A chilling collection that blurs the lines of psychological suspense, supernatural horror, and literary fiction, from the multiple- award-winning author of the national bestseller The Cabin at the End of the World and the acclaimed A Head Full of Ghosts
One of the best collections of the 21st century. — Stephen King
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 pawnshop 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.
A young woman revisits her pretty childhood home and the ghosts of the past she cannot escape in "A Haunted House Is a Wheel upon Which Some Are Broken."
Joining these masterful 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.— Sarah Lotz, author of The Three and The White Road
"Paul Tremblay's writing has a way of sneaking under your skin and messing with your head. . . . Growing Things is a collection of bite-sized, disturbing and brilliantly observed stories . . . Some will make you question everything you thought you knew about the craft of writing." — Sarah Lotz, author of The Three and The White Road
"[ Growing Things] brilliantly takes ordinary situations--an author reading, an AP history class, a family vacation--and seamlessly sprinkles in a sense of unease that quickly builds to a sense of pure horror. . . . These are stories that live in the increasing popular space between literary fiction and horror, where speculative terrors and very real universal truths collide."-- Booklist (starred review)
"In these 19 stories, Tremblay doesn't just hold a mirror up to reality, but live-streams it, projecting the whole spectrum of our modern anxieties so vividly it feels as if we're watching in real time . . . . You can't help feeling that he is a writer whose reach will continue to grow and grow and grow."— New York Times Book Review
Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of Growing Things, The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil's Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, and the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous year's-best anthologies. He has a master's degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.