Cover Reveal: Stephen King And Richard Chizmar’s Novella ‘Gwendy’s Button Box’

In Authors, Book News, Horror, New Releases, Stephen King by Brittany McSorley

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the cover for Gwendy’s Button Box, an upcoming novella co-authored by Stephen Kind and Richard Chizmar, a fellow horror writer and founder of Cemetery Dance Publications. The novella will take place in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, which King last used as a setting in his 1991 novel Needful Things.

Source: Huffington Post

EW provided this summary of what we can expect from the new story:

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.”

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: ‘Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.’

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…”

Source: RichardChizmar.com

Source: RichardChizmar.com

Chizmar and King have a close working relationship, and Cemetery Dance often publishes King’s short fiction. In a statement about the new novella, King said, “I had a story I couldn’t finish, and [Chizmar] showed me the way home with style and panache. It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better.”

And for the final reveal:


Source: Amazon

Gwendy’s Button Box will be published by Cemetery Dance this May. You can preorder your copy here!

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h/t Entertainment Weekly