Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Strange Weather’ by Joe Hill

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a brand new short story collection from Joe Hill, horror author and son of horror legend Stephen King: Strange Weather.

The four novellas individually center around a Polaroid that steals people’s memories, a skydiver who finds himself trapped on a solid cloud, the potential start of the apocalypse involving clouds that rain nails, and a mall security guard who after stopping a mass shooting is himself about to go postal.

Looking for something creepy to get your hands on in October? Strange Weather hits shelves just in time for Halloween: October 24, 2017.

“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 Kortya).

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5 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Strange Weather’ by Joe Hill

  1. I read Horns recently, and it was such a great experience to read. And, along with struggling to immerse myself in novels, I’ll definitely be buying this collection. It sounds great. So long to wait, though.

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