To be published by HarperCollins in the autumn, on October 27th new prose book by writer Joe Hill, who’s best known for his best-selling stories and novels, but also writes fantastic comics like Locke & Key, will be called Strange Weather. It’s an unusual book for a number of reasons, but structurally it’s unusual in that it contains 4 separate novels.
The book will be a chunky 448 pages and is said by HarperCollins to contain “gems of terror”, so we can guess the genre is true to Joe Hill’s form.
Some of the novels included will be “Snapshot” a “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”.
Another will be called “Aloft” and feature a young man on his first parachute jump who “winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud”.
A third will be set in Boulder, Colorado where “a downpour of nails” wreaks havoc. Called “Rain“, this novel follows this “apocalyptic event” spreading throughout the world.
Lastly, “Loaded,” features a mall security guard in “a coastal Florida town” who stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the “modern gun rights movement”. But the attention unsettles his mind and may turn him into a weapon, too.
Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover on May 3rd, as well as an excerpt you can read from “Snapshot”.
Can we expect any comic connection to this book? It would be interesting to see if any illustrations pop up, but we’ll have to wait and see.