Stephen King Books

Stephen King books have captivated millions of readers all around the world and you are sure to find at least one Stephen King book on the bookshelves of most avid readers. Stephen King books are not all about monsters and things that creep out of the dark, some Stephen King books don’t even touch in the macabre or the supernatural.

On this page of the Stephen King Store, we have kept things simple. It’s just a straight list of Stephen King books in order of the date they were first published. Just click to find out more about the Stephen King book that you are interested in.

If you’d like to learn more about Stephen King and his books, click below to read our short Stephen King biography.

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Stephen King Biography

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Even if you are new to Stephen King books and you are reading this Stephen King biography, to find out more about Stephen King novels, you will no doubt be familiar with some of the movie adaptations of Stephen King books, such as The Shining, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, or perhaps Carrie. Well, those movie adaptations of Stephen King’s work only scrape the surface of the stories in the Stephen King books and, to truly appreciate why Stephen King  is one of the best selling authors our time, you need to sit down and read a Stephen  King book from cover to cover.

Here is a brief biography of Stephen King to fill you in on some of the background to this best selling author.

Stephen King’s Early Life

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, USA on September 21, 1947. His father, whose name was Donald Pollock, but who preferred to use the name King, walked out on the family when Stephen King was just two years old.

As a child, King is said to have witnessed the death of one his childhood friends who was hit by a train while they playing together. Even though King has no memory of the event, it has been suggested that this early life trauma may have inspired the darker side of some of Stephen King’s books.

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Stephen King’s Early Career

Stephen King showed an interest in the horror genre at an early age. He loved to read horror comic books, like Tales from the Crypt, which he later paid homage to in the screenplay for the movie anthology Creepshow. The movie also featured two short stories from Stephen King books.

Stephen King first started writing when he was still at school. He wrote articles for his brother’s school newspaper and he also sold early Stephen King short stories to his school friends. The first Stephen King story to be published was "I Was a Teenage Grave Robber", which was published in a fanzine called Comics Review.

Stephen King studied at the University of Maine from 1966 to 1970, during which time he sold his first short story, "The Glass Floor” to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. When King left University, he gained a certificate that enabled him to teach high school students, but he couldn’t find a job, so he did jobs like labouring and earned extra money by selling short stories, many of which have since been published in the Stephen King book Nightshift. In 1971, the budding author took up a teaching post at Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine and, during this period, he continued to publish short stories and he was working on ideas for future Stephen King books.

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Stephen King Books 1970s -1980s

It was in 1973 that the first Stephen King book was published and that book was Carrie. That first Stephen King book nearly never made it to print though, because Stephen King had become discouraged and thrown and early draft of Carrie in the trash. Fortunately, his wife Tabitha rescued it and this became the first of many bestselling Stephen King books.

It was during this period that Stephen King developed a severe drinking problem; a problem that was to haunt him for many years. It was also a period of great productivity for the author. In the 1970s, some of the best known Stephen King books were written, including Salem’s Lot, The Shining, and The Stand.

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Stephen King’s Dark Tower Books

The Stephen King books in the Dark Tower series began with The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, which was first published in five instalments from 1977 to 1981. Over the next forty years, a total of eight interconnected Dark Tower Stephen King books were published.  The Gunslinger was not publicised as much as other Stephen King books had been and the initial print run was only 10,000, which as tiny compared to other Stephen King books, like Firestarter, which had an initial print run of 100,000 copies and Christine, which had an initial print run of 250,000. Stephen King and his publishers thought that The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger wouldn’t have the wide appeal that other Stephen King books had, but Stephen King fans proved them wrong and the books were later released in greater quantities.

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The Richard Bachman Books

The Bachman books were Stephen King books that the author released under a pseudonym. There have been a number of reasons suggested why Stephen King did this. The first was that the writer wanted to see if the popularity of Stephen King books was just an accident and he wanted to find out if he could do it again. Another possible reason is that publishers only wanted to publish one Stephen King book a year at that time, so King released books under the pen name of Richard Bachman instead.

The Stephen King books that were initially published under the name of Richard Bachman were Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), The Running Man (1982) and Thinner (1984). It was a bookstore clerk named Steve Brown who is credited with outing Richard Bachman when he spotted similarities in the writing in Richard Bachman books and Stephen King books. This led to a press release stating that Richard Bachman had died of cancer of the pseudonym. The 1989 Stephen King book The Dark Half was dedicated to the deceased Richard Bachman.

Stephen King’s Car Accident

The publication of new Stephen King books nearly came to an end in 1999 when Stephen King was struck by a car while walking on a road in Maine. The driver of the Dodge van, Bryan Edwin Smith, had become distracted by a dog in the back of his vehicle and he swerved and hit King from behind. Stephen King was thrown 14 feet and he suffered a collapsed lung, a broken hip and multiple fractures of his right leg. While recovering from his injuries, the author finished his book Stephen King on Writing, but he could only sit for forty minutes at a time because of the pain. In 2002, it appeared that there would be no more new Stephen King books when the Writer announced he was going to retire. Stephen King has since returned to writing books, but has stated that he is now writing books at a much slower pace.

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Stephen King Books 2000 and onward

From 2000 onwards, new Stephen King books have continued to be published. We have had Duma Key, The eighth Dark Tower volume, The Wind Through the Keyhole, Joyland, Mr. Mercedes, 11/22/63, Doctor Sleep, Revival, End of Watch and more. 

Although Stephen King books may not be highly rated by some literary critics, there is no denying that Stephen King books are immensely popular and, so long as he keeps writing new books, there will be many people who are eagerly awaiting their publication. 

Stephen King has, at the time of writing this post, published 54 novels, nearly 200 short stories, and six non-fiction books, and more than 350 million copies of Stephen King books have been published worldwide.

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