The Rosebud Theatre is an old style movie palace, haunted by the semi-legendary spirit of a young woman. The girl died during a screening of The Wizard of Oz, appears infrequently throughout the Twentieth Century, and occasionally starts conversations with a select few moviegoers. The story is told by Alec Sheldon, the theatre owner, who worries about his approaching mortality and what will happen to the Rosebud after he retires.

First publication: The High Plains Literary Review Volume XVII, issue 1-3
Date: 2002
Author(s): Joe Hill
Nomination(s): No
Movie: No


The books, magazines and/or collections in which these titles are also published:
· The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 14
· 20th century Ghosts
· Poe’s Children: The New Horror: An Anthology Peter Straub
· The Mammoth Book Of The Best Of Best New Horror
· The Very Best Of Best New Horror
· Phantoms: Haunting Tales From Masters Of The Genre

The book/story is published with these cover(s):
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Paperback
2002
9780786712373
US paperback
Running Press
2003
9781841197944
UK Paperback
Robinson
2003
9780385522830
Hardcover
Doubleday
2008
9780307386403
Paperback
Anchor Books
2009
9780762438419
US Paperback
Running Press
2010
9781849013048
UK Paperback
Robinson
2010
All covers
20th Century Ghosts

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9780979505485
S/L Hardcover
Earthling Publications
2011
9780979505485
Deluxe Hardcover
Earthling Publications
2011
9781785657948
Paperback
Titan Books
2018

Information about edition(s):
· The Very Best Of Best New Horror was in #300 signed by Stephen Jones and #200 signed by all in slipcase and leatherbound.


The story starts as follows:
The best time to see her is when the place is almost full.
There is the well-known story of the man who wanders in for a late show, and finds the vast six-hundered-seat theatre almost deserted. Halfway through the movie, he glances around and discovers her sitting next to him, in a chair that only moments before had been empty. Her witness stares at her. She turns her head and stares back. She has a nosebleed. Her eyes are wide, stricken. My head hurts, she whispers.


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