20th Century Ghosts

I promise to try and be a better blogger. I haven’t really written about anything but expansion and even that was sporadic.   I thought it would be fun to share some books and videos that I’ve read or watched or listened too.  I love books on CD because I have a long commute, so I do a lot of my “reading” that way these days.

In the player now… 20th Century Ghosts

“20th Century Ghosts” is a collection of short stories, some conventional spook stories, others just strange, by Joe Hill. Hill is also the author of the creepy, rock n roll fable  “Heart Shaped Box”, it was a very dark book, but in a good way.  It had the oppressive atmosphere of the Collinwood mansion in the old “Dark Shadows” TV show.  Minus the vampires though, but with some very nasty ghosts.

 Another story concerns a boy whose best friend is inflatable.  In the story “Pop Art” the boy describes his friendship with Art the inflatable boy and the difficulties and dangers Art faces living in a world were the tiniest scratch can mean deflation and death.  It’s a very absurd premise, but also a very touching story of how far friends will go for each other.

In, “They Will Hear the Locust Sing” he writes about a boy who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant locust,the torn remnants of his human skin dangling limply across his bed.  Instead of horror, the boy thrilled at his transfromation and excited to turn his new powers upon his peers.

Joe is a sick puppy.  You wonder how he comes up with this stuff and does he live in a house that is all painted black inside with mysterious locked rooms?  He seems to have quite a sensitive nose, he loves to mention how things ‘reek’.  The word appears in at least three of  four stories in “Ghosts” so far.

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