Published by Simon Schuster Audio on October 9th 2012
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This short story asks the question “What would you do if you heard a child calling for help?” Would you stop and help? Would you stop and call for help? What if a child is calling for help but his Mother is warning you against helping?
In this short story, brother and sister, Cal and Becky, are driving when they hear a boy in the tall grass asking for help. He is lost and can’t find his way out. Of course they want to help him, wouldn’t you? But wait! The boy’s Mother is warning you against helping. She is warning her son to be quiet or “he” will hear you. Who is this “he” she is referring to.
Wanting to help, the brother sister duo both enter the tall grass……
This short story can easily be read in one sitting and evokes a feeling of dread. Will they find the boy? Will they find each other as they were instantly separated? More and more I am enjoying books that evoke that feeling of dread; ones that get your heart beating because you don’t know what is going to happen next. You know something is going to happen….but what? Ahhhh, that anticipatory anxiety. I think Hill and King were successful in this. But then once the “reveal” if you can call it that occurred, I felt a little let down. This is where the short story lost a little of it’s magic for me. Sometimes I think it is better to never see the source of terror is. That is what makes it terrorizing. We use our own minds to create the “evil” that would scare us the most. Yes, that is my fan fiction take on this.
In the Tall grass is still enjoyable. Definitely worth reading.