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Full Throttle

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  14,032 ratings  ·  2,023 reviews
A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in “Faun.” A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in “Late Returns.” In “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the wate ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by William Morrow
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Throttle, read by Stephen Lang
Dark Carousel, read by Nate Corddry
Wolverton Station, read by Neil Gaiman
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Narrator list looks to be:
Throttle, read by Stephen Lang
Dark Carousel, read by Nate Corddry
Wolverton Station, read by Neil Gaiman
By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain, read by Kate Mulgrew
Faun, read by Zachary Quinto
Late Returns, read by Wil Weaton
All I Care About Is You, read by Ashley Cummings
Thumbprint, read by Laysla De Oliveira
The Devil on the Staircase, read by George Guidall
Mums, read by Connor Jessup
In the Tall Grass, read by Stephen Lang
You Are Released, read by Joe Hill(less)

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Will Byrnes
…a child has only the two parents, but if you’re lucky enough to be an artist for a living, ultimately you wind up with a few mothers and fathers. When someone asks a writer, ”Who’s your daddy?” the only honest answer is, “That’s complicated.”
You might need some version of Ancestry.com to label all the literary influences at play in Joe Hill’s latest story collection. Or maybe not, as Hill gives us a pretty good idea right off the bat, in the introduction. Pretty obvious who influencer numbe
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m mostly into novels and short stories are not my first choice to read but when it comes to evil genius thriller writers, like MY ALL TIME KING that I take a bow and THE PRINCE HILL create something new, I jump up and down to perform my happy dance, grabbing the book, turning off my phone, gathering my munchies and soft drinks, locking myself into my bedroom and starting to flip the pages nonstop!

Don’t get me wrong! After saying some many highly things and expressing my dedication to those wr
Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”It’s quite common to enter a library and find yourself in conversation with the dead. The best minds of generations long gone crowd every bookshelf. They wait there to be noticed, to be addressed, and to reply in turn. In the library the dead meet the living on collegial terms as a matter of course, every day.”

The introduction to this collection of tales is almost worth the price of admission by itself. Joe Hill King talks about what it is like to enter a profession that his father has dominate
Final Average Rating – 4.07 Stars

I enjoyed this collection of Joe Hill short stories and flew through the audiobook – I could not stop listening! It had its high points (Late Returns) and low points (Thumbprint) but, overall, a solid collection.

I have included my short review of each story below – you may have already seen them as my status updates as I was reading.

Also, interesting note on the audio edition: It does not include Twittering From The Circus of the Dead. After finishing the audio
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So here's the thing. I think the audiobook medium really works to Hill's advantage because he's such a nerdy sweetheart in the introductions that it makes you just love him and want to love his books.


Throttle - 3 stars
This one was written with his father, Stephen King. As I mentioned, I love Joe Hill's introductions because they just make you like him as a human being, and after hearing some of the father-son fun they had that made up the origin, I enjoyed this one more than I would have just
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'm not the biggest fan of short stories but I am a fan of Joe Hill and he was able to draw me in with this collection of short stories. I had previously read the two short stories in this collection which he co-wrote with his father - Full Throttle and In the Tall Grass. There are quite a few short stories in this book with my favorites being Late Returns and Dark Carousal and my least favorite being Faun. But in all honesty, I have to admit my very and I mean very favorite part of this book wa ...more
Johann (jobis89)
”A child has only two parents, but if you’re lucky enough to get to be an artist for a living, ultimately you wind up with a few mothers and fathers.”

Well, this is the first time that a Joe Hill book has disappointed me. It’s a real shame, because I used to shout from the rooftops that I have basically loved every Hill I’ve read so far - but now there is a black mark on his record...

Okay, let’s dial it back, perhaps I’m being a tad dramatic... it’s not terrible! There are a total of 13 stories i
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So right now this review is just for Late Returns, a Locus award-nominated novelette in this collection (plus a few brief comments on other stories ... we'll see how many of them I get to before I have to send this book back to the library). :) Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Joe Hill, who like his famous father typically writes in the horror genre, switches it up in Late Returns. John Davies, still dealing with grief from the double suicide of his ailing parents and out of work since
Jay Schutt
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A nice effort by the son of the "King" of horror. Thirteen well-written stories that will help you go full-throttle through this book. Some will be quite memorable. ...more
Sadie Hartmann
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m writing up a review for Scream Mag. My last of the 4 reviews for the October issue. I’m so disappointed in this collection. If it wasn’t for IN THE TALL GRASS, THROTTLE and like 2 others, this would have been a DNF or maybe like a 1 or 2 star for me. Details later.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vary rarely do I review the audio of a book. Though I’m a big audiobook reader/listener, I tend to swap between the physical and audio versions of I’m reading and generally just review the actual book itself, not the audio production. There have been a few notable exceptions, most especially Daisy Jones & The Six, but those exceptions are few and far between. Today, I have another exception to add to the list with Joe Hill’s most recent short fiction collection, Full Throttle. And it was such a ...more
Misty Marie Harms
A bunch of excellent short stories. Guaranteed to send chills throughout your body!
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
An excellent parable like tale. A poor man rises to power after slaying the beloved of his cousin and going down the stairs to hell. A strange blonde mysterious boy is offering uncanny objects. There is even reference to a certain Mr Mussolini... Very literary bible like tale with many allusions and well known motifs. Terrifying at some parts and highly recommended!
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as dreaded-dnf  ·  review of another edition
I’m tired of dragging myself back to this, it’s just not working for me.
October 13-25th, 2019.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Overall Rating: 3.5 rounded down.

Full Throttle is a collection of thirteen short stories by Joe Hill which I quite enjoyed reading. I liked a few of the stories a lot but the rest felt mediocre to me. Here are the individual ratings and a few lines of description for each:

Throttle (3 stars): This was a story written with Stephen King about a group of bikers who find themselves in a death chase. Sadly, it failed to impress me. I guess when I saw that Stephen King was a contributor, I had higher e
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Joe Hill may have begun his writing career by keeping his last name a secret, but he has never shied away from saying that his biggest influence is his own dad and with that (in combination with mom) the one who most shaped him and those writing chops. Any constant reader of King, who has also picked up a Hill, may notice the writing similarities. Could there be a better compliment? My thoughts are that this is a good thing, and sometimes a Joe Hill story has even eclipsed his pop's, especially ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Various stories here. Some good, some meh. Small bits of racist writing, but that's on par with American lit unfortunately. 5 of 10 stars ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, 2019-shelf
This is a fine, fine collection of short stories.

When I decided I wanted good, traditional horror with fantastic characterization and full-hilt (or throttle) gore, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with Hill.

It’s not like this is all he does, but when I just want that visceral surprise death after getting to know some rather interesting folk, I found myself laughing out loud in a good number of these.

Maybe it says more about me than I intended. *shrug* Oh, well! Obvious modern morality plays are FUN.

Jen - The Tolkien Gal
Jan 16, 2020 is currently reading it
Narrated by Joe Hill, Stephen Lang, Neil Gaiman, Kate Mulgrew, Zachary Quinto and Wil Wheaton???

Hell's bells, Batman. I'm excited.

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When I went swimming that summer and dived beneath the surface of the lake, and opened my eyes, I was sure I'd see a Great White lunging out of the dark at me. More than once I heard myself screaming underwater. When I wandered into my bedroom, I half expected toys to spring to antic, supernatural life, powered by the energy radiated from the passing UFOs. - Joe Hill
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hill presents another fine collection of mesmerizing tales meant to captivate and enthrall the reader. Even the less impressive stories - Wolverton Station, which involves, you guessed it - wolves, and Dark Carousel, a story about vengeful, killer carousel animals, were well written and fairly riveting.

My two favorite tales - Late Returns and You Are Released -both pack an emotional wallop. The first story involves library patrons whose quest for a good book never ends . . . even after death. I
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The masterful Joe Hill returns with FULL THROTTLE, a collection of thirteen short stories.

The thirteen tales range from dark fantasy to horror to sci-fi, but they all share the same relentless drive and sense of momentum that Hill has become known for. The book opens with a lengthy introduction, which reads more like a chat with really interesting friend. Hill relates several anecdotes about his career, childhood, and growing up as Stephen King's son, including one story that he means to be fu
A collection like this is typically like a box of gifted chocolates. I'm the type of jerk who wants a box containing only my favorites. Give me all the dark chocolate cherries or keep those chocolates for yourself because I don't want to waste the calories. Much like my reading life in 2020. I'm warning you now that I'm going to be a brutal DNFer because life is too short and I want to spend my free time doing things I love. I didn't love the first 35% of this book so I quit it. I hear In the Ta ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to reviewing a short story collection, sometimes I break it down to comment on each individual one and sometimes I go for one overall review. It has nothing to do with the quality of the book and everything to do with my level of laziness. For this book I am giving it my 100% because it was outstanding AND I am wanting to go balls to the wall, full throttle (lame joke I know but hey, why the hell not).

Introduction: Who’s Your Daddy? – This was my favorite part of the book
Sep 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Throttle- 4
Dark Carousel- 5
Wolverton Station- 3
By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain- 4
Faun- 4
Late Returns- 4
All I Care About is You- 5
Thumbprint- 3
Devil on the Staircase- 2
Twittering From the Circus of the Dead- 4
Mums- 3
In the Tall Grass- 1
You are Released- 4
Paul O’Neill
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent collection. My favourites were Mums, Throttle, In The Tall Grass, Late Returns, and You Are Released. I applaud Hill for trying different things with the short story format. Highly recommended.
Erin Cataldi
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Everything short story in this collection is perfect. Literally. Every. One. As a librarian I ADORED Late Returns; a story about a bookmobile that happens to service ghosts intent on returning their overdue books. All I Care About is You didn't grab me at first, but two pages later I was sold and the ending threw me for a freaking loop. The world building in that short story is masterful and I read a whole novel set in that world! Faun was like Chronicles of Narnia meets Oz with a dark twist and ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started this as an audiobook, but I was so drawn in that I switched to print so I could just keep going. That said, the audio is excellent, and the list of narrators impressive, so there is nothing at all lost by going this route.

Overall the stories are extremely solid from start to finish, and I appreciated the order and narrative framework of the collection. The absolute standout story here is Late Returns, and I would say that even if you ultimately decide to pass on the rest of the collect
Ellen Gail
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four stars! A really solid collection of short stories from one of my favorite authors.

A book of stories isn't a novel and can't have the simple narrative drive of a novel. I think it should still try to have a feeling of progression, of connectedness. It's like a road trip...The places where you stop to rest and dream are unique - but the road is the same, always waiting to carry you on to whatever's next.

Me anytime Joe Hill writes anything:

I am an unrepentant a fangirl when it comes to his
I haven’t read much of Joe Hill, only The Fireman some years ago which I liked well enough but did not LOVE. So, I can’t really judge Full Throttle as compared to his other work, but seems like he’s really great at writing short stories – and anything else too, since I devoured this book from the introduction to story notes and acknowledgements in record time!

My favorites are;
“Wolverton Station”, which was quite absurd and even hilarious, really, about a man on a train ride with werewolves – I t
Donna Davis
I’m late to the party, so by now this book has a pile of accolades; every one of them is earned. I received a review copy courtesy of Net Galley and HarperCollins. I am fond of short stories, all the more so when the stories are as riveting and suspenseful as these. How else could the reader get any sleep at all, if there wasn’t a natural stopping point at the end of each story? If you like this author’s work, or if you like horror stories—not all of them, strictly speaking, fit into the genre, ...more
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Joe Hill's debut, Heart-Shaped Box, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His second, Horns, was made into a film freakfest starring Daniel Radcliffe. His other novels include NOS4A2, and his #1 New York Times Best-Seller, The Fireman... which was also the winner of a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror Novel.

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