- 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)
20th Century Ghosts Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Oct 2007
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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.
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very glad I decided to try some of Joe Hill's writing and if you're new to his work the short stories are the place to start. Very unexpected.Published 12 months ago by glenn
20th Century Ghosts is a hit-and-miss short story collection from Joe Hill, son of Stephen King. Hill shares his dad’s talent for building believable characters and placing them in... Read morePublished 15 months ago by George Kelly
This was a gift for my husband and he absolutely loves this book. He has not been able to put it down and will certainly be reading more Joe Hill in the future.Published 16 months ago by AB
some stories were really well written but some left me wondering what it was about, Joe Hill has a very unusual writing style that is sometimes a little difficult to follow,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by mrs j mason
Fabulous book!! Totally recommend it and was actually quite scared in a few places - which is quite hard to achieve!Published 22 months ago by Sally