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In the Tall Grass

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  10,213 Ratings  ·  1,003 Reviews
Mile 81 meets “N.” in this eBook collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill.

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 th
ebook, 60 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Scribner
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Well, well, well, what do we have here? A bona fide horror story my friends and Constant Readers, sprouted from the father/son imagination team of Stephen King and Joe Hill. This story is not without its problems (and won't be suited to everyone's tastes). It is ghoulish and a tad gory, and depending on your sensibilities you may be disgusted, even offended. But before it goes there it is a magnificent piece of storytelling steeped in dread and what I like to call, epic creep. One reviewer has l
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“He wanted quiet for a while instead of the radio, so you could say what happened was his fault. She wanted fresh air instead of the AC for a while, so you could say it was hers.”

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What can I say? I can say “boy oh boy this was a humdinger of a little thrillride.”

Cal and Becky pull off of the highway to stretch their legs, but could never imagine what would happen next. On their side of the highway is the Black Rock of the Redeemer
Gregor Xane
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The product description for this book wasn't honest, and that kind of ticks me off. The way it's listed on Amazon, it looks like you're going to get a novella-length story written by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. There is no mention of the fact that the last 25% of the eBook's length is taken up by teaser chapters from King and Hill's forthcoming novels (at the time), Doctor Sleep and NOS4A2, respectively. When the advertisements stuffed into the back amount for 25% of the page count, it ju ...more
Wayne Barrett


Great collaboration between father and son. The King and his heir work well together.

This was like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon meets The Children of the Corn. I felt claustrophobic while reading this and if I ever hear a kid calling for help from a field like this one, they're screwed.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King has a knack of writing horror stories set at the most unlikeliest of places and around the most unlikeliest of things/events. This one is easily one of his most disturbing short stories you will read. The story was tense and creepy but it has more about gore than horror. Not for everyone.
Edward Lorn
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In the Tall Grass" is one of the most disturbing tales I've ever read. This is the first Stephen King story, or Joe Hill story for that matter, that actually turned my stomach. The writing is vivid, filled with brutal simplicity that drives the horror home. I didn't feel all that attached to either Cal or Becky, but what Becky goes through in the later part of this short story would crush the heart of any parent. No, not just crush. Decimate.

This is also the first collaboration of father and s
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, kindle
Lijep primjer kad odlično , čak više fenomenalno kreneš , a onda kao da ne znaš šta dalje i izabereš najgore moguće riješenje .

Priča je izdata u 2 dijela .
Cal i njegova sestra Becky , nakon što čuju malo dijete koje traži pomoć u (nemoguće) visokoj travi , se sami izgube u toj (nemoguće ) visokoj travi .
King i Hill su uspjeli stvoriti jako dobru , klaustrofobičnu atmosferu .
Taj dio je čista petica .

Ali onda , u drugom dijelu ova odlična priča se pretvara u jeftini B horor film . Manji spoiler .
Franco  Santos
Joe y Stephen, Stephen y Joe, padre e hijo. ¿No es tierno? Ok, no.

Buen trabajo en conjunto. Muy escalofriante y terrorífico.
Sam Quixote
A brother and sister driving across Kansas with the windows rolled down hear a young boy calling for help in the middle of a field of Tall Grass. Stopping to investigate, they enter the Tall Grass, become separated, and get lost in the Tall Grass. They can’t get out of the Tall Grass because the Tall Grass is weird and you can never leave the Tall Grass once you enter the Tall Grass. Huh. Tall Grass, eh?

The premise is interesting: a field of Tall Grass that is somehow an evil living thing where
I am a BIG fan of Stephen King, but not so much Joe Hill (yet) having only read two of his novels. I am struggling with a rating on this short horror story perhaps bc I just finished reading POE'S shorts The Pit and the Pendulum:, The Masque of the Red Death, and the really short The Black Cat (which were all GREAT by the way) so this one just kind of fell short (no pun intended) for me.

The book summary and the beginning did draw me in......the deserted rest stop, the abandoned cars, and the cal

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Trippy thing to wake up to this morning, but I'm not complaining. I am DAMN glad I didn't listen to this at night. It felt very Children of the Corn-esque, but with Joe's eye for detail and efficiency. Father and son work extremely well together. Makes me excited to read Throttle.

Stephen Lang did a great job reading -- I loved to hate him in Avatar, and his voice works really well with this story. Check out the audio if you feel so inclined!
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: King Fans
3.5 stars.

I haven't read too many short stories by King, and this was my first taste of Joe Hill. I like the idea of the story, but something fell flat to me. The first part was good, and had a creepy factor to it. At a certain point, the story kind of got dull for me, and I started to think, "That's it?" I kind of thought the end could have been a little better, but hey...the overall story is pretty good. The part at the end where it talks about "tasting like sardines".....OMG.....NASTY.
Adam Light
I have to say that this was a big surprise for me. After reading some of the other short stories King and Hill have given us lately, it was refreshing to find myself immersed in a good old fashioned HORROR story. I agree with other reviewers that it was predictable, and derivative of a couple of Kings other stories, but overall it was a fun read for me.
Sean Smart
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very impressive well written scary short story from father and son King
Oct 25, 2012 added it

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure what to say about this one guys, if I’m being honest. It started out fantastic, old school horror. You know, creepy with out really giving you too much – making you dread what was on the next page. Then, at some point, the book just kind of takes a turn and not only gives you what you have been dreading, but kind of takes it a step further. No, takes it a step too far. Gives you something you wouldn’t dream of, in this case even kind of makes you gag a little.

I love horr
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En este relato corto se encuentra la esencia de Stephen King. Tanto por la temática, por las sensaciones que consigue transmitir y por la forma que tiene de contar historias. Y de terminarlas. Aún no he leído nada de Joe Hill en solitario y no he conseguido distinguir su mano. Pero ha conseguido que adelante en la pila un par de libros del team King. Así que se podría decir que ha sido el mejor aperitivo que he leído en mucho tiempo.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good horror story, but not for the squeamish. The characters are great for as short as it is. And it has these little splashes of humor to give it a bunch of kooky tweaks. I get the feeling father and son were egging each other on to make the tale as disgusting and disturbing as possible.
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Finally! At the long last! I was able to finish a Stephen King book. I have started many, but never got past the end line. Now, I did. Feels like finally the curse is over, the jinx left me. And I can move forward with all his books. Hopefully!

So "In the tall grass", was quite a nice read. Short it may be, but it was not cheap with idea and atmosphere. It started on a average note, but right of the bat story paced up and became interesting. Although I could guess how its gonna be, I was interes
Chris McGrath
The premise of the story is simple and classic King: two siblings, driving across the country, hear a lost child calling for help from within a field of tall grass. They decide to investigate, but there's something supernatural and malicious going on in this particular field. It's a nasty story, suspenseful and gruesome, and though not the most offensive stuff King's ever written, it's close. Of course, that's exactly the kind of story most people would hope for from these two authors. It's defi ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm a huge fan of Stephen King. I started with The Gunslinger and was hooked. And while I'm not a huge fan of horror, I don't find his stuff that terrifying or disturbing. That being said, I didn't like this short story at all. In fact it kind of disgusted me. Maybe it just hits a little too close to home (one of the main characters is pregnant, and my wife is currently 8 months pregnant).

The first part was pretty great. Tense and creepy. But part 2 took a turn that I just didn't like and was q

I do love me some Stephen King and Joe Hill... and writing together? Awesomeness.

This was a great little story. Intense and nerve-wracking, and surreal and all too realistic - at least to me. Being lost in vast fields of grass or corn would be terrifying. You think you're walking out, but only pushing deeper into the field. And then you panic and disorientate yourself and things just get worse...

This story reminded me a little of quite a few other King stories, from The Lawnmower
Evans Light
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-it
Fun little story, nothing amazing, predictable but enjoyable and well-written. Should have been $.99, not $3.99, due to how short it is.

As others have mentioned, it's practically the same story as MILE 81, with minor variations.

I didn't read the previews for DOCTOR SLEEP and NOS4A2, going to wait for the whole book.
Coos Burton
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Un trabajo de padre e hijo, algo que creo que muchos queríamos ver. No había tenido oportunidad de leerlo anteriormente, y ahora que pude hacerlo me pareció muy entretenido y sobre todo extraño, aunque no me terminó de cerrar el estilo en el que esta narrada la historia. Sacando eso, yo creo que fue un buen relato, me gustó mucho que fuera tan visceral y morboso, la idea se me hizo pesadillesca.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy entretenida, agobiante y malrollera. Final macabro. Muy recomendable.
Overall - 3.5 stars
Narration - 4 stars
Story - 3 stars

I sort of expect more from this team
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king, short-stories
I wasn't really planning to write an official review of this short story...but a week later it is still on my mind.

I was drawn to this because of course, King and Hill are some of my favorites and I figured it would be worth a few minutes to listen to the audio-cd. Holy Moly....this is the scariest short story I have ever heard. Ever. Hands down.

I really loved the description of "Irish twins" and how it pertains to the story, as I have a sibling/Irish twin of my own. That definitely made me im
Javier Muñoz
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Relato de terror con toques sobrenaturales, escrito a cuatro manos por Stephen King y Joe Hill, la firma de King es muy patente a lo largo de todo el relato en la forma de expresarse de los personajes y la voz interior de los mismos. Me ha gustado mucho, aunque la verdad es que tiene algunos momentos bastante desagradables que pueden dejar mal cuerpo a cualquiera.

Dos hermanos inseparables (chico y chica, la hermana está embarazada) se encuentran de viaje cuando escuchan una voz de un niño pidien
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Im hohen Gras” hatte gleich zwei Premieren für mich parat: Zum einen habe ich zum ersten Mal eine Geschichte von Stephen Kings ältestem Sohn Joe Hill gelesen, zum anderen habe ich meine erste Kurzgeschichte des “Meister des Horrors” gelesen. Die Geschichte ist mit ihren knapp 70 Seiten relativ kurz, aber dennoch spannend und sehr detailliert beschrieben, aber dennoch wusste ich bis zum Schluss nicht so ganz, was ich von diesem Ebook halten soll, da mich besonders das Ende sehr verwirrt hat. “Im ...more
This feels more Joe Hill and less SK to me. It was okay but I would have preferred it the other way around. Love SK but JH is always kinda meh for me. His style is more crude and lacks the subtlety of his fathers. So many writers want to dwell a little too much on the disgusting elements of the story for my taste. Now don't get me wrong..SK has plenty of horrifying themes in his stories. I just feel that he keeps them in their proper place and doesn't exaggerate them just to gross you out. He kn ...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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