Product Description 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. . . . Â Review âAlternately sad, scary, strange and at times even sweet, these tales will haunt you long after youâve read them.â (Parade (a "Parade Pick")) â[A] lovely, earnest collection of short fiction.â (Village Voice) â[O]ne of the best [horror] collections of the year. Hill is a relative newcomer who consistently creates creepy, very disturbing stories.â (Locus) âEach tale is unique, and the collection proves that Hillâs talent is not limited to horror, but extends well into the mainstream.â (Denver Rocky Mountain News) â[An] inventive collection . . . brave and astute.â (New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)) â[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended.â (The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia)) âThe selections range from the mundane to the surreal, with a strong emphasis on the kind of horror tale perfected by Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub and Stephen King.â ( San Francisco Chronicle) âThis solid, inventive, scary collection of stories reveals a writer who has thought hard about the problematics of horror.â (New York Times on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS) âEach of these chilling tales arrests you from the opening sentence and leads you ? trustingly, thanks to the simple mastery of the story-teller ? into a place of gulping fear.â (Daily Mail (London) on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS) âSubtle and disturbing in equal measure.â (Coventry Telegraph on 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS) From the Back Cover Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . . Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. . . . Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . . John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . . About the Author Joe HillÂ is the #1Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author of the novelsÂ The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns,Â andÂ Heart-Shaped Box; Strange Weather, a collection of novellas; and the prize-winning story collectionÂ 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series,Â Locke & Key. Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV, including NOS4A2Â (AMC),Â Locke & KeyÂ (Netflix), andÂ In the Tall GrassÂ (Netflix).