(aka Richard Bachman)
[1947 - ]
Story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary
telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the
most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time.
Salem's Lot (1975)
Story of a mundane town under siege from the forces
of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever
written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart -- and the
insular evils of small-town America.
- The Overlook Hotel is more than just a
home-away-from-home for the Torrance family. For Jack, Wendy, and their
young son, Danny, it is a place where past horrors come to life. And where
those gifted with the shining do battle with the darkest evils. Stephen
King's classic thriller is one of the most powerfully imagined novels of
The Shining (1977)
Night Shift (1978)
From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to
dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish
fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers
into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie
imagination of our time.
The Stand (1978)
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a
Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the
links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its
institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a
handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in
which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail
-- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal
smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
The Dead Zone (1979)
John Smith awakens from an interminable coma with an
accursed power-the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting
mankind in...the dead zone.
Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror as
a young girl exhibits signs of a wild and horrifying force. In this
thriller, a young girl exhibits some rather explosive psychic powers. Now
the government wants her for their own insane ends.
A family dog turns into a family killer in King's canine
A collection of four novellas by the bestselling master,
three of which became the basis for the hit films Stand By Me (DVD
VHS), The Shawshank Redemption
VHS), and Apt Pupil (DVD
Different Seasons (1982)
- A comic book adaptation
Buy the movie: VHS DVD
and Creepshow 2
It was love at first sight. From the moment
seventeen-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do
anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's
ultimate vehicle of terror.
When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural
Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife,
charming little daughter, adorable infant son -- and now an idyllic home.
As a family, they've got it all...right down to the friendly cat.
Pet Sematary (1983)
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth -- more
terrifying than death itself...and hideously more powerful.
Self-published, on-going work, published in limited editions and out of
The Plant (1983, 1984)
The Talisman (1984) with
On a brisk autumn day, a thirteen-year-old boy stands on the shores of the
gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort
called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is
gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for
Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a
journey back across America–and into another realm.
One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written,
The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror,
and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life,
must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and
monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize
is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin.
. . .
In this brilliant collection of stories, Stephen King takes
readers down paths that only he could imagine...
Skeleton Crew (1985)
A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its
last stand against unholy destruction. A trip to the attic turns into a
journey to hell. A woman driver finds a scary shortcut to paradise. An
idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil. And a desert island is the scene
of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged.
A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of
dragons and princes and evil wizards, this is epic fantasy as only Stephen
King could envision it.
The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)
Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine
have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this
side of Hell.
- A short story published in limited edition by Library Fellows Of The Whitney Museum Of American Art
My Pretty Pony (1988) Photography by Barbara Kruger
Bestselling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has
nothing to do with the evil that has resulted in a series of monstrous
murders. But he can't. He created it.
The Dark Half (1989)
The scary story has never been the same since.
Four Past Midnight (1990)
An extraordinary quartet of full-length novellas: The Langoliers,
Secret Window, Secret Garden, The Library Policeman,
and The Sun Dog.
The Stand, The Complete And Uncut Edition (1990)
Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story (199l)
A new store has opened in the little town of Castle
Rock. It has just what you want. But you won't discover just how high the
price is until it's too late.
Gerald's Game (1992)
Stephen King cranks up the suspense in a different
kind of bedtime story. A game of seduction between a husband and wife goes
horribly awry when the husband suddenly dies. But the wife's nightmare has
Dolores Claiborne (1992)
- A collection of short stories
Nightmares and Dreamscapes (1993)
Ralph Roberts hasn't been sleeping well lately. Every
morning he wakes just a little bit earlier until pretty soon, he isn't
sleeping at all. It wouldn't be so bad if not for the strange
hallucinations--and the nightmares that keep coming to life.
When Rose Daniels sees the drop of blood on the bedsheet,
she knows she must escape her marriage and her savage husband before it's
too late. But escape is not that easy. Norman isn't willing to let her go
without a fight.
Rose Madder (1995)
This is knock-out classic horror about the loneliest town
off Nevada's Interstate 50-and the scariest.
The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (1996)
Part One, The Two Dead Girls; Part Two, The Mouse On The Mile; Part Three, Coffey's Hands; Part Four, The Bad Death Of Eduard Delacroix; Part Five, Night Journey; Part Six, Coffey On The Mile
When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green
Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up
on the New York Times bestseller list -- simultaneously -- and
delighted millions of fans the world over.
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the
Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his
turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold
Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share
of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like
John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child,
condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its
depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to
discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will
challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.
- A limited edition collection of short stories
Six Stories (1997)
Here is Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable
novel -- a tale of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, of haunting
secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible
Bag Of Bones (1998)
Four years after the sudden death of his wife,
forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable
to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine
summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside
getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a
powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his
three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother,
Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra's struggle, as he falls in
love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs,
now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the
forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike
On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the
Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the
constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently
divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to
catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes lost in a wilderness maze
full of peril and terror.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense
against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her
mounting fears. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston
Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero,
relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade,
Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- protecting her from an
all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of slaughtered animals and mangled
trees in the dense, dark woods....
Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was
published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from
Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images
from that war -- and the protests against it -- had flooded America's
living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King's newest
fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in
the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties,
and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.
Hearts In Atlantis (1999)
In Part One, "Low Men in Yellow Coats," eleven-year-old
Bobby Garfield discovers a world of predatory malice in his own
neighborhood. He also discovers that adults are sometimes not rescuers but
at the heart of the terror.
In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on
a card game, discover the possibility of protest...and confront their own
collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the
thinly disguised cry of the beast.
In "Blind Willie" and "Why We're in Vietnam," two men who
grew up with Bobby in suburban Connecticut try to fill the emptiness of
the post-Vietnam era in an America which sometimes seems as hollow -- and
as haunted -- as their own lives.
And in "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling," this
remarkable book's denouement, Bobby returns to his hometown where one
final secret, the hope of redemption, and his heart's desire may await
Full of danger, full of suspense, most of all full of
heart, Stephen King's new book will take some readers to a place they
have never been...and others to a place they have never been able to
Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys
stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them
in ways they could never begin to understand.
Black House (2001) with
Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a
parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her
Territories "twinner" from a premature and agonizing death that would have
brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles
homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack,
WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was
compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event
threatened to awaken those memories.
When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are
reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life
madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed "The Fisherman" and Jack's
buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced
force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or
has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town?
What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are,
of robins' eggs and red feathers? It's almost as if someone is trying to
tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to
ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past,
where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end
of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and
ferocious evils sheltered within it.
Everything's Eventual (2002)
International bestselling author Stephen King is in
terrifying top form with his first collection of short stories in almost a
decade. In this spine-chilling compilation, King takes readers down a road
less traveled (for good reason) in the blockbuster e-Book "Riding the
Bullet," bad table service turns bloody when you stop in for "Lunch at the
Gotham Café," and terror becomes déjàvu all over again when you get "That
Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French" -- along with eleven more
stories that will keep you awake until daybreak. Enter a nightmarish
mindscape of unrelenting horror and shocking revelations that could only
come from the imagination of the greatest storyteller of our time.
From a Buick 8 (2002)
The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept
a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers
Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just
down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt
Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was...wrong,
just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his
fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous -- and that it would
be better if John Q. Public never found out about it.
Curt's avid curiosity taking the lead, they investigated
as best they could, as much as they dared. Over the years the troop
absorbed the mystery as part of the background to their work, the Buick 8
sitting out there like a still life painting that breathes -- inhaling a
little bit of this world, exhaling a little bit of whatever world it came
In the fall of 2001, a few months after Curt Wilcox is
killed in a gruesome auto accident, his 18-year-old boy Ned starts coming
by the barracks, mowing the lawn, washing windows, shoveling snow. Sandy
Dearborn, Sergeant Commanding, knows it's the boy's way of holding onto
his father, and Ned is allowed to become part of the Troop D family. One
day he looks in the window of Shed B and discovers the family secret. Like
his father, Ned wants answers, and the secret begins to stir, not only in
the minds and hearts of the veteran troopers who surround him, but in Shed
B as well....
From a Buick 8 is a novel about our fascination with
deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about
terror and courage in the face of the unknowable.
On October 1, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140,
most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine,
is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He's just landed a comic
book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making
art instead of teaching it. He's already picked up a small (but
expensive!) gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he'll
get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay's feeling
good about the future.
That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a
phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery
method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate
survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night
of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human
horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to
There's really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay,
an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make
their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming
their direction: KASHWAK=NO-FO. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat...
There are one hundred and ninety-three million cell phones
in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? Stephen King's utterly
gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't just ask the question "Can
you hear me now?" It answers it with a vengeance.
Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a
twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening
intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very
complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey
had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she
understood that there was a place Scott went -- a place that both
terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas
he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons,
Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort
through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal
journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and
powerful novel, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of
creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.
The Dark Tower Series
The tale of a mysterious gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his quest for the nexus of all space and time.
The Gunslinger, Book (1982)
The Drawing Of The Three (1987)
The Waste Lands (199l)
Wizard & Glass (1997)
Dark Tower Boxed Set (2003)
Volumes 1 - 4
Wolves of the Calla (2003)
Song of Susannah (2004)
The Dark Tower (2004)
Volumes 1-5, by Stephen King. ( 2003) with Donald M. Grant
A fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze in 1973
on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to Stephen King,
who used it to write Carrie. Bachman died in 1985 ("cancer of the
pseudonym"), but in late 2006 King found the original typescript of Blaze
among his papers at the University of Maine's Fogler Library ("How did
this get here?!"), and decided that with a little revision it ought to be
Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. -- of the crimes
committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the
kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker
since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs -- and then
threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when
he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who
thinks he has all the answers. But then George is killed, and Blaze,
though haunted by his partner, is on his own.
He becomes one of the most sympathetic criminals in all of literature.
This is a crime story of surprising strength and sadness, with a
suspenseful current sustained by the classic workings of fate and
character -- as taut and riveting as Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved
The Long Walk (1979)
The Running Man (1982)
An Omnibus Edition (1985)
Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man
The Regulators (1996)
Danse Macabre (1980)
Nonfiction work on horror in the media
On Writing (2000)
In 1999, Stephen King began to write about his craft -- and
his life. By midyear, a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival
of both. And in his months of recovery, the link between writing and
living became more crucial than ever.
Rarely has a book on writing been so clear, so useful, and
so revealing. On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of
King's childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story.
A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling
years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, will afford readers a
fresh and often very funny perspective on the formation of a writer. King
next turns to the basic tools of his trade -- how to sharpen and multiply
them through use, and how the writer must always have them close at hand.
He takes the reader through crucial aspects of the writer's art and life,
offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and
character development to work habits and rejection.
Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim,
On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King's
overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him
back to his life.
Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On
Writing will empower -- and entertain -- everyone who reads it.
Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction On The Craft Of Writing (2000) --
A Book Of The Month Club selection
Anthology of hard to find non-fiction pieces, little known interviews,
short stories, and articles about writing for those looking for direction
on how to find their own "windows" - or for anyone wishing to be touched
by Stephen King's humor and wisdom...'Included in this collection are
unpublished early fiction( very early; King was 12 when he wrote "Jumper"
and" Rush Call"; a pre-Carrie article with tips for selling stories to
men's magazines ("The Horror Writer and the Ten Bears: A True Story");
advice to his son on writing ( with the look-twice title "Great Hookers I
Have Known"); recommendations to teen readers in a 'Seventeen' article
("What Stephen King Does For Love"); a long chapter from his wonderful
treatise on the horror genre ("Horror Fiction" from Danse Macabre); and
even a first-time-in-print short story, "In The Deathroom" (just for fun).
Climb aboard Stationary Bike -- a streamlined fever dream of a tale, in
which an ordinary household object assumes otherworldly powers and a
familiar journey takes a terrifying twist.
artist Richard Sifkitz finally gets around to having that physical he'd
been putting off for years, and his cholesterol comes back dangerously
high, he does what so many thirty-something, junk food-eating couch
potatoes have done before him: he buys a stationary bike, and vows to ride
Unlike many a mid-life exercise convert, however, Richard
actually starts to ride his new stationary bike. A lot. Soon he's spending
so much time on his bike that he decides to put his artistic talents to
use and paint a mural on the wall opposite his stationary bike. But it
turns out that Richard's mural is no ordinary picture -- and soon his
stationary bike is taking him places he doesn't want to go...and can't
stay away from.
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