Gwendy's Button Box Hardcover – 16 May 2017
|Hardcover, 16 May 2017||
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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 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!
About 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 series, The Dark Tower, is the basis for a major motion picture from Sony. 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.
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could have been better packaged into a bigger anthology, too expensive for a separate standalone book.. but will not deter the true fan
Although I quite enjoyed it I think it ended too abruptly without giving in much about the box or the stranger or even what happened to Gwendy in the end. Too Needful Things-ish for me.
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Gwendy, whose name is perfect for her and as comforting as mac-n-cheese, is given a box with buttons on it--a lot of buttons, some of them whose uses are beyond weird, and ultimately dangerous. How is a teenage girl to handle such a responsibility? How can she resist the all too human urge to set the record straight, change the outcome, make a difference, by pushing a button? Or another? And then another? As she fights to overcome her unfortunate sobriquet "Goodyear Blimp" by a daunting jogging regimen and rapid ascension of the Suicide Stairs, losing pounds and inches while gaining confidence, the button box remains firmly planted in her mind. Yet the physical activity and concomitant intellectual maturity results in the box finding itself buried in the cellar, and absent from Gwendy's mind for longer and longer swatches of time. Until...
If anything, this novella reminds me of the first third of King's Hearts in Atlantis, where the menace is just below the surface while the emphasis is simply on surviving childhood. A rewarding read on several levels.
There isn’t any horror story in this tale. It’s more a lesson on life. There are no ogres here; unless possibly we are the ogres.
Given the powers and benefits of the box, could we resist its possible dark side? Is the actual power in the box or in how we perceive ourselves?
This is a partnership between Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. It’s such a good collaboration of authors, I’ll be checking out some of Mr. Chizmar’s solo work.