Joe Hill’s The Fireman
Veronica V. at book signing with Joe Hill. 05/25/16
“At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet and a freight train running through the middle of my head.
Only you, can cool my desire. OH OH OH, I’m on fire.”
Here it goes, another post apocalyptic novel!
Writer Joe Hill, graphic novelist of Locke and Key and Wraith. Novelist of titles; NOS4A2, Heart Shaped Box, Horns and 20th Century Ghosts.
Also worth mentioning Joe Hill’s famous father writer Stephen King, however Joe Hill has certainly earned his credit in great story telling.
The Fireman’s premise is that of a post apocalyptic novel, however the difference is
the contagion results in becoming infected with Draco incendia trychophyton commonly known as
“Dragonscale”; beautiful golden scales that cause the host to combust into flames at any given moment,
sparking (no pun intended) sudden fires in cities across the country.
Keith Richards is presumed to be alive, but is not 100% confirmed.
In the center of this madness is protagonist Harper Grayson, nurse and all around do gooder. Harper invests her time in helping those around her by volunteering at her local hospital. There she meets The Fireman, who shows signs of Dragonscale by the smoke that emanates from his yellow fireman’s coat. Harper later becomes infected with Dragonscale and presumed to have infected her finance who is outraged and later leaves Harper to protect herself with a baby growing inside her.
Harper determined to stay alive long enough to deliver her baby, with the Fireman’s help seek refuge with a campsite group. The group show signs of a safe haven for those infected and work together to avoid Cremation Crew’s and their leader the Marlboro man who take matters into their own hands by executing anyone infected by any, I mean, ANY means necessary. The group also realize they can control and harness Dragonscale by singing together in group song radiating bright light.
The group progresses into deterioration of social and governing order that’s reminiscent to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies in which rules begin to bend and mold for the benefit of the leader. Which progressively gets worse delving into a scenario that would belong in Shirley Jackson’s , The Lottery.
Despite this backdrop, Joe Hill maintains hope and spirit of the human condition to stay alive or die fighting that is unlike the mayhem and chaos associated with post apocalyptic novels.