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Richard Chizmar’s Sequel Gwendy’s Magic Feather Returns To Stephen King’s Castle Rock

When strangers come to Castle Rock, they usually bring trouble with them. That’s what you can expect from Richard Chizmar, who is venturing solo into Stephen King’s not-so-sleepy small town in the new sequel Gwendy’s Magic Feather.

The author and Cemetery Dance publisher teamed up with King on the 2017 novella Gwendy’s Button Box, about a 12-year-old girl who receives a gift from a strange man in a black hat: a mystical box with various buttons that dispenses good fortune to its user while unleashing calamities elsewhere.

That story was set in 1974, a few years before most of the unsettling events that transpired in Castle Rock in The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things, and about 15 years after The Body, which became the film Stand By Me.

When Chizmar came up with an idea to revisit a grown-up Gwendy Peterson 25 years later, King gave him permission to go it alone.

Chizmar doesn’t just bringing his own ominous story to Castle Rock, but also gets to include a few memorable King characters, like Norris Ridgewick, once a hapless deputy in Needful Things and now the sheriff of Castle County.

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While King didn’t write this one, he is supplying a forward and served as the first editor on the book. Otherwise, he got to enjoy it as a Constant Reader this time. “I was very curious to see Gwendy all grown up, and very pleased with the result. I think readers will be, too,” King said in a statement. “Especially when the button box makes a mysterious reappearance.”

About the Book:

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.

Gwendy’s Magic Feather will be published in hardcover by Cemetery Dance Publications and as an audiobook by Simon & Schuster Audio on Nov. 19. Trade paperback and ebook editions will be released next year by Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books.

To be published as a Trade Hardcover Edition:

– Printed on 60# acid-free paper
– Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– World’s first printing, first edition!
– Retail price just $25

To be published as a Signed Limited Edition Hardcover:

– Printed at a larger trim size than the trade hardcover edition, with a different interior design!
– Personally signed by Richard Chizmar on a unique signature page
– Includes exclusive interior artwork that does not appear in any trade edition
– Featuring other exclusive Bonus Items we cannot yet announce to the general public!
– Printed on 60# acid-free archival quality paper
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Wrapped in a different full-color dust jacket
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $75

To be published as a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

– All of the special features of the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover plus…
– Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Richard Chizmar, Ben Baldwin, and Keith Minnion
– Housed in a custom-made traycase
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with deluxe endpapers created exclusively for this edition
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $500

Order the book HERE.

Chizmar, author of the story collections The Long Way Home and A Long December, as well as the upcoming novel The Girl on the Porch, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his solo journey through King country. Read the interview HERE.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly – LINK

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Subterranean Press Announces The Girl On The Porch By Richard Chizmar

Subterranean Press announces a new novella, The Girl on the Porch, by New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar.

From New York Times bestselling author Richard Chizmar, author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and The Long Way Home, comes a thriller that will forever change the way you look at your neighbors and best friends…

When the Tuckers’ next door neighbor mentions someone rang their doorbell late the previous night, Sarah and Kenny Tucker check their home’s security camera and discover something shocking: the doorbell ringer also visited their house and it wasn’t a teenager playing a prank, but instead a terrified young woman with a shackle hanging from her right wrist. She anxiously pressed the doorbell again and again, glancing over her shoulder as if someone was coming for her, before giving up and taking off into the dark.

Almost overnight, she becomes known as The Girl on the Porch—and she’s everywhere. There are updates on all the local networks, national coverage on CNN and Fox News, and the video goes viral on social media. Before long, everyone has seen the harrowing security camera footage.

Kenny and Sarah figure it’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes the woman, but as the days pass and no one comes forward, odd things begin to transpire around the Tucker family: a man intensely watches them at a restaurant and then vanishes, fresh footprints appear in the garden next to their house where no one should have been, a neighbor’s pet is viciously killed and mutilated, and a mysterious man has started following their daughter Natalie…

A rollercoaster ride of compelling twists and turns, The Girl on the Porch demonstrates why Stephen King says Richard Chizmar’s writing is “powerful” and Robert McCammon calls his work “hard-hitting, spooky, suspenseful, harrowing, and heartbreaking.”

The book will be limited to 1,500 signed copies and cost $35. You can order it HERE.

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The Long Way Home By Richard Chizmar

Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award winning and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes. Chizmar’s previous short story collection, A Long December, was published in 2016 to starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, and was included on numerous “Best Books of the Year” lists. Entertainment Weekly gave the book high praise: “Each tale is a magic trick, luring you toward the light while leading you down an ever-darkening path. There is hope mingled with horror, and that’s Chizmar’s secret power. His storytelling always beats with a huge, passionate heart.”

Stephen King says he writes “terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie,” and with The Long Way Home, Richard Chizmar has taken his evocative and compelling storytelling to an entirely new level.

Contents

– The Man Behind the Mask
– The Bad Guys
– The Meek Shall Inherit…
– Silent Night
– Widow’s Point
– My Father and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
– The Witch
– A Nightmare on Elm Lane
– Dirty Coppers
– Mischief
– The Man in the Black Sweater
– Odd Numbers
– The Hunch
– Roses and Raindrops
– Stephen King at 70: A Tribute to the Gunslinger
– The Association
– The Sculptor
– Murder House script
– The Custer Files
– The Long Way Home
– Story Notes

Available in 3 editions:

– Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover (£20)
– 200 Hardcovers signed by the contributors in an Illustrated Slipcase (£50)
– 26 Traycased Deluxe Lettered editions signed by the contributors (£295)

Order from PS Publishing HERE.

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First Look At Widow’s Point Film Based On The Novella By Richard & Billy Chizmar

As Halloween draws near, who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend in an old lighthouse rumored to be inhabited by restless spirits? Let’s take a first look into the world of Widow’s Point, an indie horror film directed by Gregory Lamberson, opening in 2019. 

The film is based on the novella by Richard and Billy Chizmar, about a ghost-story writer who decides to promote his latest book by spending the weekend wired with cameras and recording gear inside an abandoned lighthouse with a sinister history. Richard co-authored Gwendy’s Button Box last year with Stephen King.

Click HERE for the first look courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

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Stephen King at 70: Cemetery Dance’s Richard Chizmar Hails The Master of The Macabre

Stephen King celebrates his 70th birthday on September 21st. In honor of the author’s milestone, Entertainment Weekly is presenting tributes to the man whose Constant Readers think of as “Uncle Steve.”

First up is Richard Chizmar, editor and publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine, and author of the short story collection A Long December. He and King have known each other for years, and they recently collaborated on the novella Gwendy’s Button Box.

Read his tribute HERE.

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Meet Richard Chizmar At Barnes & Noble In Bel Air, MD On June 19, 2017

Richard Chizmar’s only confirmed book signing and public event for Gwendy’s Button Box will be held at 6:30 PM on June 19, 2017 at the Barnes & Noble in Bel Air, Maryland.

Here is the store’s address:

Barnes & Noble
620 Marketplace Drive
Bel Air, MD 21014

Richard will be reading from Gwendy’s Button Box and answering your questions about the book, working with Stephen King, and anything else you’ve always wanted to ask the founder of Cemetery Dance Publications!

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Stephen King Made A Frightening Proposal With Gwendy’s Button Box: Write A Story With Him

One should never take candy from strangers. Especially if it comes in a container that may have apocalyptic powers.

In Gwendy’s Button Box, the new novella from authors Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, that’s the premise: A heavy-set young girl meets a strange man in a black bowler hat who has a gift for her. She doesn’t know what to do with the buttons and levers on his fancy, peculiar wooden box, but the candy it distributes brings her happiness far beyond a brief sugar rush. It makes her stronger. More confident. More beautiful and brave.

But the buttons … those have a much darker purpose. This is a gift fraught with both responsibility and menace. That’s how Chizmar, the publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine and a renowned horror author in his own right, felt when King invited him to collaborate on the story, which hits store shelves Tuesday.

“We were emailing in early January and he mentioned offhandedly a story he’d started some time over the summer, and he just couldn’t finish it,” Chizmar tells EW. “As I often do, if he mentions a new story, I always say, ‘Well hey, send it to me if you want. I’d love to read it.’ I didn’t expect anything to come of it. But the next evening a file titled Gwendy showed up, and the body of the email read: ‘Do whatever you want with it.’”

Read the entire Entertainment Weekly article HERE.

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Read An Excerpt of Gwendy’s Button Box By Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

You can read an excerpt of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar HERE.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar will be published in hardcover and eBook by Cemetery Dance Publications and audio by Simon & Schuster in May. To learn more about the authors, follow them on Twitter (@StephenKing and @RichardChizmar) and visit their websites (StephenKing.com and RichardChizmar.com).

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Bev Vincent Interviews Stephen King & Richard Chizmar About Their New Project

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Constant Readers the world over are rejoicing over the news that Stephen King is returning to Castle Rock, the small town he created, nurtured and nearly destroyed in works such as The Dead Zone, The Dark Half and Needful Things.

Joining him as co-writer of the new novella “Gwendy’s Button Box” is Cemetery Dance founder and publisher Richard Chizmar, fresh off his successful short story collection A Long December. The two authors answered a few questions from Bev Vincent about their highly anticipated collaboration. Read the interview HERE.

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Gwendy’s Button Box, A New Castle Rock Novella From Stephen King & Richard Chizmar To Be Released In May

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Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, has just announced Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, an original, never-before-published novella that marks a return to King’s fabled town of Castle Rock, Maine, and the first-ever collaboration between these two long-time friends and award-winning authors. The Cemetery Dance hardcover and eBook will be published in May.

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“It was a pleasure to work with Rich Chizmar one-on-one after all these years,” Stephen King said. “I had a story I couldn’t finish, and he showed me the way home with style and panache. 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.”

“Steve and I have corresponded about books and movies and life for twenty years now,” said Richard Chizmar, author of the acclaimed short story collection A Long December and the driving force behind the StephenKingRevisited.com website. “I’m a huge admirer of both his work and the man himself. Writing Gwendy’s Button Box with Steve was truly a dream come true for me.”

“Steve sent me the first chunk of a short story,” Chizmar explained. “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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Here’s some detail on the story:

“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…”

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Cemetery Dance will publish the hardcover for Gwendy’s Button Box in May. Until then, here’s a full look at the jacket. You can pre-order the book HERE.

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Book Details & pricing:

– Published as a trade hardcover edition
– Authors: Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
– Artists: Ben Baldwin (Cover) and Keith Minnion (Interiors)
- Printed on 60# acid-free paper
– Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– Featuring one of the lowest print runs for a brand new Stephen King book in many years
– Page Count: 175
– Publication date: May 30, 2017

Choose Your Edition:

– 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)

Please note that there will be a signed Limited Edition and signed Lettered Edition of this title announced by Lonely Road Books soon.

– 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.

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