Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . .
Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. . . .
Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .
John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .
Topics: Ghosts, Supernatural Powers, Magic, Monsters, Murder, Spooky, Suspenseful, Short stories, and Anthology
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There's one or two stories that I forgot almost as soon as finishing them but there are others ("Pop Art" and "Voluntary Committal") that are going to stay with me for a very long time.
Not all of the stories are about ghosts directly (a couple take a more liberal interpretation of the theme like the "ghosts of your past."), nor are they uniformly scary. There's some creepy ones, some very weird ones, and some that are surprisingly normal. It's a very diverse offering, though Joe Hill does lean more towards the psychological side of horror than the guts & gore version.more
Warning for those who are sensitive to violence and body parts, there are some. Also some of the protagonists are pretty mysogynistic, although I don't think the author could write about them with such clear eyed observation if he was so himself.more