|King of the Hill
||[Jun. 17th, 2008|10:46 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
I must be behind the times, because I only just found out that Stephen King and Joe Hill are collaborating on a novella called "Throttle" for a Gauntlet anthology in honor of Richard Matheson. While I find this generally exciting, I'm also a bit of a weirdo and find myself far more excited about Joe Hill's involvement than Stephen King's.
Now, I'm not dissing Big Steve. The only thing I would ever, ever diss Big Steve about are his frequently boring and self-involved columns for Entertainment Weekly, which I am always tempted to skip -- until visions of bev_vincent beating me to death with a hundred-pound limited edition hardcover of The Gunslinger frighten me into doing my readerly duty. No, I'm just excited because I love Hill's work in a way I haven't loved King's since 1999's Hearts in Atlantis.
Hill's collection 20th Century Ghosts still strikes me as the apex of recent horror short fiction. I haven't read his novel Heart Shaped Box yet, but that's more of a money and my-TBR-pile-is-already-bigger-than-I-am issue than anything else. So I'm excited to see him collaborate with his pa, especially on a novella in honor of the great Richard Matheson.
Of course, Gauntlet puts out special edition books that people like me can't afford, so I hope another house will pick it up for mass market reprint. I'm looking at you Tor, since you have most of Matheson's backlist anyway!