Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
Book Review: 4 out of 5 star rating
What can I say? I’ve been a fan of Stephen King’s since I read his first book, “Carrie”, in the 70’s. He seldom, if ever, disappoints and he has produced another gem in this novella.
Gwendy (combination of Gwendolyn which her father wanted to name her and Wendy which her mother wanted) is a young girl who is determined to lose some weight so has been running up and down the Suicide Stairs in Castle Rock. One day she meets a stranger who gives her a very special box. But is that box a blessing or a curse?
Stephen isn’t the only one listed as author of this book. Richard Chizmar also worked with him on this. I’m not familiar with Mr. Chizmar’s work so can’t tell what his influences are in this story. It does seem like all King to me.
As always, King’s books are not just about horror. He’s an expert at characterization, which is what I love about his books. He makes his characters so accessible, so down to earth and so relatable that you understand them immediately and care about them. That’s what makes his horror so horrible because you only want good things to happen to these people, nothing bad. But of course you know they’re headed to that dark side of life.
Entertaining and recommended novella.