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20th Century Ghosts Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Oct 2007

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061447757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061447754
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 13.5 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,965,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A superb collection of short stories from an award-winning author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I intended to buy this book for a long time and Im so glad I finally did. It is a wonderful smorgasbord of different stories. You really have to read it to experience this but I highly recommend it. Some are genuinely shockingly scary, some will have you in unexpected tears ... they are all very good stories so far. I am about two thirds of the way through but just know that they will all be just as good quality. I cant recommend this book highly enough. Read it, savour it, enjoy it ... from the wonderful son of the great man that is Stephen King.
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I bought this book expecting it to be more horror oriented, however the stories here cover a far broader spectrum from coming of age drama to ghost stories. I was not left disappointed, I felt that each story was worth a read and there was no real filler. My favourite of the stories was "Voluntary Committal", the last in the book and probably the longest.

Overall, I am happy that I read this book and will be seeking out more of Joe Hill's work in the future. Anyone looking for a collection of well written stories covering a variety of themes would not go wrong in choosing this book.
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Item as described, fast delivery, well packed – a great seller. Thanks A+++++++++++
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I loved this book just as much as his novels and in fact I found myself wishing Hill had turned a couple of these stories into longer works, they were so great. Somehow he manages to possess the same qualities as his dad, Stephen King , without being derivative, chiefly of which is a real understanding of human nature that make his works much more than just clever supernatural ideas. Looking forward to the new novel The Fireman coming in summer!
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By JK TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A collection of 15 short stories, originally published in 2007, from the pen of Joe Hill. I read the book five or six years ago and, while I didn't appreciate all of the stories, I was genuinely blown away by the scope of the subject matter and quality of writing.

What Hill does here is what his father has done for longer than I care to remember; he brings people and places to life and twists ordinary situations into the surreal. This is a blend of emotion/fantasy/horror and though visceral in places it's also subtle and understated. Nothing here scared me, nothing here was how I expected it would be, this isn't traditional horror writing though some of the characters and themes are undoubtedly 'horrible'. This is a showcase of how contemporary horror has moved on and how well it can be written.

The stories are now being released as Kindle 'singles'. I don't know how many will be released in that form but possibly all of them. They're cheap to download and a nice place to start if you haven't experienced this author before. I'd recommend you to download the whole book. At least then you have other stories to delve into if you're not enjoying the single.

Be prepared for a lot of 'weirdness' 20th Century Ghosts is neither straightforward nor is it usual storytelling.
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Format: Hardcover
A collection of stories featuring ghosts, the macabre, and general weirdness. Sounded right up my street but I was left disappointed. Some of the stories (Black Phone and In the Rundown) had promise but, in the main, this was not for me.
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Format: Paperback
I don't often read short story's, as they tend to have open ending which I don't much like, but having read Heart shaped box thought I would give these a go.
I found most really engaging apart perhaps '20th century ghost, which I didn't really feel went anywhere, and I didn't like 'In the rundown' due to the graphic nature of the story line, it was a bit too much for me, and I found I had to skim it just to get it over with, but the rest where really enjoyable, creepy without being obvious, and moving without the sentimentality.
I finished a couple of days ago and the story's are still popping into my head every now and again, a sign of a good read.
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Its easy to say 'Like Father, Like Son' and to be honest it's true in this case. I grew up reading the greatest Horror/supernatural stories, from the great writers! In my teens, I discovered Stephen King (before his books were murdered into movies), and found myself gripped by well thought out story lines, where the author knew the ending before he started writing, and led us on a journey there patiently and with as many shocks and scares as possible!

This collection of Short Stories, could easily come from Stephen King's mind, so it's not surprising that they do come from his son Joe Hill. Each story could easily be an episode of The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt or Tales of the Unexpected!

My only gripe about the book is that there is only one ghost story, and that is the best story of the book. Don't get me wrong, I loved all the stories, they are weird and wonderful, that make you think about the human psyche, Not a single story disappoints in the collection, which in itself is unique!

The first story (not including the hidden story), 20th Century Ghost is an amazing story which left me speechless and I sat on the underground for ages thinking about what I had just read!
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