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Come one, come all. The show's about to begin. Step right up for the Circus of the Dead: where YOU are the concessions. #CircusoftheDead...

Title : Twittering from the Circus of the Dead
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ISBN : 18158337
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 39 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Twittering from the Circus of the Dead Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-10-19 21:49

    This short story is for my GR friends who like horror in general, and Joe Hill in particular. It's free online at Nightmare magazine. It was written in 2010 (maybe that explains why Hill uses "twittering" rather than "tweeting"?) but was just reprinted in the magazine's May 2016 issue. One of my co-reviewers at Fantasy Literature stumbled onto a link to it on Twitter, lol. I'm not into Twitter (I don't need any more electronic time-sucks in my life) or the horror genre, but this is kind of a fun read. A teenage girl is on a family vacation, and she thinks it's hell (she doesn't know from hell, but just wait). She spends all of her time madly tweeting about this terrible vacation and the awful things her parents and brother do. The whole story consists solely of tweets.It takes a while for it to get rolling, and frankly I'd unfollow anyone who tweets as often and relentlessly as this girl does. But on the long drive home her dad decides to stop at a rather odd circus in some out-of-the-way spot (I think maybe they were in Utah, lol; maybe I'd better watch out). And then ... well, read it for yourself, if you like horror and (view spoiler)[zombies (hide spoiler)].Content advisory: Gore and some language.

  • Will M.
    2018-11-19 18:50

    Let's get something straight, if I have any friend who I'm following, and they decide to tweet like she did, meaning almost every fucking minute, I'd either mute or unfollow that person. That is not how you use Twitter, neither should you keep us updated on Facebook by posting a useless status every hour.Joe Hill did something new with this short story. He changed the format and made the whole novella into a twitter feed, and the execution wasn't that bad. The problem would be that the novella was too short to be enjoyed. I'm going to be honest and say that I usually don't enjoy novellas. I can name the very few that really impressed me. It's a tricky thing executing them, and the plot was underdeveloped for me. He could've added in more scenes, and made it added a bit of suspense. I didn't get scared while reading this, not even a little.He did add some gory scenes, but like I said, nothing was enough. It was I think 2-3 tweets that mentioned some gore, and I wasn't even impressed. The format alone didn't save this from mediocrity. Am I getting tired of the horror genre, or maybe I've been making bad picks? 3/5 stars. Nice idea to use the Twitter format, but the plot was not that great. I also didn't care about the characters, so that's another downside. Another mediocre read from Hill. It's looking bad for you, Mr. Hill, but I'm willing to read a couple more of your short stories and your other 2 novels. Really hoping for redemption.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-11-09 16:28

    This whole short story is made up by tweets as you probably have understood. The young woman is (I thought it was a boy at first until the tweets made me realize that I was mistaken, in my defense, Blake is a masculine name in my opinion…) on a trip with her family and she isn't pleased and her tweets reveal just how unhappy she is. It was quite fun reading the tweets and waiting for the penny to drop for the young woman and her family that the circus perhaps is for real?

  • Lynx
    2018-10-21 23:48

    A teenage girl shares her family vacation via twitter. What starts off as a typical roadtrip turns into a nightmare as they come across "The Circus of the Dead".This was a super quick read. In about 15-20 minutes Joe Hill gives you what I'd call a modern campfire tale. I couldn't help imagining it as though it were an TV episode of one of my childhood favourites "Are You Afraid of the Dark". While the idea of using twitter as a modern template for a teenage girl was pretty dead on the mark it separated any real horror for me, which is probably why I was envisioning it as a sort of tween short horror. I think younger readers will thoroughly enjoy this short, and it's interesting, and quick enough for older Hill fans to have a go at it. Just don't expect the chills that usually go with Hill's writing!

  • Bonnie
    2018-11-10 18:24

    @TWITTERING It was just a family road trip to Colorado for snowboarding and skiing.8:47 PM - 6 Aug [email protected] The trip home turns disastrous when they stumble upon the #CircusoftheDead8:51 PM - 6 Aug [email protected] Stopping and taking a break sounds like a plan. Might as well take in some entertainment.8:54 PM - 6 Aug [email protected] The special effects are amazing but something is definitely off.8:56 PM - 6 Aug [email protected] Nobody takes it seriously. Those aren't real zombies after all. Zombies don't exist.8:59 PM - 6 Aug [email protected] Nothing goes according to plan. Not when you stop at #CircusoftheDead9:06PM - 6 Aug [email protected] #CircusoftheDead Creepy. Gruesome. Eerie. Full of startling horror.9:10PM - 6 Aug [email protected] #CircusoftheDead All too brief. Abrupt. Inconclusive.9:11PM - 6 Aug 13

  • Char
    2018-11-04 16:31

    This short story is told via the tweets of a teenage girl.I don't tweet, so when I discovered that this was to be the format of the story, I was not impressed.However, as I continued to read, the story reeled me in. A family is traveling towards home, coming back from vacation, when they see a sign for the Circus of the Dead. Who could let such an opportunity pass by? The family attends this circus which is startlingly realistic. Maybe TOO realistic. I loved the originality of this story which combines the technology of today with the fantastic story telling abilities of old. Highly recommended!(read 8.9.13)

  • Sohaib
    2018-11-19 21:41

    This is a story made of Tweets! A young lady, obviously obsessed with Twitter, tweets us all the way through a family trip that ends berserk—quite a ride for a quick-read. It took me like 20 minutes to finish reading!I recommended this for people looking for a short suspense.

  • Steven
    2018-11-02 19:37

    Wow, who knew you could tell such a story through tweets! Love Joe Hill!

  • Daniel
    2018-10-29 22:38

    An interesting concept but sadly didn't really do the trick for me.

  • Ken McKinley
    2018-10-25 17:43

    Great short story in the format of reading Tweets from a high-school aged girl that is full of your typical teen-angst and is driving across the country with her parents and younger brother. Along the way, they stop at the Circus of the Dead in the middle-of-nowhere Utah. The circus uses realistic zombie characters chasing what appears to be actors pretending to be victims. Hmm...I'm sure you can see where this is going. I didn't think I'd like the format of a story being told by Tweets. But, it actually isn't hard to get used to and it's a fast read. I think I was done in 15 minutes. Great little story that I highly recommend when you need a fast read.5 out of 5 starsYou can also follow my reviews at the following links:https://kenmckinley.wordpress.com - @KenMcKinley5

  • Adam
    2018-11-08 20:50

    This story was way too short and underdeveloped. The Twitter-type writing style was annoying. Original, but annoying. After the brilliantly written NOS4A2 this was disappointment from Hill. I want my 99 cents back.

  • Brandon
    2018-10-29 16:26

    Mini Review:This is a short one at 53 pages. Hill tells the entire story about a dysfunctional family's vacation through a series of tweets. It's not going to knock anyone's socks off but it's certainly original.A fun experiment.

  • Casey
    2018-11-16 18:44

    I'd give this 3.5 if I could. The story is clever and chilling, and God knows that I've used social media to ignore boring situations from time to time. It's a little short, but that's not exactly a surprise. My only real issue is that Hill didn't quite nail the voice of a teenage girl using social media. That one's a tough sell though and would probably be impossible to read through, so A for effort.

  • David Church
    2018-11-18 21:35

    Cool little horror story told through the tweets of the protagonist. Cool these Joe Hill short stories.

  • Ken
    2018-11-10 20:39

    This is a tweeted account of a family vacation by a less-than-impressed teen-aged girl. The vacation takes a nightmarish turn when the family wanders off of their scheduled path and decides to stop for a break to see a show at the Circus of the Dead.4 STARS

  • Beverly J.
    2018-10-28 21:24

    This was a fairly good story that was way too short. The Twitter-type writing style was annoying, at best

  • Shorty
    2018-10-23 00:34

    A VERY short story.

  • Kevin Lintner
    2018-11-10 18:30

    Damn you, Joe Hill! Thanks for writing something so insanely creepy that I'm going to need a Valium to sleep tonight. But also, thank you, Joe Hill for as dark, funny, and highly original short story.The story is written to read like a teenage girl's Twitter timeline which goes from your typical "I hate everything" to "Oh my god, they're eating everyone."This is as delicious blend of splatter and bizarre and it is so very, very tasty.

  • Erin
    2018-10-30 17:43

    Kindle Single (so, a short story) composed entirely of Tweets from a young woman on a family vacation from hell. But is "twittering" correct? I've only heard "tweeting". Anyway, I love any sort of epistolary story, so I liked this, perhaps more than the general public might (especially since it's a bit graphic at points).

  • Jonathan Echevarria
    2018-11-06 22:23

    This is a really FUN short story from the master himself Joe Hill. The story has a excellent build up that leads to a circus full of the undead. It's a very quick but still had a thrilling ending that will leave you wanting more. (in a good way.)

  • John
    2018-11-10 00:42

    I was very curious as to whether or not a horror story could be effectively told via "twittering." If TWITTERING FROM THE CIRCUS OF THE DEAD is any indication, then probably not. Joe Hill's "story" contains a few clever touches, but overall it's just a big mushy pile of "meh."

  • Susan
    2018-10-25 16:46

    I read this when it appeared as part of The New Dead anthology a few years ago. The whole story is told in tweets by a teenaged girl suffering from boredom on a family trip -- until they stop at a roadside circus and things become tragically less boring. Very, very clever story construction.

  • Jenn
    2018-11-08 00:27

    Told all in tweets this short story was quite an interesting take on zombies.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-14 23:32

    Very fast book. I didn't feel like there was much of a story but it was an interesting way to write.

  • Jason P
    2018-11-01 00:39

    This was quick read. Hill gets behind the wheel and leads us to the Circus of the Dead - use whatever social media to escape the terror...

  • Tiffany
    2018-11-19 20:47

    A creepy little short tale by Joe Hill told all through tweets. It definitely creeped me out. I've stopped at plenty of weird roadside attractions in my day.

  • Jo
    2018-11-13 22:22

    3.5 stars. Creepy, but less so because there is a bit of a remove from the story due to its being told entirely via tweets.

  • Fatherofdragons
    2018-11-17 21:31

    So, for everybody ignorant as me: This story is fully written in twitter-posts! %)It is a short novel, you'll read it in like half an hour.And you stick to it, as you stick to long to your PCscreen although you actually wanted to do an important thing.It is written from the prespective of an annoyed teenage girl on some family vacation.She bothers her parents by constantly communicate via this social network.This keeps us as readers updeated, but seems to be the small crunchpoint of incredibility in this story --> the different posts seem to be too matching, too merging. But it seems relevant for this type of narration, I admit.Typical for Joe Hill he draws a perfectly picture of a young adult.While reading the posts you seem to travel back in time and to feel the pimply skin of youth again.Frustration,influence of the popculture mediaanger out of thin air,self-doubts,peer group pressure and simply fear. To express all this in posts with 140 characters and in just 80 pages --> is a masterpiece.The only dissapointing detail is that because of the size of the novel the mai part in the morbid and grotesque circus is a bit short-changed.Otherwise it leaves us with an activatet imagination and invites to dream on.For everybody who likes NewSchoolHorror stories, capturing the postmodern world and emphasizing the darker aspects of it --> read it.For all the people preferring the typical AmericanGothicNovel with haunted houses, enchanted artefacts and spooky atmosphere --> consult his dad.

  • Ariel
    2018-10-30 21:34

    While the premise might seem interesting, I found the execution clumsy. Taking into account the limitations at building both a coherent narrative and interesting characters by using just tweets, I still found the story just dull.Attempts at building tension or atmosphere just did not work for me. The only thing I found interesting was the pseudo critique of newer generations being so invested in staying connected at all times, at the point of still tweeting on the face of death.Good as a novelty, bad as a short story. (IMHO)

  • Queralt
    2018-11-11 23:40

    This was a short story written in a very original Twitter-like format. At the beginning I was a bit annoyed by it, but it took me no time to get used to it.The story is quite short, I read it while being in class and it took me between 15~25 minutes, so I don't think it's really possible to write a good review of "Twittering from the Circus of the Dead."I'll just say I wasn't really surprised about what was going on, and I found the ending pretty obvious- but I really enjoyed the story! Even if I knew how it would end, Joe Hill made a great turn with the last 'tweets' in the story!