Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #43: 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

I read this short-story collection around Halloween, in order to get into the spirit of the holiday.  I’m really just not the biggest fan of the short story. I like to get into a long novel and watch character development.  Most of these were horror stories, but a few definitely weren’t.

My favorite stories were:

Pop Art – A boy makes friends with a balloon boy.  It sounds weird, but it’s actually very touching.

The Black Phone – A boy is kidnapped by a serial killer and locked in a basement that has a mysterious black phone.  Even though it is disconnected, it sometimes rings.

The Cape – Takes the idea of a little boy playing superhero with his favorite blanket and gives it a sinister twist.

Voluntary Committal – The longest of the stories, it was very original and unsettling.

All in all these stories were good.  I think that I just prefer to read one story a day so I have time to digest it, rather than reading several of them back-to-back.

4/5 Stars

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