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.
- 4,282958It is a 1986 horror novel by American author Stephen King. The story follows the exploits of... more
- 3,486795The Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in 1977, it is King's... more
- 3,927925The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It... more
- 2,697546The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel written by Stephen King. It tells the story of death row... more
- 2,876709Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by Stephen King, nominated for a World Fantasy Award for... more
- 2,703701'Salem's Lot is a 1975 horror fiction novel written by the American author Stephen King. It... more
- 2,652811Misery is a psychological horror novel by Stephen King. The novel was nominated for the World... more
- 2,08746611/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King about a time traveler who attempts to prevent the... more
- 1,589462Different Seasons is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with a more serious dramatic... more
- 1,411493Night Shift is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978.... more
- 1,870699Needful Things is a 1991 horror novel by American author Stephen King. It is the first novel... more
- 2,137808Carrie is an American epistolary novel and author Stephen King's first published novel,... more
- 1,694631The Dead Zone is a supernatural thriller novel by Stephen King published in 1979. It concerns... more
- 1,132386Skeleton Crew is the second collection of short fiction by Stephen King, published by Putnam... more
- 1,141337Doctor Sleep is a novel by Stephen King, a sequel to King's novel The Shining, released in... more
- 979329Nightmares & Dreamscapes is a short story collection by Stephen King published in 1993.... more
- 1,743732The Gunslinger is a novel by American author Stephen King, and is the first volume in the Dark... more
- 834286Four Past Midnight is a collection of four novellas by Stephen King, published in 1990. The... more
- 1,489623The Drawing of the Three is the second book in The Dark Tower series of novels written by... more
- 1,170461The Waste Lands is the third book of the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. The original... more
- 663176The Mist is a horror novella by the American author Stephen King, in which the small town of... more
- 505100Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a novella by Stephen King, from his 1982 collection... more
- 1,192487Wizard and Glass is the fourth book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King published in... more
- 1,133403Dolores Claiborne is a 1992 psychological thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel is... more
- 1,524669Cujo is a 1981 psychological horror novel by Stephen King about a rabid dog. The novel won the... more