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Imogene is young, beautiful, kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She’s also dead, the legendary ghost of the Rosebud Theater.

Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with a head full of big ideas and a gift for getting his ass kicked. It’s hard to make friends when you’re the only inflatable boy in town. Francis is unhappy, picked on; he doesn’t have a life, a hope, a chance. Francis was human once, but that’s behind him now. John Finney is in trouble. The kidnapper locked him in a basement, a place stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. With him, in his subterranean cell, is an antique phone, long since disconnected…but it rings at night, anyway, with calls from the dead…

Meet these and a dozen more, in 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, irresistible, addictive fun showcasing a dazzling new talent.

Reviews

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.
SCI-FI NOW, Ross Sutcliffe
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.
Washington Post
[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute.
The New York Times Book Review
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.
Publishers Weekly
The collection of short stories ranges from creepy to sweet, with an impressive arsenal of tactics to attack your psyche.
Boston Globe
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.
USA Today
Alternately sad, scary, strange and at times even sweet, these tales will haunt you long after you've read them.
Parade
[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction
Village Voice
One of the best [horror] collections of the year. Hill is a relative newcomer who consistently creates creepy, very disturbing stories
Locus
Each tale is unique, and the collection proves that Hill's talent is not limited to horror, but extends well into the mainstream.
Denver Rocky Mountain News
"[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended.
The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)
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.
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Daily Mail
Subtle and disturbing in equal measure.
Coventry Telegraph