What are the most frightening books by Stephen King?

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    #1It

    It

    It is a thriller book written by Stephen King which tells the story of seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers.

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    Brenda Newman
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is the scariest book ever produced by Stephen King. But just like all the other books he has written the ending sucks."
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    #2The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 

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    Zachary Stanley
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is my favorite story by Stephen King. He is a master of psychological horror.I highly recommend this book for new and seasoned fans of King alike!"
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    #3Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary is a horror novel by Stephen King, which centers on the Creed family, who moves into a house in the Maine countryside and soon they find out that the woods near the house are much darker than they seem.

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    Frank Jones
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Pet Sematary is probably my least favorite Stephen King book. I'm a huge King fan, but the story of the Creed family just never was very interesting to me. I think the 80's film adaptation is probably better than the book, and it was a mediocre movie at best."
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    #4'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot is a book written by Stephen King which is about the story of Jerusalem’s Lot, a small town in Maine whose inhabitants succumb to the evil allure of a new resident. It was published by Anchor in 2008.

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    Victoria Watson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Salem's Lot is one of King's best. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and you feel like you're inside the head of the main character. The mystery is what drives the scariness and it works brilliantly. "
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    #5Misery

    Misery
    Misery is a horror book written by Stephen King. It's the story of a famous novelist held hostage by his fan as he suffers a frightening case of writer's block which could end with him dead at the hands of his twisted fan.
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    Donna Henry
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I absolutely love Stephen King so obviously purchasing this book was on my to-do list. It was definitely on the scary side but yet it was good enough to keep me intrigued. So if you are into horror like I am, I would definitely recommend this book."
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    #6The Stand

    The Stand

    The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The survivors will have to choose between two very different leaders and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

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    Christine Price
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is one of his all time classics and one of my favorites of his. I have read this book many times and worn out copies in the past. Well worth a read."
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    #7Cujo

    Cujo

    Cujo is horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on 200-lb Saint Bernard named Cujo that turned into a horrifying vortex after he chases a rabbit into a bolt hole. 

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    Debra Cruz
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This was a great book! You really didn't know what was going to happen until the very end."
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    #8Carrie

    Carrie

    Carrie is a horror novel by Stephen King that tells the story of Carrie White, a girl that's constantly bullied by her schoolmates. When she finally has a chance to be normal, an unforeseen cruel act will end in horrible disaster.

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    Virginia Payne
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I think this book started the trend of "don't mess with the quiet kid at school" trope, and with good reason. This book is amazing. Brilliantly written and really goes into the psychology of Carrie and her supernatural powers."
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    #9Needful Things

    Needful Things

    Needful Things is a horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on Leland Gaunt who opens his new shop where anyone who visits his store experience strange things. 

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    Mark Welch
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Starting with the characters Stephen king did a great job making them interesting no matter the characters intent not slacking on the villain like some series tend to do. A question you can ask yourself is the basis for this book, What would you sell your soul for. If that intrigues you then this book is a fantastic read."
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    #10Christine

    Christine

    Christine is written by Stephen King which recounts the story of a 1958 Plymouth Fury named "Christine" and the new owner Arnie Cunningham who got controlled by the haunting and horrible car with an awful history.

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    Edward Crawford
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I'm always up for a scare! This book is typical Stephen King. It will scare your pants right off! "
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    #11Firestarter

    Firestarter

    Firestarter is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on the daughter of a man and a woman who are the subjects of a top-secret government experiment. 

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    Kathy Russell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is another great book by Stephen King. I cannot get enough of his books. This doesn't make my top 10 of his but that is only because he has so many books overall and some are now classics."
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    #12The Mist

    The Mist

    The Mist is a horror novella by the acclaimed author of horror, Stephen King. First published in 1980, it has been adapted into a movie in 2007 and a TV mini-series in 2017. 

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    Gloria Fisher
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The movie and the TV series did not do this book justice! I've had this book on my book-shelf since my college days and love pulling this out for rainy weather, or even when I'm irritated with people. Stephen King does an excellent job not only instilling the fear of strange events in us, but also the fear of the people who are giving in to their fear of the unknown. If you like psychological horror and thrillers, this is definitely recommended!"
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    #13Under the Dome

    Under the Dome
    Under The Dome is a sci-fi horror novel written by the acclaimed author of horror, Stephen King. It was first published in 2009 by Scribner, and it is the basis of the TV Series of the same name.
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    Bryan Hanson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I originally saw the TV show when it aired, and only just recently picked up the book. Not surprisingly, it was much better than the TV series by a longshot. I recommend it if you thought the concept of the show was interesting."
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    #14The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone is a fictional horror novel written by Stephen King. This fictional horror novel was published on August 1, 1983 by Signet. The Dead Zone revolves around a man named Johnny Smith who had a terrible accident.

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    Philip Turner
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The only criticism I have of this book is that I wish I had read it sooner. It was recommended to me by a Stephen King fan that caught on to his brilliance as an author before I did. When I asked which King novel I should read next, he replied "in an election year, The Dead Zone of course". So happy I took his recommendation. It is eerie how relevant so much of this novel is given that it was 40+ years ago. Well developed, well written, several twists, I missed the characters being part of my day when I finished. Highly recommend this book, especially when we have an election coming our way! It would be interesting to see the same story told with the invention of social media and all news all the time."
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    #15Bag of Bones

    Bag of Bones

    Bag of Bones is a suspense novel written by Stephen King. It was first published in 1998 by Pocketbooks under ISBN: 067102423X. It won the British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award for Novel, and August Derleth Award

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    Brian Marshall
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "It took too long to get anywhere, while sometimes I felt it was going nowhere at all. The characters were boring, for the most part, except for Ki. She was adorable. (Was she based on his grand-daughter? Does he even have a grand-daughter? Again, dunno.) Yup, still a huge fan of Stephen King, but this is not getting a recommendation from me any time soon. Start with Rose Madder instead,"

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Best What are the most frightening books by Stephen King
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ItBooks 49 Paid
2The ShiningBooks 44 Paid
3Pet SemataryBooks 42 Paid
4'Salem's LotBooks 41 Paid
5MiseryBooks 39 Paid
6The StandBooks 36 Paid
7CujoBooks 34 Paid
8CarrieBooks 33 Paid
9Needful ThingsBooks 31 Paid
10ChristineBooks 29 Paid
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