Inspired by Richard Matheson’s classic “Duel,” “Throttle,” by Joe Hill and Stephen King, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you’re up against, is slowing down . . .
The Literary Atlas Review:
I have read novels and short stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, and I was intrigued to find a short story written by both authors. To my delight, I found Throttle an exciting and well-written short story. I don’t write short stories, but if you write them, I recommend Throttle as an excellent example of the craft. There’s lots to learn about short story writing in Throttle. In forty-seven pages, Hill and King:
- draw a detailed picture of the troubled father-son dynamic that’s relevant to the story’s plot and keeps the reader turning the page.
- provide and withhold enough detail to add a slight chill to the characterization of the faceless trucker and his truck.
- raise interesting comparisons between two different generations and their wars.
Study Throttle by Joe Hill and Stephen King to learn how to write a well-crafted short story. Read Throttle to enjoy a classic short story that contains a little mystery and a lot of thrill.