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In the Tall Grass [Kindle Edition]

Joe Hill , Stephen King
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (827 customer reviews)

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

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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Prize as well as the best hardcover award from the International Thriller Writers Association. 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.

Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.

Stephen Lang’s Broadway credits include Wait Until Dark, A Few Good Men, The Speed of Darkness (Tony and Outer Critics noms), and Death of A Salesman (Drama Desk nom). Among his feature films are Last Exit to Brooklyn, Tombstone, Gettysburg, and Manhunter. His television work includes, The Fugitive, Crime Story, Babe Ruth, and Death of A Salesman.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What To Expect From King/Hill December 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD
My wife and I listened to the audiobook format of this novella while driving home from visiting family Christmas night. Before I get into the book itself, I would like to say that I enjoyed Stephen Lang's reading of the story and would be interested in hearing more of his audiobook work.

One of the traits I enjoy about Stephen King's writing is that he writes very compelling characters. They're very much human beings, some good, some bad, all with their faults and personality quirks from how their lives have treated them. The characters of Becky and Cal DeMuth are no exception. I found myself liking them as people before they even reached the field of tall grass where most of the story takes place. They are also, not surprisingly, both New Englanders. This isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, I find it a little amusing.

Another trait of King's is how he can build a sense of impending dread throughout his stories. As Becky and Cal discover more and more about the tall grass and the supernatural/otherworldly power which controls it and whoever enters the field, I as a reader/listener found myself feeling despair for the brother and sister protagonists as it became more and more clear that the ending of this story was not going to be happy one. This is a third trait of King's: He is not afraid to go down that dark road which we "Constant Readers" both fear to travel yet can't resist when King is our guide. We know there's a good chance we'll get our hearts broken, if not scared out of our chest, but that's part of the fun and the thrill.

One thing I could not tell from my initial listen of this story is how much of it came from Stephen King's mind and how much from Joe Hill's.
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In The Tall Grass October 10, 2012
By Popcap
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Okay? I bought the book October 9th, the release date, I could not wait. I read a couple reviews that said the book was terrible. I totally disagree.
The book was great. I think Mr. Hill did most of the writing in the story just by the feel of the read. Also people were saying how gross and disgusting it was, I didn't personally think that, i've read worse. Mr. King and Mr. Hill great job.
I did though get confused by the point of view changes but I thought that was a very nice mind-confuser.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable October 10, 2012
By MJCIV
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I liked this story very much. As I read, I heard a few echoes from King the Elder's past: "The Lawnmower Man" and "Children of the Corn" in particular. Throw in a dose of H.P. Lovecraft and the novel The Ruins and you'll have this story's DNA sequence. With that said...a tense, gory, and original story. Well worth reading. King(s) is at his best when he's writing short stories. His son Joe is no slouch, either. Very enjoyable stuff.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but not my favorite King/Hill collaboration October 9, 2012
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"In the Tall Grass" was different than other King or Hill stories I've read. Character development, which I look forward to in their horror stories, was almost non-existent.

Yes, the story was a little creepy, in a corn maze Halloweenish sort of way and there was some blood and guts thrown in but this story is not one of King's or Hill's best. I'm glad I read it just so I can say I did but I won't reread it.

What I REALLY enjoyed were the excerpts from both authors upcoming books. Doctor Sleep is the long-awaited sequel to Stephen King's The Shining and just the teaser sounds great. I can hardly wait until it's released in September 2013.

The excerpt from Joe Hill's new book NOS4A2: A Novel sounds like my kind of book, serial killers and all.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the green grass grows all around October 9, 2012
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There was a thing (there was a thing)
Inside a field (inside a field)
The prettiest thing (the prettiest thing)
That you ever did see (that you ever did see)

The thing in the field
And the folk on the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around

Stephen King at his very best.

This creepy short story takes place in and around an abandoned rest stop. The main characters are think-alike siblings on their way across the country, who stop to render assistance to a cry for help emanating from a field of tall grass.

What happens next is vintage, edge-of-seat, can't put it down King horror genius.

Highly recommended.

Amanda Richards, October 9, 2012
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165 of 214 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read it for free August 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
a good story you can read now for free in Esquire magazine July and August issues. find them online or at your local library. even if your library doesn't subscribe to Esquire you can ask them to get it from another library through inter-library loan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Stephen April 29, 2014
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I am beginning to love Joe Hill, too. Just like a young Stephen! Great weird ideas with wonderfully engrossing writing. Can't beat the "King clan".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same Old, Same Old October 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my 3rd Stephen King ebook after "Mile 81" and "A Face in the Crowd" - actually my 4th if you count "The Plant". Still disappointed. In my opinion, this was yet another rehash of the same theme. "The Ruins" told a much better story, much more effectively.

Don't get me wrong - I have been reading King all my life and own many first editions, including "The Gunslinger". I feel like his writing is getting meaner ("Big Driver" from "Full Dark No Stars")and has lost some of the creeping dread of people caught in unexplainable circumstances.

The excerpt from "Doctor Sleep" looks promising, however. It was nice to catch up with Danny and especially Hallorann after all these years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ENJOYED THIS
Published 1 day ago by KELLY TATRO
4.0 out of 5 stars Having grown up in the country I know how easy it is to get turned...
Spooky. Having grown up in the country I know how easy it is to get turned around in unfamiliar territory. Throw in some scary people and it becomes a great story.
Published 1 day ago by grtscot60
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Tall Grass
I enjoyed this story as much as any I've read by Stephen King. I was hoping for something a bit longer but regardless it was a great story and all his style. Anyone who likes Mr. Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. Grim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Frightening, with a dream-like quality.
Published 4 days ago by Robin Devereaux-Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoy this
thanks
Becky
Published 8 days ago by Becky Jonas
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the asking price.
On ok story. Not kings best. The price was an utter ripoff.
Published 12 days ago by mbarnickle
1.0 out of 5 stars I really don't like books with dark endings
Very depressing. I really don't like books with dark endings.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars short but sweet
I enjoyed this story. It was short, but satisfying. I thought it was similar to Stephen King's Mile 81, but different enough that it stood on its own. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jennifer Barber
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
Not my favorite Stephen king book!
Published 17 days ago by Yia Yia
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
did not like
Published 19 days ago by MARGIE BALLARD
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. 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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