Author Archives: Brian James Freeman

Richard Chizmar’s Latest Project: GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX co-written with Stephen King

As most of you probably know by now, Richard Chizmar hasn’t had a lot of time to write his essay for The Talisman (although he promises it is on the way!) because he’s been busy writing and then promoting his new novella, Gwendy’s Button Box, which he co-wrote with Stephen King!

If this is news to you, a great way to catch-up is to read this story in Entertainment Weekly: Stephen King made a frightening proposal with Gwendy’s Button Box: Write a story with him.

A LONG DECEMBER by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King Revisited News!

Hey Folks!

Just a heads-up, Richard has been busy writing his own stories these past couple of months, but Stephen King Revisited will be busier than ever in 2016 with more great essays and memories — and at least one more contest with a SIGNED Stephen King book as the grand prize!!

In the meantime, please check out Richard’s forthcoming collection, A Long December, due out this year from Subterranean Press. Here’s what Stephen King had to say about it:

 “Powerful…I love it…Richard Chizmar writes clean, no-nonsense prose…sets his tales in no-nonsense, middle class neighborhoods I can relate to…and writes terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie.”
— Stephen King

A Long December

Remember, you can follow Richard on Twitter for his personal updates and other posts of interest to readers and collectors and Stephen King fans!

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How To Receive FREE eMail Updates About Stephen King Revisited!

For those who are new to the site, here is how you can sign-up for the FREE Stephen King Revisited update mailing list:

1) Go to — if you’re reading this post on the website, you’re already here!

2) Enter your email address in the “Updates and Notifications via email” box

3) Click “Subscribe”

4) Click on the confirmation link you will receive via email within a few moments. Otherwise, you won’t really be subscribed!

Thank you for coming along on this journey with us!

How You Can Help Stephen King Revisited!

A lot of readers have been asking how they can help Stephen King Revisited.

Stephen King and Richard ChizmarFirst, let me say that we really appreciate all of the support the site has already received from readers, fans, and collectors of Stephen King’s work. Everyone contributing to this site is doing so because they love King’s writing as much as you do.

There are several ways you can help promote what we’re doing here:

1) Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. If you can share or retweet our posts, that’s great. If you want to post something of your own to your friends, fans, and followers and include the link, that’s awesome, too. Anything you can do to spread the word will be a huge help!

2) POST COMMENTS on the essays we post here on the site to let our writers know you’re reading them. You can always find the complete list of posts on the Stephen King Books In Chronological Order page.

3) Finally, you can follow Richard Chizmar on both Facebook and Twitter for previews of upcoming posts and other information of interest to readers and Stephen King fans, which you could then share with others if you wanted.

(I’m also on Facebook and Twitter, and although I don’t post a lot, sometimes I’ll sneak in photos from our various upcoming Stephen King projects, which you might find of interest!)

Thank you again for all of the support and love you’ve shown Stephen King Revisited. We look forward to many more years of posting about the King of Horror’s work!

— Brian

Revisiting The Dead Zone by Richard Chizmar


the-dead-zone-smallUnlike THE LONG WALK, I don’t have any specific memories of where I was in my life when I first read THE DEAD ZONE.

No idea how old I was, where I was living, whether I was in high school or college or freshly graduated, whether I was single, engaged, married.

When it comes to the exact timeline, my mind is a blank…which is unusual for me. Especially when it relates to a book I enjoyed so much and one for which I have so many specific memories.

So, without further rambling, here are some of those crystal clear remembrances from that mysterious “Dead Zone” of my life:

* Johnny — and his love for Sarah — form the backbone of THE DEAD ZONE, and what happens to that love absolutely shattered my heart. I might not remember where I was in my life when I first met these two, but I do remember how difficult it was for me to accept their fate, much less read certain sections of the book because they hurt too much.

I’m talking about when Johnny finds out how much time has passed while he was in a coma and that Sarah is now married and has children; when Sarah comes to visit Johnny at his father’s house and they make love (this one hurt the most); and Johnny’s poignant letter to Sarah at the end of the book.

I held out hope for a happy ending for these two long after it became painfully obvious that it wasn’t meant to be. I just couldn’t let go of that hope. A lot like real life, huh?

* I adored Johnny’s dad, Herb Smith. Much like Stu Redman from THE STAND, he reminded me quite a bit of my own father. Stoic. Dignified. Responsible. A man with a wonderful, loving heart facing great obstacles. » Read more

Follow Richard Chizmar On Twitter And You Could Win A Signed Stephen King Book!

Hey Folks!

Richard is finishing his essay about The Dead Zone right now, and it will be posted here tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have an important message to pass along from him:

“Sign up to follow me on Twitter at @RichardChizmar because once I reach 3,000 followers, I will randomly pick one lucky winner and send them a signed Stephen King book!”

So if you’re on Twitter, make sure you follow him today!

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Richard Chizmar Is Writing His Essay About The Stand (1978)

Hey Folks!

Just a heads-up, Richard is now writing his essay about the original version of The Stand and it’ll be posted this week.

Remember, you can follow Richard on Twitter for his personal updates and other posts of interest to readers and collectors and Stephen King fans!

The Stand

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New eBook: The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman & Bev Vincent

We’re pleased to announce Cemetery Dance’s most unique eBook to date, the Revised & Updated second edition of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman & Bev Vincent, is now available for immediate download.

The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia BookThis special eBook edition allows you to test your trivia knowledge with a unique design using links between questions and hints and answers, and it works with any standard eReader. No apps or special programs are needed. If you have a Kindle, Kobo, Nook, or any of their related apps for other devices, this eBook should work for you!

About the Book:
This revised and updated second edition of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book features all of the original questions from the first edition, along with more than one hundred new questions about Stephen King’s most recent releases!

Also included are ten brand new illustration-based questions from Cemetery Dance favorite artist Glenn Chadbourne, along with the 60 illustration-based questions from the original edition.

This new edition concludes with a brand new afterword by Kevin Quigley, founder of Charnel House, one of the oldest Stephen King fan sites on the web.

The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman and Bev Vincent is a must-have for any of Stephen King’s Constant Readers.

Purchase the eBook: • • • Nook • Kobo

Purchase the Trade Paperback: • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book

New Stephen King Revisited Contest! Win A Signed Stephen King Limited Edition

Cemetery Dance Publications is pleased to announce we’ll be giving away a SIGNED Stephen King Limited Edition to one randomly selected fan of There are a lot of ways to enter this FREE giveaway, including methods that don’t require social media accounts if that isn’t your thing. We hope you’ll enter as many ways as you can before time runs out!

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