Released earlier this month!
Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review
GROWING THINGS – Paul Tremblay (out now!)
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
If you’ve followed any of my reviews for awhile, then you’ll know that I’m a big fan of short stories, especially those in the horror genre. GROWING THINGS is a collection of 19 short stories, and I highly recommend reading the Author’s Notes in the back! As with all short story collections, there will be stand outs and I was pleasantly surprised that there were a lot that I really enjoyed.
The title story, GROWING THINGS, was eerie and a great way to start off the collection – mysterious plants that have taken over and knocking that won’t stop for sisters Merry and Marjorie (anyone read Head Full of Ghosts?) We get a wide variety of scares to keep you on your toes. Some hauntings, ghosts, devils, monsters, fears, some stories are morbid, and others examine different people and what they’re capable of. A couple others that stood out, and I know it was the same for other reviewers, were NOTES FROM THE DOG WALKERS, OUR TOWN’S MONSTER, and A HAUNTED HOUSE IS A WHEEL UPON WHICH SOME ARE BROKEN.
I honestly don’t think there was a bad one in this collection, which seems rare these days. I’m not surprised though because I love Tremblay’s writing. There’s a certain flow to it that just makes it so easy to cruise through the book without even realizing how far you’ve gotten. I can’t wait to see what he comes out with next for us!