Strange Weather: a new collection of Joe Hill short novels from Gollancz
Gollancz is delighted to announce the acquisition of UK & Commonwealth rights including audio to STRANGE WEATHER, a collection of four creepy and powerful novellas from Joe Hill, bestselling author of THE FIREMAN.
Gollancz commissioning editor Marcus Gipps bought the rights to STRANGE WEATHER from Laurel Choate at The Choate Agency, with Jennifer Brehl at William Morrow acquiring for the US.
Joe Hill said: “I’m a fan of the slim, heart-punch novel that can be read in a single sitting: On Chesil Beach, Sense of an Ending, Heart of Darkness, Jekyll and Hyde. I wrote two big novels over the last five years, but in between, I’ve been scribbling away at these shorter stories, pushing myself to do more with less. I came up with one about a camera that steals memories, and another about the sky opening up and raining nails; I had a castaway story to tell about a man stranded on a cloud, and a thing to write about America’s endless cycle of mass shootings. I wrote ’em when I could (on planes, on trains, in hotel rooms), and in whatever medium was available (the computer, a notebook, placemats in diners) and I had fun doing it. For readers in the mood for something lean and mean, STRANGE WEATHER will, I hope be found satisfactory. A warning though: the forecast calls for treacherous, stormy days to come.”
Marcus Gipps said: “It’s always a thrill to have a new project from Joe, and this collection is remarkable – short punchy narratives that range from the macabre to the beautiful, some with elements of horror, others just taut gripping tales. I had to circulate one, LOADED, to the rest of Orion as soon as I finished the first draft, it was so powerful. Joe’s readers will find much to love here.”
STRANGE WEATHER is coming in November 2017 in Hardback and ebook.