Gollancz, trade paperback, 428 pages, €16.99
Apples don’t often fall far from the tree, and this is true of Joe Hill, son of the prolific bestselling writer Stephen King, and a prizewinning author in his own right. Strange Weather, his latest book, consists of four arresting novellas that range from fantasy, in the stories like ‘Rain’, ‘Snapshot’ and ‘Aloft’, to ‘Loaded’, a searing examination of America’s murderous love affair with weapons.
In just 140 pages, Hill manages to encapsulate the United States’ ambivalent attitude to gun ownership, the ease with which disturbed people can access them, and the terrible consequences that often entail leading to tragedies such as the shootings at Columbine and Las Vegas.
While possessing a strong individual voice, Hill has an innate gift for storytelling and dialogue.