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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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A New Novella Is Coming Soon From Richard Chizmar & Stephen King

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Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance just announced via Facebook that he has spent the past few weeks writing a novella with Stephen King.

He described the experience as amazing and so much fun!

According to Chizmar, the standalone hardcover will be published soon. Follow Rich on Twitter as I’m sure he will be making more announcements about this exciting project.

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Cemetery Dance Publications Invites You To Visit Stephen King Revisited

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Cemetery Dance Publications invites readers everywhere to the launch of StephenKingRevisited.com, a massive new project unlike anything the horror and suspense publisher has undertaken in their twenty-five years in publishing.

Starting this Halloween, Cemetery Dance founder and publisher Richard Chizmar will begin re-reading ALL of Stephen King’s books in the order of publication, starting with Carrie, and posting his thoughts about the experience.

“Like many longtime readers,” Chizmar explains in his first post on the site, “I can chart the course of my life by when and where I read most of Stephen King’s books. Re-reading Christine recently (when writing an afterword for an anniversary edition) inspired the project was like traveling back to my youth in a time machine.  I turned the pages, and I was a teenager again, carrying around a tattered, old paperback.  Experiencing the novel for the first time. It felt like a kind of magic.  And I wanted to do it again.”

When Chizmar asked Stephen King what he thought of the idea of him re-reading all of the books in order, King replied, “You should blog about it” and “go for it!”

After each re-read, Chizmar will post his thoughts on StephenKingRevisited.com.  Readers are encouraged to read along and share their own thoughts, including their memories of where they were when they first read each book.

For readers who are interested in behind the scenes information about King’s unprecedented career, author Bev Vincent will be writing a historical context post for each title, including insightful anecdotes about the writing and publication history of the book.

In addition, special guest contributors who are well known to Stephen King readers will be providing their own take on the books.  Some of the first guest contributors include Michael Koryta (author of So Cold the River and Those Who Wish to Kill Me), Josh Boone (director and writer of the films The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love, and two forthcoming Stephen King projects, Lisey’s Story and The Stand), and Jack Ketchum (author of The Lost, The Woman, and I’m Not Sam).

Stephen King Revisited can be found at StephenKingRevisited.com and Cemetery Dance Publications can be followed on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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