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…

First publication: The 3rd Alternative #39 Autumn
Date: 2004
Author(s): Joe Hill
Nomination(s): No
Movie: The Black Phone

The books, magazines and/or collections in which these titles are also published:
· 20th Century Ghosts
· Four Ghosts

The book/story is published with these cover(s):
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TTA Press
All covers
20th Century Ghosts
Cemetery Dance
Leatherbound Traycased
Cemtery Dance

Information about edition(s):
· Four Ghosts was made especially for members of the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club 3.0 and had a run of #656 and #52 lettered.

The story starts as follows:
The fat man on the other side of the road was about to drop his groceries. He had a paper bag in each arm, and was struggling to jam a key into the back door of his van. Finney sat on the front steps of Poole’s Hardware, a bottle of grape soda in one hand, watching it all. The fat man was going to lose his groceries the moment he got the door open. The one in his left arm was already sliding free.

Other information:


· The Black Phone (2022)