STRANGE WEATHER is a collection of four short novels by Joe Hill. Each story is completely different from the rest, yet each features a unique weather phenomenon that is central to its story. I enjoyed them all, and for very different reasons. If you have any appreciation for the scary or weird – I think you’ll like them too. Let’s break them down – just a little – shall we?
The first story, Snapshot, is perfect for fans of the show Stranger Things. It touches on the paranormal, where a kid discovers that his elderly neighbor (and former babysitter) is not just losing her memory the natural way.
The second story, Loaded, is a contemporary thriller that honestly scared me the most. I was a little unnerved by some of the characters and how the lives of different characters crossed with each other. The ending just blew me away.
The third story, Aloft, is more science fiction that started out like a fun little imaginative daydream that turns south quickly. I don’t want to say too much about this one, just trust me that it’s fun! I started to anticipate another twist at the end, but pretty glad it didn’t happen like that.
The fourth and final story, Rain, is a super-frightening speculative fiction story. It also ended up being part mystery too, but I didn’t figure that out until our main character did. There are all sorts of crazies in this potential end-of-the-world story, and a ton of sadness (naturally), but maybe a little hope too?
Each story is roughly 90-115 pages each, and each has some beautiful artwork to accompany the story. Some of the art was not complete for the advanced copy I read, but I’ll be sure to check it out once it arrives at my library. Make sure you check out that cover! I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.
by Joe Hill
William Morrow, 2017
Source: Publisher/advanced copy