Pete Reviews 20th Century Ghosts

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill


Describe it in 25 words or less. A collection of short stories, varying from sadistic and spooky to sweet.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I’m reading as much of Joe Hill’s work as I can get my hands on. Check out my other Joe Hill reviews here.

Genre: Fantasy Horror/ Science Fiction.

What did you think of the cover art? There are a few different versions of the cover. I had the Locust version, which is probably my favorite.

Which was your favorite story and why? Pop Art because, despite being absurd and abstract, it was mostly sweet and tender.

Which was your least favorite story and why? I enjoyed all the stories one way or another. There were no duds among them (even the hidden one in the acknowledgements section).

Favorite quote: …people just have to keep on going, because you never know when something wonderful is going to happen.” ~Bobby Conroy of Bobby Conroy Comes Back From The Dead

Song/Soundtrack recommendations.

The Addams’ Family Theme song

The Ants Go Marching

The Beatles-Revolution #9

Who would you recommend it to? Short story readers, fantasy fiction horror fans, Joe Hill fans.

Number of unknown words: 1

Architectural Detail: The basement cardboard box architecture from Voluntary Committal.

Beer pairing: Community Beer Company’s Mosaic IPA

Which do you think is more difficult to write: A great short story, or a great novel?

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2 thoughts on “Pete Reviews 20th Century Ghosts

  1. Is this the same Joe Hill who wrote “Heart-Shaped Box?”

    I think good short stories and good novels are both equally as hard to write. Both require certain skills. And I think that one who writes good short stories isn’t necessarily capable of writing good novels, and vice versa. There’s definitely an art to both.

    • Yes, it’s the same Joe Hill and I completely agree with you. I’ve been reading lots of his stuff lately and can’t really say he’s better at one thing than another…maybe an anomaly. Would be interested in your take on his other genres. Will check your blog for more insights. – Pete

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