Misery by Stephen King
Misery
by Stephen King

At the risk of stating the obvious, few authors past or present have achieved the level of success experienced by Stephen King. But then again, few authors are as prolific as Stephen King. With over 350 million copies of more than 70 titles sold worldwide, many adapted to film, television, and even broadway musicals and comic books, King’s impact on popular culture is irrefutable.

Launching his career with the 1974 publication of his debut novel, the horror classic Carrie, King has released at least one book every year since - frequently more than one, sometimes as many as three or four in a single year, under both his own name and his pen name, Richard Bachman. He has kept up this pace in spite of threatening to stop or slow down after being struck by a car and seriously injured in 1999.

Even among those who don't consider themselves fans of either the horror genre in general or Stephen King specifically, it's difficult to find an avid reader who hasn't read at least one Stephen King book. Noted as much for his ability to create fully developed, complex characters as his ability to masterfully foster suspension of disbelief and scare people silly, King's appeal crosses all genre boundaries, sending his books to the top of the bestseller lists more often than not.

In addition to being highly readable, Stephen King's books can also be highly collectible. First editions can often fetch hundreds or thousands of dollars. King has also frequently teamed up with independent publishing houses to create beautiful - and expensive - limited editions of some of his most popular titles, sometimes illustrated and often signed by the author. Look for editions published by Cemetery Dance, Lord John Press, Philtrum Press, Phantasia Press, Mark V. Ziesing Books, and, aptly, Scream Press.

 

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Stephen King's Novels

The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
The Talisman
w/ Peter Straub
1984
It by Stephen King
It
1986
Misery by Stephen King
Misery
1987

 

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

 

Stephen King's Short Stories, Novellas, and Collections

 

The Richard Bachman Books

 

Non-fiction by Stephen King

Nightmares in the Sky by Stephen King, photos by f-stop Fitzgerald
Nightmares in the Sky
w/ f-stop Fitzgerald
1988
On Writing by Stephen King
On Writing
2000
Faithful by Stephen King
Faithful
w/ Stewart O’Nan
2004

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