“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…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.”
Why I need it:
Child themes in a horror story, a return to a town from King’s older works and a short read. This novella sounds perfect.
I make no secret of not being a fan of Stephen King, hell I write a monthly blog series called A King Hater Reads King, so obviously I am not the biggest fan. This novella interests me though. I might not be the biggest King fan but I will admit to liking some of his shorter works, like Carrie, so I am going to give this book a chance.
I always find it interesting when two writers work together. It allows for their two styles of writing to come together and form something different, something neither writer could create on their own. Writer collaborations are one of my favourite things.
I have heard that this novella is set for a limited publication so snatch it up when you can.
Also, look at that cover!
Gwendy’s Button Box is scheduled for release on the 30th of May 2017.