Stephen King’s First Children’s Book Coming in November

Stephen King’s secret kids book Charlie the Choo-Choo releases on November 22nd from Simon & Schuster

Now THIS is kinda cool…

Stephen King, the first and last name in contemporary horror and dark psychological horror literature, has written a children’s book.

On November 22, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish Charlie the Choo-Choo, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym of Beryl Evans—a character in Stephen King’s novel, The Waste Lands, part of the Dark Tower series. Having sold over 30 million copies to date, the Dark Tower series will soon be a feature film releasing in February 2017 starring Idris Elba (Luther, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) and Matthew McConaughey (Fragile, Mud). The book is fully illustrated by artist Ned Dameron.

In a blurb for the book (which was previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con this year), King says, “If I were ever to write a children’s book, it would be just like this!”

So Beryl Evans is the kindergarten version of Richard Bachman. Very cool.

The book follows the adventures of Engineer Bob, who has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. Charlie the Choo-Choo is a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work. From the man who gave you The Shining. Which, I guess, is also kinda about friendship, loyalty and hard work.

Will you be picking up Charlie the Choo-Choo for the budding bloodthirsty brat in your life? Do tell in the comments below! You can pre-order the book at


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