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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Mr. Mercedes, 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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  • File Size: 1007 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008X6TP1I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,481 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. 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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MJCIV on October 10, 2012
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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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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Popcap on October 10, 2012
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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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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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169 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on August 13, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Art Queen on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Cook on May 15, 2014
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Every single thing I had hoped for and so clearly a collaboration between two of my favorite writers. I hope Mr. King writes us many more with his oldest son!
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