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Twittering from the Circus of the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Joe Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (August 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C9AO91U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars #properhorror August 9, 2013
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Love all of Joe Hill 's work but was especially thrilled for a new short story. Woke up a 2 am, couldn't get back to sleep, read this in the dark. Terrible decision; fantastic story.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new take on the Zombie genre August 8, 2013
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I am a huge Joe Hill fan and I like when authors take chances with a format for a short story.

The main character, bored on a road trip with her family, takes out her frustration on Twitter. Her parents decide to stop at The Circus of the Dead. What starts as a goth themed circus turns suddenly violent. Since its a short story I can't give anymore of the plot away.

But I will say it's a great story. The sparse wording, told all in Twitter speak, adds to the tension. The ending is satisfying with a twist that is almost funny.

I wouldn't recommend it as a first foray into Hill' s mind since its in Twitter speak you can't get a full impact of Hill' s style. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome short story written in tweets. August 6, 2013
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Fun zombie story written in tweets. Joe Hill really pulled off the spoiled teen girl with an iPhone and a twitter account. Wish it had been a little longer but it was still great.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaky... August 6, 2013
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Joe Hill at his best...totally freaky, scary, unnerving...and well worth the read...short...i got the kindle version...well worth the money spent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Gory, and Tons of Fun. August 8, 2013
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I've come to realize that I will read anything Mr. Hill puts out; he has proven himself far too talented to ignore. With 'Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,' he once again shows his knack for originality (to my knowledge, this is the first story to be written in Twitter-feed form) and the ability to craft brilliance with few words.

'Twittering' is a short read that starts off with the sarcastic, irritated Twitter-rants of a teenage girl on a family vacation. Her 'dialogue' is immature and juvenile (done intentionally so, I believe), yet humorous. Hill employs the classic horror cliché of 'family takes a wrong turn in the woods' and they wind up at a giant black circus tent in the middle of nowhere. Here is where the story picks up speed quickly and increasingly terrorizes until the finish. And yes, it gets a bit graphic (which is the best part!), but one ought to expect that from the son of Stephen King.

I believe Hill has written this for the pure fun of it, and if you take this for what it is, you will have fun... and then you'll get slapped by something horrifyingly creepy. If you've never read Joe Hill, I wouldn't necessarily recommend starting here (read one of his novels first), but devotees will love the innate campy-ness and gruesome qualities of this short tale. This is one you'll finish with a smug smile across your face.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting approach to storytelling August 20, 2013
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I'm sure it was only a matter of time until someone wrote a story using twitter style posts. An entertaining short read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road trip from Hell August 23, 2013
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"Twittering From the Circus of the Dead" is a gory little short story told by Twitter feed.

Teenage girl full of angst PLUS parents who just don't understand her PLUS younger brother. Mix well and add in the roadside attraction of the Circus of the Dead - with zombies. You get a Joe Hill warped short story full of blood and guts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't leave a lasting impression on me August 8, 2013
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I love Joe Hill's work and was excited when this short story came out, but overall I found it to be disappointing. I found the main character ridiculously obnoxious. It got better towards the end of the story, but it's not something I would read twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Joe Hill!
If. You like horror... Read any thing by Joe Hill. His stories keep you engrossed from start to finish. I've read all of them! Read more
Published 11 hours ago by lorij
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Joe Hill ROCKS!
Published 8 days ago by sherry ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting new way to tell a short horror story.
Published 27 days ago by clr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Too Creepy a Read to put down!
Published 29 days ago by Denise B
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Good
Like other reviewers, when I started reading I was disappointed and thought I might not be able to get through this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Libbymae
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice small work
Worth 99 Cents but not more. Kept me interested until the end. It is all Twitter chats.
Published 1 month ago by Monkey Toes
3.0 out of 5 stars Would be four stars...but the title is wrong
Finally Joe Hill delivers a first person story...and it's only 39 pages. Oh well. Better than none, I guess. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Wires
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Mr. Hill
This was awesome!!! He has proven once again that he can stand on his own, not as his Fathers Son, but as Joe Hill....Bravo
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
Macabre. Excellent. Creative and innovative. Couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Can't wait to read more by Joe Hill. Definitely recommend this one for fans of Stephen King.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Felt like there was no conclusion to the story
Published 2 months ago by jennifer Cagle
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More About the Author

The author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts, Joe Hill is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year's Best collections. He calls New England home.

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