Strange Weather

Strange Weather

Four Short Novels

Book - 2017
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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. "One of America’s finest horror writers" (Time magazine), Joe Hill has been hailed among legendary talents such as Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, and Jonathan Lethem. In Strange Weather, this "compelling chronicler of human nature’s continual war between good and evil," (Providence Journal-Bulletin) who "pushes genre conventions to new extremes" (New York Times Book Review) deftly expose the darkness that lies just beneath the surface of everyday life. "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. Masterfully exploring classic literary themes through the prism of the supernatural, Strange Weather is a stellar collection from an artist who is "quite simply the best horror writer of our generation" (Michael Koryta).
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062663115
Characteristics: 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 17, 2019

A good collection of short stories, although I found one of the four stories a bit of a chore to read. I generally read in long sittings but while reading ALOFT, I kept putting the book down and it took me a week to go back to it.

Nov 20, 2018

This is some of the best horror/sci fi fiction I've ever read. All of these stories easily could've been best selling novels in their own right,

May 13, 2018

Definitely recommend reading, great diversity in stories and characters.
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Mar 22, 2018

WHOA! This is a terrific collection. If you like Stephen King in his earlier, more slim prose days you will like this. Highly recommended for all those interested in horror.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

For the most part this collection reads like speculative fiction rather than horror (except for the first story.) Joe Hill's Strange Weather isn't as sharp as his other works, such as NOS4A2 or Heart-Shaped Box, however, the collection has amassed fans as usual. Interesting weather-inspired stories for lovers of the dark, creepy, or mysterious.

Dec 05, 2017

Omigosh, I could not put this book down!!! Hard to pick which one is the best story. Thank goodness Stephen King's legacy and excellent writing lives on in his kids...and wife. Tabitha ain't no slouch either.

Nov 11, 2017

The second novella "Loaded," is the best of the four and might have the scariest ending of any novel this year. "Aloft" was another standout.


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Aug 27, 2017

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."


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