Stephen King Books

Stephen King is an American author best known for his horror and supernatural fiction works. Stephen King was born in 1947 to Donald Edwin King (a merchant Seaman) and Nellie Ruth in Portland Maine.

Made famous by Carrie, his first novel, written in 1973 and published by Doubleday, Stephen King is the world’s most widely renowned supernatural/horror fiction novelist. With over fifty novels under his name, along with nearly 200 short stories, King’s works have astounded and demented readers for decades, King crafting some of the most bizarre worlds and monstrous characters the literary arena has ever seen. His books have sold over 300 million copies, with titles like the Shining, The Stand and The Dead Zone earning the writer considerable fame.

Order of Bill Hodges Trilogy

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mr. Mercedes 2014 Description / Buy
2 Finders Keepers 2015 Description / Buy
3 End of Watch 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Bill Hodges Trilogy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mr. Mercedes 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Holly Gibney Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 If It Bleeds 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Talisman Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Talisman 1984 Description / Buy
2 Black House 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Secretary of Dreams Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Secretary of Dreams 2006 Description / Buy
2 The Secretary of Dreams 2010 Description / Buy

Order of The Dark Tower Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Gunslinger 1982 Description / Buy
2 The Drawing of the Three 1987 Description / Buy
3 The Waste Lands 1991 Description / Buy
4 Wizard and Glass 1997 Description / Buy
5 Wolves of the Calla 2003 Description / Buy
6 Wolves of the Calla 2003 Description / Buy
7 Song of Susannah 2004 Description / Buy
8 Song of Susannah 2004 Description / Buy
9 The Dark Tower 2004 Description / Buy
10 The Dark Tower 2004 Description / Buy
11 Stephen King's The Dark Tower Gunslingers Guidebook 2007 Description / Buy
12 The Wind Through the Keyhole 2012 Description / Buy
13 The Fall of Gilead 2018 Description / Buy
14 The Way Station (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
15 Last Shots (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Green Mile Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Green Mile 1996 Description / Buy
2 The Green Mile 1996 Description / Buy
3 The Two Dead Girls 1996 Description / Buy
4 The Mouse on the Mile 1996 Description / Buy
5 Coffey's Hands 1996 Description / Buy
6 Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix 1996 Description / Buy
7 The Night Journey 1996 Description / Buy
8 Coffey on the Mile 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Night Shift Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Night Shift 1978 Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Skeleton Crew 195 Description / Buy
2 Night Shift 1978 Description / Buy
3 The Giant Book Of Horror Stories 1981 Description / Buy
4 Different Seasons 1982 Description / Buy
5 Four Past Midnight 1990 Description / Buy
6 Nightmares and Dreamscapes 1993 Description / Buy
7 The Man in the Black Suit : 4 Dark Tales 1994 Description / Buy
8 Hearts in Atlantis 1999 Description / Buy
9 Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing 2000 Description / Buy
10 Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales 2002 Description / Buy
11 Just After Sunset 2008 Description / Buy
12 Just After Sunset: Stories 2008 Description / Buy
13 Stephen King Goes to the Movies 2009 Description / Buy
14 Full Dark, No Stars 2010 Description / Buy
15 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories 2015 Description / Buy
16 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams 2018 Description / Buy
17 THE DARKNESS 2019 Description / Buy
18 Flight or Fright 2019 Description / Buy

Order of The Shining Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Shining 1977 Description / Buy
2 Doctor Sleep 2013 Description / Buy
3 Doctor Sleep 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Short Stories

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Body (Short Story) 1982 Description / Buy
2 Creepshow (Short Story) 1982 Description / Buy
3 The Shawshank Redemption (Short Story) 1982 Description / Buy
4 Apt Pupil 1983 Description / Buy
5 Cycle of the Werewolf (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
6 The Breathing Method (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
7 My Pretty Pony (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
8 Dolan's Cadillac (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
9 Three Carols (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
10 Umney's Last Case (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
11 Riding the Bullet (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy
12 1922 (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
13 Blockade Billy (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
14 In the Tall Grass (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
15 Guns (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
16 Children of the Corn (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
17 Gwendy's Button Box 2017 Description / Buy
18 Lady of Shadows (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
19 Bitter Medicine (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Stephen King's Danse Macabre 1981 Description / Buy
2 Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques 1988 Description / Buy
3 On Writing 1999 Description / Buy
4 Faithful 2004 Description / Buy
5 Hearts in Suspension 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Carrie 1974 Description / Buy
2 Salems's Lot 1975 Description / Buy
3 Rage 1977 Description / Buy
4 The Stand 1978 Description / Buy
5 The Long Walk 1979 Description / Buy
6 The Dead Zone 1979 Description / Buy
7 The Mist 1980 Description / Buy
8 Firestarter 1980 Description / Buy
9 Roadwork 1981 Description / Buy
10 Cujo 1981 Description / Buy
11 The Running Man 1982 Description / Buy
12 Christine 1983 Description / Buy
13 Pet Sematary 1983 Description / Buy
14 Thinner 1984 Description / Buy
15 It 1986 Description / Buy
16 The Eyes of the Dragon 1987 Description / Buy
17 The Eyes of the Dragon 1987 Description / Buy
18 Misery 1987 Description / Buy
19 The Tommyknockers 1987 Description / Buy
20 The Dark Half 1989 Description / Buy
21 The Sun Dog 1990 Description / Buy
22 Needful Things 1991 Description / Buy
23 Gerald's Game 1992 Description / Buy
24 Dolores Claiborne 1992 Description / Buy
25 Insomnia 1994 Description / Buy
26 Rose Madder 1995 Description / Buy
27 The Green Mile 1996 Description / Buy
28 The Regulators 1996 Description / Buy
29 Desperation 1996 Description / Buy
30 Bag of Bones 1998 Description / Buy
31 Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay 1999 Description / Buy
32 The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 1999 Description / Buy
33 Dreamcatcher 2001 Description / Buy
34 From a Buick 8 2002 Description / Buy
35 The Colorado Kid 2005 Description / Buy
36 Cell 2006 Description / Buy
37 Lisey's Story 2006 Description / Buy
38 Blaze 2007 Description / Buy
39 The Little Sisters of Eluria 2008 Description / Buy
40 Duma Key 2008 Description / Buy
41 Duma Key 2008 Description / Buy
42 Under the Dome 2009 Description / Buy
43 11/22/63 2011 Description / Buy
44 Big Driver 2012 Description / Buy
45 The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem 2013 Description / Buy
46 Joyland 2013 Description / Buy
47 Revival 2014 Description / Buy
48 Gwendy's Button Box 2017 Description / Buy
49 Sleeping Beauties 2017 Description / Buy
50 The Outsider 2018 Description / Buy
51 Elevation (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
52 The Institute 2019 Description / Buy


# Read Title Published Details
1 The Horror Hall of Fame 1991 Description / Buy
2 Robert Bloch's Psychos 1997 Description / Buy
3 Scary! Stories that will make you scream! 1999 Description / Buy
4 999 1999 Description / Buy
5 A Century of Great Suspense Stories 2001 Description / Buy
6 In the Shadow of the Master 2003 Description / Buy
7 Transgressions 2005 Description / Buy
8 Transgressions vol. 2 2006 Description / Buy
9 The Best American Short Stories 2007 2007 Description / Buy
10 Crucified Dreams 2011 Description / Buy
11 Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All 2013 Description / Buy
12 Chiral Mad 3 2016 Description / Buy
13 Six Scary Stories 2016 Description / Buy
14 You, Human 2016 Description / Buy
15 In Sunlight or In Shadow 2016 Description / Buy
16 In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper 2016 Description / Buy
17 Detours 2016 Description / Buy
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Born in September 1947 in Portland, Maine, Stephen Edwin King, started his education at Durham Elementary School, followed by Lisbon Falls High School, which is where he cultivated his interested in the horror genre. With his love of horror growing, King ended up attending the University of Maine, where he studied English.

With his burgeoning interest in horror fiction and now his background in English, as well as the writing that he had started out doing whilst at school, the path that Stephen King’s career took was of no shock. It only took three years, after graduating in 1970, for King to have his first feature-length novel published, which was the now infamous Carrie, about a young girl with psychic powers who is ostracised at school for not fitting in. Due to the success of the book itself, Carrie was also made into a film, starring Sissy Spacek.

King followed up Carrie with Salem’s Lot, and then The Shining, both of which were turned into films, but The Shining, both the book and the film, are seen as one of King’s greatest pieces of fiction. King’s work continued to be critically acclaimed, as well as achieving great commercial success, as well as many having film or television adaptations made of them, due to the ever increasing popularity of King’s work. The much-loved Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman is an adaptation of a short story written by King, and The Green Mile, starring Tom Hanks, is an adaptation of King’s work.

As well as writing under his own name, King has also released work under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. The novels released under the Bachman pseudonym tend to be shorter than King’s normal verbose pieces of work, and included works such as The Running Man, and Thinner. King claimed he did it as an exercise in trying to mimic his previous success under a new name.

Stephen King isn’t exactly known for series. Starting with Carrie (which was published in 1974), Salem’s Lot (1975), The Shining and the Rage, all the way to more recent works like Joyland, Revival, and End of Watch, most of Stephen King’s novels are standalone books.

There have been a few exceptions, the most prominent being The Dark Tower’. The first volume in the series, The Gunslinger, was little more than a collection of short stories that King wrote in the 1970s and 1980s, stories that were only amalgamated to form the first Dark Tower Volume in 2002.

Several other volumes have been published since.

Stephen King Awards:

As the master of horror, Stephen King is no stranger to accolades, having won numerous awards during his illustrious career, the most prominent of which include a Life Time Achievement Award in 2004, US Magazine 1982: Best Fiction Writer of the Year, the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Mr. Mercedes (which was published in 2015), and the international author award in 2004 to mention but a few.

Stephen King Books into Movies

More of Stephen King’s novels have been adapted into movies than most authors in any genre could possibly dream of. King has highlighted The Mist and The Shawshank Redemption as being his favorite film adaptations of his novels.

Movies like Pet Sematary, The Stand, The Shining, and Rose Red to mention but a few, all adapted from Stephen King’s works, continue to impact cinema goers to this very day. While some of these films have come under criticism for their unfaithful adaptation of King’s work, it is clear that Stephen King is, none the less, a favorite among Hollywood movie producers.

In 2017, King saw his biggest ever box office success as IT blew away the Green Mile to become his most successful adaptation ever. The Green Mile had a box office total of $136 million while IT would gross over $326 million.

2017 also saw what could be considered his biggest flop at the box office. The Dark Tower was intended to be a major franchise going forward in both film and television, but it wasn’t well received by critics and audiences alike. While the movie could be considered a financial success thanks to its overseas gross, the movie only made $50.7 million in the US and Canada against a $60 million production budget.

The TV series is still in production and is expected to be a complete reboot from what we saw on the big screen. Glen Mazzara from The Walking Dead fame is on board as executive producer with the first season expected to come in between 10-13 episodes.

The streaming era has been very good to Stephen King adaptations as Gerald’s Game and 1922 were both released on Netflix in 2017. He’s also seen 11.22.63 adapted for Hulu with Castle Rock coming as a series on Hulu as well. Under the Dome, The Mist and Mr. Mercedes have all been adapted into television series over the past few years as well.

Best Stephen King Books

It is rather difficult to sieve through Stephen King’s impressive body of work, though these two books tend to stand out:

IT: This is one of Stephen King’s most popular works. Published in 1986, the book follows seven children (the so-called misfits) that must face the terror of a vicious creature that can exploit the deepest darkest fears and phobias of its targets. Told from two different timelines, IT’ is the very manifestation of what has made Stephen King so popular, bringing to the fro childhood trauma and the darkness that is often hiding beneath the sunny disposition of many a small town.

IT was adapted into a highly popular two-part Television movie decades ago. The novel is in the process of receiving another bigger budget movie adaptation. King received the British Fantasy Award in 1987 for his work on this novel, this along with being nominated for the World Fantasy award.

IT ranked high on the list of best-selling books in the year that it was published.

The Shining: The Shining is currently a staple in most people’s book libraries. A masterpiece of fictional horror, The Shining was published in 1977. Only King’s third novel at the time, the book centers on Jack Torrance, a writer whose decision to become the caretaker of a hotel in Colorado Rockies visits all manner of horrors upon his family.

The Shining was influenced by many of Stephen King’s own personal experiences. It was adapted into a movie in 1980 that has since become a cult classic and is currently considered recommended viewing for any student of film.

King has admitted to being influenced by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and Shirley Jackson in crafting The Shining. The novel was nominated for the Locus award in 1978. Many consider the novel to be King’s best book. Digging into Stephen King’s own psyche, The Shining highlighted King’s particularly morbid approach to storytelling, the depths to which he sunk Jack Torrance and his family manifesting the sadistic elements that have since become commonplace in King’s work.

Stephen King FAQs

Q: Where was Stephen King born?

A: The author Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine. That part of the world, Maine, tends to feature a lot in Stephen King’s works, although many of the towns King creates are fiction, but based on places King knows.

Q: What was the first book published by Stephen King?

A: The first book written by Stephen King to be published was Carrie, which was released in 1973. Carrie has since been adapted into three movies, a TV movie and even a stage Broadway musical.

When Does The Next Stephen King book come out?

The next book by Stephen King is If It Bleeds and will be released on May, 4th 2020. It is the newest book in the Holly Gibney Series.