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In the Tall Grass

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  12,978 ratings  ·  1,277 reviews
Mile 81 meets N. in this e-book collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill.

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 more and more despe
Audio CD, Unabridged, 2 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Dr. Fiona M. Clements-Russell I think the fact that you "...longed for more" explains why really GOOD short stories are so popular. It's a wonderful medium for writing - everything…moreI think the fact that you "...longed for more" explains why really GOOD short stories are so popular. It's a wonderful medium for writing - everything has to be compressed into a smaller space. I always liken it to getting one bite of your favourite desert...It just leaves you hungry for more! But on a serious note, short stories are not for everyone - personally, I love them, when they are well-written, which I found this one was. (Also, being a collaborative of Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill, it was a 'must read' for me.)

Just to continue the food analogy, if you think of a short story as a starter, rather than the more filling experience that a four course meal in reading a novel provides, then you may find you will end up addicted to all these delicious little 'bites', and get into short stories more, too!

I highly recommend the collection by Stephen King called "Night Shift", or Joe Hill's "Twentieth Century Ghosts". With such short story collections, you can dip in and out of books at your leisure, without having to go the whole distance of a novel. Not that it is ever a struggle to read a superb long novel - I have read both "It" and "The Stand", two of Stephen King 's longer works more times than I can count! Something draws me back to his work over and over...!

These is some superb writing out there in the short story genre, and if you are into Horror, look no further than ANY collection from Crystal Lake Publishing, where you will find the absolute epitome of horror writing by some of the best authors in the business. The standard of writing that Crystal Lake Publishing Readers enjoy is, in my own humble opinion, some of the very best in the business, and that is a big claim to make.

I hope that your first experience of a short story won't put you off, as there are some absolutely amazing gems of storytelling in this format. However, if you found it too unsatisfactory, then, well, just go on and order the whole menu that a good novel can satisfy you with, instead!

Whatever you read, please enjoy - these wonderful escapes into fiction and non-fiction that authors have brought us are supposed to be a pleasure, not a bad experience, and while there are always going to be differences of opinions, I love both short story collections, as well as novels. Happy reading 📚
Warmest Regards,
Fiona xXx(less)

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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
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story asks the question "What would you do if you heard a child calling for help?" Would you stop and help? Would you stop and call for help? What if a child is calling for help but his Mother is warning you against helping?

In this short story, brother and sister, Cal and Becky, are driving when they hear a boy in the tall grass asking for help. He is lost and can't find his way out. Of course they want to help him, wouldn't you? But wait! The boy's Mother is warning you against helpi
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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
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
Johann (jobis89)
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can these two PLEASE write a book together?! Great short story... disturbing and gory.
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
Sean Smart
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very impressive well written scary short story from father and son King
Sumit RK
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Eliza Rapsodia
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes del terror
Shelves: ebook, horror

Stephen King is one of my favorite writers and I still have a lot of novels to read, so I take my time between each of his works This time I'll talk about a short story he published in 2012 with his son Joe. For those who do not know, Joe uses a pen name because he did not want to rely on his father's fame. Still, eventually it became known that Joe is Joseph Hillstrom, King's eldest son.

This has been quite an experience. Becky and Cal are twins. They have done everything tog
Franco  Santos
Joe y Stephen, Stephen y Joe, padre e hijo. ¿No es tierno? Ok, no.

Buen trabajo en conjunto. Muy escalofriante y terrorífico.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Not too much to say about this short story besides there is no happy ending. I am warning you there is no happy ending. Also don't read and eat at the same time. I repeat, don't read and eat at the same time.

King and Hill do a very good job with developing Cal and Becky (Irish twins) and my heart and body hurt for both of them. Becky's story and realization of things that come broke me. Sometimes I need a happy ending King, just saying.

Also I am a terrible person, because if I heard a person cal
Hunter Shea
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
That ending! Dear God.
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
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daaaammmnn! What’s my malfunction that I never got around to this one? I’m pretty sure I’ve had this sitting around for a couple years. Hmm. That’s not like me. Well, at least not with a King/Hill anyway.

This was a wee more brutal than I had anticipated, and I dug that about it.

Come on, touch the rock.
Touch it.
Then you’ll see.
Then you’ll be free.

And because I can’t stand a limerick cliffhanger…here you go: “And slipped his best girl a martini.” (Yes, I had to look it up) And because it’s been
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

Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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 .
Ruth Berent
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corto, claustrofóbico y bien escrito.
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!
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.
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good short story and this one hit the spot. Straight to the point. The nitty gritty. Brutally violent, gnarly and gross. It had me wanting more.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich mags einfach. Verstanden hab ichs nicht, aber das bin ich von King jetzt schon gewohnt. Dieses Buch setzt sich jetzt wieder in meinen Kopf, ich suche verzweifelt nach einer Logik, dabei sollte klar sein dass es keine Logik gibt.

Irgendwie hab ich erst danach verstanden, dass es sich bei Joe Hill um Kings Sohn handelt. Es interessiert schon ein bisschen wer da was in der Geschichte geschrieben hat.

Ich kann schlecht sagen dass ich den Inhalt gut fand, oder mir die Geschichte gefiel, weil sie do
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un relato claustrofóbico y agobiante, que te dejará pegado a sus páginas queriendo aún más. Lleno de oscuridad, incertidumbre y maldad, padre e hijo hacen una combinación genial.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, this was definitely a terrifying short story. I am now NEVER going into a field of grass that is taller than my waist haha.

This short story is well-written and has a really good plot. Plus, it really manages to give you the chills throughout the entire story.

Great read if you love horror stories, if not then I would not recommend it, because it is definitely creepy.

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
Adam Light
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Alexander Páez
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Uffff.... que chungo. King siempre sabe sacar una parte oscura de todo aquello que toca, pero junto a Joe Hill crean una atmósfera de lo más asfixiante. Un relato espeluznante al más puro estilo King y con el gamberrismo de Hill.
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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
“Want to see the rock? Want to lay on it naked, and feel me in you, beneath the pinwheel stars, while the grass sings our names?” 2 likes
“Cal thought: A new player. Terrific. Maybe William Shatner’s in here, too. Also Mike Huckabee . . . Kim Kardashian . . . the guy who plays Opie on Sons of Anarchy and the entire cast of The Walking Dead.” 1 likes
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