Strange Weather: Four Short Novels

By Joe Hill
Read by Wil Wheaton , Dennis Boutsikaris , Kate Mulgrew , and Stephen Lang
Afterword read by Joe Hill

14.57 Hours 10/24/2017 unabridged
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This is 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 Latham. 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 Kortya).

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2018 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

A New York Times bestseller

Longlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards

This is 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 Latham. 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 Kortya).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Joe Hill once again hits a home run with this collection of four novellas, each more chilling than the last. He has a lot of help from the superstar narrators who perform the works flawlessly. Special acclaim goes to Wil Wheaton for his performance of ‘Snapshot,’ which features a villain who wields a Polaroid camera that erases memory. The most fascinating thing about the story is that the bad guy is eliminated halfway through, but the rest of the story is equally fascinating. Dennis Boutsikaris, with a street-tough delivery, handles the chores of ‘Aloft,’ a peculiar story about novice parachutists who land on a semisolid cloud instead of bulleting to Earth. Boutsikaris creates audio images of a scary fantasy reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. Stephen Lang’s reading of ‘Loaded,’ about a mall security guard who is thrust into the media spotlight of gun rights, is also a standout. Kate Mulgrew’s performance of ‘Rain’ tops off a collection well worth hearing.” AudioFile
“The Weather quartet unleashes a perfect storm of styles, from a slow-burn thriller to ethereal sci-fi, all told with a consistently strong voice…Hill whips up emotional moments in all four that strike like lightning and thunderously rumble your soul.” USA Today
“In times like these, when real-world terrors outstrip our night terrors, how can a novelist possibly compete? Joe Hill, the author of several terrifying bestsellers, rises to this challenge in Strange Weather.” Washington Post
“Each selection in Strange Weather is a well-crafted piece of storytelling, with characters to care about and conflicts creepy, mind-boggling, and action-packed.” Portland Press Herald
“This collection of longish short fiction by No. 1 New York Times bestselling master of horror Hill is your chance to get scared to death four times over, as with Snapshot, which features a tattooed bad guy who can wipe out bits of your memory with a simple click of his Polaroid Instant Camera.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Joe Hill

Joe Hill, author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box, is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Fireman. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, CD
Runtime: 14.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English