"It was a pleasure to work with Rich Chizmar one-on-one after all these years," King said in a statement. "I had a story I couldn't finish, and he showed me the way home with style and panache. It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better."
The story, set in 1974, is a coming-of-age tale about 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson, who spends her summer running the "Suicide Stairs" that connect Castle Rock to Castle View Recreational Park. Peterson encounters a stranger, dressed in a black coat, black jeans, and a black hat that later becomes the subject of her nightmares.