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Gwendy's Button Box (Includes bonus story

Gwendy's Button Box (Includes bonus story "The Music Room")

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by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar, Maggie Siff (Read by)

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Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the town of Castle Rock—paired on audio with King’s Edgar Award–nominated story “The Music Room.”

There are three



Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the town of Castle Rock—paired on audio with King’s Edgar Award–nominated story “The Music Room.”

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.

Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Actor Siff adds dramatic flair to her reading of this supernatural coming-of-age novella set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. It’s summer of 1974 when 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson is approached by the mysterious man named Richard Farris. He presents her with a beautiful mahogany box that can magically dispense small but delectable chocolate candies as well as rare 1891 Morgan silver dollars, worth hundreds of dollars. Farris assures her that the box and all its treasures are hers to keep, but as the story progress she learns that stewardship of the box comes with a heavy, possibly cataclysmic, responsibility. Siff captures the innocence of the young girl met at the beginning of the story and the more mature and worldly young woman at the end. Secondary characters are diverse and well rendered, each given unique voices of their own. But Siff shines with her portrayal of the enigmatic Mr. Farris, whose croaky voice steals every scene he’s in. A Cemetery Dance hardcover. (May)

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Meet the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy—Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams; Revival; Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Richard Chizmar is the founder/publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. He has edited more than thirty anthologies and his fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA’s Board of Trustee’s award.

Brief Biography

Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Gwendy's Button Box 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love King so I cannot miss a book. It was short (109 epages); however, an engaging story. Good little read for a couple of days
Anonymous 6 months ago
Read this short, simple story in one sitting. Don't let the short fool you. Short it is, but deep. Great character development of the main character.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Love it! I did not want her story to stop. Happy this was a somewhat nice button box bearer a relief in wake of previous Stephen King stories.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great for an afternoon of reading for a Stephen King fan as a lot of nods are made towards other King novels. Short and bittet-sweet.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Classic King! Familiar characters, places and an endearing plot. For his "Constant Readers" delight...like a little taste when you want something sweet, but don't want to binge!
Anonymous 1 days ago
Great storey; a nonstop page turner! Anyone who likes suspense and mystery will have to like this book
Anonymous 2 days ago
This novella reminds me of the older Stephen King stories, great story with the twist of odd and brush of scary. It was great to see "RF" pop up again too!
Anonymous 8 days ago
Awsome! Fast read.
Anonymous 11 days ago
To short! Kept me interested all the Way through.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Quick and good read.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Anonymous 15 days ago
That's my review
Anonymous 17 days ago
Fast read but very enjoyable.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Totally good read, kept me from putting it down. I want more stories that suck me in and keep me wanting more
SteveDeg 3 months ago
With a combination of Stephen King and Richard Chizmar joining their writing power in this novella of curiosity and trust. Given a special box with buttons for pushing, not sewing, each with their own power. But two could have severe penalties, one red, one black which should net be touch. Given to Gwendy by a strange man in black, who he has chosen to care for the box. This novella will pose the question, how strong is your curiosity? A quick read into the life of twelve year old Gwendy Peterson, will grab you from page one.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Truly good story...but always a little disappointed when the extra unnecessary leap is made into the unbelievable (rot in hell...you'll know it when you get there ...in the text, not literally). Otherwise, loved the tale, the burden of responsibility, the what ifs and, ultimately the relief of freedom.
Anonymous 3 months ago
FrancescaFB 3 months ago
This psychological drama is short but very engaging. I wished for more. King is at his very best, and he never disappoints.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Mr. King does it again!!! Great short story, I started reading and couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Part fable (Pandoras box comes to mind), part coming of age tale and a Castle Rock crossover make this novella a must read for King fans, and a good jumping off point for those uninitiated.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Excellent story! Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a great story. I could not put it down. The ending was great.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Pretty good. Glad it was short
Anonymous 4 months ago
...there's an anachronism I had thought would be a clue to the plot, but it wasn't. The commemorative state quarters Lenny from the coin show mentioned didn't exist in 1979. They weren't minted until the 2000's. Otherwise, cool story as always, Mr. King.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Its always nice to read another story with RF but it was way too short