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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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  • 1
    It is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    It

    1986

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    It is a 1986 horror novel by American author Stephen King. The story follows the exploits of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsAdventure, Family

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in 1977, it is King's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsResearch

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsDeath row inmates -- Fiction, Prisons -- Fiction

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel written by Stephen King. It tells the story of death row... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by Stephen King, nominated for a World Fantasy Award for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
    2,860
    699

    AuthorStephen King

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    'Salem's Lot is a 1975 horror fiction novel written by the American author Stephen King. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Alternate history, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    11/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King about a time traveler who attempts to prevent the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Misery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    Misery

    1987

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsSuspense

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Misery is a psychological horror novel by Stephen King. The novel was nominated for the World... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    470

    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Different Seasons is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with a more serious dramatic... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Night Shift is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Needful Things is a 1991 horror novel by American author Stephen King. It is the first novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsNew England, Adventure

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Dead Zone is a supernatural thriller novel by Stephen King published in 1979. It concerns... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    Carrie

    1974

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsClassics

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Carrie is an American epistolary novel and author Stephen King's first published novel,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Skeleton Crew is the second collection of short fiction by Stephen King, published by Putnam... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Nightmares & Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

    AuthorStephen King

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Nightmares & Dreamscapes is a short story collection by Stephen King published in 1993.amazon buy button
  • 16
    Dr. Sleep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Doctor Sleep is a novel by Stephen King, a sequel to King's novel The Shining, released in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Four Past Midnight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

    AuthorStephen King

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Four Past Midnight is a collection of four novellas by Stephen King, published in 1990. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    The Mist is a horror novella by the American author Stephen King, in which the small town of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    The Dark Tower II: The Drawing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsEpic film

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Drawing of the Three is the second book in The Dark Tower series of novels written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsEpic film

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Gunslinger is a novel by American author Stephen King, and is the first volume in the Dark... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    The Dark Tower III: The Waste  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

    AuthorStephen King

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Waste Lands is the third book of the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. The original... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Mr. Mercedes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Re is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

    AuthorStephen King

    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a novella by Stephen King, from his 1982 collection... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Cujo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    Cujo

    1981

    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsEspionage

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Cujo is a 1981 psychological horror novel by Stephen King about a rabid dog. The novel won the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
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    AuthorStephen King

    SubjectsWomen, Confession, Maine

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Dolores Claiborne is a 1992 psychological thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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