The Stephen King Project

I will be working my way through Stephen King’s bibliography and recording my thoughts as I go. Why Stephen King? Because he’s one of favorite, prolific contemporary writers. Once I find a writer I enjoy, I like to read all of their published works – I consider it a personal challenge. I’ve done it with Richard Russo, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, John Sandford, Judy Blume, etc. Stephen King is certainly the most challenging (read: prolific and logorrheic) writer that I’ve attempted this with -especially as he is still publishing one or two books a year, but it’ll be worth it.
Novels/Short Stories
1. Carrie – 1974
2. Salem’s Lot – 1975
3. The Shining – 1977
4. Rage (as Richard Bachman) – 1977
5. Night Shift (collection)- 1978
6. The Stand*  – 1978
7. The Long Walk (as Richard Bachman) – 1979
8. The Dead Zone – 1979
9. Firestarter – 1980
10. Roadwork (as Richard Bachman) – 1981
11. Cujo – 1981
12. The Running Man (as Richard Bachman) – 1982
13. Christine – 1983
14. Pet Sematary – 1983
15. Cycle of the Werewolf (novelette) – 1983
16. The Talisman – 1984
17. Thinner (as Richard Bachman) – 1984
18. It – 1986
20. Misery – 1987
21. The Tommyknockers – 1987
22. The Dark Half – 1989
24. Needful Things – 1991
25. Gerald’s Game – 1992
26. Dolores Claiborne – 1992
27. Insomnia – 1994
28. Rose Madder – 1995
29. The Green Mile – 1996
30. Desperation – 1996
31. The Regulators (as Richard Bachman) – 1996
32. Bag of Bones – 1998
33. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – 1999
34. Dreamcatcher – 2001
35. Black House – 2001
36. From a Buick 8 – 2002
37. The Colorado Kid – 2005
38. Cell – 2006
39. Lisey’s Story – 2006
40. Blaze (as Richard Bachman) – 2007
41. Duma Key – 2008
42. Under the Dome – 2009
43. UR
46. 11/22/63 – 2011
47. Throttle (with Joe Hill) – 2012
48. In the Tall Grass (with Joe Hill) – 2012
49. Doctor Sleep – 2013
50. Joyland – 2013
51. Mr. Mercedes – 2014
52. Revival – 2014

Non-Fiction
1. Danse Macabre – 1981
2. Nightmares in the Sky – 1988
3. On Writing – 2000
4. Faithful – 2004

The Dark Tower Series
1. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger*** – 1982
2. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three – 1987
3. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands – 1991
4. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass – 1997
5. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: Revised and Expanded Edition*** – 2003
6. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla – 2003
7. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah – 2004
8. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower – 2004
9. The Dark Tower VII: The Wind Through the Keyhole – 2012

Collections
1. Different Seasons – 1982
2. Skeleton Crew – 1985
3. Four Past Midnight – 1990
4. Nightmares and Dreamscapes – 1993
5. Hearts in Atlantis – 1999
6. Secret Windows – 2000
7. Everything’s Eventual – 2002
8. Just After Sunset – 2008
9. Full Dark, No Stars – 2010

Comics
1. Creepshow – 1982

Screenplays
1. Storm of the Century – 1999

  • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    So you may be horrified to know I’ve only read one or two King books… when I was a teenager (so long ago that I can hardly remember them). But I do have one in my TBR stack – ‘On Writing’.

  • http://twitter.com/missbonnie13 Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

    This is such an awesome challenge, I would love to do this as well. I’ve only actually read two of his (Carrie and Salem’s Lot) but loved them so I definitely need to check out the rest of his works.

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  • Daphne

    geez, that is quite an undertaking. I like Stephen King, but he’s kind of hit or miss for me. I really want to read 11/22/63. Good luck.

    • http://taftandco.wordpress.com Rory O’Connor

      Thanks! 11/22/63 is one of his best. And anytime an author publishes this many book there are bound to be some less than stellar works (at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m struggling through something like Cell).

  • http://christinarosendahl.wordpress.com christinasr

    You are missing The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower #4,5) on your list :-) So many are reading through King at the moment – I’m so impressed with all. It’s a huge undertaking!!

    • http://taftandco.wordpress.com Rory O’Connor

      I haven’t update my list in a while, I need that and I’m looking forward to adding Doctor Sleep and Joyland, I might need In the Tall Grass as well. I can’t even keep up with him and I only have to include the titles…

      • http://christinarosendahl.wordpress.com christinasr

        No, he’s impossible to keep up with! I’m especially looking forward to Doctor Sleep – although I think Joyland is going to be fun!

  • http://www.downthewriterspath.com/ Vikk Simmons

    As a writer I enjoy reading his introductions to various books. Sometimes I buy the book simply to read and reread the intro. Great project. I recently read Full Dark, No Stars and really enjoyed it but he sure does push it, doesn’t he?

  • http://mynovelopinion.wordpress.com mynovelopinion

    What a great idea. I love Stephen King too. I have Under the Dome on my kindle but the 1000+ pages leaves me a little scared. I could read 3 other books in the same time, and with so many on my TBR I just keep delaying myself.
    One of my favorites of his is Hearts in Atlantis!

  • http://5eyedbookworm.wordpress.com 5eyedbookworm

    I love Stephen King! My favorite book from him is Misery. I bought a few more books by Stephen King this year and I hope to read them soon. The latest one I read was Doctor Sleep. What a great idea for a challenge! If I have the time, I might do it too. Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy! :)

  • http://rosemaryandreadingglasses.wordpress.com Carolyn O

    Have you read the Richard Russo book that has illustrations by his daughter? It’s only available in bookstores, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on it. Otherwise I’ve read everything he’s written.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I haven’t, I think that is one of two I haven’t read – the other being Elsewhere (which I’m hoping to get to soonish).

  • Jackie Remmer

    I’ve “recently” finished Under The Dome. It was so amazing that it has become my favorite book from Stephen King, but The Running Man is a close second though. Anyway, good luck with your challenge! I might one day decide to read his whole bibliography too, haha

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