Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Strange Weather

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill“Snapshot” is the 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.A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute ju...

Details Strange Weather

TitleStrange Weather
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreShort Stories, Horror, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Reviews Strange Weather

  • Will Byrnes
    Simple explanations have the disappointing tendency to be the best explanations. Only the rational counterargument was a pile of shit, and I knew it. I just didn’t want to know it. Joe Hill has taken a break between epic horror novels to put together a collection of four novellas under the title Strange Weather. The title seems an afterthought, frankly. Only one of the stories actually incorporates weather that is certifiably strange. But, no m...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I feel terrible that I didn't post any updates while I was reading this one, but I was so sucked in that I kept forgetting to share my thoughts here as I went! The only reason this wasn't a 5 star read for me was due to the fact that the first story (SNAPSHOT) underwhelmed me quite a bit. It didn't seem to fit with the other three, but that could just be a case of personal taste and opinion. Other than that, these stories contained a slow buildin...
  • Matthew
    Sometimes it is considered unfair, cliche, or overdone to compare the offspring to the parental unit, but this is my review, and I feel like it, so that's what I'm gonna do!Four Novellas - all of them pretty decent. I enjoyed the way they played out but I think there is one thing that could either be a very positive aspect or a very negative aspect, depending on your preference. (view spoiler)[At least two of the stories basically end with the st...
  • Paromjit
    Joe Hill gives us four intelligent short stories of varied length that unsettle, disturb, and horrify. However, none is less than riveting reading, provoke thought and entertain. In Snapshot, a young boy faces his nightmares, the menace of dementia, and the challenge that is the tattooed Phoenician, a thug with a polaroid camera, a camera which snaps and erases memories. Loaded is a story with the capacity to emotionally tear you apart. Its focus...
  • Edward Lorn
    2.5 rounded up to 3Strange Weather, by Joe Hill, isn’t quite the disappointment that The Fireman was, but it’s still nowhere near as good as I’d hoped it would be. I find it difficult to understand how a man who tried so hard to hide the fact that he was Stephen King’s son so that he could earn his own success would then turn around and try so hard to emulate his father’s career after the cat was out of the bag. Because, like THE FIREMA...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    I've read almost every piece of work that Joe Hill has graced the world of literature with, and I've loved all of them, but this was exceptionally brilliant. Rather than dwell on monsters and ghosts, the most terrifying aspect of Strange Weather was simply the horror of the human psyche, and how far people will go to inflict pain upon others. I'll be breaking this up by story, as I typically do with novella reviews. I've combined the content warn...
  • Char
    Strange Weather is the novel I most anticipated this year and I'm happy to report that it lived up to my high expectations. It consists of four short novels, (Joe Hill dislikes the term novella), and I enjoyed them all! Snapshot is a story about memory and a camera that steals them. Set in the 80's with a teenage boy as the protagonist, this story packed some powerful imagery along with a bit of nostalgia for good measure. Loaded is a tale ab...
  • Lori
    Four short novels with an interesting afterward, all are good, and none are especially like any of the others.Snapshot reminds me a lot of his dad's stories, but different enough. I thought it could have ended without the Evil Corp. attachment. Loaded is only horror because His Internal Excellency the ambassador of Hell from Perdido Street Station is in the wings. I kept picking up his faint, but an audible echo of a soul being tortured. The JPF...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    Thank you so much to my local bookstore for giving me an Advanced Reading Copy of this book for an honest review!***NO SPOILER REVIEWThis book is comprised of 4 shorts/novellas (whatever)Snapshot-5 StarsLoaded- 4 StarsAloft- 5 StarsRain- 5 Stars***I think Joe Hill can write his ass off. These short stories were brilliant. Not a lot of people give credit where credit is due concerning shorts/novellas. They're freakin HARD! Everything the author wa...
  • Ellen Gail
    Y'all had better get ready because this was amazing and I'm about to word vomit my thoughts all over the place. Joe Hill seriously has a deal with the devil, because he can do no wrong.Four beautiful and haunting novellas, each dealing in their own way with "strange weather": a rain of crystal needles, flashes of 'lightning' that are missing their thunder, suspiciously shaped clouds, and raging fire tornadoes. Each story stands alone beautifully,...
  • Zoeytron
    SnapshotThe all-seeing eye of a camera, Instamatic-style.  Way back when, Polaroid cameras laid the groundwork for today's instant gratification.  This one works a little differently.LoadedBy far the most powerful story of the four, in my opinion.  Timely, but preachy as hell.  Mass shooting in a shopping mall, and it was terrifying.  The ending was to die for.  Wow!AloftA reluctant skydiver makes a most unsettling landing.  Love the orig...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "When movie stars grieve in the tragic third act of a love story, they always make mourning look a lot more beautiful than it really is."I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this collection of short novels by Joe Hill (release date is later in the year). For those interested in a brief synopsis of each story... keep reading. If not, skip ahead! The first story, Snapshot, is about a young boy's encounter with a villain who robs his victim'...
  • Debra
    Strange Weather is a collection of four short Novels in one book. None of the stories are similar and range from horror to science fiction. He showcases his creative mind and also his political thoughts/viewpoints.The book begins with Snapshot. This is set in the 80's and has a teenage boy as the protagonist. The "Phoenician" takes Polaroid pictures and in doing so his camera erases memories. I actually thought I would like this one the best as i...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at:, it took me nearly the entire 21 day checkout period to finish this audio collection, but I did it and I think listening was the right way for me to go. That’s not a comment I make lightly either since my drive time is so short and my attention span much like someone most are familiar with . . . . I’ve repeated ad nauseum that short stories aren’t my bag, but the novella on ...
  • R.K. Gold
    I might go closer to 3.5 but I'm gonna round up to four. My favorite story was the first one by a long shot. The Polaroid man was such a cool concept for a villain. I wish I could've learned more about his history and about the metal that made his camera, especially at the end when the melted metal spoke. It almost sounded like the voice of Sauron in my head. Like the one ring was melted down and turned into a camera. The second story was disturb...
  • Paul O'Neill
    A fantastic collection of novellas from Joe Hill, all with their own unique feel and a loose link to weather of some sort. This collection shows off Hill’s ability to write such believable characters (for the most part) and intriguing / non-typical plots Here is my ranking of each story:1. Loaded - Hill’s story about the ‘hard on’ america has with guns is the best thing I’ve read all year. Such an amazing story, well told with all the t...
  • Jan
    By far the best set of short stories I've read in a long time. I didn't want them to end!Actually, these are more novellas than shorties, which makes a big difference when it comes to allowing for more character development and plot depth. Not that Hill needs any help in this department, as he is the king of creating memorable characters that will stick with you IMO. (The Fireman comes to mind) Once again Hill creates visual worlds where anything...
  • Panagiotis
    Τον Joe Hill τον ήξερα ως τον υπό κάλυψη γιό του Στέφεν Κινγκ, που έχει γράψει μερικά πετυχημένα βιβλία, ανάμεσα σε αυτά και το Fireman. Ο Χιλ δεν είναι ένας συγγραφέας που θα αποτολμούσα εύκολα: δρα υπό την σκιά του ονόματος του πατέρα του, το οποίο μεταφρ...
  • Bradley
    These four novellas were very solid. Even the one about Rain. Or maybe I should say, the Rain novella was more than solid: it was hard as diamond. :)In all cases, the characters shine. There are tons of fat comments, 80's memorabilia, and POLAROIDS in "Snapshot". The concept behind it was pure horror and quite interesting, but I was on the fence about the wrap-up. I appreciate the whole thing, the human element, and the character growth, but the ...
  • Michael Hicks
    Strange Weather, the latest offering from Joe Hill, is four books in one! Collected here are four novellas, united by the theme of weather (sometimes strongly, other times more subtly), with the stories running the gamut of apocalyptic rain to raging wildfires.Hill hits the ground running with Snapshot, an eerie little coming-of-age tale revolving around a supernatural Polaroid camera. I was worried at first that this would be Hill riffing again ...
  • Dannii Elle
    I had no idea what to expect when I begun this series of novellas from renowned writer, Joe Hill. I was pleasantly surprised with the variety, in this anthology, as each of the four stories contained inside had an entirely different genre, focus and style, which spoke volumes of the prowess of this author.'Snapshot, 1988' had a pure 80's horror vibe, which made this a mildly disturbing yet entirely fun story of a young boy stumbling across a came...
  • Bill
    Typically, I wouldn’t star individual stories and just rate the overall body of work, but decided since these were kind of all over the place I would do some math to arrive at my final star rating. Math! This could get ugly…Snapshot – Nothing spectacularly original and fairly predictable, but an entertaining story nonetheless. 3.5 StarsLoaded - Despite its politically charged agenda, this was my favorite in the collection. Very well done wi...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Strange Weather by Joe Hill is a book I got from the library. I really didn't care for two of the four stories. I enjoyed the creepy and strange story called "Snapshot". A man with a odd camera that steals memories from those that he takes pictures of. The middle two stories I didn't care for. The last story called "Rain" was fairly good. It had rain with nails made of crystals coming down and killing and destroying portions of Colorado. Life get...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    I was two people when reading this collection of short novels. I read the first two stories ('Snapshot' and 'Loaded') mere days before my best friend took her own life. I read the latter two entries ('Aloft' and 'Rain') after. Naturally, my mind was elsewhere when reading the final two stories — but they were good. Very good. Especially 'Aloft'. I'm terrified of heights, so that one got to me. After The Fireman, my faith in Joe Hill had been sh...
  • Mindi
    I was provided a copy of Strange Weather from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a fantastic collection of 4 novellas from an author that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Hill's writing is quirky, unflinching, and always surprising. I've found that especially with his shorter pieces, there is a fantastical element of whimsical strangeness that sometimes ends on a happy note, and other times leaves you reeling. And tha...
  • Bark
    Snapshot is the first story and it’s narrated by Will Wheaton who does a most excellent job.Set in the 80’s, Strange Weather is the story of a 13 year old boy and his run in with a man he calls “The Phoenician”. The Phoenician is the villain of the tale. He’s ugly, vaguely imposing and possesses a camera that steals memories. It’s also a story about aging, and about caring for those who once cared for you. It has some misty eyed momen...
  • Lata
    Liked "Snapshot", loathed the main character in "Loaded", irritated by main character in "Afloat", was okay with "Rain" (view spoiler)[though wondered what was the purpose behind creating the main character's girlfriend if the author killed the woman almost immediately after she appears on the page (hide spoiler)].
  • José
    Podés encontrar esta y otras reseñas en mi blog. Strange Weather es la primera colección de novelas cortas de Joe Hill. El autor escribió estas historias en diferentes etapas de su carrera y decidió publicarlas todas juntas en un solo volumen. Si bien son novelas independientes y autoconclusivas, todas tienen algo en común: fenómenos climáticos extraños que inciden en la trama. A pesar de que están catalogadas como novelas de terror, la...
  • Crystal
    and the last storyRain: A warped look at human nature under extraordinary circumstances story 1, 5 starsstory 2, 4 stars story 3, 2 starsstory 4, 5 starsI guess you could say all the stories were really human nature related, and nature-nature relatedWhat will a person do when their entire world and all they believe, even the weather, is shook?Many different perspectives from various scenarios.