Despite many able to argue that attempting to rank the talents of Stephen King in a ‘Best Stephen King Books’ type-article is a foolish battle, it’s one I’m currently engaged in.
Even so, there are some who favor his earlier works over the later ones; some even claim this as fact.
For those interested enough to know what book belongs to which spot on my Top 5, here they are:
5. Lisey’s Story (2006)
I think this book is a gem beyond all gems; if Stephen King is considered as one of the greatest living authors at present, then this beauty deserves to sit proudly with his best work of fiction (in my opinion). For such a relatively short novel, packed full of little details and intricacies, there’s no way you can’t feel utterly satisfied by its conclusion. With themes of love and loss throughout, ‘Lisey’s Story is one of King’s most emotionally dark tales; exploring the world of an author’s muse, and how it can often be something more than just inspiration.
4. The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams (2015)
The beauty about Stephen King’s books is that they’re never predictable, even when you think you might know what to expect given the nature of the novel; this especially rings true with his short story collection ‘The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams ‘. Even if I hadn’t read anything by him before, I would’ve guessed this was written by him based on its cover alone. Despite containing stories from various different time periods within his career, this collection shows off everything that makes his work so great. From horror to supernatural fiction, comedy to tragedy, there’s something for everyone.
3. Revival (2014)
If you’re after a truly horrifying tale then ‘Revival’ is a perfect choice; it’s one of King’s most recent novels and I was hooked from start to finish. It tells the story of Jamie Morton, who as a child is befriended by the much older Charles Jacobs. Jacobs is an enigmatic figure who has a passion for life, and he soon begins to have a profound effect on Jamie’s young mind. As they grow older, their friendship takes a darker turn until one fateful day when Jacobs does the unthinkable.
2. The Shining (1977)
I’m sure I don’t need to explain why Stephen King’s masterpiece ‘The Shining ‘ is such a high-ranked book. I’ve always been fascinated by the haunted house story, and this was one of King’s earliest successes. It tells the story of Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny as they work as an off-season caretaker couple at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado; a hotel with dark secrets and supernatural inhabitants (and I mean that literally). What follows is a terrifying tale full of madness and suspense, but how everything comes together in its final pages is brilliant writing that deserves its place as one of King’s best novels.
1. The Stand (1978)
I’m sure it doesn’t come as much surprise to learn that Stephen King’s literary monster has made number 1 on my Top 5 Stephen King Books list. I’ve spoken about it at length already, but it really is a work of epic proportions that’s hard to forget once you’ve read it. Charting the journey of a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, ‘The Stand’ is filled with unforgettable characters and intense action. It’s one of those books that you just can’t put down, and I promise you’ll be thinking about it long after you finish reading it.
So there you have it, my Top 5 Stephen King Books! What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
This Top 5 list is based on personal preference and opinion only. No offense intended to any other Stephen King fans out there.