Children’s books are not the typical fare for Horror Freak News, but this one, you might agree, is different. Charlie the Choo-Choo does reveal the secret of Engineer Bob, that Charlie is alive. And none other that Stephen King himself has stated that “If I were ever to write a children’s book, it would be just like this!” Yeah, literally. Author, Beryl Evans, is a pseudonym for Stephen King, and he is indeed in the children’s book business.
Among King’s works is The Dark Tower series of fantasy books, of which there are eight books. There are also comics to come from this storyline, and a movie to be released in 2017. And those serious fans of The Dark Tower will also have the inside scoop on Charlie the Choo-Choo. It seems that there is a picture book that shows up in book three of the series, The Waste Lands. As a promotional coup mock-ups of this book, Charlie the Choo-Choo, were created and distributed to attendees of San Diego Comic Con… well at least the first 150. Today, with this book now complete, fans across the country can get their hands on this little gem.
Fans of Stephen King and of The Dark Tower will be particularly interested in this book, though the story itself is a good one for young kids and may just become a good way to start your little tykes off easy with something written by one of the most twisted horror genius minds ever. Official Release is in February, 2017.
About the Author
Beryl Evans is the pseudonym adopted by Stephen King for his picture book Charlie the Choo-Choo. King has written over fifty worldwide bestsellers, his acclaimed works including Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Misery and the Dark Tower Fantasy Series.
About the Illustrator
Ned Dameron has done illustration for Dungeons and Dragons, as well as some for reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s works. He has produced cover artwork for many popular novels, including The Waste Lands by Stephen King and The Second Generation by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman.