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Strange Weather by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 7th November 2017

Synopsis: Four short novels from the author of THE FIREMAN and HORNS, ranging from creepy horror to powerful explorations of our modern society.

One autumnal day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that tear apart anyone who isn’t safely under cover. ‘Rain’ explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as clouds of nails spread out across the country and the world. Amidst the chaos, a girl studying law enforcement takes it upon herself to resolve a series of almost trivial mysteries . . . apparently harmless puzzles that turn out to have lethal answers.

In ‘Loaded’ a mall security guard heroically stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun movement. Under the hot glare of the spotlights, though, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it…

‘Snapshot, 1988’ tells the story of an kid in Silicon Valley who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid that can steal memories…

And in ‘Aloft’ a young man takes to the skies to experience parachuting for the first time . . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapour that seems animated by a mind of its own.

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Review:

An outstanding collection that will keep any horror fan on the edge of their seats, Joe Hill is finally back and ready to scare his fans.

This is a collection of four short stories and each one just kept getting better and better. This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so thank you to Edelweiss for giving me an early copy! To make this easier I’ll try to review each individual story!

Snapshot, 1988:

This was such a strong opening to the novel, and right from the start I knew this book would be good. The story is so unique, and I loved how it was written from the perspective of what the main character could remember happening. It made it feel so much more realistic, like it really had happened. It was such a clever concept, a play on a camera “capturing” a memory, and it was told in such a genius way that only Hill could produce.

Loaded:

The use of horror within this story was so clever, and the fact that this event could actually happen really added to the atmosphere. Although it did have a slower start than the first story, it kept the pace well and held it’s own in the anthology. I loved how the main character was written, and how we could slowly see his descent into madness. It fit perfectly with the book, and the development was perfect.

Aloft:

This story really kept me enthralled right until the end, and the open ending packed such a punch! I was so curious of the events that happened within the book, and was constantly turning the page begging for my questions to be answered. Once again a brilliantly unique story, with a clever twist on what constitutes a villain being a “villain”. The characters felt so real, and I could feel everything the main character did too. The description was so perfect I felt scared for him!

Rain:

This was definitely my favourite story out of the four in this collection. Right from the start I became completely invested in this story, and the way it was written kept me on the edge of my seat. I love disaster novels, and this was definitely that, but with such a brilliant twist. The foreshadowing Joe used in this story is such a good nod to his father Stephen King, but also to his brilliant use of telling a story before it even happens. It’s one of my favourite things, and I loved how it was used in here. The story was tied up so well, and the realistic horror that takes place was so good. Each character had such a good role to play, and Joe wrote them all perfectly. A brilliant ending to the novel.

Overall these four stories were absolutely brilliant in their own right, but then when you combined them together they were outstanding. Joe Hill is definitely a master of horror, and I can’t wait for his next book to be released!

You can buy Strange Weather on Amazon UK here!

 

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