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Politics and Activism

In 1984, King endorsed Gary Hart’s presidential campaign. [127]

In April 2008, King spoke out against HB 1423, a bill pending in the Massachusetts state legislature that would restrict or ban the sale of violent video games to anyone under the age of 18. King claimed that laws like this allow legislators ignore the income gap between rich and poor, and prohibit the sale of violent video games to anyone under 18. He believed these were the real causes of violence. [128]

During the 2008 presidential election, King voiced his support for Democratic candidate Barack Obama. [129] King was quoted as calling conservative commentator Glenn Beck “Satan’s mentally challenged younger brother”. [130]

King addressed a rally of political supporters in Sarasota on March 8th 2011, expressing his disapproval for Governor Rick Scott (R.FL). [131]

On April 30, 2012, King published an article in The Daily Beast calling for rich Americans, including himself, to pay more taxes, citing it as “a practical necessity and moral imperative that those who have received much should be obligated to pay … in the same proportion”. [132]

King wrote an essay titled “Guns” via Amazon.com’s Kindle single feature. It discusses gun debate following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. King called for gun owners to support a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, writing, “Autos and semi-autos are weapons of mass destruction…When lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use. “[133][134] The essay became the fifth-bestselling non-fiction title for the Kindle. [135]

King attacked Donald Trump and Rep. Steve King for being racist. [136][137][138]

In June 2018, King called for the release of the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was jailed in Russia. [139]

In the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, King endorsed Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. [140] Warren eventually suspended her campaign, and King later endorsed Joe Biden’s campaign in the 2020 general election. [141]

King supported Ukraine during the Russian invasion in 2022. On his Twitter, account King posted a photo in an “I stand with Ukraine” t-shirt[142][143] and later tweeted that he refuses to cooperate with Russian publishers. [144][145]

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‘The Stand’ By Stephen King, Published By Hodder & Stoughton

King’s post-apocalyptic 1978 novel is almost a precursor for The Dark Tower. It features a common villain and an equally roaming style that King derived from his desire to create a modern American version of Lord of the Rings. King added four hundred pages to the 1990 edition and adapted his book for the miniseries in 1994.

He’s reappraised it again for this year’s new television adaptation and has reworked the ending. While you might not be in the mood for a story about a pandemic that wipes out almost the entire world’s population right now, this utterly absorbing novel is rightly hailed as one of King’s finest novels, and, the villainous character of “Dark Man” aside, it ends on a note of hope.

The Institute

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Lisey’S story

How does it all work?

The widow tracks a trail left behind by her husband, an author.

Why should you read it?

This is one of those stories that’s well worth sticking with. Although it took me some time to really get the hang of this story, I am glad that I did. Published in 2006, Lisey’s Story feels like another hybrid: part mystery, part fantasy, and part thriller, combining the real-life threat of an obsessed stalker with the superbly-envisioned lure of a new world. It’s an excellent insight into King’s extraordinary imagination.

Night Shift

King decided to stop publishing full-length horror books for his fifth book and instead published a collection called Night Shift. King’s first four novels weren’t as well-received as King’s short stories, but he managed to bring the same acclaim and produce a collection that is just as frightening as his novels.

Night Shift is often referred to by King as King’s greatest short story collection. It contains many memorable stories including “Children of the Corn”, “Jerusalem’s Lot,” a prologue to ‘Salem’s Lot”, and “Night Surf,” set in the same postapocalyptic world as The Stand.

All in all, it wasn’t surprising that King managed to write short stories that managed to terrorize readers so well, given the fact that he kicked off his career publishing short fiction in magazines. The book allowed readers to read some of King’s most difficult stories, opening the door for King’s future short fiction collections like Skeleton Crew or Different Seasons. We recommend this short book for those who want a quick read.

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By Cormac Mccarthy

[The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.]

King helped to expand the Gunslinger’s world over the next twenty years. He gave him a name (Roland Deschain Of Gilead), as well as companions (Eddie Dean and Susannah Dean), a story, and a purpose. To reach the Dark Tower which was at the center of all the worlds.

King’s works are often hidden behind the Dark Tower. But don’t let that monstrous monolith deter you. For a gentle introduction, you can work through these ten works. You’ll soon be craving more and, most likely, cursing me.

Stil and approach to writing

King’s formula for learning to write well is: “Read and write four to six hours a day. You can’t expect yourself to be a great writer if you don’t have the time. He sets out each day with a quota of 2000 words and will not stop writing until it is met. He also has a simple definition for talent in writing: “If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented. “[104]

When asked why he writes, King responds: “The answer to that is fairly simple–there was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to write stories. It’s what I love to do. It’s the only thing I love and would not do anything else. “[105] He is also often asked why he writes such terrifying stories and he answers with another question: “Why do you assume I have a choice? “[106] King usually begins the story creation process by imagining a “what if” scenario, such as what would happen if a writer is kidnapped by a sadistic nurse in Colorado. [107]

King frequently uses fictional authors or mentions them in stories, novels and novels. This includes Paul Sheldon in Misery and adult Bill Denbrough (in It), Ben Mears (in ‘Salem’s Lot) and Jack Torrance (in The Shining). King has gone beyond breaking the fourth wall to include himself in The Dark Tower V series: Wolves of the Calla. In September 2009 it was announced he would serve as a writer for Fangoria. [108]

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Christine

This 1983 book is prototypical King: the Haunted [Something]. In this case, it’s a candy apple red 1958 Plymouth Fury with a mind of its own, the ability to heal itself from damage, and a love of doo-wop and vengeance. There is more to this eerie tale than meets the eye, as King has done with many of his best. Christine is about obsession. It’s also about toxic masculinity, long before that term became widely used.

Arnie is the lead character. He is a high school dropout in 1978. His life changes dramatically after he acquires Christine, the dilapidated housekeeper. Arnie is a bitter outcast, with an air of incel about him. He finally finds something that feeds his soul and gives him strength.

Some people think that the red hat is all they need to feel empowered; Arnie prefers his red car.

Stephen King’s “The Shining” is published by Hodder & Stoughton

King was known to be averse to Stanley Kubrick’s famous adaptation of his novel. He found the portrayal of Wendy Torrance and Jack, a recovering addict trying to overcome writer’s blocks in an isolated mountain resort while descended into madness, shrill and absurd.

The novel is filled with horror at multiple levels. Their son, Danny, possesses psychic powers, a theme that features throughout King’s work, which allow him to see ghosts of the “Overlook Hotel”, who then unleash terror on the Torrance family. We also found the claustrophobic quality and nod to family relationships and the impact of alcoholism (which King knew first-hand from his own addictions) made this read all the more compelling.

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Carrie And Aftermath

In 1973, King’s novel Carrie was accepted by publishing house Doubleday. It was King’s fourth novel,[31] but the first to be published. He wrote it on his wife Tabitha’s portable typewriter. It began as a short story intended for Cavalier magazine, but King tossed the first three pages in the garbage can. [32] Tabitha recovered the pages and encouraged him to finish the story, saying she would help him with the female perspective; he followed her advice and expanded it into a novel. [33] He stated that he had persevered because he was tired and didn’t have any better ideas… His considered opinion was that a novel was the worst thing to ever happen in history. “[34] According to The Guardian, Carrie “is the story of Carrie White, a high-school student with latent–and then, as the novel progresses, developing–telekinetic powers. It’s brutal in places, affecting in others (Carrie’s relationship with her almost hysterically religious mother being a particularly damaged one), and gory in even more. “[35]

When Carrie was chosen for publication, King’s phone was out of service. Doubleday editor William Thompson–who became King’s close friend–sent a telegram to King’s house in late March or early April 1973[36] which read: “Carrie Officially A Doubleday Book. $2,500 Advance Against Royalties. Congratulations, Kid. The Future lies ahead, Bill. “[37] King stated that he purchased a Ford Pinto new car with the advance. [36] On May 13, 1973, New American Library bought the paperback rights for $400,000, which–in accordance with King’s contract with Doubleday–was split between them. [38][39] Carrie set King’s career in motion and became a significant novel in the horror genre. It was turned into a horror movie in 1976. [40]

King’s 1975 book, ‘Salem’s Lot’ was first published. He said that the story seemed “sort of down to home” in a 1987 issue. It has a special place in my heart. “[41] After his mother’s death, King and his family moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he wrote The Shining (published 1977). The family returned to western Maine in 1975, where he completed The Stand (published 1978). In 1977, the family, with the addition of Owen Philip, his third and youngest child, traveled briefly to England. King started teaching creative writing at University of Maine in the fall. [42]

In 1982, King published Different Seasons, a collection of four novellas with a more serious dramatic bent than the horror fiction for which he is famous. The novellas of three of the four chapters were made into Hollywood movies. Stand by Me (1986), was taken from The Body. The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Rita Hayworth’s Shawshank Redemption, and Apt Pupil (1998) are both adaptations of that novella. [46][47]

King’s first comic book work was published in 1985. [48] King also wrote a few pages for Heroes for Hope Starring X-Men. The book, whose profits were donated to famine relief in Africa, was written by a number of different authors in the comic book field, such as Chris Claremont, Stan Lee, and Alan Moore, as well as authors not primarily associated with comics, such as Harlan Ellison. [49] The following year, King published It (1986), which was the best-selling hardcover novel in the United States that year,[50] and wrote the introduction to Batman No. 400, an anniversary issue where he expressed his preference for the character over Superman. [51][52]

The Mist

What’s it about?

A strange mist envelopes the neighbourhood and a father and son are trapped with several strangers in a station.

Why should you read it?

Published in 1980, this is the sort of story that feels like it could easily have become a massive novel. It’s not, though — it’s actually a novella of around 150 pages, which can be found in King’s collection Skeleton Crew released in 1985. The Mist is a perfect example of the expression “caught between rock and hard place”, with “rock” being a fast-growing religious cult, and “hard place” being an inaccessible fog filled with flesh-eating beasts. Not a great situation for the characters to be in, sure, but it certainly makes for an addictive read.

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The Regulators

As strange vehicles make rounds, they take potshots at residents and then murder them. This makes a small suburban town into a dangerous war zone. Why is this happening? One child, an oddly-shaped boy with a love of cowboys and cartoons is the only one who can answer this question.

The Regulators is a King novel that was released simultaneously with a parallel book called Desperation. They share the same antagonists and themes but they have very different plots that deal with dangers beyond our comprehension.

Although answers are provided to some extent, they cannot be given outright. The Regulators is a well-told story that tells the right stories. There’s not much to be said about it. Expect to not be thrilled. Desperation has a greater chance, but neither is a great book.

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The Last Rung On The Ladder

What’s it about?

A haunted older brother remembers an episode from his childhood where he saved his little sister’s life.

Why should you read it?

This one’s only a short story — it appears in King’s 1978 collection Night Shift — but it packs one hell of a punch. It’s an emotional punch. Scenes from the narrator’s childhood lay the foundation of the tale, and then the ultimate realisation of what’s happened to the siblings as adults — which comes in the form of a letter and a newspaper article — pulls the rug from under you. In the end, The Last Rung of the Ladder serves as a reminder of how crucial a last line can be. It’s an old line that is repeated through the story, and it has a devastating final application.

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The Dark Tower Books

In the late 1970s, King began what became a series of interconnected stories about a lone gunslinger, Roland, who pursues the “Man in Black” in an alternate-reality universe that is a cross between J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth and the American Wild West as depicted by Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone in their spaghetti Westerns. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger was the first of these stories. It was originally published by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in five parts, under Edward L. Ferman’s editorship, between 1977 and 1981. The Gunslinger was continued as an eight-book epic series called The Dark Tower, whose books King wrote and published infrequently over four decades. [citation needed]

‘Salem’S Lot’ By Stephen King, Published By Hodder & Stoughton

King’s second novel was described by Vanity Fair as “Our Town, with razor-sharp tooth and claws”, which is a perfect description. King’s perfectly simple idea was this; what if Dracula came back to modern America? It’s a darker version of Lost Boys and it has a touch of magic, which makes this novel one of the most popular vampire stories in literature.

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Revival

How does it all work?

A musician’s life becomes entwined with that of a minister-turned-healer who cures his drug addiction.

It is worth reading.

Released in 2014, Revival is a bit like Lisey’s Story, in the sense that it’s very hard to predict where the plot is going to go — and the place it does end up going is awe-inspiring in scope. Revival, in the end, is about death. Revival is about fearing death and wondering what will happen if we die. If you’re a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, you’ll like this one.

Fear is the most common emotion associated with horror. So what better way to end this list than a roundup of King’s scariest books?

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Finders Keepers

A famous author is murdered and his unpublished work is stolen. Before the killer is apprehended, he buries the treasure and plans to collect it upon his release. A teenager finds the novels hidden beneath the ground and decides to rescue his family’s finances.

Bill’s second outing is weaker than the first but still an entertaining read. With Bill and Holly being such interesting characters, I welcomed more time and adventures with them. There is an underlying sense that King has gone through the motions rather than showing us his finest work in this series.

Four Past Midnight

All stories in Four Past Midnight are terrific to a degree. The first two stories delight and disappoint (but thankfully, not equally) and the Sun Dog suffers King Syndrome (i.e. a bad ending).

However, The Library Policeman is an absolute delight. This is a very creepy tale, but also contains one of the most funny and memorable lines in fiction. The antagonist really scared me. I think that this may be due to the similarities between them and another King terroriser (both are probably of the same species).

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The Tommyknockers (1987)

  • Goodreads: 3.6/5
  • Audible: 4.5/5
  • Abebooks: 3.56/5
  • Audiobooks.com: 4.3/5

The Tommyknockers ranks as the worst of all Stephen King books as he himself views it as an awful effort. Openly revealing his addiction to alcohol and drug use, the author noted that the book was written in one of these times. The story centers around the residents of the Maine town of Haven who gradually fall under the influence of alien artefacts unearthed in the woods.

Stephen King’s horror doesn’t just deal with external, otherworldly threats. Often his monsters come in human form. Warning: The stories contained in this section may not be pleasant. They deal with a lot of grim subject matters, and might be best to skip completely if you want to avoid reading about real-life evil.)

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Have some spare time? Want a narrative that you can get completely lost in? Well, good news — Stephen King has plenty of those.

It (1986)

  • Goodreads: 4.2
  • Audible: 4.7/5
  • Abebooks: 4.2/5
  • Audiiobooks.com: 4.4/5

This horror novel was the first to be adapted for TV and film. Tapping into the collective childhood terrors that kids usually have of clowns, King writes about the experiences of seven children as they are terrorized by an evil entity that primarily appears in the form of the Dancing Clown Pennywise while hunting its preferred prey of young children.

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2- Misery:

The psychological thriller Misery was published in 2009. It is the story of novelist Paul Sheldon and an insane fan Annie. She kept Paul in captivity after his accident. The narratives tell the tale of obsession, addiction, physical and mental torture. The Bram Stoker Award for Novel was given to it. You must read this gripping book by Stephen King.

Billy Summers

8.6
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The Stand

8.9
The Stand

Anchor Books is an American bookpublisher. It was founded in 1951 by Christopher Noel and his wife, Madalyn Noel. It is a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster.

Founded in 1951 by Christopher Noel and his wife Madalyn Noel, Anchor Books was one of the first small publishers to experiment with printing on demand.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Anchor took a leading role in publishing the works of such artists as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Crumb, and Dennis Hopper. In the 1980s, Anchor began to venture into nonfiction, publishing works by Malcolm Gladwell,Stephen King, and Barbara Kingsolver.

In the 21st century, Anchor continues to publish fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books. Its authors have included John Irving, Toni Morrison, Dan Brown, Hirohito’s Last Days, and George R.R. Martin.

Anchor Books has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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11/22/63: A Novel

9.4
11/22/63: A Novel

11/22/63 is an intense, page-turning mystery/thriller that tells the story of a young high school teacher who is thrust into a life-and-death struggle when she realizes that someone is following her. When she clicks on a link in an email that appears to be from someone she met in a past life, she finds herself in 1963 Texas, just in time for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Suddenly she is a central figure in a conspiracy that threatens the future of the USA.

11/22/63 was nominated for both the Best Novel and Best Thriller awards at the 2016 Hugo Awards. It became the first book in history to win both awards.

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Are you looking for a riveting read that will keep you up all night? Look no further than 11/22/63 by Stephen King. This novel is a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, and it is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish.

Misery: A Novel

9.2
Misery: A Novel

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ISBN: 978-1-4516-1239-7

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: September 1, 2019

Pages: 416

Price: $27.99

Sadness is a novel by Anna Navarre. It tells the story of a young girl, Em, as she comes of age in the years leading up to the Great Depression. Em is struggling to find her place in the world, and her sadness is only compounded by the fact that her family is struggling too. When Em meets a boy named Jack, she begins to feel like she has found a place in the world. But as the Depression worsens and life becomes more difficult, Em and Jack begin to break away from each other. Ultimately, Em’s sadness is what defines her, and it is what leads her to find her own path in life.

Navarre’s Sadness is an haunting and heartbreaking novel that captures the feelings of desperation and loneliness that pervade during the Great Depression. Em is a compelling and sympathetic protagonist, and her story is well-told. Sadness is an admirable novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and novels about struggle.

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Looking for a dark and twisted read? Look no further than Misery: A Novel by Stephen King. This novel is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

The Shining

8.2
The Shining

The Shining Anchor Books is a Canadian book publishing company founded in 1974 by Shirley Jackson and Ray Bradbury.

The company specializes in reprinting classic books, including horror, mystery and science fiction titles. In addition, it has published new works by contemporary authors. Among its notable titles are George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm” and Clive Barker’s horror novel “The Great and Secret Show”.

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All 61 Stephen King Books Ranked From Worst To Best


Stephen King’s literary career has seen him write 61 novels, and more than 200 short stories. But how does his work compare with one another?


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The author of 61 novels of literary horror, he is known as a true master of literary horror. After he published Carrie, his first novel in 1974 his name was immediately recognizable. Director Brian De Palma picked up Carrie almost immediately to make a film with SissySpacek playing the title character Carrie White. Every year King’s stories have been an inspiration, and each year King is a new powerhouse. How do these stories compare with one another?


King is the author of over 200 novels and short stories, as well as 61 complete-length novels. He has spent nearly 50 years writing. Carrie was his first movie adaptation, but it was nowhere near the last. Stanley Kubrick was tasked with making The Shining a big motion picture. Shelley Duvall starred as Wendy Torrance, and Jack Nicholson played Jack Torrance.


Stephen King novels are adapted for film at the same pace as his literary stories, with at most one new movie every year since 1980. There are 14 King stories currently in development for a series and movie. King also commonly collaborates with other writers; over the years, he has written screenplays with his son Joe Hill of NOS4A2 and Locke & Key fame as well as co-authoring a novel with his youngest son, Owen King, titled Sleeping Beauties.


King, who is now known as the king and queen of literary horror has a long history that would make him the most important person in this field. While some of his written works are short story collections, the most recent being 2020’s If It Bleeds , he has a total of 61 novels as of this writing. King, who is currently publishing his full-length next story under Hard Case Crime, plans to do so in 2021. Although each King novel is exceptional in their own ways, there are some that are more impressive than others. Here’s a list of every Stephen King novel, excluding the short stories collections. They are ranked in order from worst to most valuable.


61. The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Book #1) The Gunslinger is the first installment in King’s The Dark Tower series. Roland Deschain (one of the few remaining gunslingers) was introduced. His task is to navigate through a fantasy world full monstrous creatures and demons. While it is not a particularly bad novel, it’s the weakest out of his entire bibliography. King is known for his horror stories, and The Gunslinger is more fantasy-oriented than any other book he has published since 1982. It was new to the author’s general wheelhouse, and this was reflected in his writing.

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Kids Teen Sci-fi & Fantasy B&N Reads Search take a stand A Definitive Ranking of Every Stephen King Novel Ever Jeff Somers Stephen King is a literary icon, a status he’s achieved by a) defining a genre; b) writing brilliantly; and c) being prolific. Stephen King is a genius writer, having written 51 novels so far, along with short stories and criticisms.


The use of the term “some” is notable. We would argue King never wrote a bad book, but there is a wide range between the excellent and the outstanding. Stephen King books are not only a favorite of ours. We also enjoy rereading them in order to discuss and contrast them. Without further delay, here is our Stephen King list. We rank the books we love and those we don’t. Notice: We’ve not included King’s short-story collections in our ranking.


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King’s next novel, due to release in September 2019, sounds great and could rank high on this list. This novel is about a sinister, strange institution for children with extraordinary abilities, such as telepathy and/or telekinesis. Luke Ellis, one such child, ends up in prison after his parents murder. Mrs. Sigsby has a strict and cruel way of keeping the children under her watch. Life at the Institute is hard, but nothing compared to the fear the kids feel at the idea they will one day “graduate” into the experiment’s “Back Half,” from which no one has ever returned. It sounds like this one brings back everything we loved about King’s ’80s hits Firestarter and It. We can’t wait for The Institute to open its doors.


Paperback $17.99/ $19.99 It does. It does. A fascinating germ is hiding under the panicky, self-loathing.


Paperback $1.20 $ 1.50 See All Formats/Editions > Rage. Juvenilia is the term used to refer to early works of a writer. King first published this novel, which was also later published as the Bachman pseudonym. It tells the story of a teenage who kills two teachers and holds a class of students hostage. This book is not as good as what came next. The writing was filled with overheated prose that young writers often indulge in, while pretending to be provocative. King withdrew this book from distribution after several school shootings.

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These are the 10 Best Stephen King Novels


Steve Foxe It is difficult to choose the most Stephen King books. King is considered one of America’s greatest writers. King started a trend in horror writing during the ’70s. King survived it, along with an almost fatal accident, to maintain his professional career. The Institute will release King’s sixth novel in 61 years. The staggering amount doesn’t count scripts, short-story collections or other ephemera. King may not have maintained an exemplary batting average over the dozens and even dozens of publications, but he doesn’t lose his fire. Early buzz about The Institute was highly positive and new releases The Outsider and Revival continue to attract praise and impressive sales.


King’s work is not only being reprinted on paper, but also appearing in film and TV revivals with films like Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep, as well as two-part It. Watch Pennywise, who is returning to theaters for Andy Muschietti’s It Chapter Two this week. You can float down the Stephen King book list below and see where his source material ranks on our top-rated King novels. This list does not include short stories and novella collections. King’s memoir On Writing is also excluded.


The Long Walk, released under Richard Bachman as his pseudonym Richard Bachman. This is Stephen King’s first novel. He didn’t finish or sell the Long Walk until after Carrie. Some of King’s most beloved novels were already in print. King used the Bachman name to get more books published faster. However, fans like to identify Bachman’s non-supernatural works as King’s. Thinner, however, bucks this trend. King is now a prolific author of many non-horror stories. The Longest Walk is best known today for its role as an inspiration to Battle Royale and The Hunger Games. It takes place in a world where 100 teenagers participate in a walking contest. It may seem less exciting than fast-paced scifi death-matches but the boys have to walk at least 100 mph and must not stop until all but one participant has been killed or eliminated. It’s not a stretch to feel the influence of the Vietnam War here, as King depicts a country eager to send its young men off to grueling, inevitable death, with the promise of a better life dangled as a prize for those who survive. The Longest Walk reveals that there is an anger in many of Bachman’s books. Steve Foxe


Misery, thanks in large part to Kathy Bates’s Oscar-winning performance as Annie Wilkes (Rob Reiner’s 1990 movie adaptation), is one of King’s most well-known stories. Paul Sheldon, novelist, suffers an injury in a car crash on a snowy highway. Annie Wilkes rescues her. Annie is Sheldon’s greatest fan. Annie has to deal with the fact that Paul is tired of Misery Chastain as his protagonist, so he has written the last book. Paul’s ending is disappointing, but Annie does not like it and will try her best to write a better book. Misery, originally intended to be a Bachman novel, sees Stephen King unraveling toxic fandom years before Twitter allowed Annie Wilkesses around the globe to air their frustrations 24/7. Since then, King says that Misery isn’t just about what his followers expect of him but also about the hold cocaine had over him through much of 1980s. King has a way of creating tension, and this novel shows it best. Wilkes is all too human in her terrifying form. Misery is the perfect book for those who thought Jack Nicholson wielded King’s most famous ax. Steve Foxe


Carrie was explosive, but Stephen King had a better idea of the future with his second book. An epitaph that was referred to as “Peyton Place meets Dracula”, a comparison that makes little sense to modern readers, ‘Salem’s Lot was King’s first published novel. The book brought the myth of the vampire to the yards of semi-rural Americans and showed him at his most ruthless. Characters you fall in love with will find themselves facing grisly endings. The novel features King’s first writer protagonist. King was able to sell ‘Salem’s Lot at an extraordinary price by modern standards. This is hardly a small amount compared with 1975’s. And he didn’t stop there. The Outsider, last year, touches on some of these themes to chilling effect. Steve Foxe


Modern readers will be more familiar with Stanley Kubrick’s visit to the Overlook Hotel than Stephen King’s novel. Nearly all the iconic moments that you have seen on The Simpsons parodied include the elevator of blood and twins in the hallway. King is credited with one of his greatest achievements, an entrancing look into the descent of a disturbed man into madness. King’s novel shows Jack Torrance as a recovering-alcoholic writer. King’s novel is more sympathetic to Jack Torrance, a recovering-alcoholic writer (sound familiar?). He takes a job caring for a remote resort in the offseason with a violent past. Jack’s talented young son Danny wants the Torrance family to kill him. Kubrick’s adaptation has been criticized by King. Although it is difficult to dispute the movie’s quality, or the place of horror films in general, the novel offers a more complete and frightening story with many topiary beasts and other scares. Steve Foxe


Of all the King books revolving around plucky kids, these might be the pluckiest, most iconic and possibly the most annoying. There are many stereotypes about the protagonists: geek, girl, boy, child, etc. ), painted in an all-encompassing pastiche of ’50s American life, but in the end that’s really the point. King is still and always has been fascinated by the turbulent teenage years. King’s iconic and most beloved monster is the “IT”, the titular, interdimensional, malevolent, and alien-minded being. It seems simpler than it actually is. The evil clown that kills young children. At least that could be done in an accessible way for adults. Fighting the actual evil of It is a much trickier proposition, one that depends upon a perfect blend of mysticism and childhood faith necessary to overcome It’s greatest weapons: fear and entropy, and the ability to make an entire town forget about the atrocities it commits and allows. It’s ending is often cited as the weakest point. However, it is a huge, rich novel that is much more about the journey of the author, in both the 1950s and 1980s. It also includes the horrific visions they had along the way. Jim Vorel Stephen King’s masterpiece almost didn’t make Paste’s Best Horror Novels of All Time listdown. It fits more easily into fantasy and post-apocalyptic fiction than it did. At over 800 pages (more, if you’re reading the uncut edition), The Stand includes as much horror as any of King’s other novels, spurred by a viral outbreak that kills off 99.4% of the population. As global tensions grew and mass destruction became more common, people were concerned about world-ending situations in the ’70s & ’80s. King goes beyond a simple exploration of a postpandemic wasteland. The Stand is King’s most dramatic standoff with good and evil. The latter idea is represented by Randall Flagg. Flagg is an antagonist who returns to King over and over again, becoming a key figure in his sprawling Dark Tower saga. The Stand does not require knowledge of the series. It requires a minimum of a month’s dedicated reading time and strong opposition to nightmares. Steve Foxe best novels horror stephen king More from Stephen King Epix’s Gothic Horror Chapelwaite Overstays Its Welcome By Tara Bennett August 19, 2021

What Do You Think Is the Greatest Stephen King Book Of All Time

  1. The Shining (1977) Shame on anyone who doesn’t know about this story. The Green Mile (2006)
  2. Pet Sematary (1983).
  3. 1987 Misery
  4. It (1996)
  5. The Stand (1978).
  6. On Writing: A Memoir about the Craft (2000).
  7. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (82).

Are You Looking For The Perfect Stephen King Book?

  1. These are the Best Stephen King Books for Beginners. 1 of 10. Carrie.
  2. 2 from 10. Shining.
  3. Three of the 10. It.
  4. Four of the 10. Pet Sematary.
  5. 5 of 10. Misery.
  6. 6 from 10. Dark Tower I – The Gunslinger.
  7. 7 from 10. Different Seasons
  8. 8 of 10 The Stand.

Stephen King Believes Which Book Is His Greatest?

King lists his favourite novels at three: Misery (which he recently adapted to Apple TV due it’s deeply personal nature) and Lisey’s Story.

Stephen King’s Most Scariest Books?

  1. 1 It. It.2 Salem’s Lot.
  2. Three Black Houses
  3. 4 Pet Sematary.
  4. 5 Shining.
  5. Six Reasons to Be Desperate.
  6. 7 Cujo.
  7. 8 Carrie.

.Best Stephen King Books

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