First Lines: Stephen King Short Story Collaborations

In 2012, Stephen King released two collaborative short stories. So far, they remain uncollected in an anthology.

The first of the two, In the Tall Grass was written with Joe Hill (their second collaboration, after Throttle). It’s a lot like King’s own Children of the Corn, but then really sick. Loads of fun.

A Face in the Crowd was written with Stewart O’Nan, who also co-wrote Faithful. (Still haven’t read that one, as it’s about the 2004 Boston Red Sox season, and I’m not that into baseball. But I’ll get to it, someday.) It’s about old man Dean Evers, who sees familiar faces in the crowd at these baseball games he’s watching. Which would be cool, if only these faces wouldn’t belong the already deceased. Nice little story as well.

Story read
Stephen King & Joe Hill — In the Tall Grass
First line
He wanted quiet for a while instead of the radio, so you could say what happened was his fault.
Story read
Stephen King & Stewart O’Nan — A Face in the Crowd
First line
The summer after his wife died, Dean Evers started watching a lot of baseball.