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!...
|Title||:||Gwendy's Button Box|
|Number of Pages||:||171 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Gwendys » Gwendy's Button Box|
Gwendy's Button Box Reviews
A wonderful collaboration between 'King of Horror' Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, who have been long-time friends but meshed their literary ideas into a single piece. This story is peppered with the New England flavour for which King is so well known and an innocent story that turns on a single item, something Chizmar surely influenced after being handed control of the story. Gwendy Peterson is an energetic girl who seeks to change herself before heading into middle school, where the teasing ...more
Beware the jaunty black derby hat.
The curve of the short brim. The bent knuckles touching hand to hat in greeting.
"Set a spell, as they say down south."
And twelve year old Gwendy obliges as she cautiously positions herself on the edge of the bench. She speaks of the warnings of engaging with strangers. But all that goes to the wayside as this intriguing man dressed in black talks to her in a low voice. He seems to know how to draw out those hidden secret tendrils of truth from within her that n ...more
THE WEIGHT OF A BOX
Gwendy Peterson is a normal teenager in the (not-so normal) Castle Rock town, she is looking to lose some weight (mainly due the meanness of fellow schoolmates), and to do that she has been running on the “Suicide Stairs”, one of the colorful places in the town, until one day, when she reached the high point of the stairs, she meets a strange man with a black hat which knows too much about Gwendy’s personal life and he gives her a gift, a powerful and enig ...more
Stephen King’s 2017 novella collaboration with Richard T. Chizmar is a fantastic blend of fable and urban myth.
Channeling Bradbury in it’s autumnal simplicity and inexplicability, Gwendy’s Button Box is also a horrific re-imagining of the Monkey’s Paw legend.
In a Castle Rock, Maine, mid-70s setting Young Gwendy is approached by an odd man in a black bowler. He tells her that he has been keeping up with her and she is the right person for a special responsibility. The man presents her with a str ...more
Ever since I can remember, I have been a fan of Stephen King. Do not get me wrong, I do not like everything that I have read by him. Yet, more oft than not, I enjoy the stories that King writes. Sometimes he gives us a story that makes us question our own morality and sense of decency. The novella, Gwendy's Button Box is one of those stories.
Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us back to Castle Rock so we can meet and follow Gwendy Peterson as she deals with possessing a button box that is ...more
LOVED IT! I'm a fan. I'll do a proper review when more of my pals have read it!
I listened to the audio version of this book through the library Overdrive but I'm going to buy a copy from Audible. Maggie Swift from Sons Of Anarchy was the narrator and she was awesome!
I loved that there was a little talk with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar at the end. Just listening to them was cool.
There is also a short story at the end of the first book called, "The Music Room." This is a tiny short story by Stephen King. Just a little tad bit of horror to add to your day.
I also have ...more
I know short stories aren't for every reader, even for Constant Readers, but I for one-LOVE THEM! Especially when wickedly talented writers like Stephen King and Richard Chizmar have their hand in it. I saw this book sitting on my nightstand about an hour ago and I thought, "What the actual fuck am I waiting for?!"
So I picked it up and I read it.
And damn it was good. It was very, very good. See, people complain that short stories skimp on character development--as if one needs hundreds and hundr ...more