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From the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns comes this award-winning collection of short fiction.

Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . .

Francis was human once, but now he's an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of '77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . .

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past. . . .

 

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    A lovely collection

    This is a great short story collection. I found it to be very eclectic & extremely detailed. Going into it, I was expecting your average ghost stories. None of these stories were average. Very goosebump inducing!

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    Good

    Lots of great short stories. All very well written and very intriguing. Enjoyed all of them fast reading

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    reads like an hommage

    I may be wrong, but there are some clear references to other works of a famous and well loved author. Let's see...there's the use of the name: Gage, there's the use of an "enhanced" character who is mentally challenged, there's the use of certain words or expressions ("ke-rist"), there's a fart reference and there's even an encore in the acknowledgement section...just like a classic rock concert..!! don't get me wrong, Joe Hill definitely has his own style but there is a beautiful fluidity in his writing that reminds me of someone else ;) i've always said about the other author that picking up and starting to read one his books was like cozying up with an old friend...i'm happy to say I feel the same about Joe Hills stories and novels...!!his language is down to earth, intelligent. Very entertaining, loved every story!

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    Some haunting tales

    An interesting collection if tales; some sweet, some horrifying. I find it interesting that his prose is as easy to read and as captivating as is father's; and that they sometime share the same "shortcoming": I agree that the most important part is the journey, but it is still nice to get to someplace notable; which does not always happen here...

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