WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman
with his new “best book of the year”*
Four Short Novels
Friday, January 12, 7pm
“One of America’s finest horror writers” — Time Magazine
“The Weather quartet unleashes a perfect storm of styles...strike(s) like lightning and thunderously rumble your soul.” — USA Today
“The novella form allows Mr. Hill to get you deeply fixed in the setting before the moment everything goes fantastic…Horror, they tell us, is only one step away.” — Wall Street Journal
What: The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series again hosts New Hampshire own #1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill on Friday, January 12, to discuss his latest book, STRANGE WEATHER: Four Short Novels. This “best book of the year” (Booklist*) comprises four stories in one.
"Rain" occurs on a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, when the clouds open up in a downpour of nails. "Snapshot" is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap. In "Aloft," a young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump… and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud. And in "Loaded," a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement — but under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it.
Masterfully exploring classic literary themes through the prism of the supernatural, STRANGE WEATHER “pushes genre conventions to new extremes” (New York Times Book Review) while deftly exposing the darkness that lies just beneath the surface of everyday life. The event includes an author presentation and a Q+A moderated by Monte Bohanan, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Music Hall, plus a book signing and a meet-and-greet.
When/Where: Friday, January 12 - 7pm
The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tickets: The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Joe Hill on Friday, January 12, at 7pm, is $33 ($31 members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of STRANGE WEATHER ($27.99 hardcover), a bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.
About the Author: Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key.
About the Moderator: Monte Bohanan is the Director of Marketing & Communications at The Music Hall, where he oversees daily operations of event and institutional marketing, and a 22-year veteran of performing arts administration. He is also one of the ghouls behind the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, a community-organized event that attracts thousands of marchers and nearly 20,000 spectators. Most importantly, Monte has a deep, abiding love of all things creepy, crawly, and horrific.
About Writers in the Loft
Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.
Series Sponsor: RMC Research Corporation
Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
Contributing Partner: The University of New Hampshire
About The Music Hall
The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | YouTube: /musichallnh
“The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene”- Yankee Magazine
“The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe
For more information, contact:
Margaret Talcott, Producer
The Music Hall
or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
PRAISE for STRANGE WEATHER
“A four-pack of mayhem in this sparkling collection of short novels. . . .Worth waiting in line for, if you’re a Hill fan. If you’re not, this is the book to turn you into one.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Hill is not only maturing as a writer of relevantly chilling tales but he is also emerging as a distinct voice for our complicated times.” — Booklist (starred review)
“Another must-read from a increasingly impressive storyteller . . . STRANGE WEATHER speaks to the versatility of Joe Hill’s craft, telling deeply disturbing stories in which cataclysmic forces of nature seem like a gentle rain when set against the actions of villains who are all too human.” — barnesandnoble.com
“The Weather quartet unleashes a perfect storm of styles, from a slow-burn thriller to ethereal sci-fi, all told with a consistently strong voice…. Hill whips up emotional moments in all four that strike like lightning and thunderously rumble your soul.” — USA Today
“There are few authors as deft at marrying pulse-pounding action and a sense of inescapable dread than Joe Hill. Fans of his masterful thrillers NOS4A2 and The Fireman will find plenty to love in his new collection of four short novels.” — BookPage
“A striking selection of novellas ranging from the playfully apocalyptic to the wickedly political… [STRANGE WEATHER] is a demonstration of [Hill’s] range and readiness to tell the hell out of any tale, be it supernatural or straight, silly or completely serious.” — Tor.com
Each selection in STRANGE WEATHER is a well-crafted piece of storytelling, with characters to care about and conflicts creepy, mind-boggling and action-packed. — Portland Press Herald
“It’s good to see [Hill] flex his authorial muscles with a different form. Weather changes and we never know what to expect. The same is true for great writers.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Joe Hill is one of the 21st century’s pre-eminent writers, not just of the dark fantastic, but of American Literature. STRANGE WEATHER is a must read.” — SFF World
“Its ideas have powerful emotional and political resonance.” — Publishers Weekly
“The novella form allows Mr. Hill to get you deeply fixed in the setting before the moment everything goes fantastic… All four stories in STRANGE WEATHER are just the right length to read at a sitting, one at a time. Horror, they tell us, is only one step away.” — Wall Street Journal
“One of the strongest overall works in Hill’s already illustrious career [....] An exciting sign of so many wonderful things to come.” — Cemetery Dance
“Hill has a way of turning words to make them glitter, and casually speaking to readers to convince us that the world he presents entirely, physically exists. [STRANGE WEATHER] hard to shake for hours after you’ve finished it.” — Guam Daily Post
“An essential instant read for Hill’s fans and a solid introduction for new readers.” — Library Journal
“Horrifying and full of hope.” — Toronto Star
PRAISE for HEART-SHAPED BOX
“[A] wrenching and effective ghost story . . . reads like good, early King mixed with some of the edgier splatterpunk sensibilities of David J. Schow . . . [Heart Shaped Box] has genuinely touching emotional moments as well as action-packed confrontations with the dead.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“A genuinely scary novel filled with people you care about; the kind of book that still stays in your mind after you’ve turned over the final page. I loved it unreservedly.” — Neil Gaiman