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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

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MAN IS MEAT AND WE HAVE TO EAT

This was an excellent scary story. It was gory, which just made it that more scary. In Kansas they don't have woods, so stories about getting lost in he woods does not scare anyone. In Kansas they do have tall grass, wheat, sunflower fields, corn, etc. It was good from start to finish, first half and second half.

I like Stephen King, I like Joe Hill and I like King and Hill together. I don't know what else to say.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Gross.

I did not like this book. If you want something that will haunt you because it's gross, then read it.

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  • Bill
  • Kailua Kona, HI, United States
  • 09-24-14

Irredeemably Vile. Epic Fail.

Read my reviews, I like horror stories. I am a great fan of both Steven King and his son Joe Hill. They are amazingly creative and, at their best, they build our terror as they build their tales.

At their best. This is not their best. This is not in the same zip code as their best. This is a cheap, ugly story with none of the nuance or suspense we can usually expect from both King and Hill.

I will admit that the first half of the book builds interest. Knowing these great writers, we are certain that they will redeem this introduction masterfully. And we are wrong. At some point, after wading through the grotesque muck of the last several chapters, we find ourselves asking "Is this it? Is this all they've got?" And then we take a shower.

This is the work of juvenile hacks. There is nothing here other than an apparent quest to find the most vile imagery. The plot lines are broadly derivative of other works (Children of the Corn, Blair Witch Project). The thrills do not build to a climax but are one-offs, relying for their power on the gross.

Don't waste your credit. Don't waste your cash. Don't waste your time. This is trash.

Still tempted? Well (Spoiler Alert) ... how anxious are you to spend a couple hours following a pregnant girl and her brother as they are lured into a Kansas field and become lost; as she confronts a supernaturally tainted madman who beats her into miscarriage; as her brother is similarly turned mad and feeds her the fresh corpse of her baby; and as she too is lost to madness and joins in luring others into the field? If this appeals, you deserve the experience.



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I've got a fairly strong stomach but...

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I should've heeded the warnings in other reviews. I'm a Stephen King fan, and didn't expect a lighthearted feel-good story, but this book was just too disturbing to finish (so I can't comment on the ending). It did start off very well and the premise itself was very clever, but about halfway through, I got the kind of sick feeling I imagine I'd get from watching a snuff film.

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  • Jesse
  • Corrales, NM, United States
  • 10-17-12

More King than Hill, more gross than scary

Mixed, complicated feelings about this after listening.

We picked this up for a little Halloween road trip being huge fans of Joe Hill and having really enjoyed King's last few books.

And the beginning of this story is so, so, creepy. And wonderfully narrated.

When the explanation for what's in the grass comes, though, the story veers into King territory pretty hardcore. It's violent and disturbing and much more "The Regulators"-era King than "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," with a little too much "Dreamcatcher" in there. Yuck.

We don't regret the experience and it IS well written and wonderfully read, but know what you're getting into. We'd been hoping it would be a little more ofa Joe Hill story, but it is wonderful to see the two of them writing together.

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  • Gabe
  • Strrum, WI, United States
  • 10-15-12

Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant

Would you listen to In the Tall Grass again? Why?

of the 160 audio books i have listened to. This one made me proclaim out loud , almost screaming. "OH MY GOD !...........OH MY GOD......NO effing WAY" This will be the most crazy thing you have ever heard. I promise. Damn!

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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terrifying

Would you consider the audio edition of In the Tall Grass to be better than the print version?

absolutely

What other book might you compare In the Tall Grass to and why?

the very first book that ever truly scared me, I was very young and I believe it was called "perfect nightmare".

Any additional comments?

only to be listened to alone in the dark

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Average

Would not recommend predictable. Knew what was doing throughout the book read something else worthhile

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1st King book not to like.Extremely short book.

A short story about people being lost in a field. When you hear a child calling for help
you go right? Well that is the premise for this tale they go to help as others before and will after. But once in you become separated and can not find your way out. What is happening? I will say no more as to not give it all away. I read this extremely fast and just did not think it was the money or very exciting. I am a huge King fan and was surprised at how disappointing this story is.

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cool story

I liked this story....spooky just because it could happen. so much for good samitarians...run...dont help

1 of 1 people found this review helpful