The Fireman is the first novel that I have ever read by Joe Hill, and I just could not get enough of it.
I had been reading his dad’s (Stephen King) writing since 2006, when my highschool best friend randomly lent me Wizard & Glass. I don’t remember how I got onto Joe Hill being an author or even how I thought I should read one of his books (probably a facebook article recommending books or authors), but I have been a slow burning fan ever since I read The Fireman. I’m currently reading my second Joe Hill book, N0S4A2, and am loving it.
Anyhow, back to The Fireman. It’s been a few years since I’ve read it, so I will just give a brief highlight. Basically: post-apocalypse setting, rebuilding a safe society, umm.. drama lol, and someone (or something) dressed as a fireman and doing bad things.
I remember reading this book. I had moved briefly up into Northern British Columbia for a summer, unsure of what I was going to do with myself now that I was back home in Canada, and I spent every lunch break at my job, reading this book. And I spent most of my free time reading it too.
It was so well written. It was intriguing. I wanted it to last forever because it was so good, while simultaneously wanting it to be finished solely so that I knew what happened in the end. This book consumed me. And I loved it. So if you’re looking to get into horror novels, The Fireman by Joe Hill is a good place to start. It should be noted that I didn’t find it all that scary just incase you’re wondering. And I get scared easily.
Fun Fact: You may be wondering why Stephen King’s son doesn’t share his same last name. Well I happened to read an article addressing this question and it made me giggle, and I giggle every time I share it with people, so hopefully you get a giggle too if you don’t already know.
1) Joe Hill wanted to make it on his own writing without his father’s influence, the pressure of being Stephen King’s son.
2) His name is Joseph Hillström King… shorten it down and his name is Joe King… joking… get it??? hahahaha So he goes by his first name and the beginning of his middle name, Joe Hill.
Second quick fun fact: Almost everyone in Stephen King’s family is a writer. His wife Tabitha writes romance, both of his sons, Joe and Owen write. But his daughter Naomi is a priest. That was unexpected to find out, but how fun!
Anyhow, if you’ve read this far on this post, you should read The Fireman. So worth it.