Stephen Edwin King, The King of Horror is a popular American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. King uses three-dimensional and dynamic characters in most of his novels. With over 300 million copies sold, King has published around 58 novels, 6 non-fiction books, approximately 200 short stories and a series of comics.
King is the recipient of the Bram Stoker Awards, the World Fantasy Awards and the British Fantasy Society Awards. He received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation in 2003, The World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2004 and the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America in 2007. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts from the United States of National Endowment for the Arts for his literary contributions.
Stephen King Books
The Green Mile
The Dead Zone
Here are the Top Stephen King Books That Will Give You Sleepless Nights:
1. The Outsider
The Outsider is a thrilling novel that accounts the murder case of an eleven-year-old found dead in the town park. While all reliable eyewitnesses and fingerprints point towards the Little League coach, Terry Maitland, he has a different alibi. According to Terry, he was out of town when the tragic incident happened. Detective Ralph Anderson starts to unravel the investigation only to find horrific answers that emerge.
Year Of Publication: 2018
No. Of Copies Sold: More than 15 million copies
Awards: Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery and Thriller in 2018
2. The Green Mile
Set in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary, The Green Mile is a serial novel that describes the story of an unusual prisoner, John Coffey. Convicted for the brutal rape and murder of two little girls, John sits quiet and timid waiting for his turn to walk the Green Mile. To Paul Edgecombe, the supervisor of the prison, John seems nothing like the others and as he discovers more, terrifying and wondrous truths about Coffey are revealed. The book was also adapted as a film featuring Tom Hanks.
Year Of Publication: 1996
No. Of Copies Sold: 13,000 hardcover copies
Awards: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel in 1996
Nominated for the British Fantasy Award in 1997
Nominated for the Locus Award in 1997
Listed on the BBC’s The Big Read poll as the UK’s Best-Loved Novel in 2003
Termed as a psychological horror thriller, Misery focuses on Paul Sheldon, a famous author who writes Victorian-era romance novels. This disturbing tale unfolds when Annie Wilkes, Paul’s biggest fan rescues him from a car crash and forces him to rewrite the plot of her favourite book. Annie’s nutty head can make her go to any extent to make it happen. The book was later adapted for film and stage.
Year Of Publication: 1987
No. Of Copies Sold: 900,000 copies for the first print run
Awards: Nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988
Following the experiences of seven children as an evil spirit terrorises them, IT displays how the entity exploits fears and phobias of its preys and haunts them. As the children grow up, they move on and forget their past until one day, they are confronted by IT in the sullen depths of their memories. Spread around three decades, the book creates a fear of clowns. It has also been adapted for television and films.
Year Of Publication: 1986
Awards: The British Fantasy Award in 1987
Listed as the bestselling book in the US under Publishers Weekly in 1986
Nominated for the Locus and World Fantasy Award in 1987
5. Pet Sematary
As Dr Louis Creed moves from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, children and pet cat, he discovers something unusual about the road in front of their rural Maine home displaying cemeteries of dogs and cats. There are frequent claims of neighbourhood pets being killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. However, when Louis’ own cat dies, he discovers an ancient Indian burial ground deep in the woods. Wild, powerful and disturbing, this book will keep you pulled in throughout.
Year Of Publication: 1983
No. Of Copies Sold: 67,000 copies in hardback in its first year
Awards: Nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986
6. The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone is a supernatural thriller that revolves around Johnny Smith, a schoolteacher who awakens from a coma after five years with psychic abilities. With the power to dig deep into people’s souls and see the future, his life is about to witness a deadly confrontation with a power hungry and dangerous man. Penned with horror, the book was also adapted for film and television series.
Year Of Publication: 1979
No. Of Copies Sold: 110,000 copies
Awards: Nominated for the Locus Award in 1980
7. The Stand
Thrilling and classic, The Stand is a fantasy novel that accounts the incident of a super-virus called ‘Captain Trips’ that wipes out 99% of the world’s population. The survivors are to come in two camps and wage the war between good and evil. The book was also adapted for television, films and comics.
Year Of Publication: 1978
No. Of Copies Sold: 1.4 million copies sold
Awards: Nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979
Listed at number 53 on the BCC’s The Big Read poll
8. The Shining
Regarded as one of the true classics of horror fiction, The Shining centres on Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who is also the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. Jack’s son Danny possesses ‘the shining’, an array of psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel’s horrific past. As the harsh winter approaches, the property starts to have a life of its own leaving Jack and his family in utter danger. The book was also adapted for a feature film in 1980.
Year Of Publication: 1977
No. Of Copies Sold: A million copies
9. ‘Salem’s Lot
‘Salem’s Lot is a tale of horror featuring Ben Mears, a writer who returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot in Maine and discovers that the residents are turning into vampires. Ben befriends an English teacher named Matt Burke and the two try to fight and free the town together. The adventures of this novel are spine-chilling till the very end.
Year Of Publication: 1975
No. Of Copies Sold: 315 limited edition copies signed by Stephen King
Price: Rs. 383
Awards: Nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1976
Nominated for the Locus Award for All-Time Best Fantasy Novel in 1987
Carrie is an epistolary horror based in the then-future of 1979. The story revolves around Carrie White, an unpopular friendless misfit and bullied high school girl. When Tommy Ross invites Carrie to the Prom Night, it feels like her dream has come true but as the night approaches, she is scorned and humiliated. This raises an uncontrollable fury within her and she ends up using her newly-discovered powers to take revenge.
Year Of Publication: 1974
No. Of Copies Sold: 30,000 copies in the first print run
Awards: Nominated for the Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1977