A troubled teen awakes and finds himself transformed into a giant insect. An inflatable boy deals with schoolyard bullies. A girl haunts the movie theater where she died. A boy is locked in a cellar with a phone that connects to the afterlife.
The stories in 20th Century Ghosts are a fantastic blend of horror, weird fiction, and dark fantasy. Several of them have references to classic works, like Dracula and The Metamorphosis (and those are just the most clear-cut ones). They’re all very subtle and strange, and have a range of tone and mood. Hill’s style, as always, is incredibly absorbing and completely readable–he puts you right there in the tale he’s telling, and he can create a world of amazing detail in just a few pages.
This is a fantastic collection for readers who enjoy their Halloween reads more on the weird fiction end of the Horror spectrum. If you’ve enjoyed Hill’s novels, give these stories a look!