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Post by Kenwood on Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:58 pm

Anyone out there have the UK edition of 20th Century Ghosts with all the author notes at the end? I swear, that collection is one of the best I've read. I didn't care much for it at first. I simply assumed he got a break and too much praise because of his father, but the more I read, the more the stories wouldn't leave my head. They just crept up on me after reading. Very strange, really, as that doesn't happen often.

And it still happens. Every now and then, one of those stories will just pop into my head. Such a subtle style about his work, at least in that collection. I am very impressed. As such, I'm interested in what he has to say about those stories.

If anyone has that version with the notes, would you mind scanning them and sending them to me in e-mail or PM? That would rule.

Beyond that, discuss this cool cat.

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Post by Brian Sammons on Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:01 pm

Joe Hill has done nothing that I didn't like so far. Also worth seeking out are his Heart Shapped Box and, if you are into comics...or even if you are not, his Lock & Key comic book series which are very well writen and filled with good art as a bonus.

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Post by Kenwood on Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:07 pm

Brian Sammons wrote:Joe Hill has done nothing that I didn't like so far. Also worth seeking out are his Heart Shapped Box and, if you are into comics...or even if you are not, his Lock & Key comic book series which are very well writen and filled with good art as a bonus.
I have Heart-Shaped Box but haven't read it yet. I'm not too into comics, so I've not checked out Lock & Key, but I may someday if they put everything together in one issue. I want to check out Gunpowder, and his upcoming Horns sounds good.

He's still running through the small press, and I can't be bothered to spend that kind of money on books as I've never been a re-reader. Very few books have I read twice.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:16 pm

I'm sure I have the same edition as you, but I'll check later, just to be sure.

Good book. headbang

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Post by Kenwood on Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:31 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:I'm sure I have the same edition as you, but I'll check later, just to be sure.

Good book. headbang
Yeah, only the UK slipcase edition, or something like that, had the author notes.

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Post by Haggis on Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:36 pm

I've read a couple of shorts which were pretty good. Heart-Shaped Box? Eh. Not bad, but not great. I'd buy another from him.

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Post by Brian Sammons on Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:35 am

Kenwood wrote:Anyone out there have the UK edition of 20th Century Ghosts with all the author notes at the end?

No, but I got an edition that’s a wee bit odd. I was sent a little black hardcover copy to review a few years back. It was all very nice and well put together, but the entire book was printed upside down and backwards! Who knows, maybe it will be a rare, and hopefully expensive, collector’s item some day. Hey, a boy can dream, right? Wink

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Re: Joe Hill

Post by Shiney on Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:50 pm

I loved both 20th Century and Heart-shaped...and am anxious for the new one...

I was thinking of trying to get an interview set up with him for a future ST, but my quiry to his webmaster went unanswered.....

I have alot of the 20th Cent. stories rear in my skull as well, Ken...I loved the ghost trees tale...so cool and sparse.

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Re: Joe Hill

Post by andrewkempster on Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:54 pm

I've read Heart-Shaped Box and loved it - got 20th Century Ghosts and it's next on my list to read. A friend of mine from Chicago recommended him to me last year, said he read like old Stephen King. Took me a little while to remember where I'd heard the name Joe Hill before. Numpty.

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Post by catephoenix on Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:51 am

I want to check out Gunpowder,

Gunpowder is fantastic, best story of his that I've read to date.

I believe when he started out, he didn't tell anyone Stephen King was his father, which racks up his kudos points in my book.

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Re: Joe Hill

Post by Kenwood on Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:45 pm

catephoenix wrote:
I want to check out Gunpowder,
Gunpowder is fantastic, best story of his that I've read to date.

I believe when he started out, he didn't tell anyone Stephen King was his father, which racks up his kudos points in my book.
Yeah, he didn't. I dig that. He published stuff in very odd small press publications. Of course, his pedigree is much better than most, and he looks like King, so his secret could only last so long. But still, he's pretty much a small press author, even now.

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Re: Joe Hill

Post by Kenwood on Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:47 pm

andrewkempster wrote:I've read Heart-Shaped Box and loved it - got 20th Century Ghosts and it's next on my list to read. A friend of mine from Chicago recommended him to me last year, said he read like old Stephen King. Took me a little while to remember where I'd heard the name Joe Hill before. Numpty.
His use of pop culture and stuff is very King-like. In fact, it reads like Joe is a lot older than he really is because he's referencing stuff that his father would be more suited referencing. So in that, I can see the King comparison.

Either way, it's a great collection. Very subtle stuff that sort of lingers beyond reading.

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Re: Joe Hill

Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:31 pm

Some of 20th Century Ghosts reads like Steve King (how could it not, fer pete's sake?), but Joe has his own voice. Highly recommended.

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