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List Rules Must be books written by Stephen King and published under his name, not a pseudonym.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Christine 1983

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Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Cujo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Cujo 1981

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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
11/22/63 2011

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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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

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

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Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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

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

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

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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Nightmares & Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Insomnia 1994

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The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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The Dark Tower III: The Waste ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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The Tommyknockers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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

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The Eyes of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Black House is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The Bachman Books is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of th... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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From a Buick 8 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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

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Dr. Sleep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Dr. Sleep 2013

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

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