Stephen King is a best-selling novelist in the United States who has written over 60 books and 200 short stories.
Since the release of his debut novel in 1974, King has established himself as a renowned author who is admired by readers searching for the perfect scare.
While he is most renowned for his frightening horror books, he also writes supernatural thrillers, thrilling criminal fiction, and magical realism series.
His books have sold over 350 million copies worldwide, and many of his stories have been turned into television shows and films.
Of course, the major question when it comes to King is, “Where do I begin?” To assist you, we’ve compiled a list of the finest Stephen King books.
Best Stephen King Books to Read
Even though Scott Carey doesn’t appear to have lost weight, he has. There are a few more oddities as well. He is the same weight in and out of his clothing, regardless of how hefty they are.
Scott despises being probed and poked. He primarily wants someone else to know, and he has faith in Doctor Bob Ellis to do so.
Scott is involved in a low-grade but escalating battle with the lesbians next door whose dog frequently dumps his business on Scott’s lawn at Castle Rock, the site for many of King’s most renowned novels.
One of the women is warm and welcoming, while the other is as frigid as ice. Both are attempting to open a new restaurant, but the residents of Castle Rock are opposed to a homosexual married pair, and the establishment is in jeopardy.
When Scott realizes the prejudices they endure, including his own, he attempts to assist them.
Strange relationships, the yearly foot race, and the mystery surrounding Scott’s illness brings out the best in individuals who had previously indulged in the worst in themselves and others.
2. Revival: A Novel
Jamie Morton was a young child playing war with his toy army men on the front lawn when the new preacher arrived in Harlow, Maine. Reverend Charles Jacobs and his lovely wife breathed fresh life into the local church and enthralled their congregation.
But he shared a hidden fascination with Jamie a pull so strong that it would have far-reaching ramifications five decades after the tragedy that turned the preacher against God, and long after his final, blistering sermon.
Jamie, a drug-addicted rock guitarist, runs into Charles Jacobs again. Jamie finds that the term resurrection has multiple meanings as their relationship becomes a covenant beyond even the Devil’s design.
This narrative has a tone similar to Thinner rather than a horror film like It or Salem’s Lot. More on human fragility and the human condition about religion, hope, and eternity.
There were a few portions that seemed superfluous, but they didn’t detract from the overall tone of the book, so they didn’t ruin it too much.
3. Sleeping Beauties: A Novel
When women go to sleep in the future so real and near it may be now, something happens: they get enveloped in a cocoon-like fabric. The ladies turn wild and outrageously violent if they are woken if the gauze enveloping their bodies is disturbed or defiled.
And as they sleep, they travel to a better realm, one where peace reigns supreme and strife is rare. Only one lady, the enigmatic “Eve Black,” is immune to the sleeping disease’s blessings or curses.
Is Eve a medical abnormality that needs to be investigated? Is she a demon who must be slain, or is she a demon who must be slain?
The men split into warring factions after being abandoned and left to their more primitive desires. Some wanted to kill Eve, while others wanted to save her. Others take advantage of the disarray to exact their revenge on new foes.
In an all-male world, everyone turns to violence. Sleeping Beauties is a highly controversial, beautifully dramatic father-son collaboration set in a small Appalachian community whose major employment is a woman’s jail. It feels especially urgent and relevant now.
4. Roadwork: A Novel
When Barton Dawes’ ordinary but comfortable existence suddenly takes a turn for the worst, he finds himself in the path of progress. A new highway expansion is being built directly above the washing facility where he works, as well as directly above his home.
He has resided in this house for the past two decades, and it is where he and his family have made many happy memories. Dawes isn’t the type of man who takes an insult like this lying down.
While he tries to face down the heartless bureaucracy that has wrecked his life, his unwavering desire to oppose the inexorable path of development drives his wife and friends away.
But Dawes has one more party to organize before the city takes over that portion of his life.
What happens when one brave (and enraged) guy retaliates and then some? Stephen King’s introduction to “The Importance of Being Bachman” is included in this #1 national bestseller.
Stephen King has established himself as a writer with a spooky bent. His Constant Reader expects his Constant Writer to give exactly that: another novel that serves as a portal for the extraordinary to sneak through the cracks of common sense and quietly enter our lives.
5. The Tommyknockers
In Bobbi Anderson’s beautiful little hamlet of Haven, Maine, something was going on. Something endowed every man, woman, and kid in Haven with abilities much beyond those of regular mortals.
Something that transformed the town into a deathtrap for anybody who ventured outside. Something is hidden behind Bobbi’s house in the woods. They discover an extraterrestrial spaceship with the aid of her friend Jim Gardener.
The people of Haven begin to alter as they hear more about this odd discovery: The citizens of the town are being welded together into one biological, murderous, and terrifyingly smart creature under the control of the Tommyknockers, the extraterrestrial ship’s pilots.
Tommyknockers is a novel that has been described as “Stephen King at his finest” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “brilliant, gripping, magnificent” (The Boston Globe).
“You’re not going to be able to put this down” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). You might want to keep the chain on the next time someone raps on your door. It may be the Tommyknocker Man.
6. Gerald’s Game
Jessie Burlingame has been persuaded to participate in her husband Gerald’s kinky sex games once more something she’s had enough of, and they never held much appeal for her to begin with. So much for their isolated summer house being a “romantic retreat.”
The day ends with terrible repercussions after Jessie is tied to the bedposts and Gerald crosses a boundary with his wife.
Jessie is now totally stuck in an isolated lakeside cottage that has turned into her jail, and she is forced to confront her deepest, darkest fears and memories.
Her sole companion is the many voices that flood her mind as well as the shadows of dusk that may hide an imagined or very real threat right in front of her.
The conclusion was unexpected and well-executed. There are no narrative gaps and all loose ends are wrapped up. Whether you are a King fan or not, this is a fantastic novel.
7. The Long Walk
Ray Garraty, sixteen, is preparing to engage in the yearly arduous test of stamina and wits known as The Long Walk, against his mother’s wishes.
One hundred lads must maintain a four-mile-per-hour pace without stopping, with the winner receiving “The Prize” anything he desires for the rest of his life.
But, as part of the national tournament that sweeps through a dystopian America year after year, Garraty and the other ninety-nine must follow certain strict rules to win out the competition.
The winner is the last man remaining; there is no finish line. The contestants are not permitted to obtain any outside assistance.
If you drive slower than the posted speed limit, you will receive a warning. You’re out of the game for good after three warnings.
There will be no ax-wielding madwoman. There are no homicidal automobiles or otherworldly evil. There were no fires set. One hundred youths walk at gunpoint until only one remains and receives The Prize in Stephen King’s “The Long Walk.”
8. The Regulators
It’s a beautiful July afternoon on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio’s tranquil suburbia, where life is as lovely as you ever imagined it could be.
But all of that is about to come to an end in a hail of bullets and unexpected violence, forever destroying the peace and good times here.
The physical makeup of Poplar Street is now being converted into a strange environment right out of the active mind of Seth Garin, who is both innocent and fragile.
An autistic kid who has been exposed to and possessed by a horrifying, otherworldly entity of evil, one who is cruel and homicidal in intent and prepared to use any means to become even stronger.
This devilishly hilarious tale of occult mayhem and societal satire is pure King. The story itself shifts from traditional font prose to handwritten journals to sketches to typewritten playscript, and so on.
9. The Colorado Kid
A guy is discovered dead on an island off the coast of Maine. On the body, there is no identification. Only the tenacity of a couple of local newspapermen and a forensics graduate student yields any results.
But that’s only the start of the puzzle.
Because the more they discover about him and the strange circumstances surrounding his death, the less they comprehend. Was it a crime that couldn’t be committed? Or something more stranger?
This narrative about the darkness at the core of the unknown and our need to examine the inexplicable could only be told by Stephen King.
One of the world’s best storytellers delivers a startling narrative that investigates the essence of mystery itself, with shades of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon and Graham Greene’s work.
Read it for the mystery’s beauty, the faultless writing, and the hour of creative thinking you’ll have once you’ve completed it. You’ll love this narrative if you can focus on the trip rather than the destination.
10. Under the Dome: A Novel
On a perfectly regular, gorgeous fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, an invisible force barrier seals the town off from the rest of the world.
Planes collide with it and plummet to the ground in a blaze of destruction; a gardener’s hand is cut as “the dome” descends on it; individuals conducting errands in the adjacent town are separated from their families, and automobiles explode on collision.
No one knows what this barrier is, where it came from, or when or if it will go.
Dale Barbara, an Iraq veteran who now works as a short-order chef, is paired with a group of brave individuals, including local newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, and a selectwoman.
Big Jim Rennie, a politician who would stop at nothing including murder to maintain the reigns of power, and his son, who is hiding a terrible secret in a dark pantry, stand in their way. Their greatest foe, though, is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t only limited.
11. Lisey’s Story: A Novel
After a twenty-five-year marriage of profound and sometimes terrifying intimacy, Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago. Scott was a multi-award-winning, best-selling author who was also a complex individual.
Lisey knew there was a place Scott frequented early in their relationship, before they married, that both scared and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to survive.
Now it’s Lisey’s chance to confront Scott’s demons, to travel to the frightening Boo’ya Moon. What starts as a widow’s attempt to sort through her celebrated husband’s papers turns into a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.
Lisey’s Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love, and it has been described as “intricate exhilarating” (The New Yorker).
It’s a lovely, “rich portrayal of a marriage, and the complex devotion that outlasts death,” as the author puts it.
12. Cell: A Novel
God is in heaven on October 1, the stock market is at 10,140, most aircraft are on schedule, and Clayton Riddell, a Maine artist, is practically bouncing along Boylston Street in Boston.
He’s just signed a comic book deal, which means he’ll be able to support his family instead of teaching painting. He’s already bought his long-suffering wife a tiny (but costly!) gift, and he knows just what he’ll get their son Johnny.
Why not give him a small treat? Clay is optimistic about the future. There’s no way out of this nightmare.
Clay, on the other hand, sees an arrow pointing home to Maine, and as he and his fellow exiles make their perilous trek north, they start to encounter rudimentary signs confirming their destination. Perhaps a promise. Or it might be a threat.
In the United States alone, there are 193 million mobile phones. Who doesn’t have one of these? The riveting, violent, and intriguing novel by Stephen King doesn’t merely ask, “Can you hear me now?” It retaliates with a vengeance.
13. Dreamcatcher: A Novel
Twenty-five years ago, four lads boldly stood up in their haunting city of Derry, Maine, and protected a mentally challenged youngster from nasty neighborhood bullies. It was something that profoundly altered them in ways they could never comprehend.
Every year, these old friends now with different lives and problems get together for a hunting vacation deep in the wintry Maine woods. But mayhem ensues this time when a stranger walks into their tent, frozen and deliriously babbling about lights in the sky.
And, all too soon, the four companions find themselves in a terrifying fight for life against an otherworldly menace and the forces that resist it where their only hope of survival is tied inside their shared past and the unique element that binds them all together.
For a Stephen King novel, the book moves at a rapid speed. The characters are well-crafted, multifaceted, and engaging. The extraterrestrial intellect is virtually human, which is unsurprising, but it is effective in terms of creating monsters.
14. From a Buick 8: A Novel
Troop D of the Pennsylvania State Police has hidden a secret in the shed behind the barracks since 1979. Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox had returned with an abandoned 1953 Buick Roadmaster after responding to a weird report just down the road.
Curt Wilcox knew his way around an old automobile, and this one was just off. The Buick 8 turned out to be more than dangerous, and Troop D members concluded that it would be best if the public never knew about it.
Curt’s son Ned begins hanging around the barracks and is accepted into the Troop D family more than two decades later.
And one day, he unearths the family secret a mystery that reawakens not only in the minds and emotions of these seasoned troopers but also in the shed, where there’s more power beneath the hood than anybody can manage.
The cast is huge, as is usual of an SK novel, and the story has many entertaining/amusing moments. SK’s sense of humor shines through in this novel, as it does in much of his work.
15. The Dark Half
Thad Beaumont is a writer who has covertly written violent blockbusters under the name George Stark for the past ten years. Thad is now a healthy and happy guy, the father of baby twins, and is resuming his writing career.
He no longer requires George Stark, and the alias has been abandoned as a result of the widespread awareness. George Stark, on the other hand, will not go willingly.
That would now wish to claim his innocence. He’d want to claim that he had nothing to do with the warped mind that gave birth to his best-selling books.
He’d want to claim he had nothing to do with the horrible killings that seem to be getting closer and closer to his house. But how can Thad dismiss the ultimate manifestation of evil that bears his name and stamps its atrocities with Thad’s bloody fingerprints?
The Dark Half is described as “a chiller” by The New York Times Book Review, and it’s so real and engrossing that you’ll find yourself writing in Stephen King‘s heart-stopping, blood-curdling grip and enjoying every minute of it.
We strongly recommend checking out 15 of his works if you wish to read a new book or two in 2021. Happy Reading!
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