Stephen King’s Long Lost Novella The Crate to Be Part of Shivers VI


shiversvi - Stephen King's Long Lost Novella The Crate to Be Part of Shivers VIPublisher Cemetery Dance is about to send Volume VI of its popular anthology series Shivers to the printer, and fans of Stephen King will be happy to hear that it includes his long lost novella “The Crate”, which was written in the late 1970s and hasn’t been seen in print in over 30 years, nor has it ever been in one of his collections!

From the Cemetery Dance website:
“The Crate” is classic, old fashioned Stephen King, and 99.9% of his fans don’t even know this novella exists… but later this year it’ll be readily available to ALL readers for the first-time ever in Shivers VI.

Shivers VI is by far the largest volume in the series to date, and it will also be the first volume to be published as a Limited Edition signed by the editor [Richard Chizmar] for the collectors in addition to the affordable trade paperback edition for general readers!

But that’s just the beginning of the amazing contents in the latest volume in this acclaimed anthology series.

Shivers VI weighs in at 410 pages and contains more than 110,000 words from today’s most popular authors of horror and suspense including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Al Sarrantonio, Jay Bonansinga, Lisa Tuttle, David B. Silva, Melanie Tem, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Alan Peter Ryan, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, Bev Vincent, Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

Two of the longest pieces are King’s “The Crate” and “A Special Place: The Heart of A Dark Matter” by Peter Straub, a novella that is “creepy to the core” and “shines a terrible light on the backstory of Straub’s acclaimed A Dark Matter” according to the coveted Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

Featuring original dark fiction with a handful of rare reprints, Shivers VI is available only from Cemetery Dance Publications.

Per Wikipedia “The Crate”, first published in the July 1979 issue of Gallery and adapted in 1982 as a segment in the movie Creepshow, concerns the discovery of an old wooden crate, marked from an 1834 Arctic expedition, beneath the basement stairs at the fictional Horlicks University by a janitor. Dexter Stanley, the school’s biology professor, has a look at it, and they open it up to discover it contains an ancient monster. The creature kills and eats the janitor as well as Stanley’s grad student Charlie Gereson, and Dexter flees to the home of his friend, English professor Henry Northrup. He tells Henry the whole story, and Henry believes him and sees the crate-dwelling monster as an excellent way to rid himself of his verbally abusive, alcoholic wife, Wilma.

A firm release date hasn’t been set yet, but if you’re a fan of King and/or any of the other authors mentioned, you may want to get your order in soon as the Limited and Lettered Editions have already sold out (you can still get on the wait list), but copies of the trade paperback are still available.

Debi Moore

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