Top Ten Stephen King Books

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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.

Where to even begin.. The third person omniscient writing, seamless transition between the years 1958 & 1985 alternating chapters in last third of book- those who have read know. Main characters who almost everyone can relate too, the "apocalyptic rock fight" chapter, the awesome back stories/histories of the town of Derry. It.. Pennywise.. The Deadlights.. Bob Gray- ultimate villan! The movie although not bad simply didn't do it justice. I'm just sad I never read this when younger. My favorite book of all.. You could read this book every other summer easily. Lastly Dark Tower fans should enjoy the subtle references.

Best book he's ever written. Especially loved the parts where the group is young...

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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

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.

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

With an awesome plot like able characters how can't this in your top 5 favorite books?

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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 in my view is the best book of Stephen King. Not as scary as Shinning or It but this book kind of gets into your skin.

My first Stephen King read and I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read more of his books but not sure if any will be as good as this but can't wait to find out!

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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!!

If a movie can be that tragic then its without a doubt good writing honestly the movie definitely lives up to its expectations

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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

Crazy old lady! Crazy!

The ending scared the daylights out of me...

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6'Salem's Lot

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 book is so scary! it should be #1! - fireinside96

Scary, scary. The movie was even more terrifying. I have to watch this one in the day time.

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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 is really, really creepy. Stephen King is a genius. The movie and the book are closely aligned, but the book is much more satisfying.

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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.

Poor Carrie, always being bullied. The bullies got exactly what they deserved!

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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.

Kennedy was assassinated in my senior year, so I could really relate to the story. Great novel

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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!

Best book I've read in his collection.

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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

The movie is better.

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12Under the Dome

This book is horror

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

The best book of him in my opinion.

13The 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.

14The 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

The entire series was awesome - especially the final book. Should be #1.

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15The 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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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.

I would have chosen Christine above Leigh too...

It's sad that Arnie dies at the end. This would have never happened if it wasn't for Christine.

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17The 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

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

18The Tommyknockers

I admit this story is strange, but it's also different and interesting. Stephen King is creative and definitely deserves the title " Master of Horror".


A novel about a corrupt government agency and its pursuit of an unwilling family. - TuckNasty

It's heartbreaking.


Please don't judge by the film this book is incredible! The friendship side (which king is a master of writing) the horror of being taken over by a strange being, bravery on all levels! First king book I ever read and I still go back to reading it all the time.

This is the only Stephen King book that I didn't like. It didn't make sense, and I stopped reading 100 before the end because I stopped caring about the story line. This happens very rarely for me.

Ridiculously underrated, don't judge it on the awful film. Duddits has to be one of King's best characters, along with Beaver. Funny, disturbing, gripping and genuinely bizarre and original. Couldn't ask for more! Brilliant writing.

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