Monday, November 13, 2017
In this collection of novellas, Hill offers up, yes, some strange weather, but also four wildly different types of horror. The first novella, "Snapshot," centers on a woman whose memory loss may not be due the natural causes everyone assumes it to be; the third, "Aloft," hits those of us with a fear of heights...and the unknown; and the fourth, "Rain," takes the book title most seriously, with sudden and deadly precipitation.
But it's the second story, "Loaded," that I found most chilling. While the others all include some supernatural (or at least super-weird) element, "Loaded" centers on something that is not only plausible, but probable in modern America: a shooting in a mall that just keeps getting worse. It's tightly woven, masterfully brutal, and will send chills down my spine for ages.
All in all, an excellent collection.