A chilling collection of psychological suspense and literary horror from the multiple award-winning author of the national bestseller The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts.A masterful anthology featuring nineteen pieces of short fiction, Growing Things and Other Stories is an exciting glimpse into Paul TremblayA??s fantastically fertile imagination.
In A??The Teacher,A? a Bram Stoker Award nominee for best short story, a student is forced to watch a disturbing video that will haunt and torment her and her classmatesA?? lives.
Four men rob a pawn shop at gunpoint only to vanish, one-by-one, as they speed away from the crime scene in A??The Getaway.A?
In A??Swim Wants to Know If ItA??s as Bad as Swim Thinks,A? a meth addict kidnaps her daughter from her estranged mother as their town is terrorized by a giant monster . . . or not.
Joining these haunting works are stories linked to TremblayA??s previous novels. The tour de force metafictional novella A??Notes from the Dog WalkersA? deconstructs horror and publishing, possibly bringing in a character from A Head Full of Ghosts, all while serving as a prequel to Disappearance at DevilA??s Rock. A??The Thirteenth TempleA? follows another character from A Head Full of GhostsA??Merry, who has published a tell-all memoir written years after the events of the novel. And the title story, A??Growing Things,A? a shivery tale loosely shared between the sisters in A Head Full of Ghosts, is told here in full.
From global catastrophe to the demons inside our heads, Tremblay illuminates our primal fears and darkest dreams in startlingly original fiction that leaves us unmoored. As he lowers the sky and yanks the ground from beneath our feet, we are compelled to contemplate the darkness inside our own hearts and minds.
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by Paul Cherry
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"Listeners will want to keep the lights on when they hear these literary horror stories, narrated with chilling precision by Sean Crisden, Graham Halstead, Cassandra Campbell, Sarah Naughton, Michael Crouch, and Caitlin Kelly. Tremblay's eerie stories are filled with mundane situations that quickly become horrific, including plants that grow to apocalyptic proportions and vacation photos that reveal acts of stunning violence. The narrators read with decisive authenticity, highlighting the gritty desperation of a drug-addicted mother, the cockiness of a career criminal, and the dawning horror of a girl facing death. While some stories are better suited to audio than others (a choose-your-own-adventure story is awkward, for instance), all join together to create a disturbing tableau that will haunt even the bravest listener. S.A.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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