Stephen King

Stephen King is a prolific American author known for his works in horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy. He has published numerous bestsellers and his books have been adapted into various films, television series, and miniseries.

Books

This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Shining

    A recovering alcoholic accepts a job as a winter caretaker at a remote Colorado hotel, hoping the isolation will help him reconnect with his wife and young son, and work on his writing. However, the hotel has a dark history and a powerful malevolent presence that influences him into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future. As the winter weather leaves them snowbound, the father's sanity deteriorates, leading to a terrifying climax.

    The 179th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Stand

    This post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel presents a world devastated by a deadly plague, killing 99% of the population. The survivors, drawn together by dreams of a charismatic and benevolent figure, gather in Boulder, Colorado to form a new society. However, a malevolent figure also emerges, attracting a following of his own and setting the stage for a classic battle between good and evil. The story delves into themes of community, morality, and the capacity for both destruction and regeneration within humanity.

    The 229th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Misery

    A successful novelist is rescued from a car crash by a deranged fan who is upset with the death of her favorite character from his books. Trapped in her remote home, the writer is subjected to physical and psychological torture as the fan forces him to write a new novel bringing the character back to life. As he writes for his life, he must also plan his escape before his captor's rage becomes deadly.

    The 623rd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. It

    A group of seven childhood friends, known as The Losers Club, come together in their small hometown to confront an evil entity that they first battled as children. This malevolent force, which often takes the form of a terrifying clown, preys on the children of their town by exploiting their deepest fears. The friends must confront their own personal demons and past traumas in order to once again face this entity, and the novel alternates between their childhood and adult experiences with this evil.

    The 679th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Salem's Lot

    In a small town called Salem's Lot, a writer returns to his childhood home to find that the town is being plagued by a mysterious evil force. As the residents slowly succumb to the darkness, a group of unlikely heroes must band together to fight against the ancient and powerful vampire who is responsible for the town's descent into chaos. With a chilling atmosphere and intense suspense, this novel explores the themes of fear, loss, and the battle between good and evil.

    The 808th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Carrie

    A young high school girl with telekinetic abilities is mercilessly bullied and isolated by her classmates and religious fanatic mother. After a particularly humiliating incident at her senior prom, she uses her powers in a fit of rage and despair, leading to a terrifying and catastrophic event that devastates her small town.

    The 931st Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. On Writing

    This book is a memoir that serves as a guide for aspiring writers. The author shares his journey as a writer, his struggles, and his successes, while also providing practical advice on the craft of writing. It delves into the mechanics of writing, the importance of reading, the role of an editor, and the perseverance required to be a successful writer. The book also discusses the author's near-fatal accident and how it impacted his writing process, emphasizing the importance of resilience and dedication to the craft.

    The 1324th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. The Gunslinger

    In a desolate and archaic world that mirrors the Old West, a stoic and enigmatic gunslinger embarks on a relentless quest across a desolate landscape to find the mysterious figure known as the Man in Black. Along his journey, he encounters strange characters, reflects on his troubled past, and confronts both physical and metaphysical challenges. His ultimate goal is to reach the elusive Dark Tower, a place that is said to be the nexus of all universes, where he believes he can right the wrongs of his decaying world. The narrative blends elements of fantasy, horror, and Western genres, creating a unique and haunting tapestry that sets the stage for an epic series of interdimensional proportions.

    The 1689th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. 11 22 63

    "11/22/63" is a science fiction novel by Stephen King that follows the story of Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who discovers a portal that leads to 1958. After being convinced by his friend Al to use the portal to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jake embarks on a journey through time to change the course of history. Along the way, he falls in love with a woman named Sadie and faces various obstacles that threaten to alter the timeline he is trying to change. The book explores themes of love, loss, and the consequences of trying to change the past.

    The 2458th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. Pet Sematary

    The book revolves around a family that moves to a rural town in Maine, where they discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. After their cat is killed by a car, it is buried in this "pet sematary," only to return to life with a malevolent change in its behavior. Tragedy strikes the family again, and despite warnings about the dangerous powers of the ancient burial ground, the grieving father makes a decision that unleashes a chain of horrific events, ultimately confronting the devastating consequences of tampering with the boundary between life and death.

    The 2856th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. The Green Mile

    The book is a poignant narrative set in the 1930s, centered around the experiences of a death row corrections officer who oversees inmates at a penitentiary. The story unfolds through his recollections, particularly focusing on one condemned prisoner with a mysterious gift. This inmate, a gentle giant convicted of a heinous crime, displays supernatural abilities that profoundly affect those around him, challenging the guard's preconceived notions about justice, punishment, and the very nature of good and evil. As the execution date draws near, the guard grapples with the moral complexities of his role and the haunting realities of the penal system.

    The 3372nd Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. Dead Zone

    The novel revolves around a schoolteacher who awakens from a coma with the extraordinary ability to see into the past and future of individuals he touches, a power that comes with heavy burdens and moral dilemmas. As he grapples with his newfound gift, he becomes increasingly disturbed by a vision involving an ambitious and dangerous politician. The teacher must decide whether to take drastic action to prevent the apocalyptic future he foresees, questioning the ethics of fate and free will, and whether it is ever justifiable to take one life to save many.

    The 5705th Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. Dolores Claiborne

    This novel is a gripping psychological thriller that unfolds through the confession of its titular character, a housekeeper accused of murdering her wealthy employer. Set on a small island in Maine, the story delves deep into the protagonist's past, revealing a life marred by domestic abuse, a desperate act of violence to protect her children, and a complex relationship with her employer. The narrative, devoid of chapters and told entirely in the protagonist's voice, creates an intimate and compelling exploration of guilt, survival, and the lengths to which a person will go to escape a life of despair. Through its vivid character study and suspenseful plot, the novel examines themes of justice, loyalty, and the enduring impact of secrets.

    The 5842nd Greatest Book of All Time
  14. 14. Different Seasons

    "Different Seasons" is a collection of four novellas, each with a distinct theme and season in mind, exploring the complexities of human nature and the moral challenges faced by the characters. The stories range from a tale of a prison inmate with a gift for a successful escape, to the bond between two boys who discover a shocking secret in their small town, a man falsely accused of his wife's murder and his unique path to revenge, and a coming-of-age narrative about a group of friends who set out to find the body of a missing boy. Each story delves into the darker aspects of life, blending elements of drama, horror, and suspense, showcasing the author's versatility beyond the realm of horror for which he is best known.

    The 5856th Greatest Book of All Time
  15. 15. Christine

    The book revolves around a vintage 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine, which is purchased by a teenager named Arnie Cunningham. However, the car is not just a fixer-upper; it possesses a malevolent presence and the power to repair itself. As Arnie restores Christine, he undergoes a disturbing transformation in personality, becoming obsessed with the car to the detriment of his relationships. The car's sinister influence leads to a series of violent and deadly incidents, revealing its past and the supernatural force that drives it. The story unfolds as a chilling tale of obsession, possession, and the dark side of love, as Arnie's friends attempt to save him from Christine's destructive grip.

    The 5886th Greatest Book of All Time
  16. 16. Wizard And Glass

    In the fourth installment of a dark fantasy series, a gunslinger and his companions continue their quest for the Dark Tower, a mythical structure that is the nexus of all universes. Along their journey, the gunslinger recounts a poignant tale from his youth, a story of first love and tragic loss set in a haunting Wild West-like world filled with magic and menace. As he shares his past with his current ka-tet (group bound by fate), the narrative weaves a rich tapestry that deepens the lore of his world and reveals the depths of his character, all while the group faces new threats and the relentless pull of their ultimate goal.

    The 6554th Greatest Book of All Time
  17. 17. The Body

    The novella follows four young friends in a small town in Maine who embark on a quest to find the body of a missing boy. Set in the 1960s, the story is a coming-of-age tale that explores themes of friendship, mortality, and the loss of innocence. As the boys journey through the woods, encountering various obstacles and reflecting on their personal struggles and fears, they confront the harsh realities of the adult world and the inevitability of change. The narrative delves deep into the characters' psyches, revealing their innermost thoughts and the bonds that tie them together, while also painting a poignant picture of childhood's end.

    The 6590th Greatest Book of All Time
  18. 18. Dreamcatcher

    In this novel, four childhood friends, bound by a shared secret involving a telepathic entity they once saved, reunite in the Maine woods for their annual hunting trip. Their peaceful retreat quickly turns into a nightmare when they encounter a mysterious military quarantine, a deadly virus, and a malevolent alien force. As the situation spirals out of control, the friends must rely on their bond and the powers they gained from their childhood encounter to survive. The story combines elements of horror, science fiction, and psychological drama, exploring themes of friendship, memory, and the human capacity for both good and evil.

    The 8392nd Greatest Book of All Time
  19. 19. The Eyes Of The Dragon

    In a medieval realm, a tale of royal intrigue and dark magic unfolds as a malevolent king plots to secure his throne by imprisoning his innocent son on false charges of murder. The young prince must navigate a treacherous path to reclaim his rightful place, battling against the sinister forces conjured by a diabolical wizard who manipulates the kingdom from the shadows. With the help of loyal friends and the mystical power of a storied artifact, the prince embarks on a perilous quest to overcome the evil that seeks to engulf the land and restore peace to the realm.

    The 8701st Greatest Book of All Time
  20. 20. Cujo

    This novel revolves around a once-friendly Saint Bernard that contracts rabies and becomes a terrifying force in a small American town. The story focuses on the dog's descent into madness and the impact on the people around him, particularly a mother and her young son who become trapped by the rabid dog. As the situation escalates, the characters are forced to confront their deepest fears and fight for survival. The narrative explores themes of love, fear, and the unpredictability of violence in everyday life, all while delivering suspenseful and heart-wrenching moments.

    The 10815th Greatest Book of All Time
  21. 21. Bag Of Bones

    This novel is a gripping tale of love, loss, and haunting mysteries. The story follows a bestselling novelist struggling with writer's block after the sudden death of his wife. Seeking solace and inspiration, he retreats to their lakeside summer home in Maine, only to find himself entangled in a decades-old curse haunting the small town. As he delves deeper into the town's dark past, he encounters a series of supernatural events and uncovers a tragic love story that mirrors his own. With a blend of horror, romance, and suspense, the narrative explores themes of grief, redemption, and the enduring impact of the past on the present.

    The 10927th Greatest Book of All Time
  22. 22. Dark Tower Vii: The Dark Tower

    In this climactic installment of a renowned fantasy series, the narrative follows the gunslinger and his companions as they continue their perilous journey towards the Dark Tower, a mythical structure that is both the nexus of all universes and the key to their salvation or doom. Along their path, they face a myriad of challenges, including battles with diabolical foes, personal demons, and the ever-looming threat of betrayal from within their ranks. As the quest reaches its epic conclusion, the fate of the characters and the worlds they inhabit hangs in the balance, culminating in a series of revelations and outcomes that intertwine destiny, sacrifice, and the quest for redemption.

    The 10986th Greatest Book of All Time
  23. 23. Sleeping Beauties

    In a small Appalachian town, an extraordinary event unfolds: women who fall asleep become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If disturbed, they awaken in a violent, primal state. Meanwhile, in this bizarrely evolving world, Evie Black, a mysterious woman with a unique immunity to the sleeping phenomenon, emerges as both a potential savior and a harbinger of doom. As tensions between men and women escalate, the town becomes a battleground for a deeper societal confrontation, with Evie at its center. This novel weaves a rich tapestry of character and conflict, exploring themes of gender, power, and survival in a world teetering on the brink of an unfathomable transformation.

    The 11322nd Greatest Book of All Time