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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 Series

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1Mr. Mercedes 2014Description / Buy
2Finders Keepers 2015Description / Buy
3End of Watch 2016Description / Buy

Order of Button Box Series with Richard Chizmar

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1Gwendy's Button Box 2017Description / Buy
2Gwendy's Magic Feather ( By: Richard Chizmar) 2019Description / Buy
3Gwendy's Final Task 2022Description / Buy

Order of The Dark Tower Series

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1The Gunslinger 1982Description / Buy
2The Drawing of the Three 1987Description / Buy
3The Waste Lands 1991Description / Buy
4Wizard and Glass 1997Description / Buy
5Wolves of the Calla 2003Description / Buy
6Song of Susannah 2004Description / Buy
7The Dark Tower 2004Description / Buy
8The Wind Through the Keyhole 2012Description / Buy

Order of The Dark Tower: Beginnings Series

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1The Gunslinger Born ( By: Robin Furth, Peter David) 2007Description / Buy
2The Long Road Home ( By: Robin Furth, Peter David) 2008Description / Buy
3Treachery ( By: Robin Furth, Peter David) 2009Description / Buy
4The Fall of Gilead ( By: Robin Furth, Peter David) 2009Description / Buy
5Battle of Jericho Hill (Short Story) ( With: Robin Furth, Peter David) 2010Description / Buy

Order of The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three Series with Robin Furth, Peter David

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1The Prisoner (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
2House of Cards (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
3Lady of Shadows (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
4Bitter Medicine (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy

Order of The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Series with Robin Furth, Peter David

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1The Journey Begins (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
2The Little Sisters of Eluria (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
3The Battle of Tull (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
4The Way Station (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
5The Man in Black (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
6Last Shots (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy

Order of Green Mile Series

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1The Two Dead Girls 1996Description / Buy
2The Mouse on the Mile 1996Description / Buy
3Coffey's Hands 1996Description / Buy
4Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix 1996Description / Buy
5The Night Journey 1996Description / Buy
6Coffey on the Mile 1996Description / Buy

Order of Secretary of Dreams Series

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1The Secretary of Dreams 2006Description / Buy
2The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2 2010Description / Buy

Order of The Shining Series

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1The Shining 1977Description / Buy
2Doctor Sleep 2013Description / Buy

Order of Talisman Series with Peter Straub

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1The Talisman 1984Description / Buy
2Black House 2001Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Standalone Novels

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1Carrie 1974Description / Buy
2Salems's Lot 1975Description / Buy
3Rage (As: Richard Bachman) 1977Description / Buy
4The Stand 1978Description / Buy
5The Long Walk (As: Richard Bachman) 1979Description / Buy
6The Dead Zone 1979Description / Buy
7Firestarter 1980Description / Buy
8Roadwork (As: Richard Bachman) 1981Description / Buy
9Cujo 1981Description / Buy
10The Running Man (As: Richard Bachman) 1982Description / Buy
11Christine 1983Description / Buy
12Pet Sematary 1983Description / Buy
13Thinner (As: Richard Bachman) 1984Description / Buy
14It 1986Description / Buy
15The Eyes of the Dragon 1987Description / Buy
16Misery 1987Description / Buy
17The Tommyknockers 1987Description / Buy
18The Dark Half 1989Description / Buy
19Needful Things 1991Description / Buy
20Gerald's Game 1992Description / Buy
21Dolores Claiborne 1992Description / Buy
22Insomnia 1994Description / Buy
23Rose Madder 1995Description / Buy
24Desperation 1996Description / Buy
25The Regulators (As: Richard Bachman) 1996Description / Buy
26Bag of Bones 1998Description / Buy
27The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 1999Description / Buy
28Dreamcatcher 2001Description / Buy
29From a Buick 8 2002Description / Buy
30The Colorado Kid 2005Description / Buy
31Cell 2006Description / Buy
32Lisey's Story 2006Description / Buy
33Blaze (As: Richard Bachman) 2007Description / Buy
34Duma Key 2008Description / Buy
35Under the Dome 2009Description / Buy
3611/22/63 2011Description / Buy
37Joyland 2013Description / Buy
38Revival 2014Description / Buy
39Sleeping Beauties ( With: Owen King) 2017Description / Buy
40The Outsider 2018Description / Buy
41The Institute 2019Description / Buy
42Later 2021Description / Buy
43Billy Summers 2021Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Short Story Collections

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1Night Shift 1978Description / Buy
2Different Seasons 1982Description / Buy
3Skeleton Crew 1985Description / Buy
4Four Past Midnight 1990Description / Buy
5Nightmares and Dreamscapes 1993Description / Buy
6The Man in the Black Suit : 4 Dark Tales 1994Description / Buy
7The Green Mile 1997Description / Buy
8Six Stories 1997Description / Buy
9Hearts in Atlantis 1999Description / Buy
10Blood and Smoke 1999Description / Buy
11Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing 2000Description / Buy
12Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales 2002Description / Buy
13Just After Sunset 2008Description / Buy
14Stephen King Goes to the Movies 2009Description / Buy
15Full Dark, No Stars 2010Description / Buy
16Road Rage ( With: Joe Hill, Richard Matheson) 2012Description / Buy
17The Bazaar of Bad Dreams 2018Description / Buy
18If It Bleeds 2020Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Short Stories/Novellas

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1Quitters, Inc. 1978Description / Buy
2The Mist 1980Description / Buy
3The Body (Short Story) 1982Description / Buy
4The Shawshank Redemption (Short Story) 1982Description / Buy
5Apt Pupil 1983Description / Buy
6Cycle of the Werewolf (Short Story) 1983Description / Buy
7Silver Bullet 1983Description / Buy
8The Breathing Method (Short Story) 1984Description / Buy
9Dolan's Cadillac (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
10My Pretty Pony (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
11The Langoliers 1989Description / Buy
12The Library Policeman 1990Description / Buy
13The Sun Dog 1990Description / Buy
14Secret Window, Secret Garden 1991Description / Buy
15Three Carols (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
16Children of the Corn (Short Story) 1993Description / Buy
17Umney's Last Case (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy
18Riding the Bullet (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
19LT's Theory of Pets 2001Description / Buy
20Stationary Bike 2006Description / Buy
21The Gingerbread Girl 2008Description / Buy
221922 (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
23Blockade Billy (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
24Mile 81 (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
25Throttle (Short Story) ( With: Joe Hill) 2012Description / Buy
26Stephen King's Battleground 2012Description / Buy
27Big Driver 2012Description / Buy
28In the Tall Grass (Short Story) ( With: Joe Hill) 2012Description / Buy
29A Good Marriage 2014Description / Buy
30Drunken Fireworks 2015Description / Buy
31Elevation (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Graphic Novels

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1Creepshow (Short Story) 1982Description / Buy
2The Talisman: Road of Trials ( With: Peter Straub) 2009Description / Buy
3The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem 2013Description / Buy
4Sleeping Beauties, Vol. 1 (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Non-Fiction Books

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1Stephen King's Danse Macabre 1981Description / Buy
2Danse Macabre 1981Description / Buy
3Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques 1988Description / Buy
4On Writing 1999Description / Buy
5Faithful 2004Description / Buy
6Guns (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
7Hearts in Suspension 2016Description / Buy

Order of Transgressions Series with Lawrence Block, Ed McBain, John Farris

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1Transgressions ( By: Ed McBain) 2006Description / Buy
2Transgressions, Vol. 2 ( With: Lawrence Block, Ed McBain, John Farris) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Stephen King Plays

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1Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay 1999Description / Buy
2Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Short Story) ( With: T. Bone Burnett) 2013Description / Buy

Order of Best American Short Stories Series

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1The Best Short Stories of 1915 1916Description / Buy
2The Best Short Stories of 1916 1916Description / Buy
3The Best Short Stories of 1917 1917Description / Buy
4The Best Short Stories of 1918 1918Description / Buy
5The Best Short Stories of 1919 1919Description / Buy
6The Best Short Stories of 1921 1921Description / Buy
7The Best Short Stories of 1922 1922Description / Buy
8The Best Short Stories of 1923 1923Description / Buy
9The Best Short Stories 1924 1924Description / Buy
10The Best Short Stories of 1925 1925Description / Buy
11The Best Short Stories 1926 1926Description / Buy
12The Best Short Stories 1927 1927Description / Buy
13The Best Short Stories of 1928 1928Description / Buy
14The Best Short Stories of 1929 1929Description / Buy
15The Best Short Stories 1930 1930Description / Buy
16The Best Short Stories 1931 1931Description / Buy
17The Best Short Stories of 1932 1932Description / Buy
18The Best Short Stories 1933 1933Description / Buy
19The Best Short Stories 1934 1934Description / Buy
20The Best Short Stories 1935 1935Description / Buy
21The Best Short Stories 1936 1936Description / Buy
22The Best Short Stories 1937 1937Description / Buy
23The Best Short Stories of 1938 1938Description / Buy
2450 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 1939Description / Buy
25The Best Short Stories 1939 1939Description / Buy
26The Best Short Stories of 1940 1940Description / Buy
27The Best Short Stories 1941 1941Description / Buy
28The Best American Short Stories 1942 1942Description / Buy
29The Best American Short Stories 1943 1943Description / Buy
30The Best American Short Stories 1944 1944Description / Buy
31The Best American Short Stories 1945 1945Description / Buy
32The Best American Short Stories 1946 1946Description / Buy
33The Best American Short Stories 1947 1947Description / Buy
34The Best American Short Stories 1948 1948Description / Buy
35The Best American Short Stories 1949 1949Description / Buy
36The Best American Short Stories 1950 1950Description / Buy
37The Best American Short Stories 1951 1951Description / Buy
38The Best American Short Stories 1952 1952Description / Buy
39The Best American Short Stories 1953 1953Description / Buy
40The Best American Short Stories 1955 1955Description / Buy
41The Best American Short Stories 1956 1956Description / Buy
42The Best American Short Stories 1957 1957Description / Buy
43The Best American Short Stories 1958 1958Description / Buy
44The Best American Short Stories 1959 1959Description / Buy
45The Best American Short Stories 1960 1960Description / Buy
46The Best American Short Stories 1961 1961Description / Buy
47The Best American Short Stories 1962 1962Description / Buy
48The Best American Short Stories 1963 1963Description / Buy
49The Best American Short Stories 1964 1964Description / Buy
50The Best American Short Stories 1965 1965Description / Buy
51The Best American Short Stories 1966 1966Description / Buy
52The Best American Short Stories 1967 1967Description / Buy
53The Best American Short Stories 1968 1967Description / Buy
54The Best American Short Stories of 1969 1969Description / Buy
55The Best American Short Stories 1970 1970Description / Buy
56The Best American Short Stories 1971 1971Description / Buy
57The Best American Short Stories 1972 1972Description / Buy
58The Best American Short Stories 1973 1973Description / Buy
59The Best American Short Stories 1974 1974Description / Buy
60The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 1975Description / Buy
61The Best American Short Stories 1975 1975Description / Buy
62The Best American Short Stories 1976 1976Description / Buy
63The Best American Short Stories 1977 1977Description / Buy
64The Best American Short Stories 1978 1978Description / Buy
65The Best American Short Stories 1979 1979Description / Buy
66The Best American Short Stories 1980 1980Description / Buy
67The Best American Short Stories 1981 1981Description / Buy
68The Best American Short Stories 1982 1982Description / Buy
69The Best American Short Stories 1983 1983Description / Buy
70The Best American Short Stories 1984 1984Description / Buy
71The Best American Short Stories 1985 1985Description / Buy
72The Best American Short Stories 1986 1986Description / Buy
73The Best American Short Stories 1987 1987Description / Buy
74The Best American Short Stories 1988 1988Description / Buy
75The Best American Short Stories 1989 1989Description / Buy
76The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties 1990Description / Buy
77The Best American Short Stories 1990 1990Description / Buy
78The Best American Short Stories 1991 1991Description / Buy
79The Best American Short Stories 1992 1992Description / Buy
80The Best American Short Stories 1993 1993Description / Buy
81The Best American Short Stories 1994 1994Description / Buy
82The Best American Short Stories 1995 1995Description / Buy
83The Best American Short Stories 1996 1996Description / Buy
84The Best American Short Stories 1997 1997Description / Buy
85The Best American Short Stories 1998 1998Description / Buy
86The Best American Short Stories 1999 1999Description / Buy
87The Best American Short Stories 2000 2000Description / Buy
88The Best American Short Stories of the Century 2000Description / Buy
89The Best American Short Stories 2001 2001Description / Buy
90The Best American Short Stories 2002 2002Description / Buy
91The Best American Short Stories 2003 2003Description / Buy
92The Best American Short Stories 2004 2004Description / Buy
93The Best American Short Stories 2005 2005Description / Buy
94The Best American Short Stories 2006 2006Description / Buy
95The Best American Short Stories 2007 2007Description / Buy
96The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story 2007Description / Buy
97The Best American Short Stories 1921 2007Description / Buy
98The Best American Short Stories 2008 2008Description / Buy
99The Best American Short Stories 2009 2009Description / Buy
100The Best American Short Stories 2010 2010Description / Buy
101The Best American Short Stories 2011 2011Description / Buy
102The Best American Short Stories 2012 2012Description / Buy
103The Best American Short Stories 2013 2013Description / Buy
104The Best American Short Stories 2014 2014Description / Buy
105The Best American Short Stories 2015 2015Description / Buy
106100 Years of The Best American Short Stories 2015Description / Buy
107The Best American Short Stories 2016 2016Description / Buy
108The Best American Short Stories 2017 2017Description / Buy
109The Best American Short Stories 2018 2018Description / Buy
110The Best American Short Stories 2019 2019Description / Buy
111The Best American Short Stories 2020 2020Description / Buy

Order of Pan Book of Horror Stories Series with Patricia Highsmith, Tanith Lee, , Jack Finney, Robert Holdstock, , Roald Dahl, , , , Herbert van Thal, , , , , , , Ian McEwan, , , , , Elleston Trevor

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1The Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Jack Finney, Herbert van Thal) 1959Description / Buy
2The First Pan Book Of Horror Stories ( By: Bram Stoker, Herbert van Thal) 1959Description / Buy
3The Third Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Herbert van Thal) 1962Description / Buy
4The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: , Herbert van Thal) 1963Description / Buy
5The Fifth Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Herbert van Thal) 1964Description / Buy
67TH PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES ( By: , Herbert van Thal) 1966Description / Buy
7The Ninth Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Tanith Lee, , , , Herbert van Thal) 1968Description / Buy
8The Tenth Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: , , , , Herbert van Thal) 1969Description / Buy
9The Twelfth Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Patricia Highsmith, Herbert van Thal) 1971Description / Buy
10The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Herbert van Thal) 1972Description / Buy
11The 14th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Herbert van Thal, , , , , Alex White) 1973Description / Buy
12The 15th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: , Herbert van Thal, , , Alex White) 1974Description / Buy
13The 16th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Alan Lee, , Herbert van Thal, , , , Elleston Trevor) 1975Description / Buy
14The 17th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Alan Lee, Herbert van Thal, , Alex White, Elleston Trevor) 1976Description / Buy
15The 18th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Patricia Highsmith, Herbert van Thal) 1977Description / Buy
16The 19th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Robert Holdstock, , Herbert van Thal) 1978Description / Buy
17The 20th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: , Herbert van Thal) 1979Description / Buy
18The 22nd Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Herbert van Thal, , , Ian McEwan) 1981Description / Buy
19The 23rd Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Ruth Rendell, , Herbert van Thal, , , , Alex White) 1982Description / Buy
20The 24th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( By: Patricia Highsmith, Roald Dahl, Herbert van Thal) 1983Description / Buy
21The 25th Pan Book of Horror Stories ( With: , Herbert van Thal) 1984Description / Buy

Order of The Best Horror of the Year Anthology Series

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1The Best Horror of the Year: Volume One 2009Description / Buy
2The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two 2010Description / Buy
3The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three 2011Description / Buy
4The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Four 2012Description / Buy
5The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Five 2013Description / Buy
6The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Six 2014Description / Buy
7The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Seven 2015Description / Buy
8The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eight 2016Description / Buy
9The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Nine 2017Description / Buy
10The Best Horror of the Year Volume 10 2018Description / Buy
11The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Short Horror Fiction 2018Description / Buy
12The Best Horror of the Year Volume 11 2019Description / Buy
13The Best Horror of the Year Volume 12 2020Description / Buy

Stephen King Anthologies

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1 Shadows 41960Description / Buy
2 Tales of Unknown Horror1978Description / Buy
3 The Year's Finest Fantasy1978Description / Buy
4 The Year's Best Horror Stories Series VII1979Description / Buy
5 More Tales of Unknown Horror1979Description / Buy
6 The Year's Finest Fantasy 21979Description / Buy
7 New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos1980Description / Buy
8 Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror1980Description / Buy
9 New Terrors II1980Description / Buy
10 The 21st Pan Book of Horror Stories1980Description / Buy
11 Fantasy Annual 31981Description / Buy
12 Dark Love1981Description / Buy
13 The Giant Book Of Horror Stories1981Description / Buy
14 Shadows1981Description / Buy
15 Fantasy Annual IV1981Description / Buy
16 Modern Masters of Horror1981Description / Buy
17 The Science Fiction Weight Loss Book1983Description / Buy
18 Realms of Darkness1985Description / Buy
19 The Year's Best Horror Stories1985Description / Buy
20 Horrors1986Description / Buy
21 The Dark Descent1987Description / Buy
22 A Treasury of American Horror Stories1988Description / Buy
23 Prime Evil1988Description / Buy
24 Dark Visions1988Description / Buy
25 THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SHORT HORROR NOVELS1988Description / Buy
26 Book of the Dead1989Description / Buy
27 Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos1990Description / Buy
28 Dark Voices: No. 11990Description / Buy
29 Horrorstory1991Description / Buy
30 The Horror Hall of Fame1991Description / Buy
31 I Shudder at Your Touch: Twenty Two Tales of Sex and Horror1991Description / Buy
32 Midnight Graffiti1992Description / Buy
33 Young Blood1994Description / Buy
34 Mid-life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude1994Description / Buy
35 The Puffin Book of Horror Stories1994Description / Buy
36 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection1995Description / Buy
37 The Vampire Omnibus1995Description / Buy
38 Space Movies1995Description / Buy
39 Horror Stories1995Description / Buy
40 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection1996Description / Buy
41 Twists of the Tale: An Anthology of Cat Horror1996Description / Buy
42 American Gothic Tales1996Description / Buy
43 Blood Thirst1997Description / Buy
44 Robert Bloch's Psychos1997Description / Buy
45 The Best of the Best1998Description / Buy
46 The Playboy Book of Science Fiction1998Description / Buy
47 Eternal Lovecraft: The Persistence of HPL in Popular Culture1998Description / Buy
48 Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream!1999Description / Buy
49 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense1999Description / Buy
50 Vintage Science Fiction1999Description / Buy
51 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection1999Description / Buy
52 Technohorror: Inventions in Terror1999Description / Buy
53 The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century2000Description / Buy
54 A Century of Great Suspense Stories2001Description / Buy
55 In the Shadow of the Master2003Description / Buy
56 The Future Dictionary of America2004Description / Buy
57 Transgressions2005Description / Buy
58 Transgressions, Vol. 22006Description / Buy
59 Dancing with the Dark2009Description / Buy
60 Crucified Dreams2011Description / Buy
61 Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All2013Description / Buy
62 Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural2014Description / Buy
63 Chiral Mad 32016Description / Buy
64 Six Scary Stories2016Description / Buy
65 Grave Predictions2016Description / Buy
66 The Best American Mystery Stories 20162016Description / Buy
67 In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper2016Description / Buy
68 Detours2016Description / Buy
69 It Came From The Garage!: An Anthology of Automotive Horror2019Description / Buy
70 Flight or Fright2019Description / 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 Gwendy's Final Task and will be released on February, 15th 2022. It is the newest book in the Button Box Series.

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2 thoughts on “Stephen King”

  1. Stephen King is by far my absolute favorite author. I have read many of his books, however I only collect his Hard Back Books. I have travelled to Maine to see if I could meet King but that didn’t happen. Who knows maybe one day. One of my favorite books is Insomnia, now reading it for my 4th time. All of Kings books are not horror but well put together mind catching readings. I have to be his Number One Fan.

  2. How have I been sleeping on Stephen King?! I knew he had a lot of books but for some reason, I never knew there were this many! I recently read Carrie and couldn’t put it down, and I must admit, I’m really excited to read a lot of his other works. I’m not sure if I should wait until Halloween time though? Or is that too cheesy??

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