Narrator: Wil Wheton, Stephen Lang, Dennis Boutsikaris, Kate Mulgrew,
Edition: Audiobook, 14 Hours 34 Minutes
Genre: Horror Short Stories
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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.
Strange Weather is a collection of four short stories that are very different but all have their own chilling twists that will leave you thinking about them after they end.
Snapshot, performed by Wil Wheton, is one that seems to really encompass Joe Hill’s horror writing. It’s subtly off center and engrossing, and even though you may see the path of the story you can’t help but become immersed in it. This was creepy and pure Joe Hill perfection. Also Wil Wheton is fantastic to listen to, as always.
Loaded, performed by Stephen Lang, is a hard-hitting more contemporary horror novel. There is no supernatural element here, just pure human emotion…and that’s honestly kind of more terrifying. It deals with gun control (or lack thereof), racism, and police brutality. It’s not an easy read but I was hooked, and even as my stomach lurched at parts I couldn’t stop listening. The ending was especially chilling, and while the subject matter and callousness of some of the characters really bothered me I think Loaded is my favorite of the four.
Aloft, performed by Dennis Boutsikaris, is the weirdest and probably the lightest of the four. A man is trapped in a strange cloud and we are along for his rather bizarre journey to discover where he is and if he can survive. This was my least favorite but still a fun read, and definitely a nice little breather after Loaded.
Rain, performed by Katie Mulgrew, is more along the post-apocalyptic lines and has the same feel as The Fireman. I love weird natural phenomenon stories and this one is definitely one of the most unique. Honeysuckle, our main character, is such a treat. She’s tough and full of fight, and paired with Kate’s amazing voice she is perfect. This one has some political undertones as well, and you can definitely see the timeline in which he wrote/edit this one.
Overall, I think it’s a pretty strong collection of stories. I don’t think it’s necessarily Joe’s strongest writing but it definitely gives a nice little sampling of his different styles of writing.