Aside from a weekend full of family members I hadn’t seen… well, since my grandma’s birthday, but before that, for years, I also read Joe Hill’s short story collection 20th Century Ghosts, which is exquisite. I liked Heart Shaped Box fine, but I didn’t love it. I thought the first half was wonderful, but once ghosts are following you around and trying to kill you, that’s just a little too Jason Voorhees for me. I don’t find it creepy, even if it’s jolting, and I prefer creepy.
But 20th Century Ghosts is nicely creepy.
And here’s the part I found most spooky. There’s a story in the book called “Dead-Wood.” It starts, “It has been argued that even trees may appear as ghosts.”
You can hear someone read it to you here, though I’d listen quickly before someone makes him take it down for copyright violation.
This is the first time I’ve ever read this story, this very weekend.
And yet, you know I wrote this a year ago.