It is mid-July as I write this, and summer is in full swing. What better author for summertime beach reading than Stephen King? The prolific Maine writer of more than 70 novels, hundreds of short stories, several screenplays, and even a few non-fiction pieces has no shortage of material from which to choose.
There are several different types of King books – genres within genres. Take his short stories. These range anywhere from 5 pages to 50, let’s say. Most are all-out horror, but not all have “horrifying” endings. Or novels. Some, like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, are just over 200 pages, while others – The Stand: For the First Time Complete & Uncut – exceed the 1,000 page mark. Some, like Pet Sematary, are quick-turning and gory. Others, such as the terrific 11/22/63, are dense and thought-provoking.
The list you are about to read includes a good variety of King works. His first published novel, Carrie, makes the cut, as does his most recent collection of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The first volume of his massive Dark Tower mega-novel, The Gunslinger, is on here, as is his personal favorite piece of his own writing, Lisey’s Story. Of these, my favorites are listed in rank order, as decided by my admittedly-amateur entertainment critic-self.
So with that, here are (still) another ten good Stephen King books: