Stephen King has joined forces with the publisher and editor of Cemetery Dance magazine, Richard Chizmar, to bring us a brand new Stephen King Novella; Gwendy's Button Box.
Stephen King said about his collaboration with Richard Chizmar on the writing of Gwendy’s Button Box that he had a story that he couldn’t finish and it was Richard Chizmar who, with style and panache, showed him how to finish it.
Richard Chizmar said that Stephen King had sent him the first part of the unfinished story, which Chizmar then added to and sent back to King. Stephen King then ran through Gwendy's Button Box again and returned it to Chizmar and, after a number of iterations between the two writers, the full length novella of Gwendy’s Button Box was born. Chizmar says that both writers took a free hand in making edits to each other’s work and in introducing new characters to the story.
Gwendy's Button Box – What is it about?
In Gwendy's Button Box, Stephen King returns once again to Castle Rock, a town where there has already been plenty of strange goings on in the past. But this is a tale about Castle Rock that you will not have heard before.
What we know so far about the tale of Gwendy's Button Box is that in 1974, twelve year old Gwendy Peterson ignored the alternative routes to Castle View of Route 117 and Pleasant Road and took the old zigzagging Suicide Stairs up the Cliffside every day that summer instead.
When she reaches the top of the stairs, catching her breath, Gwendy could hear the sounds of the kids in the playground below and the distant sound of a baseball hitting an aluminium baseball bat.
One day, there was a stranger sitting on a bench at the top of the cliff. He was wearing black jeans, a white shirt, a black suit jacket and a small black hat. The stranger called to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."