Full Throttle [signed hardcover] by Joe Hill
(preorder—to be published in Spring 2020)
Bashful Bill Schafer and the rest of those funky folks over at Subterranean Press have announced a brand new collection of stories from Joe Hill, FULL THROTTLE.
FULL THROTTLE is Joe’s first collection (leaving aside the recent quartet of meteorological novellas, STRANGE WEATHER), since the groundbreaking 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS more than a decade ago and it’s a remarkable achievement building even on the incredible quality that has gone before. And the great news is that Sub Press has generously allowed us a limited quantity of the 750-copy numbered edition, fully-designed and illustrated by Dave McKean, and printed on a premium paper, bound in cloth, and housed in a custom slipcase.
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 authors 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 Throttleis a gift to Joe Hill’s many readers, and a treasure trove of story worth returning to over and over again.
Limited: 750 signed numbered hardcover copies, in slipcase
Dust jacket, interior artwork, and design by Dave McKean.
Please Note: There is a limit of one lettered copy per person/household.
(The main illustration on this page is one of the interiors, not the dust jacket.)
The numbered edition will be fully-designed and illustrated by Dave McKean, and printed on a premium paper, bound in cloth, and housed in a custom slipcase.