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Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box

by Stephen King , Richard Chizmar

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now.

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

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Overview

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now.

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...

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

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Editorial Reviews
Publishers Weekly
04/17/2017
This absorbing novella by horror giants King (End of Watch) and Chizmar (A Long December) revisits one of King’s most popular locales. It’s 1974 when 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson is offered a magic box by a man named Richard Farris, whom she meets at the top of one of the cliffside Suicide Stairs in Castle Rock, Maine. Farris wears a “small neat black hat” and seems to know just who Gwendy is and what she wants. Eight buttons grace the mahogany box he offers to Gwendy, and a lever dispenses silver dollars and intricate chocolates that Farris claims will help Gwendy lose weight and escape being called “Goodyear” by her classmates. Lose weight she does, but that’s not all. Wonderful things keep happening in Gwendy’s life, and she’s happier than she’s ever been. But when she decides to press one of the buttons, the consequences are horrendous. The novella follows Gwendy through high school and beyond, capturing the golden-hued joy of childhood and the wonder of friendship and first love, all under the shadow of temptation. This bite-size gem of a story packs quite a punch, and the only complaint readers will likely have is that it isn’t longer. (June)
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Product Details
ISBN-13:
9781587676109
9781587676109
Publisher:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date:
05/16/2017
Pages:
175
175
Sales rank:
54
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
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Meet the author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Revival, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Richard Chizmar's fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and multiple editions of The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA's Board of Trustee's award. His third short story collection, A Long December, was recently published to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Booklist, and was featured in Entertainment Weekly. Chizmar's work has been translated into many languages throughout the world, and he has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, guest speaker, panelist, and guest of honor. Please visit the author's website at RichardChizmar.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
Education:
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
Website:
http://www.stephenking.com
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Customer Reviews (8)
Uncover the mystery in Castle Rock…again! As a longtime King fan, ...
Uncover the mystery in Castle Rock…again! As a longtime King fan, I really loved returning to Castle Rock in an all-new novella with a brilliant cast of characters, intriguing plot, and expertly crafted writing. King and Chizmar’s styles complement each other and the story flows in a way that is enthralling and easy to read. I found myself submerged in the story and didn’t want to put the book down until I reached the end. The story follows Gwendy’s life, her fortunes and misfortunes, as she is given the task of caring for a mystifying button box gifted to her by an even more mysterious man during the beginning pages of the book. The box has powers and Gwendy must make wise choices despite her young age, or else suffer the inexplicable consequences. A fast, fun, and riveting read! It also had a YA/Coming-Of-Age feel to it, which I really enjoyed. Highly recommended to any and all who love a great, well-told story. An instant classic. :)
- KyaAliana
May 17, 2017
Great fast paced read !
I loved this! It was nice to go back to Castle Rock!
- Anonymous
May 19, 2017
Short and Riviting
Read this short, simple story in one sitting. Don't let the short fool you. Short it is, but deep. Great character development of the main character.
- Anonymous
May 20, 2017
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