Mile 81 meets "N." in this 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.
©2012 Stephen King and Joseph Hillstrom King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
This King/Hill collaboration provides a disturbing little tale of a brother and sister on a cross-country trip, who wade out into the tall grass when they hear a child calling for help. I listened to the excellent Matheson homage “Throttle” that King and Hill collaborated on, so in my mind, the bar for this one was set pretty high. This one feels like an old-school Stephen King horror to me – it’s disturbing and gross and without a question horror. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to go much further than what was on the surface as King's (or Hill's) work has in the past, and so when it ended, despite getting a decent dose of horror, I felt a little unsatisfied.
Stephen Lang’s narration is solid, of course.
In the end, I’m not exactly disappointed I bought and listened to it, but I have a hard time imagining I’ll return to it again.
Yes. The direction and the actors' execution achieved something far greater than what I could have interpreted through my imagination.
My favorite scene was when the husband first meets the black rock. And I think that this scene really showed the synergies between the this once in a generation opportunity for a father-and-son team comprised of two of the greatest living horror writers to use their obvious like-mindedness to create something really wonderful. And I hope they continue to write together. Stephen King does a masterful job creating characters who find themselves in a supernatural situation. The set up is always superb. But when it comes to the down and dirty manifestation of the supernatural, his stories are usually quite ethereal on the subject. Bag of Bones was awesome, but the depiction of what the supernatural creatures were was actually quite murky.Joe Hill does an excellent job painting a practical depiction of normal (an not so normal) people who find themselves in supernatural situations. 20th Century Ghosts is one of the best books of short horror precisely because Mr. Hill's characters react with such a frank honesty to truly weird situations that have very little predicate explanation.This story was the perfect merger of the "edge of your seat" set up that Stephen King is famous for, followed by a supernatural climax that addressed all of the very practical aspects of their situation, and in a way that the reader can really identify not only with the characters, but through their actions, understand the supernatural force they encounter.
What a disappointment. Pointless. I was irritated the entire time I was listening...I kept waiting for something to happen, for something to matter. I love Stephen King, but this was awful.
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I THINK THIS IS A DOUBLE TAKE,I NEED TO START OVER. THE TALL GRASS MADE NO SINCE..THE ONLY GOOD THING IT'S A SHORT BOOK.I JUST KNOW KING IS'NT THAT BAD.I'LL LET YOU JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.THE NEXT TIME I LISTEN AND I THINK IT'S BETTER I'LL CHANGE THE REVIEW..
No. I had an overall distaste for this story. The characters went against human nature and there was some very distasteful content. I suspect that was part of the point, but I didn't find it so much disturbing as just a little pointless.
I don't give spoilers, but there was content that I think was meant to be disturbing, but was more just pointless.
No, never. Glad it wasn't a novel, I wouldn't have gotten far.
I am usually a fan of Steven King, but this one I really felt I wasted my time on. It was a bit of a shock, because I don't think I've ever said that about the books I've read or listened to. The performance was fine, it was the material.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
The premise—a simple stand of tall roadside grass that baffles and captures those who are lured into it—is a good one. Novels have been based on less. This short story almost felt like the outline of a novel, and as such, it seems incomplete. A lot of things happen, but we are given little understanding of why.
The narration was very well. If you are not able to read for yourself this is the way to go. However, reading for myself is always my preferrence
This was perfect the way it is
unable to answer this question. It was equal in the characters
As a fan of both authors,I was looking forward to reading this book. It was well written and the characters were likable. The story was just okay, bordering on unimaginative.
It was fast pasted and got to the point. I loved how creepy it was.
When the girl woke up out of her daze from having the baby and her brother was chewing on her baby's leg. And she thought it was a doll leg.
The little boy
The short story is twisted. I loved it.
yes, a good combination from both imaginations
it was creepy little story
ooh, no movie!
If you watch the Walking Dead, you can listen to this creeply little story.
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