The Black Phone
By Joe Hill
- Release Date: 2009-02-03
- Genre: Short Stories
The Black Phone Joe Hill Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
From the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns comes this e-short story—from Joe Hill’s award-winning collection 20th Century Ghosts.
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. . . .
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That phone is ringing, but you know it's not supposed to. You are pretty sure you heard it, and just when you've convinced yourself it was just in your mind, you hear it again.
Joe Hill explores some of our worst fears in this short. I think as a child we hear stories of abduction and children that are murdered and it really is something that seems far and away and unbelievable. When I was really little, they had the whole milk carton thing going on, you remember, with the "Missing" in bright red and the picture of a kid that you didn't know, but could imagine knowing.
This short really explores what could happen, what might have happened to those "Missing". It's a creepy, uneasy feeling to be held, to imagine what is going to happen to you, knowing the person who has you, who took you, isn't right.
It has tension, great descriptive writing and I imagined what I would be doing, I'd be looking for something to use as a weapon too wouldn't I? Wouldn't I try to crawl up to the window?
It's a tense thriller that explores fears we've all had at one time or another.
So far, Joe Hill has never disappointed.
It will seem a little cliche when you read it, but will come to haunt you the more you think about it