If you’re not familiar with Joe Hill, you should probably know he’s Stephen King’s son. Like his father, Hill is no stranger to the New York Times Bestseller list. His first novel, Heart Shaped Box, reached number eight in 2007. Horns, his sophomore effort, charted for six weeks, while his third novel, NOS4A2, (I see what you did there) reached number five. Hill’s most recent novel, The Fireman, went all the way to number one in 2016! On October 24, 2017, Hill looks to repeat his string of successes with his newest effort: Strange Weather.
Strange Weather is a collection of four short novels (or novellas, if you prefer). Check out the story descriptions from publisher Harper Collins:
“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 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.
Entertainment Weekly covered the new novel recently. Their article includes an excerpt from Snapshot, which you can read right here. Strange Weather is available for pre-order in hardcover or Kindle Edition over on Amazon.com.
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