Stephen King Books In Order

Stephen King (website) is an author who literally doesn’t need an introduction. If you haven’t heard of Stephen King yet, you’ve been living under the proverbial rock all this time. And chances are you’ve still watched some of the movies they made based on his books, like ‘IT” or ‘The Shining”, to name just a few.

He is maybe the best known American author of thriller/horror/fantasy genres. His over 50 books have been sold over 350 million copies, and many of them have been turned into popular movies and TV series. Many readers are aware that the author also writes under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

His latest novel is Finders Keepers, published in 2015, the second book in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Born in 1947 in Portland, Maine, he was living with his mom and brother from a very young age, after his parents divorced. At the age of 11 the family moved to Durham, Maine, where he went to grammar school. He graduated from from Lisbon Falls High School in 1966, following which he went to the University of Maine at Orono, where he contributed to a weekly column called The Maine Campus.

In 1970 he graduated with a BA in English, and in 1971 he married Tabitha King. The same year he found a teaching position at Hampden Academy, while in his spare time he continued to write short stories which he would sell to men’s magazines.

His first novel, Carrie was published in 1974 Doubleday & Co., a book which was soon turned into a movie with Sissy Spacek.

Soon other books followed, including The Shining (also made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson) and The Stand. He also wrote several short stories that were also published.

In 1981 he published another book for the movies, Cujo (I still remember this movie, it gave me nightmares for a long time back in the day).

Except for his standalone novels and short stories, Stephen King also wrote the popular Dark Tower series, with the first book published in 1982, for a total of 7 books.

In the meantime the author kept writing books, many of which again were translated to powerful movies, such as Christine, and The Dead Zone (starring Christopher Walken). Firestarter featured Drew Barrymore and It, which was made into a mini series.

At the moment the author is still going strong with new books being published every year. Here is all the list of the Stephen King books in order, including the standalone novels, series and short stories published to date.


Standalone Novels By Stephen King In Order Of Publication

Carrie, 1974

‘Salem’s Lot, 1975

Rage, 1977 (written as Richard Bachman)

The Stand, 1978

The Long Walk, 1979 (written as Richard Bachman)

The Dead Zone, 1979

Firestarter, 1980

Roadwork, 1981

Cujo, 1981

The Running Man, 1982 (written as Richard Bachman)

Christine, 1983

Pet Sematary, 1983

Thinner, 1984

It, 1986

The Eyes of the Dragon, 1987

Misery, 1987

The Tommyknockers, 1987

The Dark Half, 1989

Needful Things, 1991

Gerald’s Game, 1992

Dolores Claiborne, 1992

Insomnia, 1994

Rose Madder, 1995

Desperation, 1996

The Regulators, 1996

The Green Mile, 1996

Bag of Bones, 1998

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, 1999

Dreamcatcher, 2001

From a Buick 8, 2002

The Colorado Kid, 2005

Cell, 2006

Lisey’s Story, 2006

Blaze, 2007

Duma Key, 2008

Under the Dome, 2009

11/22/63, 2011

Joyland, 2013

Revival, 2014


Shining Books In Order Of Publication

The Shining, 1977

Doctor Sleep, 2013


Dark Tower Series In Order Of Publication

1. The Gunslinger, 1982

2. The Drawing of the Three, 1987

3. The Waste Lands, 1991

4. Wizard and Glass, 1997

5. Wolves of the Calla, 2003

65. Song of Susannah, 2004

7. The Dark Tower, 2004

8. The Wind Through the Keyhole, 2012

9. The Drawing of the Three – The Lady of Shadows, 2015


The Talisman Series In order Of Publication

Co-authored with Peter Straub
1. The Talisman, 1984

2. Black House, 2001


Mr. Mercedes Trilogy In Order Of Publication

1. Mr. Mercedes, 2014

2. Finders Keepers, 2015

3. End Of Watch – TBA


Short Stories And Anthologies In Publication Order

The Breathing Method, 1984

Silver Bullet, 1985

My Pretty Pony, 1989

The Body, 1994

Umney’s Last Case, 1995

The Shawshank Redemption, 1995

Apt Pupil, 1999

Riding the Bullet, 2000

Blockade Billy, 2010

Ur, 2010

Mile 81, 2011

Throttle, 2012

A Face in the Crowd, 2012

In the Tall Grass, 2012

Big Driver, 2014

A Good Marriage, 2014

Night Shift, 1978

Different Seasons, 1982

Stephen King’s Creepshow, 1982

Skeleton Crew, 1985

Four Past Midnight, 1990

Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 1993

Hearts in Atlantis, 1999

Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing, 2000

Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, 2002

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 1, 2006

The Best American Short Stories 2007, 2007

Just After Sunset, 2008

Stephen King Goes to the Movies, 2009

Road Rage, 2009

Full Dark No Stars, 2010

The Secretary of Dreams Volume 2, 2010

The Best Horror of the Year Volume 4, 2012

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, 2015


Other Fiction Works By Stephen King

Storm of the Century, 1999 (original screenplay)

The Talisman, Vol. 1: The Road of Trials, 2009 (graphic novel)

American Vampire, Vol. 1, 2010 (graphic novel)


Non-Fiction Books

Danse Macabre, 1981

Nightmares in the Sky, 1988

Mid-Life Confidential, 1994

On Writing, 2000

Faithful, 2004

Guns, 2013

Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All, 2013

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