Top Ten Stephen King Books

The Top Ten

1 It

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!

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2 The 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 book is outstanding there's a reason on all the top 10 lists you find it the stand and this one which is my favorite but if you have seen the movie and hope it's like that then don't read completely different the mini series on the other hand was pretty good so if you see. That this book is more like it. But it's a must read for any king fan or a great starting for his books

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

Darn good

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3 The Stand

One of the best, if not THE best apocalyptic novels of all time. Well-written from start to finish; with a sobering and unsettling description of the collapse of humanity by a man made virus, memorable characters and a deliciously evil villain. For anyone who wants to start reading books by Stephen King, this is must read; along with "The Shining" and "It"

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.

The absolute greatest book King has to offer.

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4 The 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!!

Absolutely love this one and the movie

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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.

Easily 5th place book right here, should be 2nd! - BookN3rd

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6 Misery

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

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 outstanding if you were looking for realistic King book that's scary this book is for you it sent shivers down my spine

Should be one my top five
5. The girl who loved Tom Gordon(very well written but surprisingly underrated)
4. Fire starter (suspenseful and intense great book
3 It (incredibly long but worth it. It is scary and filled with detail)
2 Christine (really well written and and feels real which makes it scarier)
1.Misery (the creepiest and one of the best books ever written in my opinion 10 of 10 stars

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7 Pet 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.

I read this one when I was 14 (I'm 52 now) and I still have nightmares about it. And it's not because I was just a child or something, I wasn't new to horror, having starting with Poe at 9.
This novel is a masterpiece of horror.

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8 11/22/63

I started reading this book when I was 13 and never ended up finishing it. I picked it up once again but now 18 and I couldn't put it down. This book's central plot is Jake going back in time to stop Kennedy's assassination, however I found that the side plots (killing Frank Dunning, George/Jake and Sadie) just as intriguing and felt compelled to continue on reading. This book got me through 2 weeks of work and I never wanted it to end. By far King's best work!

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.

I started reading King not to long ago. I read The Stand first and followed with the Dark Tower Series, It and a couple other. The Stand was my favorite book by King, up until now. Like many of the other comments I couldn't put this book down. Excellent characters and story. This is a must read.

Fantastic book. I've read it twice. Great historic fiction

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9 Cujo

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.

It was a great book and really scary but if you don't have patience then I wouldn't read it but it's still a great book

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

CUJO I AM CHINESE - BookN3rd

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10 Carrie

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.

Carrie is my second favourite Stephen King character after Pennywise.

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The Contenders

11 The 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.

Is this by Stephen King?

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12 The 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.

The gunslinger is a little different from other stephen king books but its still probably his best book. Even King admitted that. Also this book "ties in" with other stephen king books like the avengers movies which is pretty cool.

This started probably one of the greatest fantasy series of all time. At least most wide scale

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13 The 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 is a fantastic read. Only King (under the name Bachman) could provide such a stirring tale about walking. It serves as a horrific foray into future competitions with deadly intentions. A must.

The action in this book starts almost right away

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14 Under 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 horror

A real page turner from start to finish..

The best book of him in my opinion.

15 The 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

Best series, most captivating characters I have ever met and grew to love. The movie is sacrilegious and an insult to this masterpiece.
Jeanine

16 Christine

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.

Me too, I read it in 4th grade and went on a Stephen King book spree for the next few years. - GuitarGodSam

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...

I would have chosen Christine above Leigh too...

My favorite Stephen King book.

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17 The 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

One of the most valuable and memorable boks I have ever read. Not only an emotional rollercoaster, but the science fiction takes you on a crazy ride that captivates your attention. Definitely my favorite by King

Best King book I've read

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18 The 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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19 The Mist

My single favorite horror story of all time, and in the running for my favorite story of any genre. I'm a big Stephen King fan, although I read across a variety of authors and genres. But after reading dozens and dozens of horror/thrillers, nothing got my blood pumping like 'The Mist'.
As great as King's novels and series are (The Dark Tower is superb) he's underrated as a short story/novella writer (The Long Walk, The Raft, Shawshank Redemptions, etc etc)

20 Desperation

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.

Great book crap movie

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1. 'Salem's Lot
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