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Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box

by Stephen King , Richard Chizmar

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Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the mysterious town of Castle Rock.

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

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Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the mysterious town of Castle Rock.

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 precarious cliffside.

Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, 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…

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.

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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:
194
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—Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection 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. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. 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 is the founder/publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. He has edited more than thirty anthologies and his fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and 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.

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 (29)
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
Great quick read!
Very good read.
- Anonymous
May 26, 2017
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