Full Throttle Slipcased Limited Edition
- Author: Joe Hill
- Artist: Dave McKean
- Pub. Date: July 2020
- Status: Out of Print
Full Throttle (Deluxe Limited Edition)
by Joe Hill
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Format: Signed Limited Edition Hardcover
Publication Date: July 2020
About the Book:
The book you are holding is Joe Hill’s first short story collection since 2005’s 20th Century Ghosts. It’s been a long time between volumes, but the wait is finally over. Full Throttle is quite simply a stunning collection, filled to overflowing with wonders, terrors, and pure narrative magic. It is the work of a profoundly gifted writer who has come fully—and memorably—into his own.
Full Throttle contains thirteen stories and novellas, along with extensive story notes and an illuminating introduction that explores the various influences that have shaped its author's life and work. The stories themselves encompass an impressive assortment of settings, ideas, and emotions. Each story, without exception, is a meticulously crafted gem.
Many of these stories concern journeys—some of them brief, some more extensive—that lead to unexpected, frequently lethal destinations. In “Wolverton Station,” an American executive boards a British train and finds himself faced with impossible—but very real—horrors. “Faun” takes its privileged protagonists through a “little door” that connects our world to. . . somewhere else. “Late Returns,” a gently affecting story with just a touch of Jack Finney, offers a fictional meditation on time, mortality, and the enduring importance of books. “Throttle,” the first of two notable collaborations, tells of an imperiled outlaw biker gang and offers a brilliant riff on the Richard Matheson classic, “Duel.” A second collaboration, "In The Tall Grass," follows a brother and sister off a lonely state highway and into the high weeds of an occult wilderness, where time and space have come apart, and only the mad can survive. In the closing story, “You Are Released,” a plane bound for Boston takes an abrupt detour through the geopolitical horrors of our age.
Taken both individually and together, these stories show us a writer in full, mature command of his considerable gifts. Full Throttle is, of course, a dark, unsettling book, but it is also a good deal more. Each story is filled with grace notes. Each is marked by compassion, empathy, and an underlying decency that lends an emotional weight to every page. These stories may have been a long time coming, but—like their author—they’re here to stay. Full Throttle is a gift to Joe Hill’s many readers, and a treasure trove of story worth returning to over and over again.
Table of Contents:
- Introduction: Who’s Your Daddy?
- Throttle (with Stephen King)
- Dark Carousel
- Wolverton Station
- By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain
- Late Returns
- All I Care About is You
- The Devil on the Staircase
- Twittering from the Circus of the Dead
- In the Tall Grass (with Stephen King)
- You Are Released
- Story Notes and Acknowledgments
- About the Author