Attention, parents: If you want to scar your children for life, consider buying Stephen King’s new book specifically written for children.
Yes, that’s right. The master of horror fiction has written a children's book.
“Charlie the Choo Choo” is a new book from author Beryl Evans (which is actually Stephen King under a dastardly pseudonym)—and it is not for the faint of heart.
The 19-page book is taken directly from the fictional universe of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, the 1991 The Waste Lands, to be specific. The story is mentioned briefly by one of the characters in the series and now—because we are all living in King’s world—it permanently exists.
In the book, Charlie is a train engine who is a completely sentient being. He explores the world with his best friend, Bob. Bob and Charlie are an inseparable pair and they may seem like the perfect pair for children’s literature. But just remember that this is all masterminded by Stephen King and nothing is as it seems.
The illustrations exist in a very specific part of the uncanny valley that won’t necessarily mentally scar children, but will definitely permanently sear themselves in any child’s mind.
And for those who don’t “get” the author’s nom de plume (it’s a character from the Dark Tower), he has placed a blurb on the cover: “If I were ever to write a children’s book, it would be just like this!”
The book is available for pre-order for its November 22 release date.