Top 10 Stephen King

What’s your favorite Stephen King book?

Notice I said ‘book’ and not ‘novel.’ That’s because the man has also published some equally fantastic nonfiction books! But hey, why stop there? Whaddya say we really open this thing up? Let’s include all his short stories and short novels in your list! Heck – even screenplays!

That’s right – ALL OF KING’S PUBLISHED WORK.

Now for the tricky part.

Keep your list to a Top 10 format.

So – name your Top 10 Stephen King works. Not an easy task, to be sure. I recently looked at the list (on his website) of all his works, and I nearly fainted! I can say in all honesty that I have not read everything Mr. King has ever published, though I have read a respectable chunk of his stuff. I’m willing to bet some of you are in my shoes on this deal, so obviously, we’ll base our list on the books we’ve read.

My list will be heavy with his earlier works, which I consider to be his finest. Yours might be lean more toward his later work, or more balanced with material from across his massive bibliography. No biggie – there really are no wrong answers here.

So, here we go!

 

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE STEPHEN KING WORKS:

10. RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

9. THINNER

8. CREEPSHOW

7. CUJO

6. THE DEAD ZONE

5. NIGHT SHIFT

4. THE STAND

3. ‘SALEM’S LOT

2. ON WRITING

1. THE SHINING

 

You’re right. This is hard. Impossible, really.

Where’s FIRESTARTER? CHRISTINE? PET SEMETERY? THE TALISMAN? THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER? THE RAFT? THE MIST? THE JAUNT? SURVIVOR TYPE?

The works I included in my list are great – I could be dumped on a proverbial desert island and happily reread them again and again. But good God Almighty would I miss the ones above that I left off!

  1. Let’s try this again.

 

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE STEPHEN KING WORKS:

11. SKELETON CREW

10. CREEPSHOW

9. FIRESTARTER

8. PET SEMETARY

7. CUJO

6. THE DEAD ZONE

5. NIGHT SHIFT

4. THE STAND

3. ‘SALEM’S LOT

2. ON WRITING

1. THE SHINING

 

By including the Skeleton Crew anthology, I can grab up those classic King short stories listed above – but dammit! There goes Shawshank, the one story I picked to represent his brilliant collection of short novels, Different Seasons!

This sucks! Can’t give up The Shining, The Stand, ‘Salem’s Lot or Night Shift. No way. And On Writing changed my entire writing life. That one stays, buddy boy! OK – time for one more try at this. One more try to come up with my ultimate “desert island” King picks. Geez – one could go insane trying to narrow King down to a ‘top ten” list!

 

MY TOP TEN FAVORITE STEPHEN KING WORKS:

13. THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER

12. DIFFERENT SEASONS

11. SKELETON CREW

10. CREEPSHOW

9. FIRESTARTER

8. PET SEMETARY

7. CUJO

6. THE DEAD ZONE

5. NIGHT DSHIFT

4. THE STAND

3. ‘SALEM’S LOT

2. ON WRITING

1. THE SHINING

 

Well now – that’s more like it! That’s a Stephen King Top 10 List I can live with!

What? Whaddya mean it’s not a Top 10 List? Sure it is! Okay okay okay – so it’s a “baker’s dozen.” Or a “King’s Dozen,” if you will. I may have set the bar a little high with this challenge!

But I can live with my list. On a desert island.

Ya know, like one of those “survivor types.”

Thanks for reading, Deadies! And feel free to leave your own “Top 10 Lists” in the comments section below.

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