If that title sounds familiar to you it could be for a couple of reasons. One could be that it was a highly sought after give away at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Folks immediately took to e-Bay to sell their instant collectible, at least one of which sold for $1200. The OTHER reason you may have a tingling memory of this title is because it is the “children’s book” from Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series.
Good news for fans that did not grab one at San Diego Comic Con is that these are now going to be available for sale! (I wonder how the bloke who paid $1200 on e- bay feels now?) Here is the info you need from Cemetery Dance Publications to get the children’s storybook that isn’t real by an author who never was.
Charlie the Choo-Choo
by Beryl Evans AKA Stephen King
Illustrated by Ned Dameron
Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels follow the quest of Roland the Gunslinger as he attempts to reach the towering, shadowy edifice that stands at the center of countless dimensions. Other worlds often bleed into our own through storytelling an imagination — and Charlie the Choo-Choo was a slightly sinister echo of a sentient (although haywire) bullet train named as Blaine the Mono in Roland’s realm of Mid-World.
The storybook turns up in King’s third book in the series, The Waste Lands, and the cover art for the children’s tale (created by artist Ned Dameron) was one of the illustrations in the original novel. Charlie/Blaine is neither evil nor good, but has an impatient, intolerant disposition. Don’t mess with him.
This storybook was actually written by Stephen King, but features new illustrations in its tale of a steam engine who is angry and heartbroken about having been abandoned but resolves to get itself back on track –no matter what.
Good news is, it is not going to cost you e-Bay prices to get one. They are currently being sold for $14.99. “Charlie the Choo-Choo” will be available on November 22, 2016.