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In the Tall Grass [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King , Joe Hill
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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This is a terrifying new short story from authors Stephen King and Joe Hill, brought to you as an eBook original by sister publishers Orion and Hodder & Stoughton.



As USA TODAY said of Stephen King's MILE 81: 'Park and scream. Could there be any better place to set a horror story than an abandoned rest stop?' IN THE TALL GRASS begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are growing more and more desperate.



What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.



This eBook original also contains exclusive extracts from the eagerly anticipated novels NOS4R2 by Joe Hill, and DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1814 KB
  • Print Length: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (9 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K2AJB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy combination 27 Oct 2012
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I do not know how much each contributed to this tale, but father and son have combined well to tell a creepy, unsettling story. They do not waste time with too much backstory and get straight into the meat of it. This leaves the reader to imagine how the church relates to the field, the origin of the item in the clearing, the role of the locals, etc.
I started this story late one night and had to force myself to stop so that I could get some sleep before work. The next morning I was reading on through breakfast. Finishing it was the first thing I did on return from work.
I hope that King and Hill do more collaborations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't See The Forest For The Trees 6 Feb 2014
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Joe Hill, in case you don't already know, is Stephen King's son. He's also a talented writer. Which isn't surprising. Either it's in the genes, or, more likely, Joe Hill grew up with the world's greatest writing teacher at his beck and call. What writer wouldn't benefit from having Stephen King as his live-in editor?

Anyway, In The Tall Grass is a short story co-written by father and son: by teacher and pupil. And it's a good one.

Reminiscent of King's earlier work Children Of The Corn, it's the story of a sister (pregnant) and her twin brother who find themselves in the middle of nowhere, wading into a field of tall grass to save a lost child and his mum. Before long they realise they can't escape the grass. No matter how far they walk in one direction, they don't get any closer to the road or their car. Every time they jump up to look for the road it's either in a different direction or further away. They're stuck.

And the story goes from there.

It's a simple idea, but King and Hill milk it efficiently, constantly cranking up the tension and mystery of the tall grass.

The writing's fluid and engaging, although a couple things niggled at me, especially the references to current-day celebrity gossip and TV shows. King's known to drop in stuff like that, but it's usually a little subtler, or it's something vague such as mentioning Will Smith or Tom Cruise as a star, rather than a specific titbit of time-sensitive relationship-or-TV show gossip. This seemed more of a Hill affectation than anything. And it grated at times. Not a lot, but enough for me to notice it. It also makes the work, by default, anachronistic.

But that's just if I'm looking for flaws.

Other than that, it's an interesting horror story and worth the 99p. Check it out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I only paid 99p! 17 Dec 2012
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I have been reading King for many years and always look forward to a new offering but I was disappointed with this. I don't know where but I have read this or something similar before. Not sure if it was Children of the Corn. But the idea wasn't original. For me King has always been a writer who conjures up words which cause your imagination to run riot all on its own. With this story it is just a "slasher type movie" not clever but just blood and gore for the sake of it. Remember IT where just the thought of a clown and balloons could cause you to run a mile. For a short story Mile 81 was far superior.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too short 8 Jan 2014
By Sian
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Strange even for Stephen King. Didn't seem to be any kind of ending, I felt like I missed the rest of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me the creeps 1 Sep 2013
By mary Q
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This was a peice of work written by masters of their craft. It was well read, and the story itself had a dark kind of symmetry that was unsettling and definitely gave me a case of the heebejeebies. Lived up to my expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King does it again 29 Aug 2013
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King has a fantasticl imagination,great characters,with all the twists and turns of a maze.and frightening!!! This story,though short is as usual him at his best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable 11 Aug 2013
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A good book but has a really bad finish which is not typical of king. The ending really lets the book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tall grass 5 Aug 2013
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Could not put it down but then I am a fan off stephen king and this did not disappoint me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Not read yet. But should be as good as his other books I,ve read so gave it top marks in anticipation.
Published 3 days ago by snowy
5.0 out of 5 stars who knew the lawn could be so scary
Creepy, compelling and disturbing. Everything Stephen King does better than anyone else. Stayed in my mind with a definite after taste. Loved it
Published 15 days ago by Marion Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what all the fuss is about. Just OK.
I'm a huge King fan, I don't know why but I've grown so accustomed to his writing that I find myself missing his style if I'm to read horror by anyone other than him. Read more
Published 29 days ago by M. camp
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Much as I love Stephen King stories, I'm not a fan of Joe Hill. This short story built up to go nowhere. Lots of tension and foreboding but a lame ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DaveTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Children of the corn reimagined
Stephen king back to his brilliant best. Children of the corn style chiller. Don't veer from the road ever again.
Published 1 month ago by JAMIE MANKELOW
5.0 out of 5 stars There is only one Mr King
Just a quick short story but oh so King in its approach and shock value. As always a good read!
Published 1 month ago by Deb
1.0 out of 5 stars typical horror short story
As always with a Stephen King story it is well written but to be honest the whole thing left me feeling so what. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hong kong phooey
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Tall Grass
A collaboration of father and son horror writers, what's not to like? It is a short book but still a good read.
Published 2 months ago by pixiestix
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read.
Entertaining enough story leaving lots of unanswered questions. It was more like an introduction to a longer story. Enjoyed it though.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Not a bad story did not know Joe Hill was Stephen King 's son will look out for more books by him.
Published 2 months ago by Join Jmmoly
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