Strange Weather by Joe Hill
ISBN: 9780062663115 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062663139 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780062694447 (audiobook)
ASIN: B01HXK8LNW (Kindle edition)
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow
A collection of four chilling novels ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill
“Snapshot” is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by “The Phoenician,” a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap.
A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in “Aloft.”
On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. “Rain” explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.
In “Loaded,” a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.
This seems to be the season of thrills, chills, and terror. No, I’m not talking politics (although that might be appropriate), but rather literary thrills, chills, and terror with a haunting collection of four novellas by Joe Hill in his latest release, Strange Weather.
I’ve got to say from the jump that I don’t read a lot of short-fiction, i.e., novellas, short stories, etc., but I did jump at the chance to read and review Strange Weather by Joe Hill. No, it wasn’t just because he’s a featured speaker at the upcoming West Virginia Book Festival this weekend (although that didn’t hurt). It was primarily because I had the opportunity to read The Fireman earlier this year and loved it. How could I not grab the chance to read something else by this author?! Okay, back to the book…I found Strange Weather to be a disturbingly haunting yet engaging and quick read. Each story provided a different story, set in a different locale, in a different time, with wholly different characters, yet they all seemed to work together. Each story offers a bit of horror, some a bit of science-fiction, and all a bit of macabre drama. I liked all four stories, but “Snapshot,” “Rain,” and “Loaded” where my personal favorites with “Loaded” being a story that could have been ripped from today’s headlines. I could rant and rave about the individual characters, the action taking place, the settings, etc., but I won’t (if I get started, I may not stop). I’ll just say this, if you’ve ever read anything by Joe Hill then run out and grab yourself a copy of Strange Weather today. If you haven’t read anything by Joe Hill (and why haven’t you, I told you to get a copy of The Fireman earlier this year…did you think I was joking?!) and you’re looking for something completely different from your everyday reads, then look no further and get a copy of Strange Weather to read. I’m incredibly grateful to the publisher for affording me the opportunity to read this wonderful collection of stories and thank you, Mr. Hill, for crafting such wonderful reads!
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