Top Ten Stephen King Books

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1It

Please don't judge this book by the movie. "It" is from start to finish one of the creepiest, coolest, scariest and most intriguing books you'll ever read. Even though it is 1,300 pages and I only read it before going to sleep at night, I finished it in under two weeks because I couldn't put it down at night until I reached a part where I thought I'd be able to sleep without nightmares.

I honestly think that the miniseries adaptation of this is good, but the book is amazing! This was one of the few Stephen King books that I felt as if I had a connection with the characters. King wonderfully sculpted the characters as kids and as adults. I couldn't put this book down. It's very scary and has tons of moments when my jaw dropped.

IT is wonderful! IT is terrific! IT is terrifying. IT is everything. Before I read It, I used to think horror books were over rated. Could read a whole roll of them over bars of chocolate and even chuckle at the supposed gory scenes. But in IT, there is absolutely nothing to laugh about! Like, it gets you and holds you and your whole world is spell bound. It takes courage to read that book. At a point, if you don't have balls, you'd drop it. The town Derry itself evokes a scary image in your mind, Penny wise, formidable or is it the timelines or the omnipresent nature of the demon behind it all. It is horror at its best!

Best book ever. A masterpiece among masterpieces. Super scary. Would read again

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2The Shining

Until Stephen King brings out a second book, I won't stop reading this, It is so scary and intense

YAY! Doctor Sleep is here. Or at least it has been for the past 2 years. - GaretTheCarrot

It, The green mile, the stand, carrie, misery, The body, Shawshank and 'Salem's lot are great but this is awesome

This is the first king book I read. It's so scary and intense. I stayed up late reading every night, trembling in my bed.

Without a doubt, this is the best Stephen King book by far!

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3The Stand

My fave King book by far - I literally couldn't put this down and didn't want it to finish whereas when I read It which is a similar length book, I was pretty glad when I'd got to the end. The characters, the twists and turns, the happiness and the sadness were all just perfectly knitted together - loved it

Such a well-written novel with an intense storyline and in-depth characters that keeps the pages turning. This is a book that will keep you thinking long after you've finished it.

This is by far my favorite Stephen King novel and one of the best novels ever written! The character development is superb and even though it is quite long I was disappointed to finish it because reading it is such a treat!

Read both abridged and full length about 5 times. Love it, but 11/22/63 is my favorite

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4The Green Mile

This book has great character development and a fantastic story line. It makes the reader realise that capital punishment has no place in modern society.

I love this book because it is so different from his other novels. This one isn't horror, it's a masterpiece. The ending is sad though. John coffey:(

It was just awesome and just because it is Stephen King doesn't mean it has to be all horror and that's why I think this book should be in the top ten!!

I don't know what is more sad Harambe or John Coffey deaths

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5'Salem's Lot

The best place and time to read this book is when you are alone at home in a stormy winter night and you just know what true horror is. The terror oozes from the pages and collects at your lap, spiralling down to your legs to cover you and hold you breathless. The best vampire book ever.

This and pet cemetery are my favorites from King, a great horror story that gradually builds in creepiness and intensity, until you are engrossed in the darkness of Salem's lot, get the illustrated edition if you can as it has some great bonus story's.

This was the first Stephen King book I read years ago, and it scared me to death. It also made me a life long fan of King's writing. I've read most of what he's written, and this is still my favorite.

This is the best book I've ever read!

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6Misery

This book is great and, along with the Shining, had the best film adaption. Stephen King is definitely the best horror writer of all time.

This book is just plain fantastic... 5/5 stars! - jprg12

Just read it, and it was amazing! One of the best books that I have ever read! - Alpha101

By far his best novel. - Britgirl

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7Pet Sematary

This is literally the best Stephen King book I've ever read! I couldn't put it down, and the ending was so unexpected and incredible! A lot of people think that The Stand is his best, but I think it's boring, probably because I'm 12, but this was my favourite. I haven't watched the movie, but I heard it's bad, so don't judge the book by the movie. This book almost made me cry, and I was literally chanting Louis not to do what he did. It wasn't really scary until the last 30 pages, and in those 30 pages, I was trembling. This book was close to Misery, but I think this is better, please read it. My favourite book by Stephen King. I've only read 6 and 1/2 f his books, but so far, this is my favourite!

This novel is just plain creepy. It deals with religious, belief issues, with which about anyone can relate. It is definitely worth reading, just not right before bedtime. Wink.

His most underrated book. Various horrific side stories make that tie to the main story make this a must read.

This book rules!

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8Cujo

Genius, sad and unique. It takes some time to get rolling but when it does you are in the story completely. One of the best books I ever read. Highly recommended.

This book should be under the top 2! It's the best book I have ever read!

I was devastated when Tad died. One of the saddest and creepiest books ever

Cujo got rabies because he got bitten by a rabid bat.

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911/22/63

Perfect from start to finish. I hesitated buying it originally having heard it wasn't his typical format. Didn't I feel stupid! I made the mistake of "typecasting" one of the greatest story tellers of my generation. 11/22/63 = edge of your seat, heart wrenching, and thought provoking ride you will not want to get off of.

One of the most thought-provoking books. I couldn't put it down. It's not the typical horror story you would expect of Stephen King but it had its own unique twist. It's definitely one book you wouldn't forget.

This one surprised me - it wasn't quite what he normally writes but the story was absolutely gripping nonetheless. The man got so much talent, it's incredible. Couldn't put the book down, compelling characters and storytelling.

My favorite after The Stand.

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10Carrie

A novel about a friendless girl with telekinesis who takes her final revenge upon the world. Stephen King's first book! - TuckNasty

Why is this not in the top 7 at least, it really tells me how the world is today when it was made in the 70s, it taught me 2 things, 1, you can only push someone so far, 2, it's always the quiet ones that you need to worry about

I have been bullied and this book really helped me with it (I didn't kill anyone) it just showed me I wasn't alone.

I like Carrie White because she's the main protagonist in the story.

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The Contenders

11The Shawshank Redemption

Not many people know that this was a short story written by him in Different Seasons. One of the most beautiful stories (and movies) ever written.

Well the novella from Different Seasons was called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. - Beatlesboy9

Most beautiful friendship story ever, the movie and the book = wowzers

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12The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

I can't believe TDT I is 12. It's the beginning of a legend, it should be, at least, at 5, or even 1. The Gunsliger introduce us to the most amazing adventures of our lifes, and more important than that, introduce us to our beloved Roland Deschain, the guy that we all want to have as a friend. It's awesome, it's perfect.

The Gunslinger has to be higher. I'm only sixteen, and I've read all seven dark tower books. I have to say that the first is the best. Nothing can beat that end palaver between Roland and Walter. The entire book is just so enlightening.

Why is this masterpiece so far down the list? This book started a whole new generation of reading. I could not put this book down. At least no. 6

This wasn't as engaging as many of King's other novels, hence it is lower!

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13The Long Walk

It's a bloody shame that more people don't know about this masterpiece. This book will leave you thinking long after you've finished the last page. Though she may not admit it, the author of the Hunger Games took inspiration from this book (as well as King's "The Running Man" and the notorious, but incredible, "Battle Royale"). It makes me wonder why the Hunger Games is so poorly written. But I digress. This book is an incredible psychological thriller. The characters were flawless. My favorites were Stebbins and McVries. Best of all is the inherent knowledge that no matter how much the boys try to socialize and hide from the truth, they are essentially competing for their lives, and 99 of them will inevitably die. This factor adds so much tension. Please, even if you are not a fan of Mr. King's works, give the Long Walk a chance. It has made me a more insightful person and I hope that it will have the same effect on you.

Seriously underrated. One of my top three favorite king novels. It really made me think and feel for all the characters and even though death was inevitable it shocked and saddened me when another would die. This book keeps you thinking. Don't knock it till you try it, I really is amazing. And like the previous comment I also felt the hunger games was a cheaper warped version of the long walk and battle Royale

This book is ridiculously underrated. The character development is top-notch and this plays a key role in the story. The plot is also kept a secret until about 15% into the book, which builds suspense. LOVE this book!

You need to read this again and again to keep reminding yourself how bloody good it is

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14Under the Dome

The best book ever written. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Perfect characters, and perfect pacing. This needs to be number one.

This book is great. I think it's a newer book of his. - ruJILLous

A real page turner from start to finish..

The best book of him in my opinion.

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15The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

The ending contains the most glorious moment I've ever read in a book (Although it goes on to a completely frustrating ending). I highly recommend it. - higgsboson2142

The final battle was really anticlimactic, but the ending itself? That was mind blowing, and fit the series perfectly. - Yoshilord

I couldn't let there be a stephen king list without have at least one dark tower book on it - slbrown

16Christine

It should not be as low as this; its both hilarious and horrifying in turn. King's skills are so good that after a while you see Christine as a breathing evil thing that has every right to live on this damn earth, not a simple car. There is a scene where Leigh wakes up in the middle of the night just to see Christing granting outside the windows on the snowy night and if this does not horrify you, you are a zombie...

This was the first King book I ever read. My favorite King trait is that he makes you fall in love with one of his characters and then they die.

Come on who doesn't love cars? The movie is so much different from the book it's ironic.

That car is a killer car.

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17The Dead Zone

The first Stephen King book I ever read, and possibly my pick for the best for sentimental reasons. I love "It" and "The Stand" and so many others, but there is a true tragic arc to this novel that makes the reader truly care about what happens, even though it's practically foreordained.

It is a great book and it really made me think. I think it should be at least top 10

I haven't read it yet but my dad says its his favorite by king.

18The Running Man

I just finished reading this a few days ago and really putting it 28 is drastically under ratting The Running Man! It might become one of my all time favorite books.

I just finished reading this a few days ago and really putting it 28 is drastically under ratting The Running Man! It might become one of my all time favorite books.

Amazing book that I can't put it down if I start it again! Hunger games holds nothing against this book, I cry, scream and laugh while reading this I love it

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19Desperation

Great story/movie. Creepy too, which is half the reason it's so great. Good work, Stephen King!

Weird, weird story. But I recommend that you read it.

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