Took me a while to get revved-up, but when the souped-up Semi Trucker began barreling down on the biker dudes, THROTTLE turned into one hell of an explosive horror novella.
A lot of "bang" for your buck!
Stephen King and Joe Hill team up for this tale which originally appeared in a Richard Matheson tribute anthology. Fittingly enough, it prominently features a father and son in a biker gang called The Tribe.
Fresh from a meth deal gone wrong, The Tribe speeds across the desert, looking for a way to get back its $60,000. For some reason, a trucker wants them dead.
That's pretty much all I can tell without just spoiling the ...more
If you’re a “Constant Reader” you should already be well aware of the fact that Stephen King knows how to do a story about a semi . . .
(and a vending machine – Ha! That scene still cracks me up)
What happens when you add a little Joe Hill to the mix? You get a motorcycle gang too . . .
It seems the
Overall, a quick read with a satisfying ending.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of certain type of stories. Gangster stuff comes to mind, but also the bikegang stuff like Sons of Anarchy. It just isn’t for me. And this story is just that. So my enjoyment of it was prettyminimal.
Yet, for such a short work of fiction, it did a lot of things right.
Stephen King and Joe Hill’s ...more
A collaborative homage to Richard Matheson's Duel, which was the inspiration for Spielberg's first film.
I found the fact that a father/son team produced a tale of another father/son team very serendipitous. In this tale the filial paradigm is fraught with violence, suspense and choices with far reaching results.
Again my 5 star rating may be rooted in bias, but somehow I cannot allow myself to ...more
I told myself if they tried to make me read it in High School I would refuse and take the F, that is how much I was creeped by it.
This story could happen, but it does not creep me out, it makes me sad. I know a lot of Veterans ...more
Definitely worth the .99 and the hour or so it took to read it.
There is nothing new in this story, in fact, the story is a tribute to Richard Matheson's Duel. So why am I giving it four stars? Because this mo' frakker is brutal as H-E ...more
EDIT: Just read it was inspired by Duel. my opinion still stands.
The biggest problem is it just doesn't make any sort of sense. I read a lot of King and Hill so I expect a story that I'll have to suspend my disbelief for sake of plot. I'm OK with evil paranormal clowns, time travel, demons, vampires and any number of outrageous elements if that ...more
The girl's father, over hears them at a rest stop, he'll end up mowing them down one at a time, the gang members race to stay ahead of him and argue whether to go to Las Vegas or try to track down via a sister some of the money they lost.
Both Stephen King and Joe Hill, like their writing style, do a decent job ...more
Nice and short. I didn't think the ending was great. There would be no way I would have stayed. Humpf.
This reminded me of Richard Mathesons Duel: Terror Stories; except we get a reason for the mayhem. Still, pretty darned cool.
Goosie Scale Rating: 3/10
I think the intensity factor gives some stirrings, but nothing extreme. "Duel" had the connection to everyday life that this ...more
Somehow, this book was out for days---DAYS!---before I knew of its existence. And yes, it's a short story not a novel, but still. DAYS! If you know anything at all about me, you know that I love Stephen King. And you probably---hopefully---know that I love his son, ...more
This was creepy and sometimes hard to follow. I don't really know what to think about this story just that some of the people in it were quite deranged and most of them had been through a lot but otherwise I believe more than one of them had several screws loose. This story was a lot about death and ...more
Plot is fairly basic: A close-knit motorcycle gang called the Tribe, led by a ...more
So why do it up again? Because a good story needs repeating. And Throttle is a good addition to the ...more
He writes short stories too. Some of them were gathered together in ...more