20th Century Ghosts
By Joe Hill
Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . . Francis was human once, but now he's an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . . John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . . Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of '77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . . The past isn't dead. It isn't even past. . . .
"Alternately sad, scary, strange and at times even sweet, these tales will haunt you long after you've read them." -- Parade
"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
"An inventive collection . . . brave and astute." — New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
"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 storyteller‚ into a place of gulping fear." — Daily Mail
Author Joe Hill is the #1¨New York Times- bestselling author of the novels The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box; Strange Weather, a collection of novellas; and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV, including NOS4A2 (AMC), Locke & Key (Netflix), and In the Tall Grass (Netflix).