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Strange Weather: Four Short Novels    by Joe Hill Amazon.com order for
Strange Weather
by Joe Hill
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William Morrow, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Author Joe Hill is considered one of America's finest horror writers. With Strange Weather, he presents four short novels in that genre.

Snapshot is the first of this quartet of stories. An adolescent is followed by a heavily tattooed thug with a unique Polaroid each time the camera snaps, the boy realizes it destroys a memory! Clever? Darn right. Aloft gives the reader a chance to share the experience of a first parachute jump with a young man who is terrified of heights. Making the jump with trepidation, he lands on a solid cloud, with no way off. His experience is like no other.

Rain will make the reader cautious about going out in even a sprinkle of moisture from the sky, let alone a downpour. Shredded clothes and skin could result. Loaded finds a security guard stopping what appears to be a mass murder. He is declared a hero. But things are not always what they seem.

Each of these four stories is a gem, altogether different from the other three, exemplifying the talent of their single author. While I am not a regular consumer of horror stories, Strange Weather should satisfy those who enjoy the imaginations of a born storyteller.

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