Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

The newest release from Stephen King and Richard Chizmar brings us back to Castle Rock. As I’m sure all King fans were, I was so excited to go back! GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX was a quick read and I loved it. I did read it right when it released, but that was before this blog! So I’ve included my review below.

The cover art was something I also loved. The bright colors and the art work are amazing. But, to make it even better, in this month’s All Hail the King Nocturnal Reader’s Box, we received an exclusive copy of GWENDY. This cover art was only printed for this June box and won’t be done again. The Castle Rock sign is great and the hat is perfect! I can’t pick a favorite between the two.


My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar is a short story that brings us back to Castle Rock. There have been many instances where I’ve enjoyed some of his short stories more than some of his novels; I think there’s something enjoyable about a quick, and many times terrifying, journey. This was no exception. I would definitely read more about Gwendy!

We follow Gwendy, a young girl about to enter into middle school who is just trying to find herself. One morning on her daily run up the Suicide Stairs, she encounters a man. Mr. Richard Farris calls her over to him, and gives to her a peculiar box. This box has 8 colored buttons on top and two leavers, one on each side. She is told that this box is now her responsibility. He explains to her what each colored button is and what both leavers do, then disappears. With great power, comes great responsibility, and equally great consequences.

The box begins to take over all of her thoughts. She is constantly worried that someone will find it and push the buttons without knowing their consequences. This is a great story about how temptations pull at the mind, the will power to overcome it, and then constant wondering about whether or not Mr. Farris will return to reclaim the button box.

I really enjoyed this short story. Gwendy was so relatable and likable. You connected with her right away and that connection stayed throughout. I did wonder after finishing, what would I have done with that button box?


Which cover do you like better?


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