In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass,” one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.
A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in “Faun.” A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in “Late Returns.” In “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” soon to be an episode on Shudder TV’s Creepshow, two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water’s edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality . . . and other horrors that lurk in the water’s shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in “Throttle,” co-written with Stephen King.
Replete with shocking chillers, including two previously unpublished stories written expressly for this volume (“Mums” and “Late Returns”) and another appearing in print for the first time (“Dark Carousel”), Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best.
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Fireman; NOS4A2; Horns, which was made into a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe; Heart-Shaped Box, which won the Bram Stoker Award and the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel; and the prizewinning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award–winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. He lives in New Hampshire.
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14 days ago
Full Throttle is a fantastic collection of short stories by Joe Hill (two stories, “Throttle” and “In The Tall Grass” are co-written with his father, Stephen King). I’ve been waiting for a full-fledged novel from Joe Hill but I’ll take what I can get. Some of my favorite stories of this bunch were “Throttle” which I felt gave the collection a great start and reminded me of the days of Sons of Anarchy, “Late Returns” and “In the Tall Grass” which I look forward to seeing on Netflix. “The book was better” is how I usually feel but the trailer looks pretty good so I’ll give it a go.
One of my favorite parts of this book was Joe’s introduction. I simply loved Joe sharing his honest and intimate early writing career in which he at times struggled to launch. It would be easy for anyone to say that his success in writing comes from being mentored by his parents. While his parents may have guided him over the course of his career, Joe provides insight into his journey to earn his way and develop his craft, after all, at the end of the day, nothing was handed to him. Joe earned every bit of his success along with the literary bruises and scars. I want to thank Joe for writing that introduction. It reminded me that even our heroes are human.
As much as I enjoyed these stories, I really hope that Joe’s next project is a novel. The worlds and characters he creates are brilliant and I look forward reading more. A full novel might be a while so I may have to check out his new DC Black Label/Hill House comics for now.
11 days ago
Bunch of good stories, looking forward to more!
16 days ago
To me Full Throttle was a mixed bag of both good and bad stories. The stories I liked, I really enjoyed. The stories that I didn’t like, I really did not like.
17 days ago
This might be my new favorite horror story anthology. Damn, Joe Hill can write a good scare.
Now, I mostly read novels, but I’ve read enough of Hill’s work that his name will bring me out regardless of what the book is. I was not disappointed.
Like any anthology, you’re going to love some stories more than others, but I loved so many of these. Both the stories ‘Late Returns’ and ‘In the Tall Grass,’ a collaboration with his father Stephen King, left me reeling, fascinated, and creeped out in the best ways.
The writing in these stories were nuanced, well-planned, and fantastically well-written. Hill has a knack for a gritty, relatable, way of turning a phrase that makes his shocking twists and turns all the more unexpected.
If you’re a horror fan, this is definitely for you. If you’re not sure if you’re a horror fan and you want to find out, this book is full of a dozen different scary niches you can try. Definitely check this one out for yourself.
19 days ago
There’s something for every reader in this collection of Joe Hill’s short stories. Dark fantasy. Dystopian sci-fi. Apocalyptic suspense. Time travel. And of course, horror: creature horror, supernatural horror, psychological horror, and the horror in realizing that people are what you should be afraid of most.
I’ve been put off by short stories before because they end abruptly or feel unfinished or somewhat unrealized. That doesn’t happen with any of the stories in Full Throttle. Each story is addictive and easily digestible; some may leave you wanting more, but in a good way.
While I really loved “Throttle,” “All I Care About Is You,” “Late Returns,” “Mums,” and “In the Tall Grass," this collection has such a great variety of stories that I enjoyed many aspects of each one. A few of them have been published before in other anthologies or on their own, so if you’ve read his work elsewhere, you may come across them again.
Full Throttle is a must-read for any horror fan, or someone looking to start reading horror. Thanks William Morrow and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
21 days ago
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.
21 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
I am a fan of Joe Hill and the concepts he constructs for all of his novels and this one by far was the most extravagant that from beginning to end kept us on the edge of our seats and I immediately fell in love with the book for the obvious choice of one of the main characters in one of the stories is a librarian of the dead. I am also a fan of Loch Ness Monster and creatures of the sea and this book had a story is where chaos breaks when two kids discover a plesiosaur and that is where all breaks loose. Now on the thrill ride of their lives, they do whatever it takes to discover the hidden secrets of the dead and gather as much info as they can to plan to their greatest escape. I also love any book where Joe Hill and Steven King collaborate on a story and even a book and the first one they had to share right away because it was the best. So as Joe Hill says "bring on the bad guys."
We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
21 days ago
I really enjoyed this book, and I'm thankful I got the chance to read the ARC. Joe Hill has been one of my favorite authors for awhile now. He's still behind his father, Stephen King, but he's definitely up there. This book had great collection of short stories. Each one different with some even written in different styles. About half of the stories ended leaving me wishing there was more to read. Maybe they'll get made into Creepshow stories (I know one definitely is). You never know in Mr. Hill's universe. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes Stephen King, mysteries, thrillers, horror, coming of age stories, stories that make you think, etc. I will always look forward to new work coming from this author.
21 days ago
I am not a big fan of short stories, but I make an exception for Joe Hill or for his father, Stephen King. In this collection, one of the stories is co-authored by the two of them. It is an interesting homage to the Steven Spielberg classic movie DUEL. The author explains his connection to that movie, as well as his feelings towards his parents, horror movies, books, and other topics in an introduction that is as entertaining as the stories in his collection. He also provides notes about each story at the end of the book that offer helpful background information. My favorite story is “Late Returns,” an intriguing tale about a bookmobile driver who encounters some unique library users during his travels. Thanks to NetGalley for providing a preprint copy.
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