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He's one of the most recognizable names in fiction and easily one of the most prolific American authors. With so many great works, this list of books by Stephen King, voted on by the Ranker community, attempts to rank his top novels and best books ever. This list of King's writings is the definitive ranking of his body of work. King's stories range from thick novels to short stories and collections, and include some of the most popular horror novels of our time. Many Stephen King books and stories have been adapted into popular horror movies as well, including The Shining, Misery, Carrie, and The Shawshank Redemption

What are Stephen King's best books? This list is focused only on Stephen King's published work, not the resulting movies or TV shows. Enjoy this list of Stephen King books ranked, and vote for the novels you think are the best Stephen King books of all time.

Ranking Stephen King books isn't easy, with so many to choose from, so help us out and vote! His works cover many genres, primarily horror, fantasy, supernatural fiction, and dark fantasy. He has written memorable series such as The Dark Tower series, as well as stand-alone horror novels, like The Stand. King has also branched out from horror writing during his career, such as with the time-travel novel, 11/22/63, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The best Stephen King novels on this list have combined to sell over 350 million copies, and King himself has received numerous writing and literature awards throughout his career. So vote for the best among his many top works below, or rerank the list if you don't agree with the order.
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1
2,620 498
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
The Stand 1978

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2
2,818 406
It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
It 1986

3
2,261 320
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

4
1,740 401
Misery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Misery 1987

5
1,710 350
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

6
1,685 367
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

7
1,329 439
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Carrie 1974

8
1,759 228
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

9
1,134 317
The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

10
1,187 368
Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

11
1,024 403
Christine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Christine 1983

12
1,045 246
Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

13
859 243
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

14
1,303 313
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

15
968 397
Cujo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Cujo 1981

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16
1,078 247
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

17
1,384 223
11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
11/22/63 2011

18
812 285
Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

19
682 194
Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

20
936 254
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21
846 202
The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

22
769 264
Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

23
853 337
Under the Dome is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

24
763 262
Thinner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Thinner 1984

25
632 252
The Dark Half is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

26
613 179
Nightmares & Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

27
650 263
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

28
735 269
Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Insomnia 1994

29
894 188
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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30
833 166
The Dark Tower III: The Waste ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

31
630 334
Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

32
675 207
The Eyes of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

33
686 216
Desperation is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

34
722 169
Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

35
643 351
The Tommyknockers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

36
473 232
Black House is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

37
492 223
On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

38
528 167
Everything's Eventual is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

39
570 211
Hearts in Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

40
605 273
Cell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Cell 2006

41
507 155
Four Past Midnight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

42
531 289
Gerald's Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

43
486 258
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon:... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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675 170
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of th... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

45
568 129
The Bachman Books is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

46
652 153
Dr. Sleep is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Dr. Sleep 2013

47
431 210
The Regulators is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

48
413 270
From a Buick 8 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

49
627 211
Duma Key is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Duma Key 2008

50
439 255
Lisey's Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King