Full Throttle

Full Throttle

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"In this ... collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen ... tales of supernatural suspense, including "In the tall grass," one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the ... feature film from Netflix ... Featuring two previously unpublished stories, and a brace of shocking chillers, [this] is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche.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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062200679
0062200674
9780062200693
9780062970190
Characteristics: 480 pages ; 24 cm

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Full Throttle is a real gift to fans of classic horror. Joe Hill offers up 13 delicious stories, some with obvious nods to Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King who co-wrote two of these tales. Hill's knack for great characters fuels this twisty ride. Some stories are heartwarming and s... Read More »

Full Throttle is a real gift to fans of classic horror. Joe Hill offers up 13 delicious stories, some with obvious nods to Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King who co-wrote two of these tales. Hill's knack for great characters fuels this twisty ride. Some stories are heartwarming and s... Read More »


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IntrovertReader
Jul 21, 2020

I "discovered" Joe Hill somewhere back around <i>20th Century Ghosts</i> or <i>Heart-Shaped Box</i>. I don't recall which I read first but I think I read them pretty close together. I've eagerly snatched up his new books as they're published ever since, which isn't something I do with most authors. But I'm always eager to see where Joe Hill is going to take his readers in his latest book and so I get my name on his hold list ASAP. I can't say I've loved everything he's written (I'm looking at you, <i>The Fireman</i>), but by and large I enjoy myself thoroughly when I'm lost in a new Hill read and find myself impatiently awaiting the next.

<i>Full Throttle</i> did not disappoint.

Any collection is going to have stories that appeal to specific readers more than others but this was remarkably consistent. There's a lot of creativity here, a heckuva of lot of good writing, and some genuinely disturbing stories. The entries that appealed less to me were still strong but they were either too disturbing for my taste or I just didn't like a character who was written to be unlikeable.

That's a good stopping point, so move on if you'd like.

"Throttle" (with Stephen King)--I read this years ago in another anthology. I found it to be the standout story of that collection and it stood up well to a re-read. The suspense was there even though I remembered most of the details.

"Dark Carousel"--Hill says this is the most "shamelessly Stephen King thing I've ever put down on paper" and then says it's "practically a cover of 'Riding the Bullet' or 'The Road Virus Heads North.' I wouldn't go that far. I still get worried about The Road Virus every so often when I'm home alone and in the shower, but "Dark Carousel" was creepy enough in that same looking-over-your-shoulder way.

"Wolverton Station" was probably one of my least favorite stories because it was more of a vignette than a story with a strong plot.

"By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" was written for an anthology honoring Ray Bradbury. I haven't read that much Bradbury, but from what I remember, I see where Hill was coming from here. This is the story that I've already re-told my husband as we were hiking by a river and heard something big splashing in the water.

"Faun"--It's impossible for me not to say this is Narnia gone wrong, and Hill does mention that legendary land in his story notes, but he feels it is influenced more by Lawrence Block, who I'm not familiar with at all. It was a bit of a mind-blower for me (I couldn't help thinking of Mr. Tumnus) but I liked that.

"Late Returns" was a story with a concept that will appeal to most readers. This is in the vein of the "20th Century Ghost" story.

"All I Care About is You"--I enjoyed this while I was reading it and even chewed over the ending for a bit after finishing it. Yet I had to go back to remind myself which one it was. This was the weakest entry for me.

"Thumbprint"--Joe Hill understands that sometimes--often--reality is scarier than fiction. This was the one with unlikeable characters doing despicable things. While I can't say I <i>enjoyed</i> it, that wasn't the point.

"The Devil on the Staircase" was another weak story for me. I enjoyed the imagery and the concept, but something about it didn't appeal very strongly to me.

"Twittering from the Circus of the Dead" got progressively more horrifying.

"Mums" is another reality story that is scary as hell. There are some supernatural elements to it, but this is inspired by today's lunatic fringe groups.

"In the Tall Grass," also written with Stephen King, was disturbing. I haven't watched the Netflix movie and after reading this, I don't know if I will. I wouldn't sleep for a month after watching it.

"You Are Released" is the last story and also firmly anchored in today's world. I found it strangely bittersweet, despite the fact that it made me think about how easily civilization as we know it could collapse.

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Prudenceandthetome
May 14, 2020

A collection of short stories by the son of Stephen King. The first chapter where the author talks about growing up in the King family is worth the read. Also, who doesn't like a story about a library for the dead?

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cstuttle_0
Jan 28, 2020

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 and the basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix

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JILLYJELLY
Nov 29, 2019

I really liked this collection of short stories. Some are better than others, but all are very imaginative. Good read!

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cnsreader
Oct 13, 2019

Overall I enjoyed this book of shorts from Joe Hill! My favorites were Late Returns-people from the past show up to return overdue books. They then die shortly after. I think about when I die all the good books I will miss and not be able to read. I wish I could hang on past my “return-by date”! Another favorite You Are Released-plane loaded with passengers flies across the US, ICBMs are released and thus the beginning of the end begins! The plane turns north, hoping for the best!

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tiger411
Oct 08, 2019

When I first read about Full Throttle, I was hesitant. The description read that it only contained TWO new stories. Having read what I thought was most of Joe Hill’s work, I was skeptical that it would be worth it. But in Joe I trust. I was hopeful. I started reading it, and was GLUED to the pages. His written voice has such a range that I think isn’t seen as often as readers would expect. I’ve read all of his novels, novellas, short story collections, but there were still a lot of surprises in this book.

The introduction, “Who’s Your Daddy?” was an interesting, introspective look into why he went under the name “Joe Hill” rather than use the King last name, how he felt when he realized he was veering towards the horror genre, just like his dad, and how he finally broke through into the publishing world by his own talent, rather than the family name.

All told, I'd only read three of the stories. Two others were unpublished, others in anthologies, and one was previously released only on vinyl (come on, Joe. Don't make me buy a record player). I’m not a big fan of paying $5.99 for a single story, and I don’t like buying anthologies if there are only one or two stories I’m interested in, so a lot of these were new to me. I hope that the note that many of these have already been published doesn’t put people off because I doubt many people have read all of the stories EXCEPT the two new ones. And even if you have, unless you own them, it’s fun to read them again. They go as far back as 2009, so it’s a nice collection. I am again delighted by a Joe Hill book. He’s one of the few authors who can write short stories as well as he writes novels. It’s a rare skill.

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