Gollancz have announced the arrival of Strange Weather, a collection of four “short novels” by the award-winning Joe Hill.
This collection of novellas is due for release on the 7th of November, but you can already get your pre-orders in.
Joe Hill is best known as the bestselling author of the 2016 release, The Fireman, and has scoped a host of awards in his career so far, including Bram Stoker awards and British Fantasy awards.
It is an open secret in the SFF community that Joe Hill’s real name is actually Joe King and he is the son of, you guessed it, none other than Stephen King. Early in his career, Joe made the decision that if he wanted to be taken seriously as a writer then he would have to, professionally at least, hide the connection to his esteemed father.
A good decision it seems, as he has become an international success in his own right!
Strange Weather will consist of four short novels, a break from his recent releases and a return to his earlier work when he releases several collections of short stories.
Joe himself said of the collection:
I’m a fan of the slim, heart-punch novel that can be read in a single sitting: On Chesil Beach, Sense of an Ending, Heart of Darkness, Jekyll and Hyde. I wrote two big novels over the last five years, but in between, I’ve been scribbling away at these shorter stories, pushing myself to do more with less. I came up with one about a camera that steals memories, and another about the sky opening up and raining nails; I had a castaway story to tell about a man stranded on a cloud, and a thing to write about America’s endless cycle of mass shootings. I wrote ’em when I could (on planes, on trains, in hotel rooms), and in whatever medium was available (the computer, a notebook, placemats in diners) and I had fun doing it. For readers in the mood for something lean and mean, Strange Weather will, I hope be found satisfactory. A warning though: the forecast calls for treacherous, stormy days to come.
The novellas included are “Rain”, “Loaded”, “Snapshot, 1988”, and “Aloft”.
We’ve included the descriptions of each story below:
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.
We at Zealot Script are certainly looking forward to getting our hands on Hill’s most recent release.