"One of the best collections of the 21st century."
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.
Table of Contents:
SWIM WANTS TO KNOW IF IT’S AS BAD AS SWIM THINKS
SOMETHING ABOUT BIRDS
NINETEEN SNAPSHOTS OF DENNISPORT
WHERE WE ALL WILL BE
NOTES FOR “THE BARN IN THE WILD”
OUR TOWN’S MONSTER
A HAUNTED HOUSE IS A WHEEL UPON WHICH SOME ARE BROKEN
IT WON’T GO AWAY
NOTES FROM THE DOG WALKERS
FURTHER QUESTIONS FOR THE SOMNAMBULIST
THE ICE TOWER
THE SOCIETY OF THE MONSTERHOOD
HER RED RIGHT HAND
IT’S AGAINST THE LAW TO FEED THE DUCKS
THE THIRTEENTH TEMPLE
RED EYES (Bonus Story)
Signed Limited Hardcover Edition:
Limited to only 400 signed and hand-numbered copies
Personally signed by Paul Tremblay on a specially designed full-colour illustrated signature page
Larger 6.14” x 9.21” trim size
Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper
Bound in premium cloth with coloured head and tail bands
Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
Sewn binding for increased durability
Dust jacket artwork and TEN interior illustrations by Daniele Serra
Including a BONUS story not published in other editions