broad, or a generosity so profound. Hill, the son of Stephen King, inherits his father's empathy for the ordeals of childhood as well as his artfulness in constructing a tale, but h...
  • Miriam
    Dec 30, 2016
    "Best New Horror" - Fun concept and well executed for most of the story, but my interest tanked when the editor finally tracks down the author. Maybe I was supposed to laugh at the cliche-ness? 4 stars for the 1st half, 2 for the second = 3 "20th Century Ghosts" - There was a delica...
  • Peggy
    Aug 16, 2007
    I love Fall. Football has returned to the airwaves. The leaves are changing colors, and there?s a cold snap in the?oh, who am I kidding. This is Texas. If we?re lucky, it will only be 85 degrees with 95% humidity as you?re reading this. Still, I really do like the idea of Fal...
  • Thomas Gaffney
    Jan 06, 2008
    Best New Horror - Okay. I would have liked to see the story expanded and continued. 20th Century Ghost - Really good. A nice, but still creepy, "love" story for horror buffs. Pop Art - The best short story that I have ever read. Can't go into too many details without giving away spoi...
  • Sandi
    Sep 05, 2008
    Short story collections can be hit or miss. Some stories may be wonderful, others may be clunkers. Every story in ?20th Century Ghosts? is wonderful, some are even superlative. While Hill is a horror writer, not all of the stories in this book are horror. And, some of the ones that...
  • Will Byrnes
    Dec 05, 2008
    The crab apple does not fall far from the poisoned tree. While the sensibility is his own, it is eminently clear that Joe Hill has been gifted with DNA predisposed to horror greatness. Before Heart-Shaped Box, Hill wrote short stories. Maybe he still does. I was immediately taken ...
  • Lisa
    Dec 18, 2008
    This was the most awful grueling book to get through. The stories had great starts (some of them anyways) but then just ended with no warning, and not even at a place that really made much sense. Some of these stories I think could have made an excellent book on their own had they been...
  • Chris
    May 31, 2009
    Wow. What better word to start this review? Joe Hill has a true gift for the short story. All short story collections are somewhat hit and miss with me. Some stories are great, some good, some okay, and some meh. That's pretty much the standard with even my favorite short story auth...
  • Wil Wheaton
    Jul 21, 2013
    Absolutely wonderful book. This is a collection of stores that will have you crying, checking for monsters under the bed, and wondering how the hell Joe Hill came up with that. Comparisons to Joe's dad will be unavoidable, especially from those of us who read Night Shift and Skeleto...
  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    Oct 13, 2011
    Loved it!!! Loved it!!!! Loved it!!!!! These stories have got to be the best in any collection I have ever read. Hill's imagination is a wild ride I would stand in line for all day. I can't get enough from this man! Spooky, scary, frightening and just down right crazy... I love it a...
  • Brandon
    Jan 04, 2016
    For a long time, this book was my ?white whale?. Up to recently, I had three of Joe Hill?s novels (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2) in hardcover and although 20th Century Ghosts was easily accessible in paperback or for download on my Kindle, I felt I needed to match my existing ...
  • Kelli
    Mar 03, 2015
    Joe Hill makes me feel like I'm seven again. More specifically, I'm seven and he is the nine-year-old kid down the street hanging out with me in my tree fort telling me scary stories and urban legends that he swears are true. His voice is hushed, as if he is letting me in on a little k...
  • Aileene
    May 14, 2017
    Pre - Read This better scare the $#!T out of me, Ben , otherwise BR starts today! Post Read Heads up: Not so pleasant review. Read or lower down your pitchforks and skedaddle. A collection of short stories where GRs and readers categorised them as horror. H ...
  • Richard
    Jan 16, 2011
    *Re-Read (audio) in 2015 (originally read in 2010)* 4.5 stars This is a great story collection, which is interesting, because I was pretty disappointed by author Joe Hill's first two novels, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns . I thought they both started very strong and then fizzled ab...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    May 14, 2017
    When I read NOS4A2, I had pegged Joe Hill as a horror writer of the calibre of his celebrated father. When I started this book, I expected much of the same fare: however, I was pleasantly surprised. ?20th Century Ghosts? is less about ghosts than other sorts of boogeymen: more subt...
  • Char
    Mar 25, 2017
    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 ...
  • Edward Lorn
    May 13, 2012
    I first heard of Joe Hill after winning a bundle of used hardcovers on Ebay. Among the books in the lot were several King, some limited edition Laymon, a Straub or two, and two first editions by an author of which I had never heard. Heart Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts were in fant...
  • Nikoleta
    Nov 14, 2017
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  • Amar
    Dec 10, 2015
    Sjajna zbirka . Stvarno sjajna zbirka . ?ak u nekim pri?ama Hill nema nikakav problem , da prekine pri?u na najzanimljivijem dijelu , da bi se poigrao sa fantazijom ?itaoca , ?to mi se veoma dopalo . Mo?da je pove?alo utisak ?to sam polako ?itao ( nisam sve odjenom ) pa su pri...
  • Jamie Stewart
    Mar 14, 2018
    This was a reread for me and it will always be something special to me. It earned a place on my bookshelf as the best short story collection I had ever read. I often found such collections jarring in the past because of the ever changing tones and paces that can happen when reading col...
  • Tim
    Jun 13, 2018
    The title seems false and the stories are lame. 0 of 10 stars ...
  • Paul O'Neill
    Jul 10, 2018
    A fantastic collection of stories, tightly written (like a certain family member). Short stories aren?t usually my thing but between this and his more recent collection of four novellas, Strange Weather, Joe Hill has maybe changed my mind. Some stories were better than others but...
  • Jim
    Aug 17, 2017
    People say the apple doesn?t fall far from the tree. In this case, the apple fell very near indeed, but it got on the ground, grew its own roots and now it stands a proud tree. As you can imagine that is quite an achievement, when the tree that you fell from is named Stephen King. ...
  • Kostas Papadatos
    Feb 19, 2018
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  • Franco  Santos
    Nov 03, 2015
    Todos tenemos distintos silencios. ¿Acaso su marido tiene el mismo silencio cuando está contento que cuando está enfadado? Sus oídos son capaces de discernir entre clases específicas de nada. Buenos relatos, en general. Hay algunos que son extraordinarios, como La ley de grave...
  • Thanos
    May 07, 2017
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  • Ron
    May 17, 2016
    More often than not, Joe Hill characterizes the child?s life within these stories. I think that?s where our imaginations and fears are strongest, and when things scare us the most. When we are grown, most of that is gone?until we pick up a certain book. Shit, I love the way Hill ...
  • Eliasdgian
    Nov 23, 2017
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  • joyce g
    Apr 30, 2016
    What a marvel..Pop Art! ...
  • Crystal
    Mar 15, 2018
    I did it I finished the only story I couldn't make it through was the cockroach one. I much prefer his full length novels ...