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.
This was my first Tremblay book, and holy wow, I need all of his work. Not gonna lie, Destiny has definitely influenced me in my horror selections as of late, and her raving about Paul on her blog and on Twitter definitely piqued my interest!
This is such an incredible collection of short stories! I know several of these stories relate back to his other books, but they work wonderfully as standalones! I will admit, there was one short story I skimmed, but only because it’s a choose-your-own-adventure (which is super cool!) and didn’t work well in an e-format.
My favorite of the collection is “Nineteen Snapshots from Dennisport”, a story told in a series of snapshots from a family vacation. I was always the family photographer on vacations, so this hit home for me in such a deep way.
A close second is “The Getaway”, about a robbery gone HORRIBLY wrong, but in the most haunting way. “Swim Wants to Know If It’s As Bad As Swim Thinks” is a story about a meth addict who abducts her daughter the same day giant monsters invade. Or maybe they don’t?
I think why I love this so much is because the stories all seem to come from different voices, which, to me, is a sign of an incredible writer. I give Growing Things 5 out of 5 shadow orbs. Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for an eARC in exchange for review.