Hill's stories are visceral and nasty in places, but never gratuitous. The collection as a whole is polished and well written. Even the most macabre themes are handled exceptionally well, so one story ever feels exploitative or trashy. Joe Hill is definitely one to watch.
Hill's best stories veer away from the well-trodden creep shows and back alleys of genre writing into more dangerous territory: suburban basements, ball fields and schoolyards.
[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute.
Fully developed characters with complex emotional lives enhance the 14 stories in Joe Hill's extraordinary collection,20th Century Ghosts. There's not a false note or disappointing effort in this volume.
The collection of short stories ranges from creepy to sweet, with an impressive arsenal of tactics to attack your psyche.
20th Century Ghosts is Hill's first collection of short stories and displays consummate skill in a variety of genres . . . Amusing, moving, horrifying-Ghosts runs the full spectrum.
Alternately sad, scary, strange and at times even sweet, these tales will haunt you long after you've read them.
[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction
One of the best [horror] collections of the year. Hill is a relative newcomer who consistently creates creepy, very disturbing stories
Each tale is unique, and the collection proves that Hill's talent is not limited to horror, but extends well into the mainstream.
"[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended.
The selections range from the mundane to the surreal, with a strong emphasis on the kind of horror tale perfected by Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub and Stephen King.
Each of these chilling tales arrests you from the opening sentence and leads you ? trustingly, thanks to the simple mastery of the story-teller ? into a place of gulping fear.
Subtle and disturbing in equal measure.