New Stephen King and Richard Chizmar Novella Gwendy’s Button Box Announced


For the past week or so Cemetery Dance has been teasing fans of Stephen King that an announcement of a new project was imminent, and today word has come that King and Richard Chizmar have a new “Castle Rock” novella heading our way entitled Gwendy’s Button Box.

Read on for the full details!

Gwendy’s Button Box, by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, will feature full-color cover artwork by Ben Baldwin and interior artwork by Keith Minnion. Along with a trade hardcover edition, the novella will also be published as an eBook edition.

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!

Look for Gwendy’s Button Box on May 30, 2017.

An optional slipcase for the trade hardcover edition can be ordered exclusively through

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The trade hardcover edition includes:
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
• Featuring one of the lowest print runs for a brand new Stephen King book in many years
• Retail price just $24.95

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…

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