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.