Thomas Kirby, December 11, 2010 (view all comments by Thomas Kirby)
I enjoyed this book of short stories, although I was misled by the title. I was expecting GHOST stories, and only one of them definitely was, with another sort of ghost related. A couple were just plain weird, especially "Pop Art". I deducted a point from the rating because the title isn't truly descriptive of the book, and if you are looking for ghost stories, you stand a chance of being disappointed.
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Larry Robinson, June 17, 2009 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
I wanted to like this book. I enjoyed Hill's Heart Shaped Box. I found these stories to be mostly dull and ridiculous. I got half way through the book before I couldn't take any more. He did not get his daddy's (Stephen King) talent for the short story.
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conor, August 28, 2008 (view all comments by conor)
This collection of short stories is the most refreshing dose of horror fiction I've had in a long time. I highly recommend this book to any fan of the horror genre. Joe Hill takes the traditional horror conventions and injects them with his own style, making his stories feel excitingly new. Extremely well-written...and extremely terrifying!
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Pam Cassel, November 4, 2007 (view all comments by Pam Cassel)
This collection of stories will hold you spellbound and make it impossible to put down. Joe Hills is a gifted writer and has won several awards for this book. It is my opinion that once you read his books you'll just want more.
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by Chris Bolton, Powells.com,
"I'm left with no recourse but to declare Joe Hill a genuine original. The stories in 20th Century Ghosts contain many tropes that will be familiar to readers of horror and dark fantasy...and yet there is an X-factor that marks each story as truly unique and startlingly original....20th Century Ghosts grabbed me with its first story and refused to let go. I read the entire book straight through, much like a novel, and would have started right back at the beginning if my pile of unread bedside reading weren't threatening to topple onto me as I sleep." (read the entire Powells.com review)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A collection of pleasantly creepy stories....[M]ost of the stories display the unself-conscious dash that made Hill's novel an intelligent pleasure....Not just for ghost addicts."
by Colleen Mondor, BookSlut,
"20th Century Ghosts has proven to be everything I wanted and more....[Hill] deserves to be someone that every fan of the short story in particular ought to be reading....I admire the hell out of this guy and everything he does with the written word."
by Time Out New York,
"[A]mply demonstrates the author's unique take on a genre made iconic by his father Stephen King....[Hill] excels at spiking his narratives with a potent mix of emotion and fright....He consistently blurs the distinction between recognizable emotions and the downright eerie."
by Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times Book Review,
"'Pop Art,' 'You Will Hear the Locust Sing' and 'Voluntary Committal' are all terrific, and the rest are, at a minimum, solid, swift and craftsmanlike. But 'Best New Horror' seems to me the most thrillingly original of Hill's weird tales, a daredevil performance that keeps some complex ideas suspended in the air along with, of course, our usual disbelief."
"Many other long-published authors would kill to be as good as just one of these stories — it's that good. And one of the best story collections I've read in years. Haunting, resonant, melancholic — a collection that richly deserves its awards."
"Although not everything is ghostly, this is dark fiction at its best that will keep you entertained, disquieted and spellbound at the same time. I cannot recommend enough this book. I'm quite sure you'll be thankful for taking my advice."
by School Library Journal,
"[W]ill appeal not only to fantasy and horror fans, but also to those who appreciate drama and suspense....With their cliff-hanger endings, quick pacing, and three-dimensional characters, many of these selections will spark interesting classroom and book-club discussions."
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