Stephen King

Stephen King is a 'New York Times'-bestselling novelist who made his name in the horror and fantasy genres with books like 'Carrie,' 'The Shining' and 'IT.' Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV.

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Who Is Stephen King?

Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine and later worked as a teacher while establishing himself as a writer. Having also published work under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King's first horror novel, Carrie , was a huge success. Over the years, King has become known for titles that are both commercially successful and sometimes critically acclaimed. His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide and been adapted into numerous successful films.

Early Life and Education

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. King is recognized as one of the most famous and successful horror writers of all time. His parents, Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King, split up when he was very young, and he and his brother David divided their time between Indiana and Connecticut for several years. King later moved back to Maine with his mother and brother. There he graduated from Lisbon Falls High School in 1966.

King stayed close to home for college, attending the University of Maine at Orono. There he wrote for the school's newspaper and served in its student government. While in school, King published his first short story, which appeared in Startling Mystery Stories . After graduating with a degree in English in 1970, he tried to find a position as a teacher but had no luck at first. King took a job in a laundry and continued to write stories in his spare time until late 1971, when he began working as an English educator at Hampden Academy. It was that year that he also married fellow writer Tabitha Spruce.

King of Thrills and Chills

While making novels about vicious, rabid dogs and sewer-dwelling monsters — as seen in Cujo and IT , respectively — King published several books as Richard Bachman. Four early novels — Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981) and The Running Man (1982) — were published under the moniker because of King's concern that the public wouldn't accept more than one book from an author within a year. He came up with the alias after seeing a novel by Richard Stark on his desk (actually a pseudonym used by Donald Westlake) coupled with what he heard playing on his record player at the time — "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," by Bachman Turner Overdrive.

Television and Film Adaptations

Although many of King's works were made into film or TV adaptations — Cujo and Firestarter were released for the big screen in 1983 and '84 respectively, while It debuted as a miniseries in 1990 — the film The Shining , released in 1980 and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall , became a renowned horror thriller that has stood the test of time.

For a good portion of his career, King wrote novels and stories at a breakneck speed. He published several books per year for much of the 1980s and '90s. His compelling, thrilling tales have continued to be used as the basis of numerous films for the big and small screens. Actress Kathy Bates and actor James Caan starred in the critically and commercially successful adaptation of Misery in 1990, with Bates winning an Oscar for her performance as the psychotic Annie Wilkes.

Four years later, The Shawshank Redemption , starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and based on one of his stories, became another acclaimed outing with multiple Oscar nominations. King's 1978 novel The Stand became a 1994 miniseries with Molly Ringwald and Gary Sinise in the lead, while the mid-'90s serialized outing The Green Mile was turned into a 1999 prison-based film starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan .

King continues to create and be involved in provocative projects. He has worked directly in television, writing for series like Kingdom Hospital and Under the Dome , with the latter based on his 2009 novel. In 2011, he published 11/22/63 , a novel involving time travel as part of an effort to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy .

King also wrote Joyland (2013), a pulp-fiction style thriller that takes readers on a journey to uncovering who's behind an unsolved murder. And he surprised audiences by releasing Doctor Sleep (2013), a sequel to The Shining , with Sleep hitting No. 1 on the New York Time s bestseller list.

The novelist then published Mr. Mercedes (2014), with Finders Keepers (2015) and End of Watch (2016) rounding out the crime trilogy. In 2017, he teamed with son Owen to deliver Sleeping Beauties , about a mysterious pandemic that leaves women enveloped in cocoons. That year he polished off another collaboration, with Richard Chizmar, on the novella Gwendy's Button Box .

Meanwhile, adaptations of King's works have continued to populate the big and small screens. In 2017, the first season of Mr. Mercedes began airing on the Audience Network, while a remake of the horror classic IT enjoyed a hefty box-office haul. In 2019, an adaptation of Doctor Sleep and IT Chapter Two hit theaters, along with a reboot of another signature King property, Pet Sematary.

That year also brought the publication of the tireless writer's 61st novel, The Institute , about children with supernatural abilities who are taken from their parents and incarcerated by a mysterious organization.

Personal Life

King and his novelist wife divide their time between Florida and Maine. They have three children: Naomi Rachel, a reverend; Joseph Hillstrom, who writes under the pen name Joe Hill and is a lauded horror-fiction writer in his own right; and Owen Phillip, whose first collection of stories was published in 2005.

In honor of his prolific output and success in his craft, King was among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2015.

Outside of writing, King is a music fan. He even sometimes plays guitar and sings in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders with fellow literary stars like Dave Barry, Barbara Kingsolver and Amy Tan . The group has performed a number of times over the years to raise money for charity.

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  • Name: Stephen Edwin King
  • Birth Year: 1947
  • Birth date: September 21, 1947
  • Birth State: Maine
  • Birth City: Portland
  • Birth Country: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Best Known For: Stephen King is a 'New York Times'-bestselling novelist who made his name in the horror and fantasy genres with books like 'Carrie,' 'The Shining' and 'IT.' Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV.
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  • Astrological Sign: Virgo
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The Essential Stephen King

By Gilbert Cruz May 4, 2020

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If you’ve never read his books, here’s where to start.

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W ith more than 70 books in his catalog, Stephen King has long been one of the few blockbuster writers who regularly publishes short fiction. “If It Bleeds,” his new collection, is a strong reminder that — for an author who has produced more than a few novels of staggering length — some of his most interesting work has fallen on the shorter side. (If you’re looking for stories to sample, his early books “Night Shift” and “Skeleton Crew” are full of nasty tales with “Twilight Zone”-esque endings.)

Reviewing “If It Bleeds” in The New York Times Book Review, Ruth Franklin says that as “the headlines grow more apocalyptic by the day, I might start working my way through King’s backlist.”

She’d be in for a treat, as would you. Here is a brief starter guide to the works of Stephen King.

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I Want to Read a King Classic

Normally I would recommend “The Shining,” but that novel is so fixed in the cultural lexicon that first-time readers might feel as if they already know where the story will go. (Plus, the cabin-fever vibes might hit too close to home at present.) Instead, start with the vampire novel “’Salem’s Lot.” It contains many of the most recognizable King elements: a writer protagonist, a Maine town full of idiosyncratic characters, echoes of genre fiction standards and memorably creepy setpieces (the school bus, God, the school bus).

Published October 17, 1975, 439 pp.

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I Want to Drive Into the Skid

Why not use this moment of worry and self-isolation to read a 1000-plus page book about a superflu that kills most of Earth’s population? Cut by hundreds of pages upon its initial release in 1978, “The Stand” was re-published in 1990 in its original version, with its timeline and cultural references updated to the early ’90s. Here’s the thing to know about the novel that might make you more open to reading it now, though: Only the first third or so is about the virus that kills billions. Everything after that is a rich post-apocalyptic clash between the forces of good and evil. Once you get to that part, the book’s scariest elements subside and it shifts into a story about survival, friendship and sacrifice.

Published October 3, 1978, 1200 pp.

I’m a Scaredy-Cat, OK?

It’s fine to not like scary things! That doesn’t mean you can’t read some Stephen King. Though he’s most famous for his horror novels and stories, at this point he has written a significant amount outside of the genre. Early in his career — less than a decade after the publication of his debut novel “Carrie” — King released “Different Seasons,” a collection of four novellas. Three of them have nothing to do with the supernatural. Two of them were adapted into top-tier King movies: “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” became, well, you know, and “The Body” was filmed as “Stand By Me.” Both are set in Maine in the early 1960s, and both give a sense of how lovingly King can draw his characters.

Published August 27, 1982, 608 pp.

Actually, I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat, OK?

Relax! No one said you were. “It” is probably King’s purest horror book, but it’s also one of his biggest and most dense and … the ending has problems. Let’s call it part of your graduate study. This starter guide will instead go with “Pet Sematary.” There’s something elemental about its simplicity: A young family moves into a new house, and terrible things happen after they discover an ancient burial ground deep in the woods. Contrary to what you might think of King’s novels, given the mode in which he typically works, many of them do end with a sense of hard-won victory and optimism. Not this one. It’s as grim as he’s ever gotten.

Published November 14, 1983, 374 pp.

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I Have Time to Begin an Epic Journey

King has referred to “The Stand” as his attempt to do an American version of “The Lord of the Rings.” But his seven-book “Dark Tower” series (an eighth book was published after the story proper concluded), is King’s true Tolkein analogue.

Indeed, it’s one of the great American genre series — a multi-genre epic (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, Western) about a gunslinger-knight who is trying to save his world and ours from complete destruction by his foe, the Man in Black. Published over the course of 20 years, the series has become the center of a King extended universe, with multiple novels and stories connecting to characters and locations. The first volume, “The Gunslinger,” is one of the shortest, and it will give you a tiny taste of how weird and inventive the series gets.

Published June 10, 1982, 128 pp.

I Want Pure Suspense

There’s a decent percentage of King’s work that features writers as main characters, from “‘Salem’s Lot” and “The Shining” to “The Tommyknockers” and “The Dark Half” to “Bag of Bones” and “Lisey’s Story” to “Rat,” one of the stories in his latest book.

Paul Sheldon, the protagonist of “Misery,” is yet another writer, one who finds himself in a particularly horrifying situation— held captive, post-car accident, by an obsessed fan, Annie Wilkes, who wants him to write a book just for her. The subtext is clear: Sometimes, fame can feel like a trap. And King, a recovering addict, has talked about the sub-subtext, saying, “Annie was my drug problem, and she was my No. 1 fan. God, she never wanted to leave.” But none of that matters much when you’re deep into the middle of this novel and Paul sleeps a little too long and wakes up and you realize what’s going to happen and your stomach just plummets.

Published June 8, 1987, 310 pp.

I’m Looking For a Big Fat Read

For a certain generation — King’s generation — the assassinations of the 1960s were their great traumas. If Lee Harvey Oswald hadn’t killed John F. Kennedy, what would the next decade-plus have looked like? In “11/22/1963” King imagines a scenario in which Maine school teacher Jake Epping finds he can travel back to the year 1958 through the pantry in a local diner, and uses that ability to try to stop J.F.K. from dying on that titular day in Dallas.

A big part of the book’s pleasures (and over 800 pages, there are many) come from the procedural-like manner in which Jake must establish a new identity in a new era and live in real-time without revealing his true mission. By the book’s back half, when he begins to cross paths with real historical figures and events, you’re fully invested in Jake. It’s one secret of King’s success — that so many of his characters feel as ordinary as we believe ourselves to be.

Published November 8, 2011, 849 pp.

I Want a Great Crime Novel

If you didn’t watch the recent HBO series based on this 2018 book (the novelist Richard Price was the showrunner and Dennis Lehane wrote two episodes), then the twists of this supernatural detective story remain intact. It’s an irresistible set-up. In a small Oklahoma town, a teacher and Little League coach is arrested for the brutal murder of a young boy. The evidence against him is overwhelming. Until, that is, overwhelming evidence comes to light placing him in a completely different town at the same time.

How could a person be in two places at once? One of the main characters — Holly Gibney — doesn’t show up until halfway through the novel and while she’s a character in a prior series of King crime novels, it’s not necessary to have read them beforehand, though you might want to after finishing this one. (The longest story in “If It Bleeds,” the length of a short novel, is essentially a sequel to “The Outsider.” )

Published May 22, 2018, 560 pp.

Stephen King Revisited

Essays, memories, and even a little history…, stephen king books in chronological order.

Here is the list of Stephen King’s books we’re reading as part of Stephen King Revisited, along with links to the essays and other content we have posted for each book.

Carrie (1974) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts * Guest Essay by Ray Garton * Richard’s follow-up ‘Salem’s Lot (1975) Historical Essay  *  Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Christopher Golden The Shining (1977) Historical Essay  * Richard’s Thoughts *  Guest Essay by Michael Koryta Rage (1977) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Norman Prentiss Night Shift (1978) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Brian Keene The Stand (1978) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts * Guest Essay by Josh Boone The Long Walk (1979) [by Richard Bachman] Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts * Guest Essay by Ed Gorman The Dead Zone (1979) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Chet Williamson Firestarter (1980) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Ian Rogers Roadwork (1981) [by Richard Bachman] Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts * Guest Essay by JD Barker Danse Macabre (1981) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Hank Wagner Cujo (1981) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Kealan Patrick Burke The Running Man (1982) [by Richard Bachman] Historical Essay  * Richard’s Thoughts The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts * Guest Essay by Bev Vincent Different Seasons (1982) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts Christine (1983) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts * Guest Essay by James Newman Cycle of the Werewolf (1983) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts Pet Sematary (1983) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts  * Guest Essay by Stewart O’Nan The Eyes of the Dragon (1984) Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts * Guest Essay by Joseph Madden The Talisman (1984) with Peter Straub Historical Essay * Richard’s Thoughts Thinner (1984) [by Richard Bachman] Skeleton Crew (1985) IT (1986) The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (1987) Misery (1987) The Tommyknockers (1987) The Dark Half (1989) The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (1990) Four Past Midnight (1990) The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands (1991) Needful Things (1991) Gerald’s Game (1992) Dolores Claiborne (1992) Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993) Insomnia (1994) Rose Madder (1995) The Green Mile (1996) Desperation (1996) The Regulators (1996) [by Richard Bachman] The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass (1997) Bag of Bones (1998) The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999) Hearts in Atlantis (1999) Storm of the Century (1999) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000) Dreamcatcher (2001) Black House (2001) with Peter Straub Everything’s Eventual (2002) From a Buick 8 (2002) The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla (2003) The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah (2004) The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower (2004) Faithful (2004) with Stewart O’Nan The Colorado Kid (2005) Cell (2006) Lisey’s Story (2006) The Secretary of Dreams: Volume One (2006) Blaze (2007) [by Richard Bachman] Duma Key (2008) Just After Sunset (2008) Under the Dome (2009) Blockade Billy (2010) The Secretary of Dreams: Volume 2 (2010) Full Dark, No Stars (2010) 11/22/63 (2011) The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012) Joyland (2013) The Dark Man (2013) Doctor Sleep (2013) Mr. Mercedes (2014) Revival (2014) Finders Keepers (2015) The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (2015) End of Watch (2016) Charlie the Choo-Choo (2016) [by Beryl Evans] Six Scary Stories selected by Stephen King (2016) Gwendy’s Button Box (2017) with Richard Chizmar Sleeping Beauties (2017) with Owen King The Outsider (2018) Flight or Fright (2018) coedited with Bev Vincent Elevation (2018) The Institute (2019) If It Bleeds (2020) Later (2021) Billy Summers (2021) Gwendy’s Final Task (2022) with Richard Chizmar Fairy Tale (2022) Holly (2023) You Like it Darker (2024)

** Other Posts of Interest: Richard’s SK Top Ten Novels List (as of the beginning of this re-reading process)

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Thanks for the list. I might have to read ahead. I have recently read “Carrie”, “Salem’s Lot” and the “The Shining” but I’ve never read “Rage” so I might start there.

Because of the content of Rage (school shooting), it was taken out of publication and I had a hard time finding it. Finally lucked out when the library had an old edition of the Bachman Books compilation which included it. Just a heads up.

I found that there was an audiobook on YouTube that hadn’t been taken down. It might still be there. The narrator was damn good, but the audio was quiet so I’d recommend wearing earbuds or downloading it and raising the volume using a video editing software.

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Rage is not what I expected when hearing it was about a school shooting. Overall it’s one of my favorite books though. Definitely worth the hunt!

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Damn impressive list of books.

Thanks for the list. But I thought Eyes of the Dragon was published in 1987, no?

It was first published as a limited edition in 1984 via King’s own Philtrum Press — the Viking trade was Feb ’87.

Yep, we went with the date of the Limited Edition for that one and The Gunslinger since they were published a few years before any trade editions.

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Whew! I’m not missing any of his fiction works. I counted The Bachman Books as one and not four novels. I am missing some non-fiction. So, I need to buy those STAT.

Ok, I’m set! I counted the Bachman Books as one, also. I do keep searching the tag and yard sales for those original paperbacks, tho 😉

I read CARRIE on Halloween… I don’t think I had ever read it… What a wonderful book… Beautiful writing… Sue Snell- a name that will haunt the edges of my subconscious for awhile… I can’t say how happy I am to be pushed to revisit all these books in order… apparently making a few new book friends as I go… Time to go through the list you just posted and see what books I’m missing… Thank you for the list!

Check, check, and check. Got em all, including the individual original paperbacks of Bachman. Still waiting for my 1st signature though.

Thanks for the list! Tried to keep up on the Works By SK list from his website, only need to find The Secretary of Dreams Vol.1. May order ebooks for the ease of reading. Looking forward to the upcoming DC Revival book tour trip. Even if I don’t acquire a signed book, I enjoy listening to SK. My husband is more into reading software code, but does appreciate Stephen’s wit and humor. Happy reading!

I did this re-read a couple of years ago; I stopped at The Colorado Kid (that and the rest next year, maybe.) It is/was/will be an amazing journey.

I started reading Stephen King from the beginning. I had to wait for the paperback to come out because I couldn’t afford the hardback. What a long wait each time! Now I have all of them in hardback and my hubby buys me each new book the day it comes out. I still have the old paperback and you can tell they have been read & re-read over and over. My favorite is The Stand. I have both the original release and the extended release. I’m now trying to collect all his movies on DVD. Just love Stephen King!

Jan, I have many Stephen King movies and no longer wish to keep dvd’s. If there are any you need, please contact me and I’ll see if I have them. I would want them to go to someone who will really cherish them. 🙂

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I’ll try to get a list together if you want to send me a private message thru email to see if I have anything you need.

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Loving the title The Bazaar of Bad Dreams!

Interesting. Both versions of The Stand, but only one version of The Gunslinger (presumably the original)?

We hadn’t yet discussed reading the revised version of The Gunslinger, but it might be added to the list!

Cool. I’ve read the revised version four times, but never read the original. Worth the read, or will it just confuse me? (I think I already know the answer..) 😛

I don’t think the original will confuse you at all. The revised version mostly added some foreshadowing and fixed some cultural references that didn’t work for the series as it developed, if I recall correctly!

my question is, if both versions of the STAND are on the list, does that mean both versions will be read? as Richard is reading THE STAND right now, and from the picture posted, it would be the first edition paperback. This means he is reading the shorter version. when he gets to the publication date of THE STAND uncut, will he be reading that entire version as well?

Haven’t heard of the last two. Finders Keepers and Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Where can I find out out those?

Finders Keepers is the follow-up to Mr. Mercedes and will be published in June 2015. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a new short story collection and will be published in the fall of 2015. I believe King has said it collects 20 of his stories, so it should be a pretty big book.

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I have a question regarding 2 books I don’t find in this list, 1 that maybe should be and 1 that I’m not sure about. The first is ‘Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing’. This was published in 2000 and says Biok-Of-The-Month-Club at the bottom of the title page so I’m not sure if it belongs here or not. The other is ‘The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer’. This was published in 2001 and was also a made for TV movie. It says nothing about King on it but I had always been led to believe he had something to do with either the book or the movie. Can any one clear that up for me? Thanks. -Lyn

Thanks for asking!

As of right now, Rich isn’t including Secret Windows because it was a Book of the Month Club only title, but that could change if enough readers disagree and think it should be included.

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer was actually written by Ridley Pearson.

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Did King have anything to do with either the Diary book or the movie? I remember watching it because somewhere there was an ad stating he was involved. Of course that was a few years ago so maybe I’m just remembering it incorrectly. Thanks for the reply!- Lyn

Other than it being based on Rose Red, I don’t recall him really being involved, but I’m sure someone else will correct me if I’m wrong!

King was only involved insofar as Rose Red was his story and it was his suggestion that fellow Rock Bottom Remainder Ridley Pearson write the tie-in novel when ABC suggested it. Pearson was heavily involved in the movie that was made from the diary, but King had nothing to do with it.

He WAS the pizza delivery guy in Rose Red though…lol

By any chance, will Secretary of Dreams, vols 1 and 2 be rereleased by Cemetery Dance so those of us following along can read them too? 🙂

I’d second that.

However, I don’t think the books belong on this list. They didn’t contain any new stories by King, so essentially you’d just be reviewing the artwork. Which would be interesting — but surely that would then mean that the project ought to include comics, movies, and other adaptations as well, right?

I, too, would like to be able to buy Secretary of Dreams, vols I and II through Cemetery Dance. My husband and I recently retired, and I have a very full plate for the next few months until we sell the house in the Frozen North and finish moving to sunny Florida. I do plan, however, to start reading along and catch up with Richard and the other Constant Readers as soon as I can!

You know,those of us who have read Mr. King’s short story collections have never been disappointed, so it’s strange that perhaps he hasn’t been recognized enough in this venue. However, when you look at the number of movies that have been made from his short stories, you know his talent is obvious. I LOOK FORWARD to the publication of his The Bazaar of Bad Dreams!!!

No “The Plant”?

The Plant is unfinished.

Yet nevertheless it was published (albeit only online). If King had not yet managed to finish “The Dark Tower” (which, to some degree, he admits he hasn’t), would those books be left off?

I’m definitely willing to listen to the argument for re-reading the eBook of The Plant, even if it was only “Part One” and never finished beyond that point. I shall mention it to Richard during our next meeting. At the very least, it’s an interesting piece of Stephen King history…

To me, it feels like too substantial a work to skip. Plus, it’s pretty good! I keep hoping he’ll turn his eye back toward it one of these days.

While I’m at it, I might as well also make a case for “Silver Bullet.” It’s just a screenplay, sure, but (like “Storm of the Century,” which is on the list) it WAS published as a book.

Read my first Stephen King this year – at age 64! It was 11/233/63. I was 13 at the time. Since then I graduated (?) to the Dome then the Stand, lastly the entire Dark Tower series. Bought each movie after I read the book. All but The Dome were really good. Buying a book then seeing the movie or vice versa, remembering I’ve read A LOT of books up until now, is a quirk I am proud of. I can do this as I am disabled, both social security and veterans, so I have the time to indulge. If anyone would care to comment, I am unsure about collaboration books. I don’t know how that works; how an author does this type writing.

Read the Green Mile, then watch the movie. Almost word for word. I even have a copy of the screenplay awesome adaptation

I’m a constant reader who not only loves Stephen’s stories but his Afterword. I also love his use of music throughout his stories. Stephen writes his beginnings with mounting urge to read more and doesn’t disappoint as the story progresses to its crescendo. I enjoyed the first three of the Dark Tower series. One of my favorites is “Dolores Claiborne.” I also enjoy your short stories and noticed a similarity to some of the Classic Horror stories by Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Allan Poe. You outdid your writing with the Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption. One of my favorites is “The Girl who loved Tom Gordon.” One of my favorites was “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” Will be a Constant Reader for as long as you write. You write as if you are talking directly to me….very private and personal. Thank you for surviving unsurmountable pain and healing to continue your works. See you in the words….Paula Baskette

I, too, have noticed Mr. King’s love for music. I look for literary allusions and outright authors’ names and titles. For me, Mr. King’s books ‘read themselves’. I’ve read authors in this and other genres who take a LONG time, if ever, developing my interest as the way Mr. King does. I have also been to Maine. It was 1970. Maybe not the same as staying in a Motel 6, but close.

is the “The Dark Tower: The Wind thru the keyhole” 2012, the Dark Tower 8?

You might call it that. SK sometimes refers to it as The Dark Tower 4.5, since the contemporary storyline sites between Wizard & Glass and Wolves of the Calla .

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I bought Secretary of Dreams, Vols II — but somehow miss Vol. I. I am quite a hard time finding that volume published by Cemetary Dance. ????? Bummer. Any suggestions? Linda

Save up a couple of thousand dollars and then go to eBay. It’s hella out of print.

found one at a used book store for 30 bucks!!

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I think this is an amazing this to do! Being unemployed with health issues right now and having to help my family make it through the holidays, I can’t afford to go out and buy a bunch of SK books. At only 23, my collection right now is kind of small and i would love to take that journey with you. King is one of the reasons i was inspired to self-publish four books and continue to write through my struggles now. But since I can’t read a long, i’ll read and enjoy these posts! It should be an awesome ride.

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Hello! I was curious why some novellas and short stories didn’t make the Revisited list? I’m referring to UR, Throttle, Mile 81, In the Tall Grass, and especially A Face in the Crowd. Thank you for your time!

Hi Tara! We’re only covering short stories and novellas that have been collected in King’s collections or published as standalone editions like Blockade Billy. The collaborations with Joe Hill won’t be in the next collection due out in 2015, but some of the others you mention almost certainly will be, so they’ll be covered then. Thanks for asking!

Wasn’t My pretty pony published as a standalone? it is not included. Also I think for sure, Riding the Bullet and the plant need to be added. They were landmark ideas at the time. Displaying King’s foresight of the future of publishing. The revised editions of the Gunslinger and Salem’s Lot need to be included. If storm of the century is included then silver bullet has to be as it was published in book format. It may be hard to find, but so is Rage (as King pulled it from print). Secret Windows needs to be included as well, it is listed in the front of King works. I am assuming we are not including six stories, because it is impossible to get a copy for less than $750. Bottom line we should avoid cutting as many corners as possible.

Also to be considered: American Vampire Vol 1, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, and Stephen King Goes to the Movies. An arguement can be made for each.

Thanks for the feedback, Gary!

you can count CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF as SILVER BULLET, as that is the book the film came from, RAGE is not that hard to find at all, millions of copies of THE BACHMAN BOOKS in its collected form are still easy to find at a used book price ( any more than $20 and you are getting robbed) both STEPHEN KING GOES TO THE MOVIES and SIX STORIES publish previously published material , same to all those who request SECRETARY OF DREAMS 1 and 2. .and RIDING THE BULLET is also in EVERYTHING IS EVENTUAL.

with blockade billy being listed as included in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, is it going to be dropped from the list?

Might Richard consider recording his readings into audio books?

I kind of love this idea! I’ll pass it along. Thanks!

I love this “Stephen King Revisited” Re-Read Along.These are my guesses: you might not have read “Cycle of the Werewolf” and “Storm of the Century”. I didn’t even try guessing “The Plant”. As it seems, I am also, awaiting, a complete, affordable hardcover. I am loving the revisit of “the darkly frightening “RAGE”;ever more terrifying because of its seemingly; psychic, precognition; of our present exponentially increasing social situations. All The Best Mr. Chizmar, Regards, Ronald Scott Sippel.

Where’s “Thinner” (written as Richard Bachman)?

Hiding in the mid-1980s, between The Talisman and Skeleton Crew.

I have already purchased Finder Keepers and look forward to its release. Is Cemetery Dance handling “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” too? I want to pre-order that book also. Stephen King Rules!!!!! Many Thanks!

Why was My Pretty Pony not addressed in one of the earlier posts? I have the oversized book and it is really good and should be on the list.

It’s collected in Nightmares and Dreamscapes and will be discussed there.

Is the e-book publication of Riding the Bullet that was published in 2000 different from the version of that story that was in Everything’s Eventual in 2002?

I was at a book signing for ‘Revival” and the guy in line in front of me was chatting everyone up. He turned to me and said, “So which Stephen King books have you read?” Me: “All of them.” What other answer could there be?

I have read all of the Stephen King books in the list except the illustrated ones – The Dark Man and Secretary of Dreams I and II (which are illustrations of existing short stories) – and Faithful (just could never get into it. I have read most of his books more than once. I have also read My Pretty Pony, which is not in the list.

How is Blockade Billy affected now that is it being included in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams? We have not included other books that are included into collections

That’s a good question. The other novellas like My Pretty Pony and Dolan’s Cadillac didn’t have trade editions for the mass market from SK’s New York publisher like Blockade Billy, so it is a little different in that sense, but it is also now in a collection. We’ll probably make a decision when we get closer!

new king book announced The Suicide Prince !

The title is now End of Watch

Please check the link to “Richard’s Thoughts” for Firestarter – it is incorrectly pointing to instead of [www.stephenkinrevisited.com]

Fixed! Thank you!

What happened to Creepshow?

Richard decided to skip it since he doesn’t consider it to be a real SK book.

I have been reading Stephen King’s books since I was 12. Have not missed one of his books !! Would never tell my age, but has been a long journey and have loved everyone !! He has a fantastic mind.

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Wow! I love Stephen King and when i bought my first kindle in 2011, i decided to re-read all his books by order! Glad to see others doing and blogging about it! 4 years passed, and i’m still not done 😀

What about the collections in Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight.

They’re on the list. We’ve already covered Different Seasons.

I’ve been loving this. Thanks for all the work you’ve put in here.

Was any thought given to including Nightmares in the Sky? Might be a bit insubstantial, but could make a good inclusion if for no other reason than to highlight the book for people who don’t know about it.

I started a re-read of all his books this past Summer. I am reading The Library Policeman from Four Past Midnight now. I cheated and read some Bazaar of Bad Dreams but who can blame me lol. I read Mr. Mercedes but have resisted Finders Keepers thus far. That will likely change when End of Watch is released as I am going to go see him for the reading, Q&A session in Dayton this Summer. Hoping to be one of the 400 picked for a signed copy. I have an early edition of Pet Sematary I would LOVE to have signed, the first book I read of his and by far my favorite every since. Trying to gather all his DVD’S now. I have Rose Red, IT, The Mist, Children of the Corn, Shawshank Redemption, the Green Mile, Creepshow & Dreamcatcher. Still have a ways to go lol. I have all his paperbacks and about 37 hardcover so that collection is coming on nicely :). Thanks for the comprehensive list and awesome site. Love that others love his work as much as I do to reread them all over again! I’ve read all his works at least once and my favorites at least a dozen times lol. Reading them chronologically makes it feel like a journey though. And like Roland I will probably restart the same journey over and over again for all my days…

The first Stephen King book I read was “Salem’s Lot” in 1975. We were living in Topsham, ME then. As I sat in the house it the evening reading the book I was scared out of my wits as I could picture all those ME sights. From then on, I was hooked. Thanks for all the joy you’ve brought to my reading life, Mr. King.

I am one of your biggest fan I have ever book you have written even the ones under Bachman I have a hard copy and paper back I love all your books that’s all I own I will only read your books thank you for the wonderful books

I have a suggestion for Stephen King.Thinner in reverse entitle it Fatter make it about a gypsy curse making a thin guy fat and have it end with him dying from a heart attack.

I never knew that there was a last book in the dark tower series the wind through the keyhole Wow!!

When are you going to put up more reviews and comments of the books? They are the next best thing to reading King

What about Secret Windows: Essays and fiction on the craft of writing from 2000? Not the usual… I think he did it exclusively for his book club members.

Is there anywhere to see a list in the order books were written, including the Bachman ones, and not the order that they were published? Thanks!

Bev Vincent compiled this list for the early stuff, through 1984. After that, we think it can be assumed things were pretty much in sequence:

1965-1966 Unpublished: The Aftermath 1966-1967 The Long Walk 1968 Unpublished: Sword in the Darkness 1966-1971 Rage 1970-1981 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger 1972 The Running Man 1973 Carrie 1973 Blaze 1973 ‘Salem’s Lot 1973-1974 Roadwork 1974 The Shining 1975-1976 The Stand 1976 Two incomplete novels: Welcome to Clearwater and The Corner 1977 The Dead Zone 1977 Firestarter September 1977 – March 1981 Cujo February 1979 – December 1982 Pet Sematary 1979 Christine 1979 Danse Macabre September 9th, 1981 -December 28th, 1985 It 1982-1986: The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three 1982-1983 The Talisman 1982 Incomplete: The Cannibals August 19th, 1982 – May 19th, 1987 The Tommyknockers 1983 The Eyes of the Dragon September 23rd 1984 – October 7th 1986: Misery 1984 Thinner

Gwendy’s Magic Feather is missing. Still holding out hope this site will come back, even if it’s picked up by someone else.

Thanks as well to SK for recommending works by John D. McDonald, John Sandford, Elmore Leonard , Robert Parker ,Michael Connelly and C. J. Box over the years. I managed to read all their works with pleasure as well as Stephen’s. I have read many others but these are the outstanding few that make the cut…..Paul.

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Stephen King is a prolific American author who is known for his suspense and fantasy novels. King has written several novels since his first short story sale in 1967 that have become pop cultural signposts. Every Stephen King reader has a favorite tale or series, from Christine to Cujo.

His works have sold more than 350 million copies. Many of these have been adapted into movies or series for television. He has written many books, including non-fiction and over 200 short stories. King also has an alias named Richard Bachman. Stephen King was born September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. He has an older brother, David. His parents Donald and Nellie Ruth divorced when he was young.

When he was eleven they moved from Indiana to Durham, Maine. King went to elementary school in Durham and graduated in 1966 from Lisbon Falls High School. He attended the University of Maine at Orono where he wrote for the school’s newspaper.

He also was active in Student Senate and supported the anti-war movement at UMO. He graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of the Arts in English. His daughter Naomi Rose was born the same year. Following graduation, King failed a draft board examination for service and was not drafted to participate in the War. He married Tabitha King in 1971.

He had met Tabitha when they were students in the library stacks where they both worked. King worked as an industrial laundry laborer as a result of not being able to find a teaching position right away. He sold several short stories to magazines and finally found a job teaching English at Hampden Academy in the fall of 1971. He continued to write in his spare time while teaching.

Stephen King’s first novel Carrie was accepted for publication in 1973 by Doubleday & Co. In between the Kings moved to southern Maine due to the poor health of Stephen’s mother. King wrote what would become Salem’s Lot while the family stayed at the summer cottage.

His mother died the same year from cancer at the age of 59. Carrie was published in the spring of 1974. The Kings moved to Colorado for what would ultimately be a year, during which time Stephen King wrote The Shining, which is set in the same state.

Carrie was made in to a feature film starring Sissy Spacek as an outcast high school girl who discovers she has mental powers. It is being made into a 2013 revision starring Chloe Moretz. The Shining was made into a full-length movie in 1980 starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for Best Actor for the role.

The Kings bought a home in western Maine near the lakes and returned there to live for some time. During this period, King wrote The Stand, set in Colorado, and The Dead Zone. The Shining was published in 1977 and The Stand was published the next year.

After spending some time in England, the Kings returned to Maine and bought a house in Center Lovell. They then moved closer to Bangor for a position Stephen had been offered at the University of Maine Orono teaching Creative Writing. In 1979 they returned to Center Lovell, then bought a home in Bangor. King wrote a number of additional novels from 1977 to 1980 as well.

He finished Rage, Night Shift, a collection of stories, The Long Walk, and Firestarter. Cujo was published in 1981. The book would be made into a feature-length film the same year that gave hundreds of children nightmares about a terrifying, crazed rabid dog.

King has little to no memory of writing it. It was during this time period that King’s family staged an intervention for his drug and alcohol addiction. Confronted with the numerous substances he abused, King quit all drugs and alcohol in the late 1980s. He debuted as a director with an adaptation of his short story “Trucks”, called “Maximum Overdrive”.

King published the first of his Dark Tower series in 1982. The novel was called The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. It would be followed by six more books through the years and is King’s own stated magnum opus. The story spans two worlds that are strangely connected and may be in more ways than one. Roland is The Gunslinger, a courageous man of honor with a storied past.

He is pursuing the mysterious Man In Black, and meets a child named Jake who hails from Manhattan. Part John Wayne, part archetype, the series is inspired by a number of things dear to King, including spaghetti western movies and Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai”.

The second story in the Dark Tower series is called The Drawing of the Three”. It was published in 1987. Roland is in a bind once again, waking up on a beach filled with hungry carnivorous lobsters. Three doors appear to him that are linked to different worlds.

They take him to meet different people. These include a dangerous sociopath named Jack Mort, a woman with multiple personalities named Odetta, and Eddie Dean, who is desperately addicted to heroin. Roland must navigate his way through the various timelines and worlds on Earth while just maybe being able to act in them to save a life.

Multiple Stephen King novels have been adapted for television or made into movies over the years. Along the way, they’ve become pop culture icons. Christine, a movie about a car come to life, was made in 1983. The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken, also came out that year about a man developing the power to see the future after waking from a coma.

Children of the Corn debuted in 1984 and led to an impressive seven sequels. Firestarter also became a feature film starring Drew Barrymore in 1984 and later became a tv series. Stand By Me was made into a movie in 1986 and enjoyed wide critical success.

King’s Running Man was made into a 1987 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a contestant in a dystopian television game show where the winners regain their freedom. Other notable movies include Pet Sematary, a spooky thriller about dead pets come to life, and 1990’s Misery, which Kathy Bates won an Oscar for as the kidnapper of a famous author.

Shawshank Redemption earned rave reviews and The Green Mile grossed over $135 million at the box office alone featuring Michael Clarke Douglas as a doomed inmate with special abilities.

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I had no idea you had this many publications!

I’m keeping this list as there are many titles I had no idea you had written!!

Please keep writing – your novels are always spectacular!!!

Shannon Dixon Lake City, MN

I have two comments, one general, and one specific. I’m using Your Stephen King section as an example. When you list anthologies for an author, does that mean that all of them have a story in them by the author? If so, are these stories also listed separately or did Stephen King acually write something for an anthology that was never published separatly. I’m asking this because my local library facility is not big on buying anthologies for some reason. A specific question. You have a book listed for Patricia Cornwell called “Chasing the Ripper” with a date of 2014. I can find this book nowhere, and my local library says there is no such book. When you look at the list of an author’s books in one of her efforts, you never see this book listed. Can you give me any information on this effort of hers.

Thanking you for all you do for us readers.

For sure – happy to answer 🙂

In regards to anthologies – right now they’re a bit of a mess. Whether they edited it or wrote a story in it – they’re all added to that section. Occasionally, we may list the short story separately and link to the anthology but that is usually only if the short story won or was nominated for an award.

At one point I would love to organize that section better, list if they are an editor, or list the short story title within the anthology. It’s on my “wishlist”. Sadly, it seems most people just don’t care about anthologies ha, so it’s really low on the priority list.

Chasing the Ripper is available on Amazon. I just checked and see it on there. It’s an ebook only.

Thanks for the feedback much appreciated.

Was there a book written for Maximum Overdrive, if so, is it under another title.

Yep it was based off Trucks which is a short story inside Night Shift .

Can’t get enough love to pieces other than the short story in one of your collection books is there an actual book for 1408

Where’s ‘Cycle of the Werewolf’?

Under the dome parts 1 and 2 are two more of his books that can be added to the list

Hi Tiffany,

Under the Dome is just one novel, which is already on the list under the standalones. I know that some stores list both Part 1 & 2 – what the publishers did is take the original novel, and then split it into 2 later on for additional sales. However it was originally published as one big novel.

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Stephen King Books in Order

Are you an avid Stephen King fan?  If so, then you’re in the right place!  In this article, I’m sharing a list of all of Stephen King’s books in order.  Whether you love horror classics like IT and The Shining or more recent works such as The Outsider and Doctor Sleep, here you will find them all listed chronologically by date of publication.  Get ready to take a trip through time – from Carrie, published back in 1974, to his latest collection coming out in 2024. Plus, you’ll see first-hand how masterful one of the greatest authors has been for now almost 5 decades.

But first, who is Stephen King?

Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.  He has published over 60 novels and over 200 short stories throughout his career, many of which have been adapted into films or TV series.  Stephen King’s books often focus on themes such as alienation, violence, and the struggle between good and evil.

What should be the first Stephen King book to read?

I personally recommend that you start with Salem’s Lot ( Amazon or  Bookshop ) — In the novel, Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book.

For beginners, I think it’s a great place to start, and it’s also a personal favorite. If you’re looking for more options, I highly recommend you check out my: 8 Must-Read Stephen King Books and Where To Start article because Stephen King has written so many books and narrowing down the ones worth your time as a beginner can get overwhelming.

What is Stephen King’s longest book?

The longest Stephen King book is The Stand, which was first published in 1978 and has since gone through several editions. This classic post-apocalyptic novel follows a group of survivors who set off on a journey to rebuild the world after a devastating plague ravages the planet. Clocking in at 1,154 pages (in its uncut form), The Stand is a must read for any Stephen King fan. In addition to The Stand, other long novels by Stephen King include IT and Under the Dome, both of which contain over 1,000 pages. If you’re looking for something longer than 1,000 pages but shorter than The Stand, try 11/22/63 or Bag of Bones. These two books have around 800-900 pages each and are filled with King’s trademark suspense and horror.

What is Stephen King’s newest book?

You Like It Darker

Stephen King’s newest book is a story collection entitled YOU LIKE IT DARKER ( Amazon or Bookshop ) which will be released in May 2024.  In this new collection of twelve short stories, Stephen King takes readers on a journey into the darker realms of life.  From exploring hidden secrets and unexpected inheritances to delving into the mysteries of the universe with themes of fate, mortality, and the unknown.  So prepare to be thrilled and chilled as you delve into the depths of darkness with “You Like It Darker.”

Holly by Stephen King

Stephen King’s latest novel is entitled HOLLY ( Amazon or Bookshop ) which was released in September 2023.  Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King’s most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town. Personally, I love the character Holly, so I was really excited to see her front and center in this one.

Stephen King Books in Order of Publication

This list of Stephen King books includes his: novels, novellas, nonfiction, and short story collections.  This does not include all his individual short stories, essays, anthologies, and other unpublished works.

STEPHEN KING BOOKS IN ORDER FROM 1974 – 1980

  • Carrie (Novel: 1974)
  • ‘Salem’s Lot (Novel: 1975)
  • Rage (Bachman Novel: 1976)
  • The Shining (Novel: 1977)
  • Night Shift (Story Collection: 1977)
  • The Stand (Novel: 1978)
  • The Long Walk (Bachman Novel: 1978)
  • The Dead Zone (Novel: 1979)
  • Firestarter (Novel: 1979)
  • The Mist (Novella: 1980)
  • Danse Macabre (Nonfiction: 1980)
  • Roadwork (Bachman Novel: 1980)

STEPHEN KING BOOKS IN ORDER FROM 1981 – 1990

  • Cujo (Novel: 1981)
  • The Dark Tower (Novel: 1981)
  • The Running Man (Bachman Novel: 1981)
  • Apt Pupil (Novella: 1982)
  • The Body (Novella: 1982)
  • The Breathing Method (Novella: 1982)
  • Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Novella: 1982)
  • Different Seasons (Story Collection: 1982)
  • The Plant [Installment One] (Epistolary Novel: 1982)
  • Christine (Novel: 1982)
  • Cycle of the Werewolf (Novel: 1982)
  • The Plant [Installment Two] (Epistolary Novel: 1982)
  • Pet Sematary (Novel: 1983)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon (Novel: 1983)
  • The Talisman (Novel: 1983)
  • Thinner (Bachman Novel: 1984)
  • The Plant [Installment Three] (Epistolary Novel: 1984)
  • Skeleton Crew (Story Collection: 1984)
  • Cycle of the Werewolf (Novel: 1985)
  • IT (Novel; September 1986)
  • The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (Novel: 1986)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon (Novel: 1987)
  • Misery (Novel: 1987)
  • The Tommyknockers (Novel: 1987)
  • My Pretty Pony (Novel: 1987)
  • Nightmares in the Sky (Nonfiction: 1987)
  • Letters from Hell (Novel: 1988)
  • Dolan’s Cadillac (Novel: 1988)
  • The Dark Half (Novel: 1989)
  • The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition (Novel: 1989)
  • The Langoliers (Novella: 1990)
  • The Library Policeman (Novella: 1990)
  • Secret Window, Secret Garden (Novella: 1990)
  • The Sun Dog (Novella: 1990)
  • Four Past Midnight (Story Collection: 1990)
  • The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands (Novel: 1990)

STEPHEN KING BOOKS IN ORDER FROM 1991 – 2000

  • Needful Things (Novel; October 1991)
  • Gerald’s Game (Novel; May 1992)
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Story Collection: 1993)
  • Dolores Claiborne (Novel: 1993)
  • Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three Chords and an Attitude (Nonfiction: 1993)
  • Insomnia (Novel: 1994)
  • Blind Willie (Novella: 1994)
  • Rose Madder (Novel: 1994)
  • Desperation (Novel: 1995)
  • The Regulators (Bachman Novel: 1995)
  • The Green Mile: The Two Dead Girls (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: The Mouse on the Mile (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: Coffey’s Hands (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: Night Journey (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: Coffey on the Mile (Novel: 1996)
  • The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass (Novel: 1996)
  • Six Stories (Novel: 1996)
  • Bag of Bones (Novel: 1998)
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (Novel: 1999)
  • The New Lieutenant’s Rap (Novel: 1999)
  • Hearts in Atlantis (Novella: 1999)
  • Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling (Novella: 1999)
  • Low Men in Yellow Coats (Novella: 1999)
  • Why We’re in Vietnam (Novella: 1999)
  • Hearts in Atlantis (Story Collection: 1999)
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Nonfiction: 1999)
  • Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (Nonfiction: 1999)
  • The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (Novel: 2000)

STEPHEN KING BOOKS IN ORDER FROM 2001 – 2010

  • Dreamcatcher (Novel: 2001)
  • Black House (Novel: 2001)
  • From a Buick 8 (Novel: 2001)
  • Everything’s Eventual (Story Collection: 2002)
  • The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla (Novel: 2002)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Revised Novel: 2003)
  • The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah (Novel: 2003)
  • The Dark Tower (Novel: 2004)
  • Faithful (Nonfiction: 2005)
  • The Colorado Kid (Novel: 2005)
  • The Secretary of Dreams, Vol. 1 (Novel: 2005)
  • Cell (Novel: 2006)
  • Lisey’s Story (Novel: 2006)
  • Blaze (Bachman Novel: 2006)
  • The Colorado Kid (Chadbourne) (Novel: 2006)
  • The Colorado Kid (Miller) (Novel: 2006)
  • The Colorado Kid (Potter) (Novel: 2006)
  • Duma Key (Novel: 2008)
  • A Very Tight Place (Novella: 2008)
  • N (Novella: 2008)
  • Just After Sunset (Story Collection: 2008)
  • The Little Sisters of Eluria (Novel: 2009)
  • Stephen King Goes to the Movies (Story Collection: 2009)
  • UR (Novella: 2009)
  • Under the Dome (Novel: 2009)
  • Blockade Billy (Novella: 2009)
  • The Secretary of Dreams, Vol. 2 (Novel: 2010)

STEPHEN KING BOOKS IN ORDER FROM 2011 – 2020

  • 11/22/63 (Novel: 2011)
  • The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (Novel: 2012)
  • GUNS (Nonfiction: 2013)
  • Joyland (Novel: 2013)
  • The Dark Man (Novel: 2013)
  • Doctor Sleep (Novel: 2013)
  • Mr. Mercedes (Novel: 2014)
  • Revival (Novel: 2014)
  • Finders Keepers (Novel: 2015)
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Story Collection: 2015)
  • End of Watch (Novel: 2016)
  • Gwendy’s Button Box (Novella: 2017)
  • Sleeping Beauties (Novel: 2017)
  • The Outsider (Novel: 2018)
  • Elevation (Novella: 2018)
  • The Institute (Novel: 2019)
  • If It Bleeds (Novella: 2020)
  • The Life of Chuck (Novella: 2020)
  • Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (Novella: 2020)
  • Rat (Novella: 2020)

STEPHEN KING BOOKS IN ORDER FROM 2021 – 2024

  • Later (Novella: 2021)
  • Billy Summers (Novel: 2021)
  • Gwendy’s Final Task (Novel: 2022)
  • Fairy Tale (Novel: 2022)
  • Holly (Novel: 2023)
  • You Like It Darker (Story Collection: 2024)

Should Stephen King be read in order?

While Stephen King’s books don’t have to be read in order, fans of his work often prefer to do so. Reading the books in chronological order allows readers to experience King’s works as they were intended and appreciate the references made throughout his works. That said, while reading Stephen King in order is not essential, it can help enhance your overall reading experience. I also recommend you check out my: 8 Must-Read Stephen King Books and Where To Start article to help narrow down the books your need to add to your reading list.

What do you think about this list of Stephen King books in order of publication?

Have you read any of these Stephen King books?  Are any of these books or his other works on your TBR?   What book by Stephen King is your favorite?  Let us talk all about Stephen King books in the comments below.

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Read most of the books on the list, though I’ve struggled with his later books.

Hi W, thanks for sharing your thoughts! Your sentiment is a common one I’ve heard from readers but I still read them all as I’m a die hard fan.

I’ve only read 112263 and I loved the writing style and the narrative. This book makes me feel like I need to read all of Stephen King but Jesus! There’s more books that I expected. I’ll start with your 8 must. Thank you for guidance and taking the time to order them.

Hi Tyna, thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts! I absolutely loved 11/22/63, so we have that in common. But yes, there are soooo many books and it can get overwhelming. The eight books I recommended will give you a taste of his range over the years. I also recommend his story collections because they don’t require the same commitment as his novels. Happy reading!

Thank you for making this available. It let’s me see what I’ve missed. I read my favorite author in order and try to be patient for the new releases. Saving and printing.

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If you’re a bookaholic, then you must’ve come across Stephen King’s name at least once or twice. Even if you’re not a fan of the horror genre, it’s almost impossible not to know such a great writer.

So, you prefer movies over books? A lot of well-known movies are based on novels and stories by Stephen King, such as; It, The Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, Dreamcatcher, and the list goes on.

We’ll go through the complete list of Stephen king’s books in order, but first, let’s see who’s Stephen King.

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Who is Stephen King?

Stephen King is an American author, born on September 21, 1947. He is among the most famous horror writers. Before writing, he used to work as an English Teacher.

A lot of his novels take place in his hometown, Maine, such as; ‘Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary, and Carrie. He describes places that he knows, creating a parallel universe of them, which makes the plot interesting.

His first official short story was “The Glass Floor.” It was sold to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Our author married Tabitha Spruce, the famous writer of One on One, in 1971.

What Did Stephen King Write?

Stephen King wrote a total of 63 novels. He also wrote around 120 short stories and 20 novellas. He has 5 published non-fiction books.

7 of his books were published under a pen name, Richard Bachman. The reason for that is that he didn’t want to publish more than one book under the same name. Later, he collected all 7 novels in The Bachman Books.

We’ll see his most popular books first and then we’ll get to the chronological list of his books.

The Chronological List of His Published Books  

  • Carrie, novel, (1974)
  • ‘Salem’s Lot, novel, (1975)
  • The Shining, novel, (1977)
  • Rage, novel, (1977)
  • The Stand, novel, (1978)
  • Night Shift, story collection, (1977)
  • The Long Walk, novel, (1979)
  • The Dead Zone, novel, (1979)
  • The Mist, novella, (1979)
  • Firestarter, novel, (1980)
  • Roadwork, novel, (1981)
  • Danse Macabre, non-fiction, (1981)
  • Cujo, novel, (1981)
  • The Running Man, novel, (1982)
  • The Dark Tower, novel series, (1982 – 2012)
  • Different Seasons, story collection, (1982)
  • Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, novella, (1982)
  • The Body, novella, (1982)
  • Apt Pupil, novella, (1982)
  • The Breathing Method, novella, (1982)
  • Pet Sematary, novel, (1982)
  • Christine, novel, (1983)
  • The Talisman, novel, (1984)
  • Cycle of the Werewolf, novel, (1985)
  • Thinner, novel, (1984)
  • Skeleton Crew, story collection, (1985)
  • The Bachman Books, novel collection, (1985)
  • It, novel, (1986)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon, novel, (1987)
  • Misery, novel, (1987)
  • The Tommyknockers, novel, (1987)
  • Nightmares in The Sky, non-fiction, (1987)
  • The Dark Half, novel, (1989)
  • The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition, novel, (1990)
  • Four Past Midnight, story collection, (1990)
  • The Sun Dog, novella, (1990)
  • Secret Window, Secret Garden, novella, (1990)
  • The Library Policeman, novella, (1990)
  • The Langoliers, novella, (1990)
  • Needful Things, novel, (1991)
  • Gerald’s Game, novel, (1992)
  • Dolores Claiborne, novel, (1992)
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes, story collection, (1993)
  • Insomnia, novel, (1994)
  • Blind Willie, novella, (1994)
  • Rose Madder, novel, (1995)
  • The Green Mile, novel series, (1996)
  • Desperation, novel, (1996)
  • The Regulators, novel, (1996)
  • Bag of Bones, novel, (1998)
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, novel, (1999)
  • Hearts in Atlantis, story collection, (1999)
  • Why We’re in Vietnam, novella, (1999)
  • Low Men in Yellow Coats, novella, (1999)
  • Hearts in Atlantis, novella, (1999)
  • Stephen King’s N, novella, (1999)
  • Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing, non-fiction, (1999)
  • Elevation, novella, (1999)
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, non-fiction, (1999)
  • Gwendy’s Button Box, novella, (1999)
  • Dreamcatcher, novel, (2001)
  • Black House, novel, (2001)
  • Everything’s Eventual, story collection, (2001)
  • From a Buick 8, novel, (2001)
  • Faithful, non-fiction, (2004)
  • The Colorado Kid, novel, (2005)
  • ‘Salem’s Lot Illustrated Edition, novel, (2005)
  • The Secretary of Dreams: Volume One, novel, (2005)
  • Cell, novel, (2006)
  • Lisey’s Story, novel, (2006)
  • Blaze, novel, (2007)
  • Duma Key, novel, (2008)
  • Just After Sunset, story collection, (2008)
  • Stephen King Goes to the Movies, story collection, (2009)
  • Under the Dome, novel, (2009)
  • The Secretary of Dreams: Volume 2, novel, (2010)
  • Full Dark, No Stars, story collection, (2010)
  • 11/22/63, novel, (2011)
  • GUNS, non-fiction, (2013)
  • Joyland, novel, (2013)
  • Doctor Sleep, novel, (2013)
  • Mr. Mercedes, novel, (2014)
  • Revival, novel, (2014)
  • Finders Keepers, novel, (2015)
  • Joyland Illustrated Edition, novel, (2015)
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, story collection, (2015)
  • Blockade Billy, novella, (2015)
  • UR, novella, (2015)
  • End of Watch, novel, (2016)
  • Charlie the Choo-Choo, children’s book, (2016)
  • Sleeping Beauties, novel, (2017)
  • The Outsider, novel, (2018)
  • The Institute, novel, (2019)
  • If It Bleeds, story collection, (2020)

What Are the Most Popular Stephen King’s Books?

Stephen King has many great writings, but some of them really out-stand. 

1. Carrie (1974)

Carrie is the first novel that introduced King to the world as a published writer, it was even transformed into a movie. The actions take place in the future, in 1979 in a fictional town.

The novel talks about Carrie, a teenager who has telekinetic powers. Her schoolmates bully her and she’s oppressed by a dominant mother. Will she be able to fit in? Or her powers will help her get revenge?

2. ‘Salem’s Lot (1975)

This horror novel talks about Ben Mears, a writer who returns to Jerusalem’s Lot, his hometown, after 25 years of being away. He starts writing a story about Marsten House, an abandoned mansion that’s purchased by an Austrian immigrant, Kurt Barlow.

Suddenly, a little boy in the town dies and his brother becomes a vampire and starts infecting people. A battle starts between the vampires and others, including Ben.

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3. The Shining (1977)

The story takes place in the Overlook Hotel, where Jack Torrence lives with his wife and son Danny. Jack tries to write a play while overcoming his rage issues and alcohol addiction.

The word “Shining” refers to some psychic powers that Danny has. Meanwhile, in the same hotel, there are evil forces trying to possess Danny, when they fail, they possess Jack instead.

How will the evil forces affect Jack’s plan?

The novel was adapted to a movie in 1980.

4. The Stand (1978)

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic time. After a plague kills most of the population, people split into 2 groups. A battle starts between them, the battle between the good and the bad.

The story goes on. There have been many adaptations of the novel. The most recent one is a mini-series of the same name. It was being filmed in September 2019 by CBS, but it all stopped due to Covid-19.

5. The Long Walk (1979)

Published under his pseudonym, the plot of this book is in the future. It talks about a dystopian America, ruled by a dictator.

The protagonist is Raymond, a 16-year old who has to participate in “The Walk.” It’s a competition held between 100 teenage boys who have to keep walking at a certain speed, the winner is whoever stays alive.

Along “The Walk” we keep discovering more about this society, and the lives of the participants.

6. The Dead Zone (1979)

The book talks about John Smith in 2 different phases. As a kid, he had a skating accident that transferred him to the dead zone. Then as a young man, he goes into a coma for 5 years and wakes up with psychic powers.

He wakes up with some troubles as some of his memories are in a dead zone in his mind. He can now tell some things from the past, and others from the future.

Ever since then, everything starts going downhill for Johnny.

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7. Cujo (1981)

Ever heard of a monstrous dog? The protagonist of this story is the dog Cujo. He’s a friendly family dog. Cujo gets bitten by a bat and turns into a killer.

Cujo belongs to the family of Joe Camber, but he doesn’t start attacking before Joe’s wife and their son leave.

Later, out of bad luck, Donna Trenton’s car breaks down, so she takes her son Tad and goes to Joe Camber’s repair shop to fix it, only to find themselves trapped in the car, with Cujo trying to attack.

8. The Running Man (1982)

The story takes place in 2025. It’s published under King’s pseudonym, Richard Bachman. The story takes place in a fictional dystopian America. The protagonist, Ben Richards, is broke and he needs money to treat his ill daughter.

He participates in a game show called “The Running Man” where participants have to keep running from the police for a month They earn money for each surviving hour, and they earn money for killing officers who chase them.

The only problem is that he’s being watched by everyone around the planet, and they might turn him in to win. Is Ben going to win?

9. The Dark Tower Series (1982 – 2012)

The Dark Tower tower series consists of 8 books. The series takes place in a parallel universe, where the Dark Tower connects all the universes. Roland Deschain is the last gunslinger, and he’s on a quest to find the Dark Tower.

Throughout his journey, he meets different people, friends, and enemies. What makes this series stand out is that in a way it connects most of King’s novels. You can find references and elements mentioned from some of his stories like; ‘Salem’s Lot, The Stand, The Talisman, The Eyes of the Dragon, and It.

10. Pet Sematary (1983)

If you have the chance to bring your beloved dead ones back to life, will you take it, regardless of what comes next? Apparently, our protagonist, Louis, will.

The story takes place in Maine, where Louis moves with his wife Rachel, his kids Gage and Ellie, and their cat Church. They meet their neighbor Jud, who takes them on a trip to a pet cemetery.

This trip reveals a lot about Rachel and Louis’s past. Later, when Church dies, Jud takes Louis to a cemetery, behind the pet’s one. Louis follows Jud’s instructions and buries Church, only to find it home alive on the very next day.

The same thing happens when Gage dies, and when Rachel dies too. However, that resurrection has its own consequences, and things will never be the same.

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11. It (1986)

The famous horror movie from 2017 and 2019 is originally a novel by Stephen King, written in 1986. The novel narrates the story of seven kids in a fictional town; they’re followed by “It,” some sort of a monster that has the ability to disguise and change his look.

We see the protagonists as kids, then we see them three decades later as adults, with all the childhood trauma they have from being chased by “It.”

The adults reunite when they find out that innocents are being killed. They think that “It” might be responsible for that. The story depicts their fight against “It,” with some flashbacks of their childhood with him.

12. Misery (1987)

Misery is the name of the heroine of a series of novels, written by the protagonist of this story, Paul Sheldon. He writes about her for years and finally, he kills her in the last book to start a new series, Fast Cars.

Killing Misery will bring Paul some misery of his own, as later, he gets involved in a car accident, and he’s rescued by Annie, a mentally unstable nurse who’s at the same time his number one fan.

Annie is angry at Paul for killing Misery, and she tortures him. She even makes him burn the manuscript of Fast Cars to bring Misery back to life. Will he do as she tells, or will he suffer the consequences?

13. The Green Mile (1996)

The Story takes place in Georgia, in 1932. It narrates the story of John Coffey, a prisoner who’s in jail for killing two young girls. John Coffey has healing powers; he can heal people and even transfer the diseases to others.

Paul, the captain of the prison guards discovers John’s healing powers when he heals a rat. He even heals Paul himself. Later, we find out that John is innocent.

What happens to those who were healed by John’s powers? Will they die? Live for ages? Or have some powers too? That’s what you’ll discover in the story.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: The Stand is the Stephen King’s longest novel. It has 1152 pages in total.

A: Stephen King has written more than 60 books and over 200 short stories. He has also published 5 nonfiction books.  Apart from these, King has published children’s books, graphic novels, and essays. He also writes screenplays.

A: Lisey’s Story is Stephen King’s favorite novel of his own. Other than this, books such as IT, Misery, 11/22/63, The Stand, and Survivor Type are also some of his favorites.

With over 100 published books, we can fairly say that among Stephen King’s books, you’ll find the breathtaking horror stories you’re looking for.

He cultivated genres like; supernatural fiction, gothic drama, dark fantasy, and psychological horror.

What’s your favorite book off the list? And what do you plan on reading next?

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Night Shift

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The Shining

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Needful Things

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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of suspense, horror, sci-fi and fantasy books. He was born on 21st September 1947 in Portland, Maine. His father Donald King was a sea merchant and mother Nellie Ruth was a housewife. His father abandoned the family when he was little. After that the family decided to settle in Stratford, Connecticut but returned to Maine when he was eleven. According to his family King saw his friend being hit by a train and dying although he does not recall the incident. But this incident became the ground for King’s works. Stephen King went to the Durham Elementary School and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School. He went to the ‘University of Maine’ and received a Bachelor of Science degree. During his studies here he published a collection of 18 short stories with his close friend Chris Chesley. It was named ‘People, Places and Things’.

He was interested in horror books and stories and used to read EC’s horror comics. His writing career started when he started writing articles for his brother’s newspaper although his real career began when his story of about 6000 words ‘I Was a Teenage Grave Robber’ was published in the magazine ‘Comics Review’ in 1965 a year before his graduation. He completed his first novel called ‘The Long Walk’ which was badly rejected however he did make some money with another book ‘The Glass Floor’. King was still struggling with his writing till 1970 when another one of his attempts ‘The Dark Tower Saga’ failed due to lack of money. In 1974 his novel called ‘Carrie’ and in 1975 ‘Salem’s Lot’ was published.

Kings mother died in 1974 after which King moved to Boulder, Colorado. This was where King wrote his novel ‘The Shining’. His fourth novel was ‘The Stand’ published in 1978. He also wrote for comics mainly X-Men and introduction to Batman. His ‘Dark Tower’ saga book ‘The Gunslinger’ was not very publicized with only a few stores carrying its copies in their shelves. But slowly this saga carried itself to success with the second and third book selling successfully. In the early 80’s King published many novels under the pseudonym ‘Richard Bachman’ including ‘Rage’ (1977), ‘The Long Walk’ (1979), ‘Roadwork’ (1981), ‘The Running Man’ (1982) and ‘Thinner’ (1984). He also used the pseudonym ‘John Swithen’ which was used for his book ‘The Fifth Quarter’.

In June 1999 King went through an accident; he was hit by a vehicle and suffered many severe injuries and fractures. He underwent five major operations in 10 days and therapy, he recommenced his work on ‘On Writing’. His hip was broken and it was impossible to write for more than forty minutes. That was when the pain became really bad. The injuries slowed King’s pace so much so that in 2002 he announced that he would stop writing. The novels he wrote before this announcement are ‘The Plant’ which was submitted online. Another e-book by him is ‘Riding the Bullet’.

His wife Tabhita King and two sons are also writers.

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Master thriller writer Stephen King has penned over 50 novels , selling 350 million copies in a career that spans over 40 years.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King

Famous for his terrifying prose, King writes horror, supernatural, science fiction, fantasy and, more recently, crime novels. 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. That’s why I do it. I really can’t imagine doing anything else and I can’t imagine not doing what I do.”

Having penned over 200 short stories – many set in his home town of Maine and the most famous arguably being his novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption , the basis for the movie The Shawshank Redemption – it was no surprise when he was awarded a National Medal of Arts from the United States National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature in 2015.

Did you know…

1. King credits The Lurker of the Threshold , a short story collection by HP Lovecraft as the catalyst to him becoming a writer.

2. More Stephen King books have been adapted into films than any other living author.

3. Stephen King also writes under two pen names: Richard Bachman and John Swithen.

4. Carrie was originally planned as a short story but King threw out the first draft. It was rescued by his wife Tabitha.

5. Mr Mercedes , King’s first ‘hard-boiled detective book’, was first published in 2014 and featured retired detective Bill Hodges. It won an Edgar Award and, as the first in a trilogy, was followed by Finders and Keepers and End of Watch .

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I’m only missing 4 of the 60 Novels but I also have many more books written by Stephen Kings’. (The small books with his stories in them in the beginning of his career.) He is the greatest of all authors or storytellers. I also have books about him. I’m hoping one day to visit his hometown just to see the gates outside his home.

In the fall of 1980 I went to a drivein movie double feature with a group of friends. The shining and Friday the 13th were playing. Friday the 13th gave us all the expected scares BUT The Shining gave me the psychological scares. I’ve been in love with Stephen King books and movies since. I’ve read almost all of his books. My friends still tease me about reading “It” while pregnant with my son.

My best books has to be pets cemetery Carrie and Christine he Is the best male author of horror

Stephen King knows how to entertain people and he is the master of horror

Pet Cemetery- my all-time favorite! Desperation second. Started reading Pet Cemetery in middle school and my teachers were “shocked” my parents let me read that “type of book” at that age. Unfortunately, I’d experienced more stuff in my life than most at that point, it was an enjoyable read and I don’t regret it!

I’m surprised how many people overlook the Dark Tower books. They are literary perfection and my all time favorite story.

Stephen King is the best! My first book was Salem’s Lot…needless to say, it’s fantastic. I love his frightening stories best, but I must say when he writes about women, ie: Dolores Claiborne and Gerald’s Game, he is very insightful. An amazing writer, I’ve read everything he’s published. He really is the KING!

What better barometer of an author’s impact than to be revisited by their characters and plot lines at random moments each day? Stephen King’s works live deep within me, bubbling up into conscious thought with incredible frequency. His mastery of the written word is a constant inspiration for my own writing these days.

Salems Lot was the first Stephen King book I read. That was shortly after it was published. I was around 19 and became so completely engrossed, I had to sleep with my light on after reading at night. Salems Lot reawakened my childhood fear of vampires for a couple of weeks…and I loved it. I’ve been a fan ever since.

I loved Salem’s lot but I really loved the mini series I was like 8 or 9 years old .first movie to scare me.i also loved Rose Red . I Enjoyed reading Bag of bones but not the actors in the TV version ,pierce Bronson no good.Tommy knocked ,mist,langoliers and the cell ,dream catchers and in the tall green grass I really could not get into.i loved when he wrote stuff like Shawshank,hearts of atlantis ,misery,apt pupil ,rear window(loved the book and jonny depp)

I found this while looking for King books I might not have read. I loved Billy Summers and the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. My first Stephen King book was The Stand. It was likely shortly after the paperback was released. I was a struggling young actor in NYC at the time. I’ve enjoyed every King book I’ve read so far. Finished Fairy Tale a few days ago. I wrote short stories in High School and was encouraged by my teacher, Miss Nyhart. Went to college thinking I’d be a novelist. I switched track pursue theater. I had a book of poetry published, In Mercurial Days, and from January of 2021 until February of 2022 I wrote 34 flash fiction stories. At the age of 73, I find I can’t act as well as Anthony Hopkins or write as well as Stephen King. I have tried. Attempted imitation is the highest form of flattery. I think King has gotten better over the years. Thank you and keep writing, sir.

I have to say that Mr. King is an amazing author and I consider him to be the BEST of ALL TIME. My mother started reading and collecting his books when they first came out and continued getting every book as soon as it was released until she passed away in 2012. She allowed me to read each book only AFTER she finished with it. When she passed, I continued collecting his works not only to honor my mother but because I love how I get totally lost in the worlds of his imagination (and my own). My oldest sister fell in love with his writing and now I have 3 others in my family that have begun collecting his works as well. I really wish I had the words to express just how much my entire family has enjoyed his wonderful way of entertainment and cannot say THANK YOU enough for sharing.

To whoever said Cell and Bag of Bones are his best I assume you’re making a joke. The Stand is my favorite novel ever, not just SK Of the newer ones: Under the Dome, the Hodges trilogy, and 11/24/63.

I read The shining when I was 13 years old. Been hooked on King ever since. I have read 90 % of his books. Still have it all in my book collection. No other author there although I do read others, but I keep King near to reread it. Can’t say I have a favorite because I love them all.

Cell and Bag of Bones are his best.

I loved his books Carrie, It, Firestarter and the Shining. Not in that particular order; nevertheless, I still loved them. Steven King is a master mind when it comes to horror writing

In his writing Stephen King describes the surrounding world in the same fashion as I perceive it which makes me love reading his books. The small details he pays attention to are similar to what I pay attention to. It is like I am being transported to the time and place the story takes place. Read almost all his books. My two favourites are probably Needful Things and Everything is Eventual.

Stephen King is one of the greatest wordsmiths in the history of literature. He paints pictures you can’t possibly imagine. Movies and TV cannot do him justice although the Salem’s Lot TV mini-series was good. One of his latest, Billy Summers, is an excellent read in a different genre.

I started reading King in 1975, the same year I met my wife ( on a blind date, attending a screening of “The Exorcist”). My first book was “Salems Lot”, still one on my favorites. Movie versions did not do justice. I felt “Duma Key” was very underrated, and I loved it. People think his masterpiece (including my wife) is “The Stand”. But for me, his best book ever was “11/22/63”. I had trouble putting it down. I am now reading “Fairy Tale”, and it is definitely in the running to be my all time favorite. My wish would one day to actually meet Mr. King, and simply say “Thank you”. He has given me 47 years of happiness. Besides my wife of 46 years, no one has given me more pleasure in my life, year after year.

I started reading Stephen King in middle school and haven’t stopped! I’m like a kid in a candy store when a new book releases. Both my daughters now have the same passion for Stephen king and have read all of his books and have started their search for Bachman books

Like several other people have mentioned, my first book was The Shining when I was in my early teens. And like them I was HOOKED!! I read them in order as well as the Bachman books which I also strongly suspected were King’s. My all time favorite is The Stand. I and my best friend read it together when I was 16! The same copy mind you! I was flabbergasted that it was not listed in the top 20 Goodread books. I can’t say I have only a couple favorites bcuz he’s written so many wonderful books. I love becoming completely immersed in the story. Opening a new book to the first page and feeling myself sink quickly into King’s world! My second fave horror writer is Koontz and I also became a fan after reading Watchers. But I have to say I cannot NOT read a Stephen King book. While, eh, I don’t mind so much with Koontz. Forever a SK fan!

I would love to see The Talisman as a Peter Jackson movie. Great author and a great director collaboration.

The Stand is the best story EVER. Read at least 20 times. Seen miniseries probably as much. Thought about Tz Billy Mumy “that’s a good thing “

I’m about the same age as Mr King (74 May 24) and can’t say how many times his books saved me…especially from depressive thoughts… I have read The Long Walk so many times I’ve had to replace it twice. There is one other book, not by my fav, King, but by Ira Levin, This Perfect Day. Try it while waiting for Mr King to publish again. Thank you SK! I love your work and have answered my daughter who wanted to know what I want for my birthday… Stephen King’s cds!!!

I’ve been reading Stephen King novels since High School, beginning with Carrie. I’ve reread most of them. My favorite is The Stand. The characters he creates makes you feel like part of the story. A quiet observer. You either love the characters or dislike them. You feel invested to continue reading to the end and hope the good guys prevail. I love his new detective novels too. The man can write anything. Pure genius.

I’ve been reading Stephen King novels since The Shining came out in 1977. I was hooked! I started re-reading all of his books a few years ago and they’re just as good as when they were first published. Thank you Mr. King for all the hours of pure enjoyment you’ve given me for the last 45 years!

His books transport you to the time and place they are set. They have such familiarity to me. The places and people could be your next door neighbours. Have every book and like many here The Stand is my favourite. Read it five times so far. Simply the best writer.

I’ve read all of Stephen King books more than once. He’s a world treasure. Hope he keeps on writing for a long long time.

King is our Poe–An American Treasure. I’ve read 98 percent of his total work and forgive me but I may be his biggest fan. Ha. Beginning with The Shining and then backing up for Carrie and Salem’s Lot and then forever waiting, waiting for the next one! He’s brilliant and more than enriches my life. Thank you Mr. King.

I own every hardback and some paperbacks since Carrie. His 2010 book Full Dark , No Stars. Contains stories that are fully demented. I still haven’t read every story in that book. But love Stephen King for every other book.

Just started his books about a week ago. Read the shining and it had me hooked, now I want to read more of his works

I was a high school girl when Carrie came out so naturally I was hooked read every single one got a book signed at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago he didn’t rat me out for having a used book instead of purchasing one there looked at me and nodded what a great guy

Just finished Billy Summers and loved it

I’ve read a lot of Stephen King novels, but have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed 11/22/63. A twist of history and a whole lot of Stephen King at his best.

Love this author he is the best at what he does

This man as been in my life through his books for years and everyone from start to finnish you cannot put down.I have to carry them around with me all the time

Best author ever his books when you start reading you cannot put down till its finnished

I read Carrie when it first came out in 1974, I was 14 years old and I was afraid my mom would find out that the book I was reading she wouldn’t approve of, but I kept reading. I have been a fan of Stephen King ever since, collecting every book as they come out. I even collect the movies, and TV series. I enjoy them all. I wish I could meet Stephen King and just sit down and chat, not act like a crazy fan… but rather get to be a friend to someone who has given me hours of enjoyment to escape to another world.

Too many great books but The Dark Tower series are by far the greatest. Please hurry with another one in this series. For any new reader start at the first then continue to the last with no gaps..It took me almost 20 years to get them all.

I read The Shining when I was a teenager. It terrified me so much I would throw it on the floor, wait a couple of days and then pick it up again but I was completely hooked. My favourite author

I wasn’t much of a reader. Then I picked up cujo now I’m a constant reader of all kings books. Green mile had me in tears. Then the film came out so true to the book. Yep tears again. Great writer. I scan bookshops for any of hes books have a big collection now but not all. I hope I complete my collection one day. A big thank you Mr king.

Started with “The Stand” in the ‘70s. Couldn’t put it down! Reading Stephen King’s writing feels like he is sitting beside you telling you a story. Just finished “If It Bleeds”. My fav Christmas / birthday gift… Stephen King books!!! They are the best!

I have been a fervent reader all my live. I read from 15 to 40 books a year depending on my schedule. I have five favorate writers, but read many others. My favorite author has always been King. Why, because he can make me believe things I know that aren’t true, I guess? That is a very unique talent for a writer to be able to accomplish. We should all be happy we found this writer.

I’ve been a Stephen King fan since I first read Carrie & Firestarter way back in high school. I love all his books & have read everything written by him! I am currently reading his new release LATER. My favorites of his are the Mr. Mercedes trilogy followed closely by Misery & The Shining!

The ONLY author I collect is Stephen King, and I’ve got every one of his books. I’ve seen all of the movies that were made, some good, some not so. But the one movie that is an exception is The Green Mile. Lord, I’ve seen that movie 25 times or more and cry like a baby every time! That movie and The Shawshank Redemption are the two best.

Stephen king is incredible. I will never understand how such a deep well of creativity and brilliance can all spring from just one person. He makes you believe the unbelievable. I will never forget reading The Stand as a teenager.. I would start reading around 10 pm and, once, I was horrified when my alarm went off at 6 am…and I was still up reading. I had to call in to work. LOL. Ive also read The Long Walk 3 times….that story hits me in the bone marrow like nothing else ever has. Would love to meet the man just one time, and say thank you. Thank you for the thousands of hours of engrossing entertainment that have helped me escape reality and brought so much enjoyment to my life.

Just started reading again and Stephen king was the right choice to come back to. Finished Christine just now and have decided to read all his books in order now excluding a couple I’ve read. Just picked up Carrie from the library 🙂

my favorite…REVIVAL

I love the Dark Towers. Opens another dimension.

I have read every one of Stephen King’s books, not in order, and I just finished Joyland which was the last one I had to read. Now I will wait for the next book… I hope it comes out soon! I bought the stand at a yard sale for $0.25 30 years ago haven’t been able to put him down since then!

i love IT, i love chapter 1 and 2

Stephen King has been my favorite since high school 25 years ago. I always tell people that is the man I lay down with in bed,that’s my relaxing time to enjoy and really read and feel like I’m in the story

I absolutely love Stephen king and all of his books . I first read Carrie in 1974 and have been a fan ever since . As soon as his book club started I joined . I was a member until I moved to Idaho and I only received a couple books and a calendar and then they stopped coming . I was saddened. But have since been able to buy the remaining books that were missing from my book collection. I’m reading revival now and just ordered Joyland to finish up what I didn’t own . Will be keeping a better eye out for new books . Stephen king has me hooked . Dean koontz hooked me as well with Watchers .,and I’m hooked on true crime .

Love Mr. King. My favourite is Cujo

The one gift I will Always love

In my opinion Michael Hovey is talking a load of rubbish. Youre not a Stephen King fan if you believe the list of books he gave are uninteresting. I’ve yet to read one of the geniuses books that I’m not hooked on immediately.

I have every book on this list except 2. I have to say that a few of my favourites are definitely Desperation and Needful Things. Stephen king IS the master of horror.. Long time fan and slways will be!

My favorite is Shawshank redemption

I have many Stephen King books in my bookcase. I have read them all more than once. Every year for Christmas my husband gets me another Stephen King book because he knows that is the one gift that I will not return. LOL I have yet to find one that does not hold my attention. Love his work.

A friend of mine gave me Pet Cemetery to read in my early 20’s, I’m 60 now and still can’t get enough Stephen King in my life, still reading and collecting everything he writes, it’s like he’s a friend that when you need to forget what’s going on around you, you can always grab one of his books and immediately relax and escape for a while

The first King book I read was Misery. My favourite is Tommyknockers. So rich with twinges of self-indulgent humour. How he must giggle to himself by times.

My first book that I got into was Christine

I starter with Salem Lot and have been hooked for years. The Dark Tower Series was the best series of books I’ve ever read. I hate to complain about Mr Kings later books..I thought that the rushed feel of them was not fair to his long time fans.

My first King book, like many others, was Carrie and then continued on until it hit some repetition. It is very difficult to come up with all those different angles, different characters, different plots and not reference on some other places, peoples, or things in plots or subplots. The Stand is, by far, my favorite, and I went on reading up until Geralds Game, including his novella books. There are many great authors, and without any doubts, King is among them.

In my opinion some of his stuff like salem’s lot the shining IT the stand liseys story revival and duma key just aren’t very good or interesting enough to read all the way through, but the vast majority of his books are well worth reading. For me the complete eight book series of the dark tower is the greatest work of fiction there ever will be, only being surpassed by the complete works of Shakespeare and the original version of the pilgrim’s progress. Other stories of his that I absolutely adore are Carrie the dead zone firestarter cujo creepshow cycle of the werewolf needful things insomnia rose madder hearts in Atlantis everything’s eventual four past midnight if it bleeds elevation the institute misery the eyes of the dragon different seasons and the vastly underrated ghost brothers of darkland county. All in all Stephen King is easily my favorite author besides Shakespeare and God himself.

I love stephen king. My first read was pet sematary and have been a fan ever since. I’ve got over half of all his books and I’m working on getting the rest of the collection. There will never be another writer like him.

I adore Stephen King’s novels. Started as a teenager with Carrie and continued reading his books until I got to Desperation. That book scared me so bad I vowed never to read another King book again – and I didn’t for years. But you can’t keep great writing from pulling at one’s heart strings and so I finally started reading King novels again. I read other types of books as well. But reading King books is like eating dessert. When I want sheer pleasure I picked one up and let the story touch my palette in a way no other writer can. My personal favorites (for their unique writing format and intricacy of story structure) are Lisey’s Story and Song Of Susannah. But just about everything he’s written has blown me away.

I’ve been hooked since I was about 12. I think my 1st book was Carrie. I remember getting in trouble with my mom for taking her copy of IT to school. I couldn’t find a stopping point so it got confiscated by the teacher. There are quite a few titles not on the list. My goal is to read them all!

Stephen King is the reason I started reading scary novels. The first novel I had ever read was Cujo. I am a animal lover and for him to make the St. Bernard a vicious animal was the most best thing. Ever since I have loved his writing. I love collecting his novels. Thank u for being a great Author and please don’t stop writing. Thank u.

I have long been a reader of Stephen King. The first Stephen King book I ever read was Christine when I was around 11 or 12. I was always fond of the old Chevy cars. To imagine one that could not only repair itself but “solve” your problems for you was fantastic. I have since read almost every book he has written, except for a few that I could not find in the shops. I have two daughters now that are reading all my King books. I still have most of them, some have been misplaced through many moves around the country. I recommend Stephen King to anybody who enjoys a book you can’t put down.

Oh gosh, started with Carrie and Salem’s lot. In my teens I think. Still requesting a new Stephen King Hardback every year for Christmas. FAVORITE AUTHOR ever.

One of my all time favorite authors. Thos list is missing a couple of titles Different Seasons which was a collection of 4 different novellas which included the The Body which was retitled Stand By Me in the movie version. Also missing is Night Shift which was a collection of some of the scariest short stories ever written. I think there may a few other collection of short stories missing as well . Amazing career this man has had.

There is no other author in my life but Stephen King. He is very talented and a great writer. When ‘Thinner’ was released, I recognized early on that the author was Stephen King and got into a heated argument with my sister, who insisted that I read this book by Richard Bachman. When I am reading Stephen King writings, I feel that I know each character as being real people. That is how involved I get with his characters. Would love to see my name as a character in one of his future writings…just dreaming.

My first book was Misery. I can’t put one book as my favorite because there are too many to choose from! Which is a good thing. When I want a break from reality I think of The Green Mile and Pet Sematary because I have lost several family members, it would be nice for them to have been healed of their illness or brought back to spend more time with them. For this I thank you Stephen King and I would enjoy a chance to meet you one day.

Found Stephen King only a few months ago. If there’s one problem I’ve had with King it is simply that I haven’t been able to put him down. Constantly finding new times to read.

I first read The Shining when I was 15, that was 40 years ago and King is still my favourite author. My all time favourites are Talisman and the Tommyknockers.

I started reading King when I was about 12/13, read Carrie, Christine, Salems Lot, Cujo, The Stand, The Shining, Pet Cemetery, Thinner and The Dead Zone. Great memories reading them in my teens along with James Herbert and Koontz, was really hooked on horror novels. At the age of 16/17 I started reading It and realised I found them childish, don’t shoot me! But that’s how I feel about King, great for a certain period in your life but I found it short lived and moved away from horror on to other genres as well as biographies and history books. If you’ve found him continually entertaining for your whole life that’s great, but for me it was part of my childhood.

I was introduced to Mr King at the age of 11 when I found a copy of Pet Sematary, and have been hooked ever since

I’ve been a Constant Reader since Carrie. I look forward to every new book that comes out – I begin each one with anticipation and finish it with sadness because it means I have to wait for the next one. Christine is and I think always will be my favorite- I have read it at least 5 times. There is just something about that story. For my own selfish pleasure I want Mr. King to live forever! If he doesn’t, well I hope someone buries him in the Pet Sematary.

I love his work I didn’t read them in order but I love them. sometimes I would have to take a break because it was so gruesome and in detail but I’ve learned to love it. If you haven’t read at least one of his books then let me ask

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?!

Yes, I too am a true Stephen King fan! Started with Carrie and never stopped dancing. Regardless of the content, I struggled with a couple but they were so well written that there was never a question of not finishing. Even as the absolutely unbelievable became believable in my head! The Dark Tower and The Stand remain my absolute favorites.

Been a fan since 1975 when I found a copy of Carrie in a garbage dumpster. There was a book mark on page 26. I remember thinking that 26 pages wasn’t much of a chance, so I snagged it and thought it was awesome.

A great writer, and as we new Englanders say, a hell of a good guy.

I’ve read them all.. starting with carrie. I love his character development. I feel like I’m part of the story. I’m not always happy how it ends but then again tha try s life. It never turns out how you predicted, does it?

I’ve read everything that King has written, including his nonfiction works. Not exactly all of them. The few newer ones, the ones after End of Watch, I haven’t had the pleasure. Yet. For the most part, I’ve loved every one of his books. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule. So, there a couple that aren’t on the top of my list, but no matter what, I always finish what I’m reading. Whether I’m enjoying it or not. Anyway, I’m REALLY looking forward to getting my hands on the ones that I haven’t read.

I’ve grown up with Stephen King and even had my photo taken outside his giant house, in the days when stalking was legal. From the terrifying early novels of Carrie and Salems Lot right up to End of Watch. Obviously there has been highs and lows but each book holds its own joys and memories. He sells his books in ridiculous quantities and it’s only right that he’s been honoured. In fifty years from now, they’ll be teaching Stephen King in English classrooms the way they do with Shakespeare and Steinbeck.

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Stephen King refuses to call Twitter by the new name Elon Musk picked for the social network, X . In a reply to the legendary horror writer, Musk attempted to make an anti-trans joke — accusing King of “deadnaming” the platform.

King on Wednesday wrote , “According to the New York Times, terrorists may be paying for blue check marks on Twitter (I refuse to call it X).”

Musk — instead of addressing the allegation that his company is taking money from known terrorist organizations — took the opportunity to mock deadnaming, in which someone uses a former name of a transgender person without their consent.

King was referring to the Times’ Feb. 14 story about a report from the Tech Transparency Project that found X was “potentially violating U.S. sanctions” by accepting payments “from accounts that include Hezbollah leaders, Houthi groups, and state-run media outlets in Iran and Russia” for the X Premium service, which gives subscribers verified check-mark status.

Musk has not commented on the TTP report. In a statement , X said, “Our teams have reviewed the report and will take action if necessary. We’re always committed to ensuring that we maintain a safe, secure and compliant platform.”

Meanwhile, King has previously expressed his displeasure over Musk’s changing the name of the social network. In a July 2023 post , he wrote, “Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter. And in case you didn’t get that: Twitter.”

In April 2023, Musk purged most of Twitter’s legacy verified accounts  — after disparaging the  previous verification policy as “corrupt and nonsensical”  — removing blue check marks of multiple high-profile accounts. Supposedly, anyone who wanted a blue check mark would need to subscribe to Twitter Blue (now called X Premium), which costs $8/month and up. In the wake of that move, King expressed confusion about the situation, tweeting, “My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t. My Twitter account says I’ve given a phone number. I haven’t.” Musk later claimed he was “personally” paying of King’s premium account and replied to the writer, “You’re welcome namaste 🙏.” A few days later, Twitter had restored check marks for hundreds of celebrities, including for those who said they weren’t paying the fee (as well as for several who are dead) .

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Stephen King's Message to Elon Musk Goes Viral

Stephen King railed against Elon Musk renaming social media platform Twitter as X.

The horror author had a clear message to the billionaire, who bought the platform in October 2022 and quickly made a swathe of dramatic changes, including giving it a new name. Musk even changed the widely recognized bird logo of Twitter to an X.

"Dear Elon: Twitter. Twitter, Twitter. Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. And so on. F*** your need to put your personal brand on everything. Just because you bought it doesn't mean you own it," King posted on X on Wednesday in a post that's gone viral with 6.3 million views at the time of writing.

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Just moments later he added: "Just because you bought it doesn't mean you own it," with that post getting 1.9 million views.

The pair aren't strangers to voicing their opinions on the social media platform, with King regularly going after Republican lawmakers. They have even sparred on X in the past.

"This X s***'s got to go," King wrote in November with the hashtag "#ChangeItBack."

Musk noticed the post and simply responded with the platforms new logo, "𝕏𝕏."

Just because you bought it doesn't mean you own it. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 15, 2024

Since taking over the platform, Musk has revealed his plans for X, including making it an "everything app ," similar to the Chinese WeChat app that allows users to send messages, perform banking tasks, pay bills and order cabs.

The overhaul was "an exceptionally rare thing—in life or in business—that you get a second chance to make another big impression. Twitter made one massive impression and changed the way we communicate. Now, X will go further, transforming the global town square[...] There's absolutely no limit to this transformation. X will be the platform that can deliver, well....everything," X CEO Linda Yaccarino previously said.

When Musk first took over Twitter, King shared his pessimism on his ability to run it well.

"I think Elon Musk is a visionary," he wrote in 2022. "Almost singlehandedly, he's changed the way Americans think about automobiles. I have a Tesla and love it. That said, he's been a terrible fit for Twitter. He appears to be making it up as he goes along."

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Musk replied: "Suggestions are welcome Mr. [King]," using a crown emoji instead of King's last name.

Despite their tense relationship and public social media jabs, Musk said in 2022 on X that he admired King, who was "one of most creative people on Earth. While I may not agree with everything he says, I do actually want to hear it."

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From legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary new collection of twelve short stories, many never-before-published, and some of his best EVER. “You like it darker? Fine, so do I,”  writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life—both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel “the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind,” and in  You Like It Darker , readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again. “Two Talented Bastids” explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In “Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream,” a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny’s most catastrophically. In “Rattlesnakes,” a sequel to  Cujo , a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance—with major strings attached. In “The Dreamers,” a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. “The Answer Man” asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful. King’s ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it.

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Stephen King and Elon Musk are fighting — yet again

The legendary author set off the executive chairman and cto of x after saying he refuses to call the app anything other than twitter.

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Stephen King has, once again, provoked Elon Musk on X, though he would never call it that himself.

On Wednesday, the legendary author posted “According to the New York Times, terrorists may be paying for blue check marks on Twitter (I refuse to call it X)” on Musk’s platform. This attracted the ire of Musk and his fanbase. Quickly, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX responded with an anti-trans joke, saying, “Stop deadnaming X Respect our transition 😂”

On Thursday, King followed the exchange up with a much more crass jab at Musk and the social media platform’s name change: “Dear Elon: Twitter. Twitter, Twitter. Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. And so on. [expletive] your need to put your personal brand on everything.”

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One minute later, he posted “Just because you bought it doesn’t mean you own it.”

This is not the first time King and Musk have gotten into an argument on X. King has long been a critic of Musk’s leadership abilities, slamming nearly everything that’s resulted from his acquisition of the app — from the app’s new verification system to loss of advertisers — since he took over for former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in October 2022.

I think Mr. Musk should give my blue check to charity. I recommend the Prytula Foundation, which provides lifesaving services in Ukraine. It's only $8, so perhaps Mr. Musk could add a bit more. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 22, 2023

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