Stephen King

We celebrate the author known to many as the father of modern horror. For a generation of readers, Stephen King is the voice of the underbelly of small-town America, having made his name as the author of cult classics (with an equally strong legacy of film adaptations) including  Carrie, The Shining, The Green Mile, The Stand, Pet SemataryIT, Under the Dome and The Tommyknockers. If there's an author who knows how to mine the dark recesses of the human imagination, it's King.

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The peerless storyteller returns with a tightly-wound thriller based around the titular assassin and an odyssey across America in pursuit of the dark forces that would seek to double cross him.
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Horror by Stephen King

Carrie
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'Salem's Lot
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The Stand
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The Dead Zone
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Firestarter
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Cujo
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Cycle of the Werewolf
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Christine
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Pet Sematary
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It
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Misery
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The Tommyknockers
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The Dark Half
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Needful Things
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Gerald's Game
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Dolores Claiborne
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Insomnia
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Rose Madder
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Thrillers by Stephen King

The Colorado Kid
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Joyland
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Later
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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
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Billy Summers
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Billy Summers
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Mr Mercedes
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Finders Keepers
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End of Watch
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The Outsider
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Other Fiction by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon
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The Green Mile
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The Green Mile
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Under the Dome
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11.22.63
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Gwendy's Button Box
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Gwendy's Magic Feather
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The Talisman
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Black House
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The Dark Tower Series

Solid-gold stuff from the master and - for many of us here - his strongest overall work: strange perhaps to say for someone so associated with horror.
Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger
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The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
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The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
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The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
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The Wind through the Keyhole
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Charlie the Choo-Choo
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Short Fiction by Stephen King

With over 200 short stories under his belt, Stephen King is one of literatures most prolific writers of short fiction, here we collect the best stories from the last fifty years of an astonishing career.

Night Shift
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Different Seasons
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Skeleton Crew
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Four Past Midnight
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Nightmares and Dreamscapes
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Hearts in Atlantis
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Everything's Eventual
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Just After Sunset
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Road Rage
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Stephen King Goes to the Movies
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Full Dark, No Stars
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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
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If It Bleeds
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This is Halloween

Special editions of some of Stephen King's greatest horror fiction

The Shining
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Carrie
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Rose Madder
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Misery
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Christine
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
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Cell
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Bag of Bones
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Non-Fiction by Stephen King

On Writing
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Danse Macabre
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Stephen King Biography

Born in Portland, Maine in 1947, Stephen King’s first published story, I Was a Teenage Grave Robber, appeared in 1965 in a fan magazine called Comics Review but it wasn’t until 1967 that he made any money from his writing, selling a short story entitled The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories.


Cruelty and Telekenesis

Stephen King says the credit for his first published novel and breakthrough success, Carrie, lies in part, with his wife Tabitha. King had been working on fiction in his spare time, in the meantime trying to make ends meet by working as a high school teacher and in an industrial laundry. King claims he was idly thinking about his own high-school experiences when: "POW! Two unrelated ideas, adolescent cruelty and telekinesis, came together, and I had an idea…" The idea became the first draft of Carrie, but not before his wife had fished the discarded early pages out of the bin, insisting to know the rest of the story.

King’s second story Salem’s Lot was written in his mother’s garage whilst he nursed her through the final stages of cancer. During the next ten years, King battled with alcoholism, writing about the experiences in his popular non-fiction guide On Writing.


The Father of Modern Horror

Over the next few years the King family lived variously in Boulder, Colarado even spent a short three-month stay in England before settling in Maine. During the seventies and eighties King wrote his best-known cult horror classics, many of them being adapted into films (some of which King stared in playing cameo roles), including The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Pet Sematary, IT and Misery.

King started writing novels in the late seventies under the name of Richard Bachman including The Running Man. During this time he also began to collaborate, working with authors including Peter Straub on the novels The Talisman and Black House. More recently King has collaborated with the author Richard Chizmar on Gwendy’s Button Box and worked with his sons, the authors Joe Hill and Owen King most recently on the 2017 novel Sleeping Beauties.

Dark Tower Rising

Begin in the late seventies, King’s series The Dark Tower tells the story of Roland Deschain, the world’s last gunslinger in the fantasy post-apocalyptic Mid-World. The series, which stretched over eight novels and took four decades to write, is widely regarded as amongst his best work.

The author of more than fifty novels and over 200 short-stories King is fast catching at the heels of even Agatha Christie’s fabled prolific output. Working across film and television (his credits include a series of the X-Files and the popular adaptation of his novel Under the Dome) as well as writing comic books and working across digital platforms.

Tackling everything from adolescent isolation to American race-relations King’s works have been recognised as changing the accepted stereotype of what horror is for. Amongst the legion of writers who claim King as a major influence, the writer James Smythe says of King: "He traps small groups of characters in single locations and lets the story play out how it will… Doesn’t matter if it’s forty thousand words or two hundred, King doesn’t waste a word."