Stephen King pens children’s picture book about train that comes alive


The Master of horror Stephen King has a new book out soon, but it’s not what are you might be expecting.

The book titled Charlie the Choo-Choo, which fans of his Dark Tower Series will recognize from his book, The Waste Land.

The Book, which is penned by its in author Beryl Evans (a.k.a. King himself), is a story of Engineer Bob and his best friend Charlie, who just happens to be a train engine come to life.

The Anthropomorphized Train Charlie, ranges from spooky to dolorous throughout the book.  Even cheery Charlie, hard at work as a locomotive and besties with his engineer Bob, seems a bit, well, off.

The picture book, which is illustrated by Ned Dameron, also carries a quote from King on the front – “If I were ever to write a children’s book, it would be just like this!” – Possibly to warn off parents browsing for the latest story from the realms of Sodor, rather than a dark fantasy from the master of horror.


It isn’t the first time King has explored the methods of children’s publishing. He brought out a pop-up version of his story The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon in 2004.



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