20th Century Ghosts
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.
Joe Hill burst on the fiction scene like a supernova with 20th CENTURY GHOSTS, an astonishingly accomplished collection: 'This strong, award-winning collection of stories by Stephen King's son drives a stake through any cattiness that his enjoyable 2007 horror novel HEART-SHAPED BOX was just a lucky break' METRO He was awarded the William L. Crawford Award for best first fantasy book. 20th CENTURY GHOSTS won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award, as well as awards for individual short stories. 'About a decade ago, Tabitha King, the author of 10 novels and wife of one of the most distinguished popular writers of all time, Stephen King, told me that the most talented writer in the family was their son, Joe' Otto Penzler, NEW YORK SUN 'Whatever King has, he evidently passed along to his son' TIME Magazine 'Delightfully creative' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'Brilliantly imaged' LIBRARY JOURNAL
"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
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, aNEW YORK TIMES Top Ten Bestseller. He lives in New England in the United States.