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20th Century Ghost [Kindle Edition]

Joe Hill
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

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Book Description

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 in town. . . .

Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

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Product Details

  • File Size: 116 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (February 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Centruy Fantastic! December 15, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I've noticed that there are little to no reviews for Joe Hill's individual stories from 20th Century Ghosts. Having read the entire anthology as well as his other novels, I thought I'd write an introductory review of these stories as they relate to Joe's work as a whole. I tried to rate this title based on what would give an uncertain reader the truest idea of if the entire book is for them--which ultimately I'd recommend. If need be, please see my 5-star review on the Kindle version of the novel which is a verified purchase.

It's hard not to give too much detail about a short story, and I don't wish to ruin anyone's surprise and enjoyment of this particular work. This story, obviously the title story of the anthology is one of the ones I'd most recommend to get a $0.99 sense of if this entire volume is for you. The story is creative, original and moving at a visceral level. It feels almost like a non-fiction account of an actual ghost story than fiction.

Hill's writing (as always) in this story is vibrant and "transportive". This one, as much as any of them, will give you a decent idea of what Mr. Hill's work is like.

Stephen Prosapio
Author, Dream War
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3.0 out of 5 stars seen one, seen them all. June 13, 2014
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I was prepared to be dazzled and appropriately creeped out by this story, it is well written and the plot is set up efficiently but I wasn't really that moved by the end of the story. Joe Hill is Stephen King ' s son and I wanted to forget that fact, I am sorry that I couldn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little short February 13, 2014
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Clever story telling. it draws you in and ends far too quickly yet perfectly. A wonderful ghost / love story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - but don't confuse it with the collection January 10, 2014
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This was the most moving and beautiful story I've read since Elizabeth Hand's "Echo." It moved me to tears, which is something that happens not very often.

But it needs to be noted that the blurb on Amazon's store page is for Joe Hill's collection, which includes this story and has very nearly the same title. That blurb describes four different stories in the collection. At least one reviewer here failed to note this book's short length, and seemed to expect a great deal more action and adventure from what only ever aimed to be a slow, quiet, thoughtful ghost story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is incredible! October 14, 2013
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Intriguing, terrifying, thoughtful, mesmerizing...Hill digs into the human creature's darkest and most provocative thoughts, compulsions and desires. I had to stop packing it for lunch at work because, if it was in my office, I could not stop reading "just a few pages" and could not get any work done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 20th Century Ghost August 16, 2013
By jatnj
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I'm a big fan of Mr. Hill's father, so I'm giving his works a try. This is a sweet short story about a young woman and an old man's love of a small town movie theater. Definitely worth the read.
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