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Top 6 best books by Stephen King

Top 6 best books by Stephen King
03 Aug
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We are very excited to bring this special article for those who love reading books. This article is on Stephen King, one of the best writers of our time. Here, we will be discussing some of Stephen King books in detail. It is difficult to rank his books in an orderly fashion, as majority of his books are bestsellers. But, we have tried our best to give you a list of his top 6 books.

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Stephen Edwin King who was born on 21st September 1947, in Portland Maine USA, is a prolific writer who is popularly known for writing horror thrillers. He also writes science fiction, supernatural fiction, fantasy, and suspense thriller. King has written more than 50 novels in his career. Stephen King has written books under the pen name Richard Bachman, Beryl Evans and John Swithen.

King started his writing career when he and his elder brother David decided to launch a local newspaper “Dave’s Rag” they sold each newspaper for 5 cents. When he joined The Lisbon High School which is located at Lisbon in 1962 he and his friend Chris Chesley published a collection of short stories beginning his career as an author.

King has won numerous awards for his writings such as World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Awards, and Bram Stoker Awards. He has received a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American letters from the National Book Foundation. He has also received awards such as Grand Master Award and World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement for contribution in literature. King is one of the world top most writers and is being followed by many. His books have also been made into movies and television series.

To write all of Stephen King’s accomplishments is not an easy task, as there are so manu. Here are his top 6 books.

List of top 6 best Stephen King books

1. IT

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IT by Stephen King changed the concept of horror books when it was published in 1986. This book will probably get you a coulrophobia; also know as the fear of clowns. The way King has described the events will give you chills. The book’s timeline is of 3 decades where a group of friends from Maine come across a devilish clown called Pennywise; who lives in the town’s sewers. The clown gets its power from the fear of people and dominates its prey by this. The entire setup of the book is so dark that will eventually give you chills you cannot explain. The book has been depicted as a T.V series as well as a movie. In 2017, IT chapter one came into the big screen, directed by Andy Muchietti which was a big success.

2. The Shining

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The Shining by Stephen King is a book of its own kind. The story is about a family who stays in a hotel to take care of it in the winter time, as the hotel stays closed then. Jack Torrance who is a writer and retired teacher takes this job of maintaining this hotel (hotel will be closed in winter) as it will give him ample time to write his new book in a peaceful environment. But the hotel has a dark past that no one knows. As time passes by, Jack Torrance becomes violent and starts to torment his own family. Jake’s son is a physic who can see the future and that particular power is called “Shining” by which he warns his mother about his father’s intentions and how they escape that isolated hotel without Jack. This twisted plot will give you chills to your bones. This story came to King when he visited the Stanley Hotel which was about to close for winter. He wandered the hotel all alone and then this idea came to him.

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3. Different Seasons

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This book has four different stories. King has always been criticized for writing horror and science fiction and this book is the answer to his critics as it has none of King’s style which makes this book stand out from every other book. Out of four stories, three have been depicted in movies. The four stories have four different take-ups on human life. Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil were made from this book.

4. 11/22/63

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This time travel book is one of the best books written by King. Jake Epping, is an English teacher at a high school in Lisbon. His life takes a turn when his time travels to a point where he can stop John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s, the 35th president of USA, assassination. The book is a mix of the present world and the past which makes it more interesting.

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5. Misery

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This book is about a writer called Paul Sheldon who gained popularity by writing stories on Misery Chastain, but then he decided to dump the series and write something else. After writing the final draft of his current book, he gets into a car accident. Annie Wilkes saves him and keeps him captive at her house. She forces him to write another misery book just for her while keeping him captive in her house. The twist and turn in the book is tremendous. This thriller is a must read if you are a Stephen King fan.

6. The Stand

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This is arguably one of the best books Stephen King has written. The Stand is a choice made by human beings when the world is at a stage of getting collapsed due to wrong computer stimulation in the Defense Department laboratory. How the world would take a stand and will recover this earth will give you a rollercoaster ride throughout.

These are some of the Stephen King books ranked in order of their popularity among the book lovers. The literary pieces mentioned above can be surely classified as the breath-taking ones.

List of Stephen King books

Stephen King has written many books in his writing career, almost all of his books have been a bestseller because of his sheer talent for telling stories. Apart from rating his top 6 books, we would like to give the full list of books written by King in a chronological fashion. The following is the list of Stephen King books in order of its year of release.

1974

1975

  • Salem’s Lot

1977

  • The Shining
  • Rage

1978

  • Night Shift
  • The Stand

1979

  • The Long Walk as Richard Bachman
  • The Dead Zone

1980

  • Firestarter

1981

  • Roadwork as Richard Bachman
  • Danse Macabre
  • Cujo

1982

  • The Running Man as Richard Bachman]
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
  • Different Seasons

1983

  • Christine
  • Cycle of the Werewolf
  • Pet Sematary

1984

  • The Eyes of the Dragon
  • The Talisman with Peter Straub
  • Thinner as Richard Bachman

1985

  • Skeleton Crew

1986

1987

  • The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three
  • Misery
  • The Tommyknockers

1989

  • The Dark Half

1990

  • The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition
  • Four Past Midnight

1991

  • The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands
  • Needful Things

1992

  • Gerald’s Game
  • Dolores Claiborne

1993

  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes

1994

1995

  • Rose Madder

1996

  • The Green Mile
  • Desperation
  • The Regulators as Richard Bachman

1997

  • The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass

1998

  • Bag of Bones

1999

  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  • Hearts in Atlantis
  • Storm of the Century

2000

  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

2001

  • Dreamcatcher
  • Black House with Peter Straub
  • Everything’s Eventual

2002

  • From a Buick 8

2003

  • The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla

2004

  • The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower
  • Faithful with Stewart O’Nan

2005

  • The Colorado Kid

2006

  • Cell
  • Lisey’s Story
  • The Secretary of Dreams: Volume One

2007

  • Blaze as Richard Bachman

2008

  • Duma Key
  • Just After Sunset

2009

  • Under the Dome

2010

  • Blockade Billy
  • The Secretary of Dreams: Volume 2
  • Full Dark, No Stars

2011

2012

  • The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole

2013

  • Joyland
  • The Dark Man
  • Doctor Sleep

2014

  • Mr. Mercedes
  • Revival

2015

  • Finders Keepers
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

2016

  • End of Watch
  • Charlie the Choo-Choo as Beryl Evans
  • Six Scary Stories selected by Stephen King

2017

  • Gwendy’s Button Box with Richard Chizmar
  • Sleeping Beauties with Owen King

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Latest Stephen King books

Stephen King is also a fast writer and that is the reason why he releases so many books in a year. Well, you do not have to search anymore for Stephen King books 2018 because we at TUKO are providing you with a list of his latest upcoming books.

The Outsider

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The 1st book by Stephen King in 2018 was The Outsider. The book was released on 22nd May 2018. The book got its fair share of appreciation from the readers. The book is about a child being murdered and his body being found in the town park. All the evidence gathered by the forensic team indicates that the murder was committed by a well-known figure in the town; Mr. Terry Maitland, who is an English teacher, Little League Coach, and a father of two girls and a husband. Ralph Anderson is handling this case; and in the later stages of the case he finds out it is difficult to link the murder with the accused until the DNA evidence comes. When the investigation takes its course, more shocking revelations are revealed enabling Ralph and his team get to the results. This book is another King classic with a twist and turn at every stage. This literary piece would not disappoint you at any level and will keep you engrossed in it.

The upcoming new Stephen King books that are yet to be released this year are –

  • Castle Rock releasing date 25th July 2018
  • Flight or Fright releasing date 4th September 2018
  • Elevation releasing date 30th October 2018

Reading Stephen King books is a different experience altogether as he is one of the best writers who has the capability of putting human emotions so precisely. This gives him the edge over many.

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