Strange Weather by Joe Hill


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

I bought the eBook version from Google Books last year and finally finished it this year. Compared to his previous works, I really like this novel. It has a refreshing sense and it resembles the storytelling style of his father, Stephen King. I am a huge fan of Stephen King and I probably would start to be a fan of Joe Hill too at this rate. It also reminded me of my first Stephen King book, “Four Past Midnight”.

Book Details

TitleStrange Weather
AuthorJoe Hill
GenreHorror, Speculative Fiction
PublisherWilliam Morrow
Publication DateOctober 2017
Pages448

The book starts off with its first story, “Snapshot”. It’s a disturbing story of a adolescent who finds himself threatened by a mysterious man called “The Phoenician” who possess a Polaroid Instant Camera that can erase memories, one picture at a time. It’s this first story that got me hooked all the way to the last and it is both chilling and touching at the same time.

In “Loaded” , a mall security guard courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero. Or is there more to the story? As his story begins to unravel under the glare of the spotlights, will the truth be out and does it take his sanity with it too?

“Aloft” starts off with a young man taking his first parachute jump and winds up getting stuck on an impossibly solid cloud with things that animate to life by thoughts of his own. Will he manage to free himself from this cloud “prison” or will he be stuck forever? What will he or has he discovered there? That is for you to find out.

“Rain”, an apocalyptic chapter which is really about Strange Weather, a downpour of deadly silver and gold pieces that destroys and shreds everything in its path, causing global chaos. It’s a nice story with a sad ending.

If you are looking for a book to read to pass time or if you like Stephen King’s book, I would highly recommend this to you. This is not a normal novel of short stories, and each of these stories have their own unique twist.