When it comes to Horror books, Stephen King is the first name that pops to anyone’s mind and Stephen King books make up for the best post-apocalyptic novels and zombie books which are an ultimate horror books collection.
Do you know all books written by Stephen King have collectively sold 350 million copies around the world! That’s huge, isn’t it?
For those who have lost the count, Stephen King has written 60 novels, 200+ short stories and the latest novel by Stephen King is ‘The Institute’ which is set to release in Sep 2019.
Stephen King’s novels and short stories have also been adapted into many Hollywood movies and have won numerous international awards.
In this article, I have placed the complete list of books written by Stephen King in chronological order including the short story collections and his non-fiction books too.
Not many readers know that Stephen King also writes under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
The books written by Stephen King under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman are also included in this list.
Before you continue here is a brief introduction of the King of Dark Horror, Stephen King.
About Stephen King
Stephen King, 71-year-old, is a bestselling American author of Horror. His first novel, Carrie, was published in 1973. He has written more than 55 books and many of them have been adapted as films. His most popular books include The Dark Tower series, The Bill Hodges Trilogy, It and Shawshank Redemption.
Stephen King has won many literary awards and named as the most awarded novelist of the century and also regarded as the King of Dark of Horror.
Stephen King Books List And Latest Novel
Here we present you the list of Stephen King Books.
1. Carrie (1974)
Carrie is Stephen King’s first book and since then the world is reading the books of a connoisseur of horror genre novels. It was published in the year 1974 with an approximately first print of 30,000 copies.
Carrie is written in an epistolary style. It is about a teenage girl with telekinesis powers. That means, she can move objects with the power of her mind. This has outcast her from high school and she is taking revenge from her classmates.
Being socially accepted was a rare incident in Carrie’s life. To her surprise and delight, she was invited to the prom night by Tommy Ross. But things didn’t turn out the way she had expected.
Eventually, she was forced to use her terrible gift against the people who mocked and loathed her.
It is amazing to read the first novel of such an amazing writer.
2. Salem’s Lot (1975)
Do you believe in Vampires?
If yes, then this is the must-read Stephen King book for you.
Salem’s Lot is a vampire’s story, originally published in 1975. It is second on the list of Stephen King’s books which would give you chilling goosebumps.
Salem’s lot is a small and quiet town. Ben Mears, the protagonist of the story goes back to his childhood town which is now infested by the vampire’s attack. Along with four other people from the town, the group decides to wipe out the vampire’s existence from the town.
It gives the adventurous and spine-chilling reading experience until the end. The book was also nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1976.
3. The Shining (1977)
This book marked the presence of Stephen King in the literary community of the horror genre. It was the third book by him and the first bestseller, published in the year 1977.
The Shining is about a five-year-old boy Danny who can see a little more than normal people do. His father is a caretaker in the Overlook Hotel and it seems that something is wrong in Room 217.
There are some evil powers which are beginning to shine and causing some supernatural activities like masked guests going up and down in the elevator and hedges shaped like animals seemed alive.
These 600 pages of the classic horror book will give a thrilling experience to its readers and is one of the best in the Stephen King books list.
4. The Stand (1978)
The Stand was published in 1978 and is still considered as the masterpiece of 1200 pages.
The classic book chronicles the story of the times when the accidental release of the strain of influenza spreads in society. This widespread influenza resulted in the killing of 99% of the world’s human population.
This apocalyptic story is a fantasy epic and classic of Stephen King’s novels.
5. The Long Walk (1979)
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Written by Richard Bachman, pseudonym of Stephen King, The Long Walk was first published in 1979.
Imagine going to the walking competition and if you win you can get whatever you want for the rest of your life.
Ray Garraty, participated in such grueling walking race alongside 99 other teenage boys, where if you break the rules then you will get three warnings. The winner is the one who survives the race for the new police state, America.
Ray knows the rules; keep a steady pace of four miles per hour without stopping and do not interfere with the other Walkers progress. After 3 warnings, they are shot and killed by one of the soldiers that are shadowing them on the side of the road in a half-track.
The master storyteller Stephen King tells an absolutely terrific tale about the society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment.
6. The Dead Zone (1979)
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It is the seventh novel by Stephen King and is a supernatural thriller novel published in 1979.
An accident has totally changed a man’s life. Meet Johnny Smith, a small town school teacher who was doing pretty well with his life before the car crash accident. Everything was blacked out after the accident followed by the long, long time cold limbo.
Post the car crash his luck ceases to exist. His fiancee got somebody else. He got some evil powers in a man’s soul and now he could see the future. Johnny had become a power-hungry and dangerous man.
This book is a fan-favorite of all books in Stephen King books list and is an engraved invitation for all the horror genre lovers.
7. Firestarter (1980)
Firestarter is a sci-fi horror thriller novel, published in 1980 and was also nominated for various awards like Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and Balrog Award. Now it is #1 New York Times Bestseller.
The story unfolds with two college students Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson who tries to earn money doing odd jobs like volunteering for the government’s top-secret psychic experiment.
During the experiment, they fell in love with each other and had a child, a daughter, Charlie. She is born with the pyrokinesis powers that mean she can ignite a fire with his mind’s power. Andy and Vicky try to raise their child like other normal children but she has become wild with her horrifying powers.
Now the government wants the child with psychic powers back for further experiments and her parents fear that if Charlie retaliates then she can set the whole world into a fire with her fury.
The book is still considered as the contemporary science fiction thriller and its gripping story is the most expected by the King of Horror stories.
8. Roadwork (1981)
It is another book under the pseudonym of Stephen King, Richard Bachman, originally published in 1981.
Roadwork is about a man who works in the road construction company. During the construction of the city’s highway 784 extension, Barton Dawes’s life is tossed upside down. He was expelled from his job and consequently thrown out from his house.
This behavior and insult from the bureaucrats made Barton take revenge from the bureaucracy. His willful destruction and vengeance parted him with his friends and family.
Read the book to know more about Barton’s fight against the legislative forces and how his comfortable life has ended into the ruins.
9. Cujo (1981)
Ever read about a friendly dog turned into a beast?
Cujo, published in the year 1981 is a horrifying story of a rabid dog. The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1982 and was made into a film in 1983.
The life in one of the towns of Maine is easy and smooth. Until one day, two hundred pounds, Saint Bernard, Cujo chases a rabbit and accidentally steps into a cave. He is bitten by a sick bat and now he is deteriorating in his mental conditions and had become a monster.
Cujo had been a friendly dog to his owners and everyone around him but now he only seems to be interested in killing the humankind.
I would suggest you read this novel in a locked and well-lighted room as this dark horror can give you the creeps.
10. The Running Man (1982)
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The Running Man is the third novel by Stephen King under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. It was published in 1982 and is a dystopian novel.
In this National Bestselling book, the protagonist, Ben Richards attempts to be a part of the game in which the only way to win is to survive. Ben needs money for his young daughter’s medical treatment and the reward money of the game can be the solution for his problems.
“The Running Man” game, a no-holds-barred thirty-day struggle to stay alive as public enemy number one, relentlessly hunted by an elite strike force bent on killing him as quickly as possible in front of an audience all-too-eager to see that happen.
Ben has to stake his life for this deadening game and give life to his daughter with the billion dollar prize.
11. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982)
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The Dark Tower is the series of eight books written by Stephen King. It is incorporated by different themes like horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, and western. It is adapted in the movie in the year 2017.
The series describes the “gunslinger” and his quest toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical. The Gunslinger is a haunting figure who has the quality of the lone hero through the ages.
The Dark Town series is a compelling and gripping story and often considered as Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement.
12. Christine (1983)
Christine was first published in the year 1983 and is considered as the best and most thrilling story of all times.
It tells the story of a 1958 red-and-white Plymouth Fury dubbed – “Christine”. Arnie Cunningham and his best friend, Dennis Guilder buys this Plymouth which was rusting in the suburban Pennsylvania neighborhood.
As soon as the car comes in Arnie’s life, everything changes. He dates the most popular girl in the school and becomes a more confident personality. The mysterious systematic restoration of Christine puts everyone in suspicion and Dennis decide to tell this to Arnie.
As both the friends set their journey in the quest of the truth behind the murderous mystery of the Christine, this captivating story uncovers the awful truth behind the car.
13. Pet Semetary (1983)
This is the thirteenth Stephen King Book, published in the year 1983. Pet Sematary was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986 and adapted into two films: one in 1989 and one in 2019.
Dr. Louis Creed has shifted with his wife Rachel, children and pet cat in this new city Landlow, Maine. Though it is a very quiet place, there is something odd about its tranquillity. He comes to know that in his neighborhood, there is a graveyard for pets killed by the transports on the front road.
Creed has witnessed the fact that there is some mysterious land deeper in the graveyard forest with unnatural activities. He is hinted with the nightmares that he should not go beyond the borders of the graveyard.
Things take a different turn when the family pet cat of Creed dies. This bestselling book is wild, powerful and disturbing at the same time.
14. Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)
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Cycle of The Werewolf is one of the best books of Stephen King books list. It is a short horror novel, published in the year 1983.
We all like seeing the full moon night but in the isolated village of Tarker Mills, the full moon is the worst nightmare for the people living there.
Every time the full moon shines in the dark sky of the village, one of them dies. The village sinks into the unbelieving horror which occurs at every full moon day.
It’s beautifully illustrated by Bernie Wrightson! Just as King paints the horror with his words, Wrightson uses his illustrations to capture those moments effectively.
15. The Talisman (1984)
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The Talisman is a fantasy novel, written by Stephen King and Peter Straub in 1984. The Talisman was nominated for both the Locus and World Fantasy Awards in 1985.
It is a book series by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The book is about the story of a twelve-year-old boy named, Jack Sawyer. He is in the quest of mystical Talisman which is the only thing that can save his dying mother.
But, in order to reach his goal he needs to cross the breadth of the United States and go across those wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.
This is one of the best novels by two best selling authors, Stephen King and Peter Straub of the world.
16. Thinner (1984)
Thinner is the fourth novel published in the year 1996 by Stephen King under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.
This is a tale about an obese lawyer Billy Halleck. Billy is enjoying his lavish upper-class life. On one fine day, when he and his wife were traveling in a car. He got distracted while driving and bumped his car into a gypsy. After which his life was turned upside down.
Afraid to face the consequences of committing the crime, Billy tries to suppress the event and moves on in his life. But the father of the gypsy curses him with the single word: Thinner. The obese Billy starts shedding his weight rapidly by a week.
I personally find this story very interesting and would truly recommend this book to all the bibliophiles.
17. It (1986)
Next time when you will use this pronoun, you will get thrilling chills.
Derry is a small town in Maine. The town’s children are preyed by an anonymous evil power: It. The book chronicles the story of seven children who had once lived in the town and battled the constant threat of the monster.
As promised to each other, they all met after twenty years of finding happiness and success in the city life. Now they have again stumbled upon the twenty-year-old horror with which they have once battled with.
Beware while reading this spooky novel by Stephen King, you might find yourself in the chilling horrors of the story world.
18. The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)
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And, in this mystical novel by Stephen King, even the Royal Family had to pay the cost to the evil powers.
Flagg is an evil magician who had killed King Roland. King Roland is a man who fancies drinks and a widow after his wife died during the childbirth. After the king’s murder his sons, Peter and Thomas are ready to be throned as a King.
But Flagg falsely accuses Peter of the killing of his father as he is smarter among the two of them. Also, he thinks that Thomas is easier to be a puppeteer and the weaker one to rebel against him.
This book is a poignant read and a page-turner which will stay with you for a long time.
19. The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three (1987)
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This is the second in the bestselling Stephen King book series: The Dark Tower.
The Odyssey of this science fiction starts when the Gunslinger had just ended and Roland encounters a mystifying doorway on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. They enter into a different person living in New York.
Stephen King has written this book in the most genuine and humane way.
20. Misery (1987)
I am warning all the writers before reading this book because this story will affect you the most.
Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist. Recently, when he met with an accident, he got a chance to meet his number one fan, Annie Wilkes. She happens to be Paul’s nurse but she is upset when the author killed her favorite character in the story.
Paul becomes a hostage of Annie in her isolated house. She wants him to write another book only for her and bring back the dead character in the story.
Alike other Stephen King books never fail to grip its readers and leave them horrified.
21. The Tommyknockers (1987)
22. The Dark Half (1989)
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23. The Dark Tower 3: The Waste Lands (1991)
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24. Needful Things (1991)
25. Gerald’s Game (1992)
26. Dolores Claiborne (1992)
27. Insomnia (1994)
28. Rose Madder (1995)
29. The Green Mile (1996)
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30. Desperation (1996)
31. The Dark Tower 4: Wizard and Glass (1997)
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32. Bag of Bones (1998)
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33. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
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34. The Plant (2000)
35. Dreamcatcher (2001)
36. Black House (2001)
37. From the Buick 8 (2002)
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38. The Dark Tower 5: Wolves of Calla (2003)
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39. The Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah (2004)
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40. The Dark Tower 7 (2004)
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41. The Colorado Kid (2005)
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42. Cell (2006)
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43. Lisey’s Story (2006)
44. Duma Key (2008)
45. Under the Dome (2009)
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46. 11/22/63 (2011)
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47. The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)
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48. Joyland (2013)
49. Doctor Sleep (2013)
50. Mr. Mercedes (2014)
51. Revival (2015)
52. Finders Keepers (2015)
53. End of Watch (2016)
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54. Gwendy’s Button Box (2017)
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55. Sleeping Beauties (2017)
56. The Outsider (2018)
56. Low Men in Yellow Coats (2018)
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57. Elevation (2018)
58. Sun Dog (2018)
59. Apt Pupil (2018)
60. The Institute (Sep 2019)
Well, that was pretty long but it is the end of the list of books written by Stephen King.
I believe, Stephen is not going to stop anytime soon and will continue to entertain and terrify his readers. With all these books, Stephen King has made an unmatched mark in the publishing industry.
So, towards the end, I can promise one thing, this Stephen King books list is going to be updated regularly with the latest novels by Stephen King.
In the meanwhile, I would like to know your thoughts on Stephen King’s books and his writing. How had been your reading experience with Stephen King overall?