Growing Things and Other Stories

Growing Things and Other Stories Review

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 is an exciting 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.

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.

Title:Growing Things and Other Stories
Edition Language:English

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  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!a collection of stories! from paul tremblay! in which "karen brissette" appears in one and MAYBE two of the stories. although it's pretty clear to ME that there's no 'maybe' about it, ...

  • Char

    4.5/5 stars!Paul Tremblay first appeared on my radar with his book A HEAD OF FULL GHOSTS. Then came DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL'S ROCK, which really impressed me. He followed that up with CABIN AT THE END ...

  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror

    This review originally published on Cemetery Dance (April 29th, 2019)“I’m terrible at remembering plot and character specifics…if the story is successful, what I do remember and will never forge...

  • Karl

    Contents:001 - Growing Things017 - Swim Wants To Know If It's As Bad As Swim Thinks031 - Something About Birds053 - The Getaway069 - Nineteen Snapshots of Dennisport083 - Where We All Will Be097 - The...

  • Dannii Elle

    Short story anthologies are not always my friend, but it seems that @paulgtremblay's short story anthologies are!Growing Things and Other Stories is a collation of Tremblay's suspenseful and tension-f...

  • Alan

    Tremblay's collection of short stories has a few entries that are right up there with his phenomenal novels, especially the title story "Growing Things" and "Notes for 'The Barn in the Wild'". Nearly ...

  • Alma Katsu

    This collection is the perfect solution for when you want to take a break from binge-watching the latest sensation on Netflix but still want a steady IV-drip of mesmerizing storytelling. Paul Tremblay...

  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)

    If ever there were a case for reading short stories, Paul Tremblay is shouting it from the rooftops with this collection.I can understand why some people aren’t as drawn to short stories. It is a lo...

  • Jon Recluse

    A masterful collection of uniquely told tales of horror, from the weird to experimental pieces that will linger in your mind, and your nightmares long after you close the book.Tremblay's voice is refr...

  • Michael J.

    What I enjoy most about Paul Tremblay's work is how he skillfully negotiates the thin line between reality and imagination. His scares come from the paranormal, the supernatural, the unearthly, and co...