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... read more
Twentieth Century Ghosts contains 15 of the most severely bizarre and original stories ever conceived. Hill has been influenced by Malamud and Kafka. These tales are the stuff of Twilight Zone, seriously creepy and macabre, full of spectral and often perverse violence. Any parent other than... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Twentieth Century Ghosts contains 15 of the most severely bizarre and original stories ever conceived. Hill has been influenced by Malamud and Kafka. These tales are the stuff of Twilight Zone, seriously creepy and macabre, full of spectral and often perverse violence. Any parent other than Stephen King might be very concerned.
I think my favorite was "Pop Art," a fable of an inflatable teen, and his best friend, who happens to have a nasty father with a vicious dog. Or maybe it was "Voluntary Committal," where seriously schizophrenic Morris Lerner, builder of elaborate basement cardboard box mazes, helps out his older brother by getting rid of a nasty pal.
"Most of my stories are really that simple. They're built around the collision of the real and the impossible..." from an interview with Joe Hill by Daniel M. Jaffe on the web site Biblio Buffet.
NOTE: Many of the stories feature threatened children. If this sort of thing bothers you, stay away.
Armchair Interviews says: Read this one with the lights on.
“Taking a thing apart is always faster than putting something together. This is true of everything except marriage.”Nolan / Protagonist in Voluntary Committal
Taking a thing apart is always faster than putting something together. This is true of everything except marriage.Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
You get an astronaut’s life whether you want it or not. Leave it all behind for a world you know nothing about. That’s just the deal.Highlighted by 23 Kindle customers
You know someone for a while and then one day a hole opens underneath them, and they fall out of your world.Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
It seems to me the quality that separates the popular from the unpopular—the one and only quality that Eddie Prior and Cameron Hodges had in common—is a strong sense of self. Eddie knew who he was. He accepted himself. His failings had ceased to trouble him. Every word he spoke was a thoughtless, pure expression of his true personality. Whereas I had no clear picture of myself, and was always looking to others, watching them intently, both hoping and fearing that I would catch some clear sign of who they saw when they looked at me.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
In a friendship, especially in a friendship between two young boys, you are allowed to inflict a certain amount of pain. This is even expected. But you must cause no serious injury; you must never, under any circumstances, leave wounds that will result in permanent scars.Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
In the end, people usually get a bit more of what they want than they can really handle, don’t they?Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
It is my belief that, as a rule, creatures of Happy’s ilk—I am thinking here of canines and men both—more often run free than live caged, and it is in fact a world of mud and feces they desire, a world with no Art in it, or anyone like him, a place where there is no talk of books or God or the worlds beyond this world, a place where the only communication is the hysterical barking of starving and hate-filled dogs.Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
in the battle between anxiety and social custom, social custom almost always won.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
Something that doesn’t know it’s alive obviously can’t be expected to know when it’s dead.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
I hope if there is another world, we will not be judged too harshly for the things we did wrong here—that we will at least be forgiven for the mistakes we made out of love. I have no doubt it was a sin of some kind, to let such a one go.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
Introduction by Christopher Golden
Best New Horror
20th Century Ghost
You Will Hear the Locust Sing
Better Than Home
The Black Phone
In the Rundown
The Widow's Breakfast
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My Father's Mask
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