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Publisher Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2, Horns, and Full Throttle comes this award-winning collection of short fiction.

Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . .

Francis was human once, but now he's an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of '77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . .

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past. . . .

Fiction & Literature
March 17
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

Weather_Gal ,

20th Century Ghosts

Overall not a bad read. I wish some of the stories were a little bit longer and truth be told, I wish some of the stories were shorter! I had higher hopes for this book having read heart shaped box and NOS4A2 prior. The last story is the best of the whole collection in my opinion (and also the longest). Could have been better.

jenscarbie ,

Great Collection

Loved them all some more than others. The last one was my favorite, and I hated it too, because the book was over. I've read everything out there by this author and haven't been disappointed yet.

RockStar ,

How can I be the first person to review this?

If you don't know who Joe Hill is you are not paying attention. This collection of short stories ranges from the frightening, to giddy, to truly heart breaking. "Pop Art" will move you, "My Father's Mask" will blow your mind, and the last story...well...you'll just have to wait and see...

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