Best Stephen King Books – IGN

Stephen King is a master of modern horror and a prolific writer. For nearly 50 years he has been producing shocking masterpieces, and there have been thousands of debates about Stephen King’s best books. Well, we’re throwing our hat in the ring with a few of our own.

On our list we have chosen among the published novels of the king. Therefore, there are no collections, novels or short stories. Remember, too, that this list is for Stephen King’s best novels, not the most mysterious. So, if you are already familiar with this business, you can probably guess the reason for the reduction.

tl; DR – Stephen King’s Best Books:

curry

curry

King struck gold starting with his first novel, Carrie. The titular character is instantly recognizable to most readers as most of us went to school with someone like her. Themes of ostracism and bullying continue to appear just as much as they did when the novel was published in 1974. Unlike some of the other books on this list, Carey is a quick read and makes a great introduction to King’s writing style.

Christine

Christine

If Carrie is one side of the proverbial coin, then Kristen is the other. The 1958 Plymouth Fury caught high school outcast Arnie Cunningham and, after buying it, became obsessed with getting it back. Unfortunately for him, the car is possessed by evil, and he becomes her pawn. The book is critical of car culture, bullying, and a male self-image, another title from King that remains relevant.

Dark Tower: Gunslinger

Dark Tower: Gunslinger

While the latter half of the The Dark Tower book series – and the Dark Tower movie – lost the mark to some fans, no one can deny that it started with a bang. The first book in a saga spanning several decades, The Gunslinger, is a Western book at heart, much more so than the following volumes. Our Introduction to Roland Deschain and the Mid-World is a gritty short story full of grief and death, which echoes through all of King’s other works.

He. She

He. She

It’s a little shorter than The Stand, but it’s basically two books. Just like the recent IT films, the first part deals with a group of kids as they try to deal with an entity that is assaulting the citizens of Derry, Maine. The second half finds them meeting as adults to take him (aka Pennywise) for good. The book tells the horror children encountered in a way that movies never had time for, and has been praised as one of the best horror novels of all time.

misery

misery

They say misery loves companionship, and Annie Wilkes proves it in spades. King was somehow aware of toxic fandom because when Wilkes found her favorite novelist, Paul Sheldon, “after he had been in a car accident and was back to health, she began to demand that he start writing books at her will. Unfortunately for him, she uses a hammer instead of mean tweets.” The movie is quite classic, but the source material is also worth reading.

the shining

the shining

As with that, The Shining takes readers deeper than a Shining film can. Jack Torrance is clearly a kind of self-included King if you know his addiction history. As a result, the novel is more sympathetic to him, which makes the end result all the more tragic. It also drives home the increasing isolation and madness that Jack feels, making his inevitable rampage all the more terrifying.

Platform

Platform

A plague destroys the world in The Stand, and two societies form in a post-apocalyptic aftermath. This 1,000-page book traces the fate of humanity from the outbreak of the virus to the end of the battle between good and evil. Stand is an excellent read, but like many books of this size, there are some speed issues. However, it’s worth delving into the few curvy sections because it has a very satisfying finish.

Animal Cemetery

Animal Cemetery

Pet Sematary follows the Creed family, who relocated from Boston to Maine. While settling into their new home, they find a mysterious tomb in the woods. When they discover he has the power to bring dead animals back to life, they become embroiled in an unspeakable evil they wish they had never outgrown. It’s a tough read for animal lovers, but it’s an amazing slow-burning thriller that will keep you in awe and engaged until the end.

the fog

the fog

A large group of people find themselves trapped together inside a crowded grocery store when a thick fog rolls in. Attempts to leave are faced with terrifying attacks and confusing disappearances. What lies in the mysterious fog, and how will anyone get it out alive? This novel is a quick but thrilling read that will make you think twice about what might lie in the fog – lest there be dangerous predators looking to snack on humans.

green mile

green mile

The Green Mile is widely considered one of King’s masterpieces, although it’s less of a horror tale than the rest of the books on this list. Follows death row overseer Paul Edgecombe as he interacts with an inmate named John Coffey. Kofi is put on death row for a crime he’s not clearly committed, and he shows powerful healing powers from another world. This thrilling story is a game of tears that will leave you contemplating the meaning of life away from you, reaching its complex and shocking conclusion.

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