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What are the best Stephen King novels?

You may have watched some of the best movie adaptations of Stephen King's novels before you've read the book, or you may have read first his page-turner novels before you've seen the adaptations, for whatever reason, Stephen King's works never fail to amaze us. No wonder he has already sold more than 350 million copies! So, if you want to know why he's described as the "King of Horror", or why his books are loved by many bookworms out there, then now is the perfect time to read some of his best novels. Just make sure that you're quite prepared to really get scared because most of the works of this prolific horror and suspense writer will definitely give you the creeps! Feel free to check out our list of best books by Stephen King and start reading one tonight!

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  1. 1The Stand

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    If you're looking for some of the best Stephen King books to read in your free time, you may want to check out The Stand. This novel is about choosing between two different leaders who will eventually handle the fate of all humanity.

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  1. 2It

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    In case you didn't know, It is Stephen King's 22nd book. This novel is so good that it has received a British Fantasy Award in 1987. Not only that, this horror novel also has a movie adaptation, which was released in 2017. This follows the series of events that the seven children have experienced after being terrorized by an evil entity.

  2. 3The Shining

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    Another terrific novel by the King of Horror is The Shining. This also has a classic movie adaptation which was released in 1980. The novel follows the story of an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who gets to work at a hotel in Colorado Rockies as a caretaker.

  1. 4'Salem's Lot

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    If you are in the mood for a novel featuring vampires, you can also give Salem's Lot a try. This centers on the life of a writer named Ben Mears as he gets to return to a town he used to live at, only to find out that the people there are becoming vampires. This has also been made into a TV series in 1979.

  2. 5Misery

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    Have you seen the psychological thriller movie based on Stephen King's book that has won an Oscar? In case you haven't, you may want to read this book first before you see the movie. This novel has received a Bram Stoker Award for Novel in 1987. Misery centers on the life of a popular writer and his psychotic die-hard fan. 



  3. 6The Long Walk

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    The Long Walk is also written by Stephen King under his pen name, Richard Bachman. Although this is not his first novel to ever get published, this is the first book he ever wrote. This centers on teenage boys who engage in a race called The Long Walk. The characters either get warnings or get themselves involve in terrifying events if they break the rule or exceed their limits.

  4. 7The Green Mile

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    If you've already read some of the best books by Stephen King and you are still looking for more, you may want to consider his serial novel called The Green Mile. It originally has six volumes, but it has also been republished in one-volume work. It follows the story of a death row supervisor and an inmate.

  5. 811/22/63

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    11/22/63 is also considered as one of the best books by Stephen King. This centers on the story of a time traveler as he attempts to go back in time to stop the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. 

  6. 9The Dead Zone

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    If you love reading supernatural thriller novels, The Dead Zone by Stephen King is perfect for you! It is one of his best-selling novels. This follows the story of a man who wakes up from a coma after almost five years. When he wakes up, he starts showing precognitive skills.

  7. 10Pet Sematary

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    Pet Sematary is one of the best Stephen King novels that has two movie adaptations.  The first one was in 1989, and the other one was in 2019. This has also been nominated for the Best Novel category at the World Fantasy Award in 1986. It follows the story of a family who moves into a countryside wherein they discover the darker side in the woods that bothers them.

  8. 11Carrie

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    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.

  9. 12Cujo

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    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. 

  10. 13The Dark Tower

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    The Dark Tower is a series of eight books written by American author Stephen King, whose themes goes from dark fantasy and horror to Western. This epic saga is one of the most iconic series of novels of all time. 
  11. 14Gwendy's Button Box

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    Gwendy's Button Box is a fictional horror novel written by Stephen King and Richard T. Chizmar. This fictional horror novel was published on August 7, 2017 by Gallery Books.

  12. 15Dreamcatcher

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    Dreamcatcher is a science-fiction horror novel written by Stephen King. It was first published in 2001 by Charles Scribner's Sons. The movie Dreamcatcher is based on this novel.
  13. 16Four Past Midnight: The Sun Dog

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    Four Past Midnight: The Sun Dog is a horror novel written by Stephen King and narrated by Tim Sample. This fictional horror novel was published on September 16, 2008 by HighBridge Audio.

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    October 2, 2017
    "I am familiar with Stephen King novels, but not all of them. This website focused on his book, Cujo, and offered it for sale in various formats - paperback, hardcover, kindle, audible, and a couple of others. It provided a short synopsis and also presented the titles of other Stephen King novels. I liked seeing the other books as recommendations of what other books of his I might enjoy."
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    Anonymous
    May 13, 2018
    "Stephen King is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror writers of our modern time. This particular novel is one of his works. This novel is one of his least popular ones, but anyone who wants to read his Works should include this as part of the list. This is not necessarily one of his best words, but should be included for anyone who wants to read all of Stephen King's works."
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    Four Past Midnight: The Sun Dog
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "Stephen King is just so good. His early works are just so chilling and thought provoking. I originally watched Carrie on VHS when I was younger, which motivated me to read the novel. I can safely say that this is one of his best novels ever. You are doing yourself a big disservice if you have not read Carrie. I will not spoil anything here, but the plot is just too crazy to pass up!"
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    Carrie
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "This is one of the best Stephen King novels bar none. I have read this and been spooked after reading it. It is a good commentary of good vs evil and is classic Stephen King. The novel is long be prepared but it is worth the read. The one thing that is so realistic is the plague that kills most of the population. It is quite realistic."
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    The Stand
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    Anonymous
    March 4, 2017
    "This saga is actually a series of 8 novels - their scope alone could make them the best Stephen King novels. However, the elements of dark fantasy and horror are so well written that I would also rank them among the best novels of all time, as well. They are gripping from beginning to end and people of all sorts should enjoy them."
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    The Dark Tower
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "If you are looking for a great Stephen King novel this is it! The Dead Zone, a New York Times bestseller, is finally available in paperback form. Once I picked this book up I could not put it down! If you are looking for a thriller, I highly recommend!"
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    The Dead Zone
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "This author brings the fictional events to the real things. Some of his character voices for the teens feel created just for the sole purpose of clearly distinguishing them.This book is a good conversation and communication, good imaginative writing"
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    The Long Walk
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "This is a good book to read for anyone wanting to be scared. I read it and thought it was not only frightening in parts but also very thought provoking as well. It's a good buy and a good read for avid readers and fans of Stephen King."
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    Misery
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "Of all the Stephen King books this one is my favorite. It has a complex story with just enough action to keep your attention. The drama is great and unlike most of his books the ending is pretty good too."
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    The Green Mile
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    Anonymous
    May 10, 2018
    "I love Dreamcatcher. Have to read at least a page before going to sleep. I don't recommend doing that to anyone though... Dreamcatcher is completely outstanding."
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    Dreamcatcher
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "Pet Sematary is a very good Steven King Novels. One of the best. Sure to amaze and thrill. For people into the horror genre it is a must read."
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    Pet Sematary
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    Anonymous
    November 1, 2017
    "Stephen King is known for spinning good stories. Although it is a little odd that he picked a bit of a political situation for his story."
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    11/22/63
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    Anonymous
    May 13, 2018
    "There are so many King novels that it's hard to choose. This is a great one though and worth the read but it might not be the best."
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    Gwendy's Button Box
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "I think everyone including on this site knows this one of the best of his novels, and people are still talking about it."
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    'Salem's Lot
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2017
    "This book is great i have actually read it and stephen king is one of my favorite authors."
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    The Shining
This list is about What are the best Stephen King novels
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1The StandBooks 21 Paid
2ItBooks 15 Paid
3The ShiningBooks 15 Paid
4'Salem's LotBooks 14 Paid
5MiseryBooks 11 Paid
6The Long WalkBooks 10 Paid
7The Green MileBooks 10 Paid
811/22/63Books 9 Paid
9The Dead ZoneBooks 7 Paid
10Pet SemataryBooks 5 Paid
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