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The All-Time Greatest Works Of Stephen King

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List RulesMust 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. Then, see if they're available on audiobook.

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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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Firestarter is a science fiction novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni. In 1981, Firestarter was...  more
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    Mr. Mercedes

    Jan 01 2014

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Hardboiled, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Mr. Mercedes is a novel by Stephen King. He calls it his first hard-boiled detective book. It was published on June 3, 2014. On June 10, 2014 the author described Mr. Mercedes on Twitter as the first...  more
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsNevada, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Desperation is a horror novel by Stephen King. It was published in 1996 at the same time as its "mirror" novel, The Regulators. It was made into a TV film starring Ron Perlman, Tom Skeritt and Steven...  more
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    The Talisman

    1984-11-08

    AuthorPeter Straub, Stephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Talisman is a 1984 fantasy novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The plot is not related to that of Walter Scott's 1825 novel of the same name, although there is one oblique reference to "a Sir...  more
  • 30
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsDomed city

    Genres (Book)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Horror Film, Political fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Under the Dome is a science fiction novel by Stephen King published in November 2009. Set in and around a small Maine town, it tells an intricate, multi-character and point-of-view story of how the...  more
  • 31
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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Christine is a horror novel by Stephen King, published in 1983. It tells the story of a vintage automobile apparently possessed by supernatural forces. Later that same year, a film adaptation,...  more
  • 32

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsLiterary, Epic film, Suspense, Horror Film, Maine

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Horror Film, Fiction, Western fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Dark Tower is the seventh novel in Stephen King's Dark Tower series, published by Grant on September 21, 2004, and illustrated by Michael Whelan. It has four subtitles: REPRODUCTION, REVELATION,...  more
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsSecrets, Maine

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Horror Film, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Bag of Bones is a 1998 novel by Stephen King. It focuses on an author who suffers severe writer's block and delusions at an isolated lake house four years after the death of his wife. It won the Bram...  more
  • 35

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Eyes of the Dragon is a novel by Stephen King that was first published as a limited edition slipcased hardcover by Philtrum Press in 1984, illustrated by Kenneth R. Linkhauser. The novel would...  more
  • 36

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsLiterary, Epic film, Maine

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fiction, Western fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Wolves of the Calla is the fifth book in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. This book continues the story of Roland Deschain, Eddie Dean, Susannah Dean, Jake Chambers, and Oy as they make their...  more
  • 37

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Short story, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Everything's Eventual is a collection of 14 short stories written by Stephen King and published in 2002....  more
  • 38
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsSupernatural, Occult

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Duma Key is a novel by American novelist Stephen King published on January 22, 2008 by Scribner. The book reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. It is King's first novel to be set in...  more
  • 39

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Bachman Books is a collection of short novels by Stephen King published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman between 1977 and 1982. It was a The New York Times Best Seller List when it was...  more
  • 40
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsMaine

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Insomnia is a novel written by Stephen King and first published in 1994. Like It and Dreamcatcher, its setting is the fictional town of Derry, Maine. The original hardcover edition was issued with...  more
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    Finders Keepers

    Jan 01 2015

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Novel, Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Dark Half is a horror novel by Stephen King, published in 1989. Publishers Weekly listed The Dark Half as the second best-selling book of 1989 behind Tom Clancy's Clear and Present Danger. It was...  more
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    The Langoliers

    Sep 01 1990

    AuthorStephen King

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    "The Langoliers" is a novella, one of four works published in the Stephen King book Four Past Midnight in 1990....  more
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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Tommyknockers is a 1987 science fiction novel by Stephen King. While maintaining a horror style, the novel is more of an excursion into the realm of science fiction for King, as the residents of...  more
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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Running Man is a science fiction novel by Stephen King, first published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1982 as a paperback original. It was collected in 1985 in the omnibus The Bachman...  more
  • 46

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Suspense

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Full Dark, No Stars, published in November 2010, is a collection of four novellas by the author Stephen King, all dealing with the theme of retribution. One of the novellas, 1922, is set in...  more
  • 47

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsLiterary, Military, United States of America, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King, all connected to one another by recurring characters and taking place in roughly chronological order. The...  more
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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Gerald's Game is a 1992 suspense novel by Stephen King. The story is about a woman who accidentally kills her husband while she is handcuffed to the bed as part of a bondage game, and, following the...  more
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    AuthorPeter Straub, Stephen King

    SubjectsLiterary, Wisconsin

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Black House is a Stoker Award nominated novel by horror writers Stephen King and Peter Straub. Published in 2001, this is the sequel to The Talisman. This is one of King's numerous novels, which also...  more
  • 50

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Western fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole is a novel by Stephen King, first published on February 21, 2012 by Grant as a limited edition, and later published by Scribner as a trade hardcover on...  more