From little kids having their arms bitten off by clowns to attempted human sacrifices in the supermarket, there's something terrifying for anyone and everyone. King's use of violence is often sickening and enthralling at the same time. It disgusts you as a reader, but you can't look away, and that's what makes King one of the best writers ever.
Check out the list below to relive some of the horrible things in Stephen King novels, and maybe you'll walk away from this list feeling slightly more traumatized.
Georgie Meets Pennywise
“And George saw the clown’s face change. What he saw then was terrible enough to make his worst imaginings of the thing in the cellar look like sweet dreams; what he saw destroyed his sanity in one clawing stroke.”
One of King’s most terrifying creations, Pennywise the Clown is pure nightmare fuel. His introduction, in which he murders poor Georgie, still stands as one of the most horrifying things Stephen King has ever written. What makes it even more horrible is how the body is found, with the young boy's slicker drenched in blood and his arm ripped off. Damn you Mr. King.
Little Gage Creed Gets Hit by a Truck
"...he believed that the tips of his fingers had actually brushed the back of the light jacket Gage had been wearing, and then Gage's forward motion had carried him out into the road, and the truck had been thunder..."
Pet Sematary remains one of King's scariest books and some of his most horrible events happen within this novel. One of the biggest is the death of Louis's young son Gage. After spending more than half the book getting to know him (even though you know he's going to die), it still hurts when you learn Gage is hit by a truck on a busy highway as his father tries desperately to save him.
Annie Wilkes Does a Number on Paul's Feet
Unsurprisingly, a book called Misery doesn't turn out to be all rainbows and sunshine. In the novel, Paul Sheldon is a writer who ends up trapped with his "biggest fan." Those familiar with the movie know that the psychotic Annie Wilkes breaks Paul's feet by smashing it with a hammer, but the novel takes things even further. Instead of just hitting him, Annie viciously cuts off Paul's foot with an axe, then cauterizes the wound with a propane torch.
Gage Creed Comes Back as a Monster
"Hello Jud, you f***** with me once. Did you think I wouldn't come back sooner or later and f*** with you?"
King knows there's nothing more horrifying than children. It's why one of his scariest villains in Gage Creed in Pet Sematary. After dying and coming back, Gage is not the same boy he used to be.