Monday, September 23, 2019

Full Throttle

Full Throttle by Joe Hill
HarperCollins: 10/1/19
eBook review copy; 496 pages
ISBN-13: 9780062200679

Full Throttle by Joe Hill is a collection of thirteen short stories of supernatural suspense.
The tales in this collection showcase the personal struggles of the characters placed in the dark settings and situations. Hill really excels at creating characters and firmly placing them in the settings of his stories. While I enjoyed the majority of the stories, as with many collections, there are hits and misses. The writing is very good, even in the stories I didn't enjoy as much. There is a nice diversity in the stories included. I appreciated the fact that Hill includes in his introduction the authors who have influenced his writing. Naturally, his parents certainly play a role, but there are also many others.
Stories in the collection include...
Throttle: This is a tribute piece to a short story by Richard Matheson and is about a semi bearing down on a group of bikers; co-written with Stephen King.
Dark Carousel: A group of friends ride on a rundown carousel and a bad decision leads to horror.
Wolverton Station: Wolves are living among us.
By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain: Two children find a dead prehistoric creature on the shore of a lake. This was originally written for a Ray Bradbury tribute.
Faun: A group of hunters pay to enter an otherworldly portal to hunt mystical animals in this dark twist on Narnia.
Late Returns: A book mobile sometimes has ghosts from the past return and check out books.
All I Care About Is You: A girl hires a robot to be her friend on her birthday.
Thumbprint: A vet is being stalked by someone. 
The Devil on the Staircase: The story is formatted to look like a staircase at the beginning and the ending.
Twittering from the Circus of the Dead: The story is told in tweets that become increasingly terrifying.
Mums: A young teen boy is living as a separatist with his family.
In the Tall Grass: Two siblings are driving through Kansas when they hear a cry for help coming from the tall grass; co-written with Stephen King.
You Are Released: Nine people are on a flight across the USA when they learn that WWIII may have broken out.
And there is a very short extra story at the end.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.

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