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Tales from the Darkside
20th Century Ghosts
Featuring The Black Phone and other storiesav Joe Hill119
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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.
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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 * [An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute. * NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW * 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 * 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. -- Ross Sutcliffe * SCI-FI NOW * Fully developed characters with complex emotional lives enhance the 14 stories in Joe Hill's extraordinary collection ... 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 * [Hill] 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 * One of the best [horror] collections of the year. Hill is a relative newcomer who consistently creates creepy, very disturbing stories * LOCUS * 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 * 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. * Ross Sutcliffe - Sci-Fi Now *
Joe Hill burst onto the literary scene with 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, which won a clutch of major awards. It was followed by the brilliant supernatural thriller HEART-SHAPED BOX, a New York Times Top Ten Bestseller. He lives in New England in the United States.