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The Black Phone Stories by Joe Hill: Every Story Ranked

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I recently completed reading “The Black Phone Stories” by Joe Hill. This book is a collection of short stories. While not all of the stories are filled with horror, most do have a paranormal theme to them. The name of the books author may not sound familiar but he is related to someone very well known in the horror genre. Joe Hill is actually the son of iconic author, Stephen King. He changed his name to Joe Hill out of a desire to make his own mark as an author.

The book was originally published under the name 20th Century Ghosts in 2005. Newer editions were published recently to coincide with the hit movie, The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke. You can read Habitat For Horror’s review of the film here: https://habitatforhorror.com/2022/06/24/movie-review-the-black-phone-2021/

I purchased the book because of my interest in The Black Phone, so I was excited to see all the other short stories inside. I don’t want to give too much analysis and spoil the stories for anyone who has not yet read the book. I will, however, provide a ranking of the stories from my point of view. These are ranked in order from favorite to least favorite.

The Black Phone Stories Rankings

  1. The Black Phone Stories
  2. 20th Century Ghost
  3. Best New Horror
  4. My Father’s Mask
  5. The Widow’s Breakfast
  6. Voluntary Committal
  7. Scheherazade’s Typewriter
  8. Better Than Home
  9. Abraham’s Boys
  10. In The Rundown
  11. Last Breath
  12. Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead
  13. The Cape
  14. Pop Art
  15. You Will Hear the Locust Sing
  16. Dead-Wood

Do you agree or disagree with the rankings? Let us know in the comment section below.

Movie Review: The Black Phone (2021)

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The Black Phone is a 2021 horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Blumhouse. The film stars Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw and Ethan Hawke. The movie is based off a 2004 short film by Joe Hill.

I watched this in the theater and my initial thoughts were “This is Absolutely Amazing.” I had high hopes for this film and usually when that happens I tend to be let down. Not in this case. This film kept my attention and continued to exceed expectations throughout.

Before the movie started, the previews showcased upcoming films. Many of which looked to have lots of potential. After watching The Black Phone I am not sure if any of them come close to topping this one. A great way to end a long week!

HFH Score: 8.8

View Date: 6/24/2022

Where I watched “The Black Phone”: Movie theater