Sunday Book Review: 20th Century Ghosts

A regular feature to my blog, Sunday Book Review, is simply a review of the book (or books) I read during the previous week on Sunday. While on Goodreads and Amazon, I give books a star rating, I don’t do stars here. I just say what I liked and didn’t like. Some will be independent titles, some will be mass market books, others will be classics. I write a review on whatever I read that week. I get most of my books from conventions from the author or bookstores, but as per FCC regs, I do mention if I received a book for free.

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While this short story anthology by Joe Hill could be categorized as horror or speculative fiction, there are many subgenres in the book so the stories have something for everyone.

There are some great stories like Abraham’s Sons. Voluntary Committal, and the title story 20th Century Ghosts and then there were some I didn’t like as much such as You will hear the Locuses Sing.

Joe Hill has a wonderful way of describing things which sticks with the reader.

My favorite story is The Cape. Its beautiful foreshadowing of an emerging villainy inside the protagonist and point of view character Eric who realizes that he can fly.

There are passages that literally inspired me to hold my breath such as when Eric is making dinner for his girlfriend and has a knife in his hand.

“In my mind, I saw my hand fly to her neck, her baby seal eyes opening wide in astonishment, saw blood the bright red cranberry juice gushing down her V-neck sweater.” After describing her terrified reaction, he muses, “Who doesn’t have thoughts like that now and again.”

If you like dark fiction short stories, you will like 20th Century Ghosts.


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