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Writers in the Loft: Joe Hill: ‘Strange Weather: Four Short Novels’

The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States603-436-2400

Joe Hill, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, stops at The Music Hall Loft to talk about his latest project, STRANGE WEATHER: Four Short Novels, as part of the Writers in the Loft series. The book is a collection of four chilling novels, brilliantly imagined and ingeniously wrought gems of terror.

“New Hampshire’s own Joe Hill has been compared to such celebrated horror writers as Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, and, of course, his dad Stephen King. But, really, Joe Hill’s voice is uniquely his own,” said Monte Bohanan, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Music Hall, and the evening’s moderator. “He visited The Music Hall in 2016 with The Fireman, and we are lucky to welcome him back. I can’t wait to talk to him about these dark, magical stories.”

Hailed as one of America’s finest horror writers by Time magazine, New Hampshire resident Joe Hill’s STRANGE WEATHER comprises four stories in one.

“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.

In “Aloft,” a young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own.

“Rain” takes place on a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, when the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, and splinters of bright crystal shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. The story explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.

And in “Loaded,” a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.

Masterfully exploring classic literary themes through the prism of the supernatural, STRANGE WEATHER “pushes genre conventions to new extremes” (New York Times Book Review) while deftly exposing the darkness that lies just beneath the surface of everyday life.

“The Weather quartet unleashes a perfect storm of styles, from a slow-burn thriller to ethereal sci-fi, all told with a consistently strong voice…. Hill whips up emotional moments in all four that strike like lightning and thunderously rumble your soul.” — USA Today

“The novella form allows Mr. Hill to get you deeply fixed in the setting before the moment everything goes fantastic… All four stories in Strange Weather are just the right length to read at a sitting, one at a time. Horror, they tell us, is only one step away.” — Wall Street JournalABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key.

Tickets include a reserved seat, a copy of STRANGE WEATHER ($27.99 hardcover), a bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet. Tickets can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.