Growing Things

Growing Things

And Other Stories

Book - 2019
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"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 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. Featuring nineteen pieces of short fiction, Growing Things and Other Stories is an exciting and disquieting glimpse into Paul Tremblay's fantastically fertile imagination. In "The Teacher," 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 classmates' lives. Four men rob a pawn shop at gunpoint only to vanish, one-by-one, as they speed away from the crime scene in "The Getaway." In "Swim Wants to Know If It's as Bad as Swim Thinks," 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 Tremblay's previous novels. The tour de force metafictional novella "Notes from the Dog Walkers" deconstructs horror and publishing, possibly bringing in a character from A Head Full of Ghosts, all while serving as a prequel to Disappearance at Devil's Rock. "The Thirteenth Temple" follows another character from A Head Full of Ghosts--Merry, who has published a tell-all memoir written years after the events of the novel. And the title story, "Growing Things," a shivery tale loosely shared between the sisters in A Head Full of Ghosts, is told here in full. In this dazzling compendium, Tremblay explores the devastating poison of nostalgia and regret that infects us, the grim visions harbored in twisted minds that tempt and terrify us, and the stories we create for ourselves and whisper to others to keep the terror at bay. From global catastrophe to the demons inside our heads, he illuminates our primal fears and tormented nightmares 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, and remember that indeed, the world is full of monsters... of every shape and kind." - Jacket

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cstuttle_0
Jan 28, 2020

chilling collection of psychological suspense and literary horror

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GreenDog2006
Oct 01, 2019

I'm a fan of Headful of Ghosts and especially Cabin at the End of the World (one of my all-time favorite apocalyptic novels), so I had high expectations for these stories. I found the collection uneven, to the point where I didn't finish one of the stories (the wordy, meandering "Notes from the Dog Walkers"). Most were pretty good, all were very imaginative, and a couple were superb and are totally stuck in my head: the title story and a deceptively simply one called "It's Against the Law to Feed the Ducks." Tremblay adds notes to some of the stories at the end of the book, which are interesting glimpses into his thoughts and craft.

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WoodneathTaylor
Jul 17, 2019

Paul Tremblay is a very unique writer in that he has no qualms with breaking boundaries in horror fiction. From old characters we know from previous novels, to classic horror, to one of the most meta, breaking-the-fourth-wall story ever in "Notes From the Dog Walkers", this is a fantastic collection. You won't need to read any of his previous novels to enjoy this delightful collection.

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