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The Black Phone (2009)

by Joe Hill(Favorite Author)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 4
0061843598 (ISBN13: 9780061843594)
HarperCollins Publishers
review 1: This story, from "20th Century ghosts", is a page-turner with a very satisfying conclusion. I congratulate Joe for having separated his collection into smaller, bite-size pieces which can be consumed in a short period of time. I look forward to reading more of the stand-alone stories from this collection.I would highly recommend this 33 page read to horror readers who might enjoy a well written story told in one of the unique voices in the genre!
review 2: I wasn't familiar with author Joe Hill's writing, so I figured this Kindle Single would be a good introduction, and it was. "The Black Phone" is one of the stories in Hill's book 20th Century Ghosts. [Note: the Amazon book description is for four different stories; only the last description that begins with "
... moreJohn Finney..." applies to "The Black Phone."]In the story, John Finney has been abducted by a man dubbed by the media as the Galesburg Grabber, a fiend who has already kidnapped and murdered several kids in the area. John found himself alone in a dark, cold basement that held only a toilet and--surprisingly--an old wall-type telephone that wasn't even connected. As John lost hope and despaired of his fate, he heard the old telephone ring. Was it his frightened imagination, or was someone else really on the line?I enjoyed the story very much. The storyline could have led to some explicit nastiness by the villain, but it didn't. After steadily building up tension, the story's climax was a surprise, but in the context of the story, it was a logical ending. To say anything more would be a spoiler.In a surprise twist, the author has hidden a second story, "Scheherazade's Typewriter," in the acknowledgments after "The Black Phone," so you're actually getting two stories with your download. "Scheherazade's Typewriter" was a very short but clever story that gave a new meaning to the word "ghostwriter"! less
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Short story. Pretty good for only 33 pages. It could've been so much more if fleshed out.
Good short story! Liking this author more with every story!
I enjoyed this. I wish it had been longer though.
creepy and very well-done
Short but grabbing
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