All the Opening Sentences from Stephen King Books, Ranked

The first lines in Stephen King books set the stage for the stories that follow. Over his long career, King has written opening sentences that are funny, informative, scary, and downright odd. But which one is the best?

Is it the simple statement about the gunslinger following the man in black through the desert in The Gunslinger, the novel that begins his epic eight-novel fantasy cycle? Is it the more in-depth breakdown of the Boston Globe reporter's surroundings in The Colorado Kid? Is it the random gurgles and moans that kick off Misery? Or is it something else entirely?

There's certainly not a shortage to chose from. Check out the list below to view every first sentence from King's novels and vote up your favorite ones! 

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  • 1
    2,960 votes

    The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years - if it ever did end - began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

  • 2
    3,031 votes

    The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

    The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger 
  • 3
    1,705 votes

    The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.

    The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon 
  • 4
    1,714 votes


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