On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. This short explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world
First publication: Strange Weather
Author(s): Joe Hill
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When the rain fell, most everyone was caught outside in it.
You wonder, maybe, why so many people died in that initial downpour. People who weren’t there say, don’t folks in Boulder know to come in out of the rain? Well, let me tell you. This was the last Friday in August, you remember, and it was H-O-T, hot. At eleven in the morning? There wasn’t a cloud to be seen. The sky was so bleu it hurt to look at it for too long, and a body just couldn’t stand to be inside. It as about as glorious as the first day in Eden.