Full Throttle

Full Throttle

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Large Print - 2019
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"In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including "In The Tall Grass," one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix. A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in "Faun." A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in "Late Returns." In "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain," two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water's edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality, and other horrors that lurk in the water's shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in "Throttle," co-written with Stephen King. Featuring two previously unpublished stories, and a brace of shocking chillers, Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition, Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062944207
0062944207
Branch Call Number: Hill, J
Characteristics: 724 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Oct 08, 2019

When I first read about Full Throttle, I was hesitant. The description read that it only contained TWO new stories. Having read what I thought was most of Joe Hill’s work, I was skeptical that it would be worth it. But in Joe I trust. I was hopeful. I started reading it, and was GLUED to the pages. His written voice has such a range that I think isn’t seen as often as readers would expect. I’ve read all of his novels, novellas, short story collections, but there were still a lot of surprises in this book.

The introduction, “Who’s Your Daddy?” was an interesting, introspective look into why he went under the name “Joe Hill” rather than use the King last name, how he felt when he realized he was veering towards the horror genre, just like his dad, and how he finally broke through into the publishing world by his own talent, rather than the family name.

All told, I'd only read three of the stories. Two others were unpublished, others in anthologies, and one was previously released only on vinyl (come on, Joe. Don't make me buy a record player). I’m not a big fan of paying $5.99 for a single story, and I don’t like buying anthologies if there are only one or two stories I’m interested in, so a lot of these were new to me. I hope that the note that many of these have already been published doesn’t put people off because I doubt many people have read all of the stories EXCEPT the two new ones. And even if you have, unless you own them, it’s fun to read them again. They go as far back as 2009, so it’s a nice collection. I am again delighted by a Joe Hill book. He’s one of the few authors who can write short stories as well as he writes novels. It’s a rare skill.

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