To continue this week’s short story theme, I’ve decided to add 20th Century Ghosts to my 31 days of horror book recommendations. This collection is phenomenal! Joe Hill is one of my favorite new writers and every one of these stories had a profound effect on me as a reader. I was happily terrified by the opening story Best New Horror, my pulse racing while my eyes rushed ahead to find out what was going to happen. I was melancholic and reflective after reading the beautiful tale Pin-Up–the story of a young boy with an inflatable best friend. Hill’s characters are believable and well developed, not an easy feat in short stories. This collection highlights the incredible range Hill has as a writer, and it left me anxiously awaiting his next novel, comic, and/or short fiction collection.
~Tricia is CPL’s teen librarian and loves this rainy, fall weather–perfect for curling up with a book and some hot tea.