Gwendy's Button Box; A Trilogy

Posted: October 30, 2019, 15:31
Looks like the story of Gwendy will be a trilogy. The first book was a collaboration between King and Richard Chizmar, the second is written by Chizmar who tweeted the following about the third book:

Nope, I don't know when the third volume will be pulbished; it's not written yet. I also don't know if Steve and I will be co-writing. Depends on our schedules.

King Writing About Holly

Posted: May 1, 2019, 17:40
In this interview with EW Richard Chizmar talks about Gwendy's Magic Feather. One question hinted on what King himself is working on...

But he didn’t want to write it himself?
He said, “I’m going to be spending the foreseeable future with Holly Gibney [a character in his Mr. Mercedes novels and The Outsider who is a major character in his newest book], but you should write it.”

Gwendy's Button Box Gets A Sequel

Posted: May 1, 2019, 17:26
Gwendy's Button Box gets a sequel written by Richard Chizmar. Order your copy here

Gwendy's Magic Feather
Richard Chizmar

Something evil has swept into the small western Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out to bring them home alive.

In Washington D.C., thirty-seven-year-old Gwendy Peterson couldn't be more different from the self-conscious teenaged girl who once spent a summer running up Castle Rock's Suicide Stairs. That same summer, she was entrusted—or some might say cursed—with the extraordinary button box by Richard Farris, the mysterious stranger in the black suit. The seductive and powerful box offered Gwendy small gifts in exchange for its care and feeding until Farris eventually returned, promising
Gwendy she'd never see the box again.

One day, though, the button box shows up without warning-and without Richard Farris to explain why, or what she's supposed to do with it. The mysterious reappearance of the box, along with the troubling disappearances in Castle Rock, leads Gwendy home again...where she just might be able to help rescue the missing girls and stop a madman before he does something ghastly.

From New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar comes Gwendy's Magic Feather, a breathtaking novel that asks whether our lives are controlled by fate or the choices we make-and what price we might have to pay for those choices when we reach for the things we most desire. Prepare to return again to Stephen King's Castle Rock, the sleepy little town built on a bedrock of deep, dark secrets, which is about to awaken from its quiet slumber once more.

Trade hardcover Edition
Publisher: Cemetery Dance
Pub Date: November 19, 2019
Length: 328 pages

UK Gift Edition Of Gwendy's Button Box

Posted: July 15, 2017, 00:52
This fall Short, Scary Tales Publications will release a Gift Edition of Gwendy's Button Box. It will be limited to just 600 copies. you can pre-order your copy here.

Here is what's special with this edition:

- Experience the story and artwork in a way previously unimagined with a stunning oversized 7"x10" trim size
- Printed on 60# acid-free paper with your archive and legacy in mind
- 7 full colour plates tipped into the book—NEVER BEFORE seen illustrations by Vincent Sammy to bring the story to life in a whole new way
- Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands and full-colour embossed endpapers
- Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine for exceptional quality and longevity
- Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
- Sewn-in ribbon page marker so you can continue to experience the novella exactly where you left off
- Wrapped in a full-colour dust jacket with artwork by Vincent Sammy
- Two colour interior printing for quality, vibrant pages
- Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication's Special Gift Edition—Only 600 copies will be available worldwide. This opportunity will never be presented again!

Gwendy’s Button Box Released In The UK

Posted: June 9, 2017, 11:38
Hodder & Stoughton is releasing Gwendy’s Button Box in the UK. The book is written by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar. The eBook and audio digital download have just been released and Hodder will follow up with a hardcover edition on 27 June.

The audio also contains King’s story The Music Room and a conversation between Stephen King & Richard Chizmar.

Get your copy here:
Digital audiobook

Fans Get Gwendy's Button Box

Posted: May 24, 2017, 13:01
King and Chizmar’s collaboration, Gwendy’s Button Box, is out and you know what that means…

I want to put together a page with photos of you all and your copy of Gwendy’s Button Box. All you need to do is send me a photo (this should open an email but if it doesn’t, send the photo to info[a] of yourself and the book (any edition works) and I’ll post them here. If you don’t want to send it by email you can also post it on the facebook page and I’ll grab it there. I would also like to ask you to include your name, town and country so that I can list that with the photo. You can see what it will look like at the Mr Mercedes page, the Revival page, the Finders Keepers page, Bazzar of Bad Dreams page, End of Watch page or the Charlie the Choo Choo page.

Check out all the Gwendy’s Button Box photos here.

Let's get those photos collected! Some of you are even on all pages, GOOD WORK!

Gwendy’s Button Box Contest Winners

Posted: May 17, 2017, 15:18
The Gwendy’s Button Box contest is over and we have three lucky winners but first, here are the correct answers.

Question 1 In what town do Gwendy live?
Answer 1 Castle Rock

Question 2 Finish King’s comment about the book: “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, xxx xxx xxxxxr.”
Answer 2 All the better

Question 3 Who illustrated the cover for Gwendy’s Button Box?
Answer 3 Ben Baldwin

And the three lucky winners who will each get a signed (by Richard) copy of the book is: Frank Willson, Sue Anderson and Linn Dunn. Congratulations!

Get Your The Nocturnal Reader's Box Now!

Posted: May 3, 2017, 07:23
Have you ordered you The Nocturnal Reader's Box yet? Well it will be packed with King stuff including exclusive items from The Dark Tower, Creepshow, Gwendy's Button Box, IT, and a few others Everything in this box is limited to this box and will not be sold anywhere else.! Here is the limited cover for Gwendy's Button Box.

Order here.

Gwendy's Button Box Narrator

Posted: April 3, 2017, 20:53
Great casting for the audiobook of Gwendy's Button Box from

Big casting news! Maggie Siff from Billions, Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy will narrate the audiobook edition of GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. Available on CD and for download on May 16, 2017, the audiobook will feature a bonus, the Edgar® nominated short story ‘The Music Room’ – also read by Siff – PLUS an interview with the authors!

Gwendy’s Button Box Day #3 - Contest

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

Richard Chizmar talks Castle Rock With Brian Keene

Posted: March 3, 2017, 10:00
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

Update: Different Editions Of Gwendy’s Button Box

Posted: March 1, 2017, 00:34
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

Source: Brian Freeman on message board.

Here's How To Order Gwendy’s Button Box

Posted: February 28, 2017, 18:29
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
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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This Is Castle Rock

Posted: February 21, 2017, 14:32
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

Chizmar & King Novella Returns To Castle Rock

Posted: February 15, 2017, 21:23
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
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?