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The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King 

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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. 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

Author: Stephen King

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Horror Film

Original Language: English Language

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
2
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1977

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Adventure, Family

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

Original Language: English Language

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
3
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1978

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Research

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

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
4
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1983

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English Language

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

Author: Stephen King

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

'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

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Suspense

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

Original Language: English Language

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

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Death row inmates -- Fiction, Prisons -- Fiction

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

Original Language: English Language

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

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Classics

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

Original Language: English Language

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

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English Language

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
Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1982

Author: Stephen King

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Horror Film

Original Language: English Language

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
11
The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1979

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: New England, Adventure

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Horror Film, Mystery, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

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
12
11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
2011

Author: Stephen King

Genres (Book): Alternate history, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

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
13
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1978

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English Language

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
14
The Dark Tower: The Guns... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1982

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Epic film

Genres (Book): Western, Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

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
15
The Dark Tower II: The D... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1987

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Epic film

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, Western fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

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
16
Cujo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1981

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Espionage

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

Original Language: English Language

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
The Dark Tower III: The ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1991

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English Language

The Waste Lands is the third book of the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. The original limited edition hardcover featuring full-color illustrations by Ned Dameron was published in 1991 by ...more
18
The Dark Tower IV: Wizar... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1997

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English Language

Wizard and Glass is the fourth book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King published in 1997. Subtitled "Regard", it placed fourth in the annual Locus Poll for best fantasy novel.
19
Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1985

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English Language

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
20
Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1980

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English 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
21
Ranker Video
2004

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Literary, Epic film, Suspense, Horror Film, Maine

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

Original Language: English 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, ...more
22
Christine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1983

Author: Stephen King

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Horror Film

Original Language: English 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
23
Dr. Sleep is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
2013

Author: Stephen King

Original Language: English Language

Doctor Sleep is a novel by Stephen King, a sequel to King's novel The Shining, released in September 2013. King first mentioned the idea in November 2009. The author's official website confirmed ...more
24
Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1992

Author: Stephen King

Subjects: Women, Confession, Maine

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Psychological thriller, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

Original Language: English Language

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
25
Nightmares & Dreamsc... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
1993

Author: Stephen King

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

Original Language: English Language

Nightmares & Dreamscapes is a short story collection by Stephen King published in 1993.