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.
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…”
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:
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