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In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass

3.4 210
by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Stephen Lang (Read by)

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Mile 81 meets “N” in this collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill, now available from Simon & Schuster Audio.

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


Mile 81 meets “N” in this collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill, now available from Simon & Schuster Audio.

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 can deliver.

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Publishers Weekly - Audio
Narrator Stephen Lang supplies plenty of chills in his reading of this eerie story collaboration between father and son horror masters King and Hill. In this bizarre tale, the road to hell truly is paved with good intentions. Brother and sister Cal and Becky DeMuth are on a trip across the U.S. when they stop on the side of a country road after hearing a young boy calling for help. The call comes from a huge field full of incredibly tall grass. Aiming to help the poor boy, the two make their way into the overgrown vegetation. But it isn’t long before the siblings discover that this is no field of dreams, but rather a field of nightmares. Lang is on top of his game in this audio edition. His easy, low-key delivery captures the comfortable normalcy of Cal and Becky’s lives before they fall victim to the tall grass. And then, that same straightforward narration serves to create a growing sense of horror as Cal and Becky’s lives descend into despair and madness. (Oct.)

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Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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In the Tall Grass 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 210 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short story, ~ 42 pages. Then there is an excerpt for Stephen Kings new book, ~9 pages "Doctor Sleep" and and except for Joe Hills new book ~ 9 pages "NOS4A2". For a total page count of 61. In The Tall Grass was fast paced and somewhat predictable. I find Joe Hill (Kings son, btw) creepy. Something about his stories always make my spine tingle. Stephen King is a favorite of mine, and I am looking forward to the release of Doctor Sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a rip off ! $4 for 40 pages? You should be ashamed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story ends abruptly, no clear meaning to the story, and details left undeveloped. Made me wish I hadn't wasted the money on this poorly constructed rip off. I've been a long-time King fan and must say this is the worst thing I've read with his name on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would of been nice to know that I was buying a 40 page not so bad short story for $3.99. But wait I also got 20 more pages of excerts from both Stephen's and Joe's new books as a bonus. This Constant Reader feels very ripped off. Shame on you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had paid more attention to the other reviews, but being a huge King fan for decades made me excited to read this new book AND pay seven bucks for it. The actual short story is 35 pages. That's it. It doesn't even qualify as a novella in my opinion. The story line was predictable from the very beginning. I love Stephen King but come on! He has always been capable of greatness and is my favorite author. It saddens me to give this work one star, but it's deserved. Don't waste your time or money. This seemed like more of a publicity build up for Dr. Sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good premise. But $4 for a flash story without a conclusion and two advertisments for future books is a rip off. Greed is bad for getting my business, hereafter if I am interested in either of these authors' books, I will get them from the library. For shame on Hill, King and Barnes and Noble. Save your money. AD
wontdoitagain More than 1 year ago
I like Stephen king but felt ripped off. This should have been billed as a short story, not a book. ps Barnes & Noble, your connection (3 links later) to writing a review is too hard and not intuitive even though I already have an account with you. I won't bother with it again, so don't ask me again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I hit the end, all I could think was, "that's it?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Certainly not worth $4.00 for only 40 pages of actual story. Best to wait till it becomes part of a collection, which I'm sure will happen at some point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a novel... not even a novella! It is a SHORT STORY!!! Then follows an excerpt to King's new book and excerpt to Hill's new book! Why spend $4 for a short story? And you can read excerpts of a new book for free! Shame on you B & N for selling your loyal customers short! Double shame on you Stephen King for teaching your son, Joe Hill, how to rip off future fans! I've been a Stephen King fan way back when he was known as Richard Bachman and I thought I'd found a "new author" named Stephen King when I picked up "Carrie" in the early 1970s!!! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed "In The Tall Grass", as well as the previews for "Doctor Sleep" & "Nos4A2". But while it was a fast and engaging read, it felt like it had a couple scenes/an act missing. This really could have easily been a full book in and of itself, and I hope father and son work together again to create a more complete (and full length) project.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save your money. No plot. No characters. Disappointing and pointless. Terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$4 for a short story is a little disgusting.  Check it out at the library instead for free. Good story but not worth the money
mystymoon More than 1 year ago
Stephen King and Joe Hill writing together! What more could you want? A wonderful story, characters and totally awesome read. I sat right down and reaad it immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bn, please do something to these children using the nook for their stupid roleplaying kittykat games. You come here for book reviews and get dozens and dozens of ignorents posts about cats with stupid names that have nothing to do with the book. Cant these children be banned from using the book review site as a playground? Roleplayers...go away...you are not wanted here!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth its cost! This nok should of been .99! Story just stops where there could of been more. Ill be sure to check reviews better. There should of been something stating the shortness of this story. Live and learn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short story perfect for a night of reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short story gave me chills and I wont be visiting the worlds largest ball of yarn anytime soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apart from some catchy limericks, this short story really sucked. I continued reading until it abruptly ended at page 40. Appears our favorite author is lending his name to get his son rolling in the book business but this is the third ripoff short story from Mr. Hill. Caveat emptor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please, someone, DO SOMETHING!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this short dose of horror and I hated to see it end. How I wish it were longer! King and Hill do a great job at drawing you in and making you hold your breath with anticipation. I was totally immersed while reading and pretty creeped out as well. I could almost see and smell the tall grass. There is gore and some nasty bits in here and this one is not for the faint of heart. Not a short story I will soon forget. I'm glad I read this one and I recommend it to fans of horror. It one of those stories where you are afraid to turn the page, but you just have to know what is coming next. This is by far, my favorite short story of 2012. These two need to write a full length novel. Also included at the end of In the Tall Grass are a few chapters of King and Hill's upcoming books. This review is my honest opinion. I purchased a copy of this book and did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the collaboration between father and son. I look forward to reading more in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I buy every King book on my nook and alsoin hardcover, for my library. For four bucks it was fine...the real treat was the exerpt from his next novel...A SEQUEL TO THE SHINING...I wont be able to wait until 9-13
J-in-Florida More than 1 year ago
it was too much Stephen King creepie story for me. Did not like the ending.
Robin4537 More than 1 year ago
Great Book- I could not put it down until the very end will be buying more Joe HIll books in the future!