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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

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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.


Adult/High School-This collection of short stories will appeal not only to fantasy and horror fans, but also to those who appreciate drama and suspense. The book was originally published in the United Kingdom in 2005; the U.S. edition contains 14 short stories, two of which are new to it, and a novella. Selections vary from "My Father's Mask," a bone-chilling tale of a family on the run, to "The Widow's Breakfast" and the kindness of a stranger. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of this anthology is the author's ability to engage readers by eliciting a broad spectrum of emotions, in many cases all within the same story. Teens will find themselves disturbed, amused, and touched by the various conclusions to these tales. And while the plots and characters vary greatly, each story challenges readers to use their own imaginations while appreciating the tales' twists and turns. With their cliff-hanger endings, quick pacing, and three-dimensional characters, many of these selections will spark interesting classroom and book-club discussions. Recommend this title to teens looking for a book that will both challenge and entertain.-Lynn Rashid, Marriots Ridge High School, Marriotsville, MD Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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. - Ross Sutcliffe - Sci-Fi Now

Fully developed characters with complex emotional lives enhance the 14 stories in Joe Hill's extraordinary collection, 20th Century Ghosts. There's not a false note or disappointing effort in this volume from the author of the bestselling novel Heart-Shaped Box. Hill's is one of the most confident and assured new voices in horror and dark fantasy in recent years. (Morrow, $24.95 320p ISBN 9780-06-114797-5) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

David Ledoux's straightforward, precise narration builds the perfect atmosphere for these imaginative tales. Hill's delightfully creepy collection received the 2008 Audie Award for Short Stories/Essays/Collections. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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