The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.,To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.,Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface–and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.
A chilling collection of psychological suspense and literary horror from the multiple award-winning author of the national bestseller , and ,???,A masterful anthology featuring nineteen pieces of short fiction, , 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 ,, all while serving as a prequel to , ???The Thirteenth Temple??? follows another character from ,???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 , 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.