NEWS - GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX

Gwendy's Button Box Excerpt

Posted: March 27, 2017, 16:58:04

Here is an excerpt from Gwendy's Button Box out in late May.


Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Gwendy’s Button Box Day #3 - Contest

Posted: March 23, 2017, 16:32:00

It’s contest time here at Lilja’s Library again. This time it’s three (3) copies of Gwendy’s Button Box at stake. Each copy will be signed by Richard Chizmar and all you need to do to enter is answer these three questions.

Enter the contest here.

Contest ends May 30.

Gwendy’s Button Box Day #2 - Interview

Posted: March 23, 2017, 14:02:00

Here is an interview with Richard Chizmar that I did about his collaboration with King.

Gwendy’s Button Box Day #1 - Review

Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:00:00

Today is Gwendy’s Button Box Day at Lilja’s Library. First out is my review of the book but keep checking back as other things will happen during the day.

The review is relative spoiler free.

Gwendy's Button Box On CD

Posted: March 15, 2017, 15:46:22

Simon & Schuster Audio will release Gwendy's Button Box as an audio book on May 16. The CD will also include the story The Music Room" by King.

Pre-order here.

Richard Chizmar talks Castle Rock With Brian Keene

Posted: March 3, 2017, 10:00:55

Richard Chizmar joins Brian Keene's Horror Show Podcast.


Richard Chizmar sits down with Brian and Dave to spill all the behind-the-scenes details on returning to Castle Rock for his new collaboration with Stephen King, GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX, as well as discuss how their friendship and professional relationship has grown over the years.



Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Gwendy’s Button Box 175 Pages Long

Posted: March 1, 2017, 19:38:07

PS Publishing lists Gwendy’s Button Box as 175 pages long.

Interview With Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Posted: March 1, 2017, 16:30:15

Here is a great interview with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar about their collaboration Gwendy’s Button Box by Bev Vincent.

Update: Different Editions Of Gwendy’s Button Box

Posted: March 1, 2017, 00:34:18

Here is an update on what editions you can get of Gwendy’s Button Box.

Cemetery Dance
- Trade Hardcover ($25)
- Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar ($25)
- Trade Hardcover with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)
- Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)
- eBook

Lonely Road Books
- Limited edition (350) signed by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
- Lettered Edition (52) signed by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
The Limited & Lettered Editions will have a 7 X 10 trim size with some additional artwork including a full-color gatefold painting of Castle Rock.

Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audio edition (probably)

Order Gwendy's Button Box from Cemetery Dance
Order Gwendy's Button Box from Amazon.com

Source: Brian Freeman on thedarktower.org message board.

Here's How To Order Gwendy’s Button Box

Posted: February 28, 2017, 18:29:24

Here are the ordering info you need to get Gwendy’s Button Box by King and Chizmar.

Trade Hardcover ($25)
Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar ($25)
Trade Hardcover with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)
Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)

Gwendy’s Button Box: New Book By King & Chizmar

Posted: February 28, 2017, 18:21:21

The book Stephen King and Richard Chizmar has written is called Gwendy’s Button Box and will be released by Cemetery Dance in May.

Here is a description of the plot. Something that exits me extra with this is the line: ”We ought to palaver, you and me“. We have heard that word Palaver before right…


The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some very 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.

Here is what King said about working with Richard:

“I had a story I couldn’t finish, and [Chizmar] showed me the way home with style and panache,” King said in a statement. “It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better.”

Rich added…

“Steve sent me the first chunk of a short story,” Chizmar says. “I added quite a bit and sent it back to him. He did a pass, then bounced it back to me for another pass. Then, we did the same thing all over again – one more draft each. Next thing you know, we had a full-length novella on our hands. We took a free hand in rewriting each other and adding new ideas and characters. The whole process took about a month.”

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King/Chizmar Book News Coming Feb. 28

Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:09:27

Richard Chizmar has given us this update on when to expect more info about the upcoming King/Chizmar collaboration.

This Is Castle Rock

Posted: February 21, 2017, 14:32:28

How much do you know about King’s fictional town Castle Rock? Well, I did some research and found this that might be good to know with the upcoming King/Chizmar collaboration and the Hulu series.

Castle Rock is located 37 miles from Portland and 180 miles from Boston. The town’s population was 1,280 in 1959 and 1,500 in 1991. No more recent number has been found.


King wrote six books that takes place in the town. They are, in publication order: The Dead Zone (1979), Cujo (1981), The Dark Half (1989), Needful Things (1991), Bag of Bones (1998) and Lisey's Story (2006).

King has also written some short stories that takes place in Castle Rock. They are, in publication order: The Body (1982), It Grows On You (1982), Uncle Otto's Truck (1985), The Sun Dog (1990), The Man in the Black Suit (1997) and Premium Harmony (2015)

There has also been a lot of reference to Castle Rock in King’s works throughout the years. Here they are in publication order: Graveyard Shift (1978), One on One (1978), The Stand (1978), Creepshow (1982), Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982), Pet Sematary (1983), Gramma (1985), Mrs. Todd's Shortcut (1985), Nona (1985), The Mist (1985), It (1986), Gerald's Game (1992), The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999), Riding the Bullet (2000), Kingdom Hospital (2004), N. (2008), Under the Dome (2009), A Good Marriage (2010) and Dr. Sleep (2013).

There have also been numerous characters living in Castle Rock during the years and here are some that you should recognize. They may or may not show up in the new work but they will probably be referred to in some way…

George Bannerman
- The Dead Zone
- Cujo
- The Body
- Needuful Things
- The Dark Half

Frank Dodd
- The Dead Zone
- Needufl Things
- Cujo
- Uncle Otto's Truck
- IT

Thad Beaumont
- The Dark Half
- Bag of Bones
- Needful Things

Alan Pangborn
- The Dark Half
- The Sun Dog
- Needful Things
- Bag of Bones
- Gerald's Game

Norris Ridgewick
- The Dark Half
- Needful Things
- Bag of Bones
- Gerald's Game
- Lisey's Story

Andy Clutterbuck
- The Dark Half
- Needufl Things
- Lisey's Story
- It Grown on You
- Drunken Firework

Joe Camber
- Cujo

Donna Trenton
- Cujo
- Needful Things

Tad Trenton
- Cujo
Patricia "Polly" Chalmers
- Needful Things

Reginald "Pop" Merrill
- The Sun Dog
- Needful Things

Nettie Cobb
- Needufl Things

Chris Chambers
- The Body

Teddy Duchamp
- The Body

Vern Tessio
- The Body

Gordon Lachance
- The Body

John "Ace" Merrill
- The Body

Lisey Landon
- Lisey's Story

Scott Landon
- Lisey's Story

More About New Castle Rock Novella Soon

Posted: February 19, 2017, 15:37:32

Looks like we'll know more soon...

Announcement Of King & Chizmar Collaboration

Posted: February 16, 2017, 14:30:19

Moderator on King's board commented on the King and Chizmar collaboration.


We'll be making a full announcement within the next month.

Chizmar & King Novella Returns To Castle Rock

Posted: February 15, 2017, 21:23:04

Richard Chizmar gave us this update on the novella he has written with King:


Regarding the novella I recently finished writing with Stephen King...
I can't tell you the title yet. I can't tell you the plot synopsis. And I can't tell you publication details. But I can tell you that readers will soon be heading back to a small town in Maine called Castle Rock.

I don't know about you but I'm superexcited!

2017: The Collaboration Year

Posted: February 13, 2017, 09:06:39

Two weeks ago I wrote that 2017 would be a great year for King adaptations. Well, it will also be a great year for King collaborations. Earlier King has only released books with two authors, Peter Straub (The Talisman and Black House) and Stweart O’Nan (Faithful). He has also released two short stories with his son Joe Hill (In the tall Grass and Throttle).

In 2017 two King books will be released and both are collaborations. The first one we learned about just two days ago and is a collaboration with Richard Chizmar. We don’t know anything about this story or when it will be released but based on what Rich wrote about it on his facebook page it will be released soon as a standalone hardcover. My guess is something like when CD released Blockade Billy.



The second book is also a collaboration. This time King has collaborated with his son Owen and together they have written Sleeping Beauties that will be released in October 2017. And even though it’s “only” 8 months until the book is out we don’t know much about it.

The idea, a story about what would happen if all the women in the world fell asleep, came from Owen and it took King and Owen over two years to write the book. So far King has read two excerpts from it (they are NOT online though). One from a man’s point of view, and one from the point of a view from a female character, who is existing in another dimension.

The official synapse is:

What would happen if all the women abandoned the world? A wildly provocative novel of supernatural suspense, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is the first father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

I think 2017 will be a great King year! What are your thoughts?