The four short novels in this collection are weird fiction at its finest–a little bit Horror, a little bit Dark Fantasy, a little bit Science Fiction, all creepy. If you’re not a “scary book” fan but you still want something dark for the season, Strange Weather might be just the thing.
Snapshot tells the tale of a tattooed man with a Polaroid camera that can steal memories. Aloft has an almost old-fashioned sci-fi feel to it–it’s about a man in a hot air balloon accident who winds up stranded on a cloud. Rain is a more contemporary apocalyptic story, with the original idea of the end coming from nails raining down from the sky.
The most realistic story, and thus the most terrifying, is definitely Loaded–it’s an examination of our country’s relationship with guns, and it is one that stays with you for a very long time after you read it.
Every story, each with a different feel, is compelling. They each pull you right into the action, and you just go with each tale’s flow until the disturbing conclusions. I love Hill’s descriptive powers and the mood he’s able to create.
Definitely give this collection a try for Halloween!