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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.

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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2,757 526
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
The Stand 1978

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2
2,994 436
It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
It 1986

3
2,367 334
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

4
1,762 382
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

5
1,787 367
'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

6
1,813 423
Misery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Misery 1987

7
1,384 459
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Carrie 1974

8
1,816 243
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

9
1,177 326
The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

10
1,231 390
Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

11
1,060 422
Christine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Christine 1983

12
1,080 255
Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

13
887 249
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

14
1,341 335
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

15
1,001 409
Cujo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Cujo 1981

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16
1,122 256
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

17
1,448 233
11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
11/22/63 2011

18
845 297
Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

19
700 205
Skeleton Crew is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

20
960 264
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21
880 214
The Long Walk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

22
790 272
Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

23
885 347
Under the Dome is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

24
786 271
Thinner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Thinner 1984

25
651 265
The Dark Half is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

26
631 187
Nightmares & Dreamscapes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

27
667 273
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

28
920 195
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

29
757 283
Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Insomnia 1994

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30
864 172
The Dark Tower III: The Waste ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

31
651 349
Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

32
708 224
Desperation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

33
693 215
The Eyes of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

34
514 227
On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

35
747 178
Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

36
666 364
The Tommyknockers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

37
480 240
Black House is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

38
541 173
Everything's Eventual is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

39
624 279
Cell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Cell 2006

40
590 221
Hearts in Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

41
527 161
Four Past Midnight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

42
555 302
Gerald's Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

43
501 271
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon:... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

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698 174
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of th... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

45
579 137
The Bachman Books is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

46
682 159
Dr. Sleep is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Dr. Sleep 2013

47
429 275
From a Buick 8 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

48
447 217
The Regulators is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King

49
645 217
Duma Key is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King
Duma Key 2008

50
446 262
Lisey's Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King