Synopses & Reviews
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 on an afternoon in 1945 . . .
Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town . . .
Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing . . .
John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead . . .
The past isn't dead. It isn't even past . . .
“[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute.” New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
“Alternately sad, scary, strange and at times even sweet, these tales will haunt you long after youve read them.” Parade (a "Parade Pick")
“[O]ne of the best [horror] collections of the year. Hill is a relative newcomer who consistently creates creepy, very disturbing stories.” Locus
“[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended.” The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)
“[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction.” Village Voice
“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 (London) on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS
“Subtle and disturbing in equal measure.” Coventry Telegraph on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS
“This solid, inventive, scary collection of stories reveals a writer who has thought hard about the problematics of horror.” New York Ti mes on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS
“Each tale is unique, and the collection proves that Hills talent is not limited to horror, but extends well into the mainstream.” Denver Rocky Mountain News
“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
“Irresistible stories.” Evening Herald (Ireland)
From the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns comes this award-winning collection of short fiction.
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. . . .
About the Author
Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Horns and Heart-Shaped Box and the prizewinning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner award-winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. His new novel, NOS4A2, will be published in May 2013. You can follow Joe on Twitter, where he goes by the inspired handle of @joe_hill.