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Author is Stephen King
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1 2011 2018 11/22/63
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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime.

Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
2 2011 2019 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
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Includes the story “Premium Harmony”—set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

The masterful #1 New York Times bestselling story collection from O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King that includes twenty-one iconic stories with accompanying autobiographical comments on when, why and how he came to write (or rewrite) each one.

For more than thirty-five years, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he introduces each story with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

As Entertainment Weekly said about this collection: “Bazaar of Bad Dreams is bursting with classic King terror, but what we love most are the thoughtful introductions he gives to each tale that explain what was going on in his life as he wrote it."

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. In “Afterlife,” a man who died of colon cancer keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Others address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

“I made these stories especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
3 1974 1987 Carrie
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A YOUNG GIRL GREW ANGRIER AND ANGRIER - AND A TOWN WITHERED IN PAIN...

Carrie was not quite aware that she was possessed of a terrifying power.  But it was enough to transform a small, quite New England town into a holocaust of destruction beyond the imagination of man.  Innocent schoolgirl or vengeful demon, Carrie will make you shudder...

CARRIE

"GORY AND HORRIFYING... YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!"
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"EERIE AND HAUNTING - SHEER HORROR!"
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"SHIVERING, SHUDDERY, MACABRE EVIL!"
- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

"BIZARRE, STUNNING, NERVE-JANGLING TERROR!"
- THE ABILINE REPORTER NEWS
4 2006 2021 Cell
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On October 1st, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He's just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He's already picked up a gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he'll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay's feeling good about the future.

That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

There are 193 million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? Stephen King's utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't just ask the question "Can you hear me now?" It answers it with a vengeance.
5 1983 1987 Christine
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"VINTAGE KING... BREATHTAKING, AWESOME... CARRIES SUCH MOMENTUM THE READER MUST FORCE HIMSELF TO SLOW DOWN!"
- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Christine is no lady, but 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham loves her enough to do anything to posses her.  Arnie's best friend Dennis distrusts her at first sight.  Arnie's teen-queen girlfriend Leigh fears her the moment she senses her power.  Arnie's parents, teachers and enemies soon learn what happens when you cross her.  Christine is no lady.  She is Stephen King's ultimate blackly evil vehicle of horror...

CHRISTINE

RIVETING... CHIVERINGLY SCARY... A HELL OF A GOOD RIDE!"
- PLAYBOY

"TRULY GRIPPING... SOME OF THE BEST WRITING KING HAS EVER DONE... THE MASTER HAS RETURNED WITH A VENGEANCE TO SCARE US."
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

A CERTAIN BLOCKBUSTER!
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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6 2005 2023 The Colorado Kid
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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE -
THE COLORADO KID RETURNS!


On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead.  There's no identification on the body.  Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it's more than a year before the man is identified.

And that's just the beginning of the mystery.  Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand.  Was it an impossible crime?  Or something stranger still...?

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained.  With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a moving and surprising tale whose subject is nothing less than the nature of mystery itself.

"Richly textured... one of [King's] best."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"A riveting tale."
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

"The ending comes as a most daring shock... I loved it."
THE GUARDIAN (UK)


Written for Hard Case Crime in 2005 and later the inspiration for the TV series Haven, THE COLORADO KID hasn't been available in stores for more than ten years.  This lavishly illustrated edition, featuring all-new art by Mark Edward Geyer, Kate Kelton, Paul Mann, and Mark Summers, brings Stephen King's most confounding mystery back for new readers to discover and old fans to explore as they've never seen it before.

HARD CASE CRIME brings you the best in hard-boiled crime fiction, from lost pulp classics to new work by today's most powerful writers, all in handsome and affordable editions.  The yellow ribbon represents your assurance of quality.
7 1989 1990 The Dark HalfStephen King  Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2
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8 2004 2009 The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower #7
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"A FITTING CAPSTONE TO A UNIQUELY AMERICAN EPIC." - The Washington Post

Creating "true narrative magic" (The Washington Post) at every revelatory turn, Stephen King surpasses all expectation in the stunning final volume of his seven-part epic masterwork. Entwining stories and worlds from a vast and complex canvas, here is the conclusion readers have long awaited - breath-takingly imaginative, boldly visionary, and wholly entertaining.

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THE DARK TOWER

THE DARK TOWER VII

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet have journeyed together and apart, scattered far and wide across multilayered worlds of wheres and whens. The destinies of Roland, Susannah, Jake, Father Callahan, Oy, and Eddie are bound in the Dark Tower itself, which now pulls them ever closer to their own endings and beginnings... and into a maelstrom of emotion, violence, and discovery.
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10 1996 2018 Desperation
Desperation/Regulators #1
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Winner of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller about a little mining town, Desperation, that many will enter on their way to somewhere else.  But getting out is not easy as it would seem…


"I see holes like eyes.  My mind is full of them."

For all intents and purposes, police officer Collie Entragian, chief law enforcement for the small mining town of Desperation, Nevada, appears to be completely insane. He's taken to stopping vehicles along the desolate Interstate 50 and abducting unwary travelers with various unusual ploys. There's something very wrong here in Desperation... and Officer Entragian is only at the surface of it. The secrets embedded in Desperation's landscape, and the horrifying evil that infects the town like some viral hot zone, are both awesome and terrifying. But one of Entragian's victims, young David Carver, seems to know - and it scares him nearly to death to realize this truth - that the forces being summoned to combat this frightful, maniacal aberration are of equal and opposite intensity...
11 1982 Different Seasons
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"RIVETING, IRRESISTIBLE... A ZESTFUL DELIGHT TO READ... HIS BEST SO FAR!"  - Los Angeles Herald Examiner

IN THE BODY, BASIS OF THE FILM STAND BY ME FROM COLUMBIA PICTURES, FOUR RAMBUNCTIOUS YOUNG BOYS PLUNGE THROUGH THE FACADE OF A SMALL TOWN AND COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH LIFE, DEATH, AND INTIMATIONS OF THEIR OWN MORTALITY....

PLUS, AN UNJUSTLY IMPRISONED CONVICT SEEKS A STRANGE AND STARTLING REVENGE... A TEENAGER BECOMES BOTH THE PUPPET AND THE PUPPET MASTER OF EVIL... A DISGRACED WOMAN IS DETERMINED TO TRIUMPH OVER DEATH.  THESE ARE YOUR GUIDES TO THE ULTIMATE IN FASCINATION AS STEPHEN KING SHOWS THE HORROR THAT LURKS WITHIN US ALL.

DIFFERENT SEASONS

"FAST-PACED PAFE TURNERS... AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS!" - People

"CLEVER AND TRIUMPHANT... STEPHEN KING REMAINS A MASTER!" - The New York Times

"CAUSE FOR REJOICING!" - Washington Post Book World

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STAND BY ME
COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS AN ACT III PRODUCTION
A ROB REINER FILM "STAND BY ME" STARRING WIL WHEATON  RIVER PHOENIX
COREY FELDMAN  JERRY O'CONNELL  KIEFER SUTHERLAND
MUSIC BY JACK NITZSCHE  DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY THOMAS DEL RUTH
SCREENPLAY BY RAYNOLD GIDEON & BRUCE A. EVANS  BASED ON THE NOVELLA "THE BODY" BY STEPHEN KING
PRODUCED BY BRUCE A. EVANS  RAYNOLD GIDEON  ANDREW SCHEINMAN
DIRECTED BY RON REINER
12 2013 2018 Doctor Sleep
Shining #2
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14 1987 1990 The Drawing of the Three
The Dark Tower #2
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STEPHEN KING

WITH BREATHTAKING IMAGINATION, CONTINUES HIS BRILLIANT EPIC, MASTERFULLY INTERWEAVING DARK EVOCATIVE FANTASY WITH GRITTY REALISM.

"KING IS A MASTER AT CREATING LIVING, BREATHING, BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS."
- Baltimore Sun

"COMPLEX AND FASCINATING!"
- Booklist

"HITS THE BULL'S EYE IN NEAR PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN WONDER AND ACTION!"
- Atlanta Journal-Contitution

"THIS QUEST IS ONE OF KING'S BEST... COMMUNICATES ON A GENUINE, HUMAN LEVEL....  BUT RICH IN SYMBOLISM AND ALLEGORY."
- Columbus Sunday Dispatch

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15 2008 2019 Duma KeyStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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16 2018 2019 ElevationStephen King  Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2
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17 2016 2018 End of Watch
Bill Hodges #3
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The spectacular finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction and Best Male Narrator

In End of Watch, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves.

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney - the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him in the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson, and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends but on an entire city.

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding supernatural suspense that has been his best-selling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.
18 1987 1988 The Eyes of the Dragon
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ONCE UPON A TIME -
THERE WAS TERROR


and dragons and princes... evil wizards and dark dungeons... an enchanted castle and a terrible secret.  With the enthralling masterpiece of magical evil and daring adventure, Stephen King takes you in his icy grip and leads you into the most shivery and irresistible kingdom of wickedness...
THE EYES OF THE DRAGON

"The sorcery of Stephen King... expertly seductive... the kind of book that keeps you up, red-eyed with fatigue, until 2a.m., because it is just not possible to stop turning the pages."
- Washington Post Book World

"Memorable, compelling, suspenseful, brimming with action!"
- Chicago Sun-Times

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19 2022 2022 Fairy Tale
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A New York Times Bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist!

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.


Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was seven, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.

Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: “What could you write that would make you happy?”

“As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city—deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn’t know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell.”
20 2015 2018 Finders Keepers
Bill Hodges #2
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2016 Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narrator

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

"Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after 35 years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life - for good, for bad, forever.
21 1980 1987 Firestarter
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"THE MOST TIGHTLY PLOTTED OF KING'S CHILLERS, THIS IS ALSO THE MOST TERRIFYING, FOR THE EVIL HERE IS HUMAN AND WHOLLY CREDIBLE... HIS FINEST NOVEL YET!" - COSMOPOLITAN

You are about to meet the sweetest, most irresistible little girl you've ever known - 8 year-old Charlie McGee.  She's everything that a proud father like Andy McGee could want - and all that he can fear.  For Charlie was born with the most destructive power a human being has ever commanded - and somehow she must be saved from both herself and from those in high places who want to use her as their weapon.

Meet Charlie - and see what happens when innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror....

FIRE-
STARTER


"TERRIFIC!"
- The New York Times

"Stephen King is superb.  He has written Carrie, The Shining, 'Salem's Lot and The Dead Zone, among other bestsellers... THIS IS HIS HIGHEST FAHRENHEIT READING YET!"
- Time Magazine

"In a special and startling way, King has created a small American gem of a story."
- Chicago Tribune

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NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY PUBLISHES SIGNET, MENTOR, CLASSIC, PLUME, MERIDIAN & NAL BOOKS
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24 1982 1989 The Gunslinger
The Dark Tower #1
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"BILLIANT FRESH AND COMPELLING... WILL LEAVE YOU PANTING FOR MORE, MORE, MORE!"
- Booklist


This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own.  A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it features one of Stephen King's most powerful creations - The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero throughout the ages from ancient myth to frontier western legend.  His pursuit of the Man in Black, his liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, his friendship with the kid from Earth called Jake, are part of the drama that is both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, an alchemy of storytelling sorcery.

Complete in itself, THE GUNSLINGER is the first novel in an epic series, THE DARK TOWER.  The second novel, THE DRAWING OF THE THREE, is available in a Plume edition.

"AN IMPRESSIVE WORK OF MYTHIC MAGNITUDE... THE DARK TOWER SERIES MAY TURN OUT TO BE STEPHEN KING'S GREATEST LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT!"
- Atlanta Journal Constitution

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25 2017 2021 Gwendy's Button BoxStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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26 2023 2023 Holly
Holly Gibney #2
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Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King's most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town.
"Sometimes the universe throws you a rope."


Stephen King's Holly marks the triumphant return of beloved King character Holly Gibney.  Listeners have witnessed Holly's gradual transformation from a shy (but also brave and ethical) recluse in Mr. Mercedes to Bill Hodge's partner in Finders Keepers to a full-fledged, smart, and occasionally tough private detective in The Outsider.  In King's new novel, Holly is on her own, and up against a pair of unimaginably depraved and brilliantly disguised adversaries.

When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency, hoping For help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case.  Her partner, Pete, has Covid.  Her (very complicated) mother has just died.  And Holly is meant to be on leave.  But something in Penny Dahl's desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down.

Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live Professors Rodney and Emily Harris.  They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, and semiretired lifelong academics.  But they are harboring an unholy secret in the basement of their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie's disappearance.  And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: they are savvy, they are patient, and they are ruthless.

Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outthink and outmaneuver the shockingly twisted professors in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King.

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.  His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock).  His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review.  He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

JUSTINE LUPE starred in the HBO award-winning series Succession, the Netflix film Luckiest Girl Alive, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ho, and David Chas's Not Fade Away.  She was a series regular on Mr. Mercedes and appeared for years on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  Theater roles include the Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed drama A Family for All Occasions at the Bank Street Theater and Empothitrox at HERE Arts Center.  Justine is the co-creator and star of the Adult Swim Smalls micro series The Non-Essentials.  She is a graduate of The Julliard School.
27 2020 2022 If It Bleeds
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Number one New York Times best seller

From the legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new "exceptionally compelling novellas that reaffirm [King’s] mastery of the form" (The Washington Post).


Readers adore Stephen King’s novels, and his novellas are their own dark treat, briefer but just as impactful and enduring as his longer fiction. Many of his novellas have been made into iconic films, including The Body (Stand by Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption).

Four brilliant new tales in If It Bleeds are sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. Once again, King’s remarkable range is on full display. In the title story, fan-favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears and possibly another outsider - this time on her own. In Mr. Harrigan’s Phone an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. The Life of Chuck explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in Rat, a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition.

If these novellas show King’s range, they also prove that certain themes endure. One of King’s great concerns is evil, and in If It Bleeds, there’s plenty of it. There is also evil’s opposite, which in King’s fiction often manifests as friendship. Holly is reminded that friendship is not only life-affirming but can be life-saving. Young Craig befriends Mr. Harrigan, and the sweetness of this late-in-life connection is its own reward.

"Exactly what I wanted to read right now," said Ruth Franklin in a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. "Phenomenal," said Brian Truitt in USA Today. "King still owns the fright business like none other.”"
28 2019 2022 The Institute
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2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE AUDIE AWARD WINNER!

WINNER OF THE 2020 AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King whose “storytelling transcends genre” (Newsday) comes “another winner: creepy and touching and horrifyingly believable” (The Boston Globe) about a group of kids confronting evil.


In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is “first-rate entertainment that has something important to say. We all need to listen” (The Washington Post).
29 1986 1987 It
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DERRY: A SMALL CITY IN MAINE, A PLACE AS HAUNTINGLY FAMILIAR AS YOUR OWN HOMETOWN, ONLY IN DERRY THE HAUNTING IS REAL...

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror.  Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness.  But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end and the evil without a name...

IT

"A mesmerizing odyssey of terror... great... Stephen King is the master of modern horror... He writes like one possessed, never cheats the reader, always gives full measure...  He is brilliant... dark and sinister."
- The Washington Post Book World

"Vintage King... a magnum opus of terror... just a glance at the first few pages, and you can't put this novel aside."
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Epic... gargantuan... breathlessly accelerating suspense... the Moby Dick of horror novels."
- Los Angeles Herald Examiner

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30 2021 2022 Later
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2022 MYSTERY AUDIE AWARD WINNER!

A BRAND-NEW NOVEL FROM LEGENDARY STORYTELLER STEPHEN KING!

SOMETIMES GROWING UP MEANS FACING YOUR DEMONS.


The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine—as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel, It, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.
31 2006 2022 Lisey's Story
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The “haunting... tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey” (The New York Times), Lisey’s Story is a literary masterpiece - an extraordinarily moving and haunting portrait of a marriage and its aftermath.

Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott went—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, to go to that terrifying place known as Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

“Intricate...exhilarating” (The New Yorker), perhaps Stephen King’s most personal and powerful novel ever, Lisey’s Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love. It is a beautiful, “rich portrait of a marriage, and the complicated affection that outlives death” (The Washington Post).
32 1979 1988 The Long WalkRichard Bachman  
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33 1987 1987 Misery
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"UNDILUTED HORROR... WONDERFUL... KING'S BEST... A PRIMAL STORYTELLER WRITING ABOUT A PRIMAL SCREAM!"
- Houston Chronicle


Paul Sheldon.  He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan.  Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident.  But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.  Now Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work - just for her.  She has a lot of ways to spur him on.  One is a needle.  Another is an ax.  And if they don't work, she can get really nasty....

"CLASSIC KING... FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS AND MOUNTING SUSPENSE!"  - BOSTON GLOBE

"NERVE-JANGLING... RAZOR KEEN." - KIRKUS REVIEWS

"CHILLING... AS SCARY AS ANYTHING KING HAS DONE." - DES MOINES REGISTER

"PAGE-TURNINGLY EFFECTIVE.  STRINGING OUT EVERY SCENE TO THE SCREAMING POINT." - CHICAGO SUN TIMES


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34 2014 2018 Mr Mercedes
Bill Hodges #1
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In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
35 1991 Needful ThingsStephen King  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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36 1978 Night ShiftStephen King  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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37 2018 2018 The Outsider
Holly Gibney #1
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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively listenable stories.

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
38 1983 1988 Pet SemataryStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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39 1996 2018 The Regulators
Desperation/Regulators #2
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Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic, terrifying New York Times bestseller of those caught between the surreal forces of good versus evil in a small suburban Ohio town.

"The red van rolls past… humming and glinting. …Things are happening fast now, although no one on Poplar Street realizes it yet."

It’s a gorgeous midsummer afternoon along Poplar Street in the peaceful suburbia of Wentwort, Ohio, where life is as pleasant as you ever dreamed it could be. But that’s all about to end in blaze of gunfire and sudden violence, forever shattering the tranquility and the good times here. For the physical makeup of Poplar Street itself is now being transformed into a surreal landscape straight out of the active imagination of the innocent and vulnerable Seth Garin - an autistic boy who’s been exposed to and possessed by a horrific, otherworldly force of evil, one with sadistic and murderous intent and who is willing to use whatever means necessary to grow ever stronger.
40 1995 2018 Rose MadderStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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41 1975 1987 'Salem's LotStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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42 1977 1987 The Shining
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43 1985 1988 Skeleton CrewStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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44 2017 2019 Sleeping BeautiesOwen King  
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45 2004 2008 Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower #6
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The biggest and boldest achievement of Stephen King's extraordinary career. "The Dark Tower is a humane, visionary epic and a true magnum opus," raves The Washington Post.  "It will be around for a very long time."

Here is the sixth installment in the seven-volume series, a stunning book of revelations that "draws to a feverish, page-turning ending" (The Boston Globe).


STEPHEN
KING

SONG OF SUSANNAH

THE DARK TOWER VI

Susannah Dean is possessed, her body a living vessel for the demon-mother Mia. Something is growing inside Susannah's belly, something terrible, and soon she will give birth to Mia's "chap." But three unlikely allies are following them from New York City to the border of End World, hoping to prevent the unthinkable. Meanwhile, Eddie and Roland have tumbled into the state of Maine - where the author of a novel called 'Salem's Lot is about to meet his destiny....

"PURE STORYTELLING." - The Washington Post
46 1990 2018 The Stand (Unabridged)Stephen King  Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4
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47 1978 1987 The StandStephen King  Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4
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48 2006 2020 Stationary BikeStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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49 1984 1987 The Talisman
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THE TALISMAN
You are about to take a journey... a terrifying trip across a nightmare America filled with monsters beyond anything ever imagined before... a journey into the dark heart of horror...

THE TALISMAN
Two of the world's best-selling authors team up in the ultimate masterpiece of spine-tingling terror... the most compelling, most talked-about, most frightening book of the decade...

A CLASSIC... A JOURNEY TO RIVAL THE GREATEST ADVENTURE STORIES EVER TOLD... RARE AND DAZZLING!"
- New York DAILY NEWS

"EXTRAORDINARY... MAKES YOUR HAIR STAND ON END!"
- WASHINGTON POST
50 1987 1987 The Tommyknockers
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Late last night and the night before,
    Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers,
        knocking at the door.
I want to go out, don't know if I can,
    'cause I'm so afraid
    of the Tommyknocker man.


It begins with nothing more frightening than a nursery rhyme; yet in Stephen King's hands it becomes an unforgettable parable of dread, a threat from an unimaginable darkness that drags the practical inhabitants of a New England village into a hell worse than their own most horrible nightmares... and yours.

It begins with a writer named Roberta Anderson, looking for firewood in the forest that stretches behind her house.  Bobbi stumbles over three inches of metal, which unusually heavy spring runoff has left sticking out of the soil.  A logger's beer can she thinks at first, but "the metal was as solid as mother-rock."

It begins with Bobbi's discovery of the ship in the earth, a ship buried for millions of years, but still vibrating faintly, still humming with some sort of life... faint... weak... but still better left alone.

Bobbi then begins to dig - tentatively at first, then compulsively - and is joined by her old friend (and onetime lover), Jim Gardener.  Aided by a weirdly advanced technology, their excavation proceeds apace.  And as they uncover more and more of an artifact both familiar and unbelievable it is almost beyond comprehension, the inhabitants of Haven start to change.

There is the new hot-water heater in Bobbi's basement - a hot-water heater that apparently runs on flashlight batteries.  The vengeful housewife who learns of her husbands affair... from a picture of Jesus on top of her TV, a picture that begins to talk.  Not to mention the ten-year-old magician who makes his little brother disappear... for real.

The townspeople of Haven are "becoming" - being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in fatal thrall to the Tommyknockers.

In this riveting, nightmarish story, Stephen King has given us his tautest, most terrifying novel to date.  And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on.  It just might be the Tommyknocker man.

Stephen King's most recent works are It, The Eyes of the Dragon, and Misery.  He and his wife Tabitha King, live in Bangor, Maine, with their three children.






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