Reading the Master: Where to Start With Stephen King

Reading the Master: Where to Start With Stephen King

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In these quarantimes, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some old favorites. I’ve been a Constant Reader since I began dipping my toes into horror as a teenager. Before I started working in publishing, I thought King was the be-all and end-all of horror, but as with so many things, I’ve come to realize I’ve only scratched the surface.

That being said, I’ve read everything Stephen King has published in novel, short story and novella form. (The only works I’m missing from my oeuvre are the Bachman books.) If you haven’t started reading King’s body of work, it can be a bit overwhelming due to sheer volume. Where does one start when the guy has been publishing for nearly 45 years? 

From my high perch on ye olde (dark) tower, I bid ye come, childe, as I break down exactly where I’d recommend you start. I’ve broken it down by length so you can choose for yourself how to divvy up your time.

Editor’s note: we usually use the most recent edition’s cover in our posts, but these vintage covers were simply too good to pass up.

Short Story

everythings-eventual

Short Story Collection

night-shift

Novella Collection

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Novel

carrie

Doorstopper

the-talisman-vintage


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