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The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King  

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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. 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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It is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1986
It is a 1986 horror novel by American author Stephen King. The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of ...more
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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1978
The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It expands upon the scenario of his earlier short story, "Night Surf". The novel was originally ...more
3
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1977
The Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in 1977, it is King's third published novel and first hardback bestseller, and the success of the book firmly established ...more
4
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1983
Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by Stephen King, nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1984, and adapted into a 1989 film of the same name. In November 2013, PS Publishing ...more
5
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1975
'Salem's Lot is a 1975 horror fiction novel written by the American author Stephen King. It was his second published novel. The story involves a writer named Ben Mears who returns to the town ...more
6
Misery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1987
Misery is a psychological horror novel by Stephen King. The novel was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988, and was later made into a Hollywood film and an off-Broadway ...more
7
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1996
The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel written by Stephen King. It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe's encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable ...more
8
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1974
Carrie is an American epistolary novel and author Stephen King's first published novel, released on April 5, 1974, with an approximate first print-run of 30,000 copies. Set in the then-future ...more
9
Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1991
Needful Things is a 1991 horror novel by American author Stephen King. It is the first novel King wrote after his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol. According to the cover, it is "The ...more
10
The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1979
The Dead Zone is a supernatural thriller novel by Stephen King published in 1979. It concerns Johnny Smith, who is injured in an accident and enters a coma for nearly five years. When he ...more
11
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1978
Night Shift is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978. In 1980, Night Shift received the Balrog Award for Best Collection, and in 1979 it was nominated as ...more
12
Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1982
Different Seasons is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with a more serious dramatic bent than the horror fiction for which King is famous. The four novellas are tied together via ...more
13
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1982
The Gunslinger is a novel by American author Stephen King, and is the first volume in the Dark Tower series, which King considers to be his magnum opus. Initially a fix-up novel that strung ...more
14
11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
2011
11/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King about a time traveler who attempts to prevent the assassination of President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. ...more
15
Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1985
Skeleton Crew is the second collection of short fiction by Stephen King, published by Putnam in June 1985. A limited edition of a thousand copies was published by Scream/Press in October 1985, ...more
16
Cujo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1981
Cujo is a 1981 psychological horror novel by Stephen King about a rabid dog. The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1982, and was made into a film in 1983.
17
Christine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1983
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
18
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1987
The Drawing of the Three is the second book in The Dark Tower series of novels written by Stephen King and published by Grant in 1987. The series was inspired by Childe Roland to the Dark Tower ...more
19
The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1979
The Long Walk is a dystopian novel by Stephen King published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1979 as a paperback original. It was collected in 1985 in the hardcover omnibus The Bachman ...more
20
Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1980
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
21
Four Past Midnight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1990
Four Past Midnight is a collection of four novellas by Stephen King, published in 1990. The four stories are "The Langoliers"; "Secret Window, Secret Garden"; "The ...more
22
The Dark Half is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1989
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. ...more
23
Thinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1984
Thinner is a 1984 novel by Stephen King, published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. It is about a man cursed by a gypsy to grow progressively thinner. It would be the last novel which King ...more
24
Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1998
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 ...more
25
Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1992
Dolores Claiborne is a 1992 psychological thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel is narrated by the title character. Atypically for a King novel, it has no chapters, double-spacing between ...more