Guest Post By Jason Parent: Top 20 Stephen King Books



Everyone knows Stephen King is the master of horror, but which of his works is his best? Those I hear cited most are: The Shining, The Stand, Salem’s Lot, and It. Though one of these takes my number one spot, I think you’ll find my rankings differ greatly from the hive mind, and some books are notably missing.


Despite the polarized climate of social media, I am going to throw my rankings out there. This is just one humble author’s opinions, and I don’t assert them as any better or correct than yours, though I do encourage healthy discourse on the merit of these works that so many of us have read and enjoyed.


This list includes all of his fiction titles (including the Bachman books) except Duma Key and Full Dark, No Stars, both of which I’m told are excellent but are still in my TBR pile, and the two novels co-authored with Straub. So without further ado:


  1. The Running Man


  1. Needful Things


  1. Night Shift


  1. Salem’s Lot


  1. Carrie


  1. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole


  1. Everything’s Eventual


  1. Delores Claiborne


  1. Thinner


  1. Pet Sematary


  1. Misery


  1. 11/22/63


  1. The Green Mile


  1. The Dark Half


  1. It


  1. Skeleton Crew


  1. The Shining


  1. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass


  1. The Dead Zone


  1. The Stand


Up until my recent re-reading, It was a very close second to the The Stand, but perhaps it lost some of its magic in the re-read and in my older age. Also, King may very well be the best short story writer ever to publish in the English language, so other collections sit on the peripheral of this list.


At the other end of the spectrum, I’d list Christine and From a Buick 8, as well as The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Blaze, and Revival, with the caveat that Revival had an awesome ending.


So that’s my list. What say you?


About The Author

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In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Rhode Island.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he wanted a change, he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.

When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, and travel any place that will let him enter. And read and write, of course–he does that too sometimes.

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The book I was given as an ARC was What Hides WithinWhich was his debut book, but this is a new cover. . What Hides Within by [Parent, Jason]I personally think that this cover definitely matches the story’s creepy/horror factor. The King would be proud. My review for this will be up for tomorrow. I loved it by the way, even though I hate spiders with a burning vengeance. Nasty little things. Cue scrunched up face.


Here is a link to his book and what it is about:


I think everyone should check this book out. 








So Readers! What do you say about his preference of Kings books? Do you agree? What do you think of his book ?  Let me know in the comment section below!



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