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Author: Joe Hill Narrator: David Ledoux Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780061554667
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From the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns 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. . . .


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thrillingly original…A daredevil performance.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Each of these chilling tales arrests you from the opening sentence and leads you—trustingly, thanks to the simple mastery of the storyteller—into a place of gulping fear.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Melancholy and very fine…should establish its author as a major player in twenty-first-century fantastic fiction.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Extraordinary…Hill is flawless…There’s not a false note or disappointing effort in this book…One of the most confident and assured new voices in horror and dark fantasy to emerge in recent years.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A series of terrifying accounts of the macabre is brought to life through David Ledoux’s splendid reading. Ledoux offers a straightforward approach, making Hill’s startling tales as believable as they are frightening…Dark, brooding, and realistic.”


  • Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection
  • Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection
  • Winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Best Collection

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 5/21/2011

    " Man, this bowled me over. Each of these stories is beautiful and most are not creepy in the immediate way, but creepy in a way that sneaks up on you just as you hit the last sentence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 5/7/2011

    " Awesome. This book was fresh, exciting, and new. He has a strong voice that I'm happy to have discovered. It's not so much horror that he writes as magical realism, which gave him more space to explore dark topics without having to stick to the genre's clichés. I'm pumped for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teddy | 5/6/2011

    " When I pick up a book of short stories I always expect a mixed bag, some hit and some miss. All of these hit with me, even the worst of them was better than many other authors I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/1/2011

    " Sometimes creepy, mostly haunting and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oglaigh | 4/9/2011

    " I cant stand the 70's however joe hills iconic status as an author somehow has this rob zombie groove that makes you want to put on a gay ass truckers hat and play some Zeppelin "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 4/8/2011

    " This collection of Hill's short fiction is a mixed bag. Some of the stories are brilliant but some are just plain...strange (and not in a good way). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/5/2011

    " Great stuff. Whereas his father (Stephen King) is a great story teller, Hill surpasses him as a great writer. There was only one short story that I really didn't like, and one that genuinely creeped me out. I'm eager to read his other stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rory | 4/2/2011

    " Decent. Like his novels much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 3/31/2011

    " Yup. Joe Hill just moved into "I'll read it if he wrote it" status. Good stuff. Creepy. Surprising, given his parentage, no? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/30/2011

    " Great short stories collection! I can hear Stephen King's voice so much through his son but his son's voice for writing is great on its own and different, too, in the same regard. I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jyclevenger | 3/23/2011

    " Excellent short stories, some of them scarier than his dad's. "

About the Author

Joe Hill, author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box, is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Fireman. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections.

About the Narrator

David Ledoux has narrated a wide range of audio books, for which he was won and been nominated for several Audie and Earphones awards. He was named a 2010 Best Voice by AudioFile magazine for his narration of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, and he also narrated Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Douglas Copeland’s Nostradamus, among many others.