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Publisher's Summary

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling 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 Lethem. 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, performed by Wil Wheaton, 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, performed by Dennis Boutsikaris.
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, performed by Kate Mulgrew, explores this escalating apocalyptic event as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.
In Loaded, performed by Stephen Lang, 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.
With an afterword from Joe Hill, read by the author.
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).
©2017 Joe Hill (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lew on 11-08-17

Absolutely Brilliant Work.

Strange Weather: Four Novellas is superbly written and so close to the razor's edge that it should come with a warning label. By now, or even by three of four books earlier, it doesn't matter a fig about the writer's lineage as this is the newest blockbuster contemporary horror writer of our time. Each story, brilliantly narrated, is haunting and grabs you by the front of your shirt and scares the bejesus out of you. This is writing about real people that live and breathe and experience terror in the beautiful landscape of modern day America. We touch on political hotspots but they need to be examined, but the author never dwells. He takes you to the graveyard and lets you see for yourself why it's scary as hell. Joe Hill is a master, and good grief, for a kid that's been writing since he was 13, he's earned a seat at the table with some of the greatest horror writers before him. These four Novellas, each one vastly different than the other are just long enough to leave you begging for more. Best value I've spent here at Audible after more than 10 years. Fasten your seatbelts, this is not your dad's horror writer, this is what extraordinary horror writing looks like and I for one, can't wait to see where else Joe Hill is taking us.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 11-01-17

Cameras, Guns, Clouds and Nails...Oh my!

Typically, I wouldn’t star individual stories and just rate the overall body of work, but decided since these were kind of all over the place I would do some math to arrive at my final star rating. Math! This could get ugly…

Snapshot – Nothing spectacularly original and fairly predictable, but an entertaining story nonetheless. 4 Stars

Loaded - Despite its politically charged agenda, this was my favorite in the collection. Very well done with a perfectly brutal ending. 4.5 Stars

Aloft – A lot of my friends dug this one. I thought it was just better than ok. It started out great and then I don’t know what the hell happened. I still enjoyed it though. 4 Stars

Rain – This one was probably the one that I was looking forward to the most and perhaps the most disappointing for me. Good premise, lackluster execution. 3 Stars

Not a bad collection. It’s just I was reeaallly looking forward to it, so my expectations were extremely high. That may have had a lot to do with my overall enjoyment of this one. Reviews and opinions are all over the map for this one. Looks to be hit or miss with a lot of folks as far as the individual stories go. The math is solid at 3.875 Stars.

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26 of 30 people found this review helpful

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