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[[caption-width-right:320:In the time it took for you to look at this picture, he wrote a 1500-page novel.]]

->''"It was a nice day... '''[+AND THEN EVIL CAME!+]'''"''
-->-- The Collected Work of Stephen King, [[http://rinkworks.org/bookaminute/b/king.shtml ultra-condensed version]]

The current dominant author of the {{horror}} genre (although he prefers not to pigeonhole himself in such a manner), Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) has added much to its stock of tropes. Many of his works reference each other, building up a larger [[TheVerse universe]]. He's known for being ludicrously prolific but also for producing far better writing than most people who pump out stories at his rate, and many who take a lot longer about it.

The start of his career is a classic RagsToRiches scenario. While working as a high school teacher and selling short stories on the side, King and his family struggled to make ends meet, with King even choosing to have his phone disconnected to save money. He had written several novels but sold none, then began to write a story about a telekinetic teenage girl that would eventually become ''Carrie''. Ironically, King threw the first few pages (the shower scene) out at first, thinking that he couldn't realistically write a teenage girl. His wife Tabitha found the pages in the garbage and read them, then convinced King that he was on to something and to finish the novel, saying that she wanted "to know what happens." The book was optioned for release by Doubleday, and to King's astonishment, the paperback rights were sold for $400,000 (of which King received $200,000), which lifted him and his family out of debt overnight.

King's success did not come without hardship. During the '80s, he fell into severe drug and alcohol abuse, to the point that he claims to have almost no memory of writing ''Cujo''. He eventually got sober and has remained so ever since, and has incorporated the experience into many of his novels since then.

Many of his books have been [[TheFilmOfTheBook made into films]] or television series. [[Film/Carrie1976 A]] [[Film/StandByMe number]] [[Film/TheShining of]] [[Film/{{Misery}} these]] [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption are]] [[Film/TheGreenMile well]] [[Film/It2017 regarded]]. [[Film/Carrie2013 Many]] [[Film/MaximumOverdrive others]] [[Film/SecretWindow are]] [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 not]]. In the latter case, this is often due to the directors of the given movies having no idea how to convey the stray thoughts and inner monologues of King's characters, which often affect their situations just as much as their actions, into workable scenes -- even with input from King himself. They also tend to suffer from SpecialEffectFailure.

While calling him a "horror writer" grossly understates and undervalues much of his career and work, he undoubtedly remains one of the most important authors in that genre, and many consider him to be the heir to the legacy begun by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, passed down to Creator/HPLovecraft and then to King, with no apparent successor in sight (yet). King has, in the past, referred to himself as "ABLB" or "America's Best Loved Boogeyman," a title he sees as originating with Creator/AlfredHitchcock, then passed on to Creator/RodSerling, and then to him. Long typecast as a horror novelist, the success of films like ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' and ''Film/StandByMe'', among others, have finally earned him some credit as a good writer both within the horror genre and in others as well.

King is also in a rock band with a shifting lineup of fellow writers (including Creator/DaveBarry, Creator/AmyTan, Ridley Pearson, and Mitch Albom) called The Rock Bottom Remainders. He is the father of horror author Creator/JoeHill, and is purportedly the inspiration for the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' character Crystal Ball (his son Owen is the namesake for the character Sneak Peak).

For a list of his works which have pages on the wiki, see WorksByStephenKing.

[[IReadThatAs Not to be confused with]] Creator/StephenHawking.

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[[folder:Stephen King's Works (in order)]]
* ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' - ScrapbookStory about [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds an abused girl]] with PsychicPowers who takes a terrible revenge at the prom. King's wife stopped him from throwing the manuscript out and convinced him to finish it. Made into a movie by Creator/BrianDePalma that received two Academy Award nominations (Best Actress for Sissy Spacek and Best Supporting Actress for Piper Laurie), which later received [[Film/TheRageCarrie2 a sequel]] and a [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV]] [[TheRemake remake]]. It was also made into an infamously terrible musical that has become a byword for "flopped on Broadway", though a 2011/12 revival did modestly well and even produced a cast album.
* ''Literature/SalemsLot'' -- [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]] in a small town in Maine, and the efforts of a few to get rid of them. Made into two TV miniseries. King's first visit to the Creepy Small Town, which he keeps coming back to, under a variety of names and states. Notable that his publisher advised him ''not'' to have this as his second book, lest he be pigeonholed as a horror novelist. Guess they got over it. Later tied with ''The Dark Tower'' saga.
* ''Literature/TheShining'' -- Winter spent in a haunted hotel. Cabin fever taken to the extreme. Twice adapted as movies; first a loose adaptation by Creator/StanleyKubrick starring Creator/JackNicholson as the father who goes AxCrazy, which King was not very satisfied with, then a more faithful TV miniseries scripted/watched over by King himself. The arguments about which version is "better" have been [[BrokenBase long and passionate]].
* ''Literature/NightShift'' -- Anthology of short stories, several of which have been adapted into movies:
** "Children of the Corn" -- A couple ends up stranded in a town ruled by a degenerate cult of children. Adapted three times, ''Film/DisciplesOfTheCrow'', ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' and ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn2009'', with the second film getting a bunch of sequels as well.
** ''Film/CatsEye'' -- Featured three Stephen King stories including two from this anthology:
*** "The Ledge" -- A mob boss forces a man to walk around the ledge of his apartment.
*** "Quitters, Inc." -- A man goes to extreme measures to kick his smoking.
** "Literature/TheMangler" -- Demonically possessed industrial laundry machinery. Yes.
** "Trucks" -- A passing comet somehow brings automobiles to life, and they go on a rampage. Adapted twice, once as ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'' and once more-faithfully as ''Film/{{Trucks}}''
** "Film/TheLawnmowerMan" -- A bit of a special case. ''Lawnmower Man'' was purported to be derived from the Stephen King story but had so little to do with it (even citing that there's a lawnmower in both stories is a stretch) that King actually took legal action to remove his name from it. The original title was ''Cyber God'', and the Stephen King title was only brought on board to raise sales. Later adapted into a ''much'' more faithful ComicBook story.
** "Film/GraveyardShift" -- A young drifter gets hired at a dilapidated textile plant, and is picked by the {{Jerkass}} foreman for a team tasked to clean out the plant's basement. They find rats. A ''[[SwarmOfRats lot]]'' of [[RodentsOfUnusualSize rats...]]
** "Battleground" -- A man is attacked in his home by tiny soldiers. Adapted into a segment of the TNT miniseries ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King''.
** "The Boogeyman" (a man confronts his childhood fear of the Boogeyman) and "The Woman in the Room" (a man struggles with the desire to euthanize his terminally ill mother) were both adapted into short films (the former directed by Jeffrey Schiro, the latter by Frank Darabont [''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'', ''Film/TheGreenMile'']), and packaged into a 1986 VHS presentation entitled ''Stephen King's Nightshift Collection''.
** "Literature/SometimesTheyComeBack" -- A teacher is attacked by the ghosts of the delinquents that killed his brother when they were kids. Adapted into a 1991 TV movie starring Tim Matheson. Two sequels followed: ''Sometimes They Come Back...Again'' (1996) and ''Sometimes They Come Back...For More'' (1999). Neither sequel had anything to do with the characters or events of the original.
** "One for The Road" -- A follow-up to ''Literature/SalemsLot''. Residents of a town just outside of Jerusalem's Lot try to save a man from the remaining vampires. A film version has been [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/88223/stephen-king-short-story-one-road-heading-screen/ announced]] for 2015.
* ''Literature/TheStand'' -- AfterTheEnd, good and evil clash as a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters dozen characters]] journey across the land. The unabridged version of ''The Stand'' could probably [[DoorStopper be used as one]]. Made into a TV miniseries, with a new feature film in the works, as well as a tie-in ComicBook series. Tied into ''The Dark Tower'' saga.
* ''Literature/TheDeadZone'' -- The protagonist is plagued by visions of a terrible future. Notable as a prominent American novel containing [[spoiler:the "lone gunman" assassin figure as the main hero/protagonist]]; King has stated that his original concept was, "Could you make [[spoiler:Lee Harvey Oswald]] the good guy?" Made into a movie starring Creator/ChristopherWalken (and directed by Creator/DavidCronenberg, no less), and then served as loose inspiration for a TV series.
* ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'' -- Andy [=McGee=] and his daughter Charlie are on the run from the GovernmentConspiracy, which wants to use their psychic powers for their own nefarious uses. The father is a known factor, but they have no idea what Charlie is capable of. The story may have invented the psychic power of "pyrokinesis". Made into a movie starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and a young Creator/DrewBarrymore.
* ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'' -- Mother and son trapped in TheAllegedCar by the titular rabid dog. By this point, King's substance abuse was so bad that he ''cannot remember'' writing this book. Made into [[Film/{{Cujo}} a movie]] by Lewis Teague, who would go on to direct ''Film/CatsEye''.
* ''Literature/TheGunslinger'' -- First in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series starring a protagonist that embodies that [[TheGunslinger exact trope]], searching for the ultimate truth. The series has been in DevelopmentHell for decades, with the current plan to turn it into a TV series with movies interspersed in. A [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 film version]] came out in 2017.
--> The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
* ''Literature/DifferentSeasons'' -- Anthology of four novellas with [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Episode Subtitling]]:
** "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (or, Hope Springs Eternal)" - HopeSpringsEternal, even in prison. Made into [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption the number-one movie on the IMDb's Top 250]].
** "Apt Pupil (or, Summer of Corruption)" -- A teenage boy learns about the Holocaust right from the source. Made into a movie starring Sir Creator/IanMcKellen.
** "The Body (or, Fall from Innocence)" -- Four young friends trek into the woods to see another boy's corpse. Made into a movie under the title ''Film/StandByMe''.
** "The Breathing Method (or, A Winter's Tale)" -- A woman wants to keep her child, no matter what. Has never been made into a movie, and it would probably be really hard to do so.
* ''Literature/{{Christine}}'' -- The CoolCar from Hell. Made into a film directed by Creator/JohnCarpenter.
* ''Literature/PetSematary'' -- Sometimes the dead walk. Sometimes, [[CameBackWrong dead is better]]. Made into a movie with the screenplay written by King and a kick-ass theme song by Music/TheRamones, personally commissioned by King. Especially notable for being the one thing he's ever written that truly horrified ''himself'', to the point that he sat on it for a year, assuming his publisher would never print it.
* ''Literature/CycleOfTheWerewolf'' -- A small Maine town is menaced by a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] over the course of a year. A sort of combination short novella and GraphicNovel, featuring illustrations by Bernie Wrightson (of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' fame). Made into a movie, ''Film/SilverBullet''.
* ''Literature/TheTalisman'' -- Epic quest across America and its alternate-dimensional cousin, co-written with Peter Straub. A proposed film (and/or miniseries) adaptation has been in DevelopmentHell since 1985, with such names as Creator/WillSmith, Creator/MichaelJFox, and Creator/StevenSpielberg being connected with the project at various times. Tied into ''The Dark Tower'' saga.
* ''Literature/SkeletonCrew'' -- Anthology of short stories, including:
** "Literature/TheMist" -- An eerie, impenetrable fog brings monsters into our world. It's gone on to influence a number of highly influential games, such as ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Made into a movie starring Thomas Jane.
** "The Raft" -- Teenagers trapped on a wooden raft by something resembling a carnivorous oil slick. Adapted as a segment of ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}''.
** "Gramma" -- A child learns his invalid grandmother was a witch in the most hideous way imaginable. Adapted as an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' and as a film staring Chandler Riggs in 2014 retitled ''Mercy''.
** "Word Processor of the Gods" -- A man uses a kludged-together word processor to rewrite reality. Also adapted as an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside''.
* ''Literature/{{IT}}'' -- A small Maine city is infected by an EldritchAbomination disguised as a MonsterClown, and only the children know. Made into a TV miniseries most notable for Creator/TimCurry's horrifying portrayal of said clown, and [[Film/It2017 a 2017 film adaptation]] starring Creator/BillSkarsgard as Pennywise. Tied into ''The Dark Tower'' saga.
* ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' -- {{Fantasy}} fairy tale of a king imprisoned, a brother on the throne, and the EvilChancellor who might be just a [[CanonWelding tad familiar]]. Tied into ''The Dark Tower'' saga.
* ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' -- Author held prisoner by deranged fan. King said that ''Misery'' is a metaphor for substance addiction, which he was struggling with at the time. Made into an Academy Award-winning movie (for acting).
* ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree'' -- Second ''Dark Tower'' book. The gunslinger calls his TrueCompanions, and boundaries of worlds are crossed.
* ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'' -- A flying saucer slowly mutates a town's populace into aliens. Really stupid aliens...with absurdly advanced technology (as the book puts it, they're Thomas Edisons rather than Albert Einsteins). It's not a good combination. Like ''Misery'', another excellent metaphor for addiction and co-dependency. In ''On Writing'', King states that he did not intend the story to be a metaphor, but that his subconscious probably did. Made into a miniseries starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. Tenuously tied into ''The Dark Tower'' saga.
* '' Literature/TheDarkHalf'' -- A writer's pseudonym comes to life, and he's not happy. Yet another substance addiction metaphor, as explained by King in the introduction. Written just after King was "outed" as the man behind Richard Bachman, and inspired a little bit thereof. Made into a movie starring Timothy Hutton and directed by George Romero. Also, made into a VideoGame nobody remembers anymore.
* ''Literature/FourPastMidnight'' -- Anthology of four novellas:
** "Literature/TheLangoliers" -- Passengers on a flight going through a storm get stranded in a dying, empty copy of their world, with a [[ClockRoaches strange noise]] growing closer... Made into a TV miniseries.
** "Secret Window, Secret Garden" -- An odd tale about the price of celebrity, in a way. Made into a movie (''Film/SecretWindow''), starring Creator/JohnnyDepp.
** "The Library Policeman" -- Everybody's worst childhood fears about what happens when you lose a library book, except real and happening to adults.
** "The Sun Dog" -- A prequel to ''Literature/NeedfulThings'', about a [[MagicalCamera Polaroid camera with a dark power]].
* '' Literature/NeedfulThings'' -- [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday A shop with bargains galore]], each at [[DealWithTheDevil a terrible price]]. Made into a movie which starred Creator/MaxVonSydow.
* ''Literature/TheWasteLands'' -- Third in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. Roland's TrueCompanions are completed, and travels through the decaying remains of [[AfterTheEnd a world that has moved on.]]
* ''Literature/GeraldsGame'' -- Bondage gone wrong...as in, "husband dies of heart attack while wife is still [[ChainedToABed handcuffed to the bed]]" wrong. In 2017, some [[Film/{{Oculus}} mad]] [[Film/{{Absentia}} fool]] made this into a movie. First of the "abused wife" trilogy.
* ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne'' -- "Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto." Made into a movie starring Kathy Bates (Website/RottenTomatoes gives it 87%). Second of the "abused wife" trilogy (explicitly connected by a solar eclipse and weird empathy to ''Gerald's Game'').
* ''Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes'' -- Anthology of short stories, some of which were adapted for cable TV in a miniseries of the same name.
** The TNT miniseries adapted "The End of the Whole Mess," "Umney's Last Case," "Crouch End," "The Fifth Quarter" and "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band."
** "Film/TheNightFlier" was adapted into a 1997 HBO film starring Miguel Ferrer.
** "Chattery Teeth" was adapted into the second half of the 1997 FOX-TV film ''Quicksilver Highway'', starring Christopher Lloyd (The first half was based on the short story "The Body Politic" by Creator/CliveBarker).
** "The Moving Finger" was filmed as the series finale of the horror anthology ''Monsters'' (and starred Tom Noonan as Howard Mitla).
** "Dolan's Cadillac" was made into a 2009 thriller starring Wes Bentley and Christian Slater.
** The original script of "Sorry, Right Number," which was broadcast as an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'', appears in this collection.
** "The 10 O'clock People", about a group of "sometimes smokers" that find they are able to see the AliensAmongUs when the smoke three or four a day. Noted for being ''very'' similar to John Carpenter's movie ''Film/TheyLive'' and being made into a 2015 movie.
* ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}'' -- Elderly widower becomes involved in a struggle to determine the fate of the universe. No relation to the 1997 Norwegian movie thriller of the same title or its [[Film/{{Insomnia}} 2002 American remake]] with Creator/AlPacino and Creator/RobinWilliams. Has ties to the Dark Tower series.
* ''Literature/RoseMadder'' -- Abused wife escapes her cop husband, starts over in a new city. Husband finds her, but not before she finds help from someone...or some''thing''. Third of the "abused wife" trilogy (subtly connected to ''Gerald'' and ''Dolores''). Has tenuous ties to the Dark Tower series.
* ''Literature/TheGreenMile'' -- A man with healing powers is on death row [[spoiler:for a crime he didn't commit]]. Made into a movie starring Creator/TomHanks and Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan.
* ''Literature/{{Desperation}}'' -- AU version of ''The Regulators''. Travelers get caught in the wrong desert, in the wrong little town, at the absolute worst time. Made into a TV movie featuring Creator/RonPerlman as the crazy demon-possessed sheriff. Has ties to the Dark Tower series.
* ''Literature/WizardAndGlass'' -- Fourth ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' book, mainly revolving around Roland's former [[TrueCompanions ka-tet]] and his personal ILetGwenStacyDie.
* ''Literature/BagOfBones'' -- A grieving widower returns to his old vacation home since his wife's death only to realize it's nestled in a TownWithADarkSecret. Made into a two-part movie aired on A&E.
* ''Literature/TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon'' -- A little girl gets lost in the Appalachians...with no supplies...for weeks. Made into a pop-up book.
* ''Literature/HeartsInAtlantis'' -- Vietnam-era story anthology. First story was made into a movie, and has [[CanonWelding some connection]] to the Dark Tower series.
* ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'' -- Four old friends get stuck out in the forest on a hunting trip, right when the aliens land. Made into a movie.
* ''Literature/BlackHouse'' -- Sequel to ''Literature/TheTalisman'', again co-written with Peter Straub. Has ties to the Dark Tower series.
* ''Literature/FromABuick8'' -- Rural Pennsylvania police keep a car...or some ''[[CosmicHorror thing]]'' shaped like one...secreted away from John Q Public. After finishing it, King was hit by a van [[LifeImitatesArt while the driver was throwing meat to his dogs]] and [[AuthorExistenceFailure nearly died]]. He worked the accident into the ''Dark Tower'' books that he had yet to write. Has ties to the Dark Tower series.
* ''Literature/EverythingsEventual'' -- Anthology of short stories, including the following:
** "Literature/FourteenOhEight" -- An author attempts a stay in a haunted hotel room; things only get worse for him from then on out. [[Film/FourteenOhEight Made into a movie]] starring Creator/JohnCusack.
** "Riding the Bullet" -- [[BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts A man trying to hitchhike to his dying mother's side hitches a ride with a terrifying man.]] Originally an [=eBook=], also made into a film.
** "Everything's Eventual" -- A young man is hired by [[TheSyndicate a shadowy individual]] to send emails that [[BrownNote make the recipients commit suicide]].
** "The Little Sisters of Eluria" -- A ''Dark Tower'' side story, where Roland meets some strange vampires.
** "Autopsy Room Four" and "The Road Virus Heads North," both adapted as segments of the TNT miniseries ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King''.
* ''Literature/WolvesOfTheCalla'' -- Fifth ''Dark Tower'' book.
* ''Literature/SongOfSusannah'' -- Sixth ''Dark Tower'' book.
* ''Literature/TheDarkTower'' -- Seventh and last (chronologically speaking) ''Dark Tower'' book.
* ''The Colorado Kid'' -- Murder mystery that ends [[spoiler:as unsolved as ever]]. Served as (extremely) loose inspiration for the Creator/{{Syfy}} television series ''Series/{{Haven}}''. Inspired by the real-life "Somerton Man" case.
* ''Literature/{{Cell}}'' -- A cellphone-based ZombieApocalypse. After a long period in DevelopmentHell, a film adaption was finally made and scheduled to be released in 2016.
* ''Literature/LiseysStory'' -- A love story with a horrific edge; King's examination of what his wife's life might have been like if he had been killed in the car accident. [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1gqzn2/i_am_stephen_king_novelist_executive_producer_on/camwn7z King's personal favorite]].
* ''Literature/DumaKey'' -- A man discovers his paintings can alter reality.
* ''Literature/JustAfterSunset'' -- His newest anthology of short fiction.
** "N." -- A psychiatrist finds himself pulled into his dead patient's delusion. Adapted into a multi-part cutout-animated video series before publication.
** "The Cat from Hell" -- A professional hitman is commissioned to kill a demonic housecat. One of King's earliest short stories; it was adapted as part of ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie''.
* ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' -- A town comes apart at the seams after it's enclosed inside a mysterious barrier. Made into a [[Series/UnderTheDome TV series]].
* ''Blockade Billy'' -- Story of a baseball player mysteriously erased from the record books...and for a pretty good reason.
* ''Morality'' -- An aged Presbyterian minister wants to commit one serious sin before he dies, and pays his housekeeper a six-figure sum to help him.
* ''Literature/FullDarkNoStars'' -- A collection of four short stories.
** "1922" - Father talks son into killing mother, life falls apart for both men.
** "Big Driver" - Mystery writer is violently raped, hunts down her rapist for revenge. Made into a movie.
** "Fair Extension" - Cancer patient makes a deal with the devil, swapping his bad luck for a friend's (formerly) good luck in the process.
** "A Good Marriage" - After over 25 years of marriage, a wife finds that her husband has a ''very'' dark secret, and she needs to find a way to put an end to it while keeping the secret from harming their adult children. Made into a movie.
* ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'' -- A man from the 2010s travels back in time to prevent the assassination of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct The results are... interesting.]] An adaptation in the form of a mini-series produced by Creator/JJAbrams and starring Creator/JamesFranco came out on Creator/{{Hulu}} in 2016. Has tenuous ties to ''The Dark Tower'' saga.
* ''Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole'' -- The eighth book in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, but serves as an interquel to ''Wizard and Glass'' and ''Wolves of the Calla''.
* ''Literature/{{Joyland}}'' -- A coming of age story/ghost story/murder mystery that takes place in an amusement park.
* ''Literature/DoctorSleep'' -- A sequel to ''Literature/TheShining'', following Danny thirty years later.
* ''Literature/MrMercedes'' -- King's "first hard-boiled detective book" about an ex-cop tracking down a mass murderer. Adapted into a miniseries in 2017, starring Creator/BrendanGleeson as protagonist Bill Hodges and Harry Treadaway as BigBad Brady Hartsfield, replacing the late Creator/AntonYelchin.
* ''Literature/{{Revival}}'' -- Dark story of a former reverend obsessed with electricity and what happens when you play God.
* ''Literature/FindersKeepers'' -- The sequel to ''Mr. Mercedes.'' An author's (stolen) unpublished works become a killer's obsession and a family's salvation...and then the two come together.
* ''The Bazaar of Bad Dreams'' -- A collection of short stories published in late 2015. "Blockade Billy" and "Morality" are reprinted in this book. "Drunken Fireworks" is slated to be adapted into a film, also starring Creator/JamesFranco.
* ''Literature/EndOfWatch'' : Third in the trilogy with ''Literature/MrMercedes'' and ''Literature/FindersKeepers''. Previously called "The Suicide Prince".

Aside from his own work, King also wrote a number of novels under the PenName of Richard Bachman:
* ''Literature/{{Rage}}'' -- A kid commits a school shooting and has a strange discussion with his classmates. Written long before the events at UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} High School. No longer in print by King's request.
* ''Literature/TheLongWalk'' -- In a dystopian alternate version of 1980s America, the government runs a grueling endurance contest every year, with a grisly end for those who can't finish. The story follows one year's Walk, with predictable results. Had a movie adaptation in the works in the late 80s that was scrapped; is still bandied about for an adaptation in Hollywood.
* ''Literature/{{Roadwork}}'' -- The planned demolition of a man's home for a highway extension sends him on a seemingly irrevocable path of self-destruction. A screenplay was produced for a movie adaptation that got cancelled.
* ''Literature/TheRunningMan'' -- Lower-class worker trying to pay daughter's medical bills in dystopian USA enters a game show designed to test the effectiveness of the police state. They hunt him, he evades them. If caught, he ''will'' be killed. Halfway through, [[spoiler:he discovers that the game is rigged]]. Ends with wife vilified and murdered and daughter dead, but it's okay, because at the very end [[spoiler:he crashes a plane into the skyscraper where the game show host is working]]. The plot of [[Film/TheRunningMan the movie adaptation]] (with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) does not bear very much relation to this description; it handles some of the same elements, but plays them as parts of a glitzy GameShow rather than the more straight dystopian nightmare of the book.
** These first four were originally released individually, and then reprinted in an omnibus titled ''The Bachman Books''.
* ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'' -- Obese lawyer is hit with a GypsyCurse, causing him to rapidly lose weight. Adapted into a movie.
* ''Literature/TheRegulators'' -- AU version of ''Desperation''. A suburban summer afternoon gets very deadly very fast. Best known for being absolutely batshit insane. One character described it best as "''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' but the Music/NineInchNails version." Has ties to the Dark Tower series.
* ''Literature/{{Blaze}}'' -- A mentally deficient conman kidnaps a millionaire's child. Marketed as a "posthumous" work of Bachman; actually a rewritten and edited version of a lost King manuscript that predates even ''Carrie''.

In addition, King has also produced several non-fiction works of note:
* ''Danse Macabre'' -- [[invoked]] An examination of horror and science fiction based on King's personal experience, including his personal NightmareFuel and a rant about horror movies not influencing people to commit real world horrors.
* ''Faithful'' -- A collaboration of lighter mood than his fiction that follows the 2004 Boston Red Sox to their first World Series win in eight decades.
* ''On Writing'' -- An autobiography and a how-to for up-and-coming authors.
* ''Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction On the Craft of Writing'' -- A collection of essays released in 2000 as a Book of the Month Club companion to ''Literature/OnWriting''.

King has also written the screenplays for several TV miniseries:
* ''Golden Years'' -- An elderly janitor at a top-secret research base gets caught in an accidental explosion and begins [[MerlinSickness reverse-aging]].
* ''Series/RoseRed'' -- Haunted house tale where the manse in question [[MalevolentArchitecture literally has a life of its own]]...[[{{Bizarrchitecture}} and won't stop growing]].
* ''Series/StormOfTheCentury'' -- An evil wizard arrives on a small Maine island during the titular storm; if the townsfolk give him what he wants, he'll go away...
* ''Series/KingdomHospital'' -- Eerie goings-on at a Maine hospital. An Americanization of Lars von Trier's ''Series/{{Riget}}'', combining supernatural horror with MedicalDrama and a touch of BlackComedy.
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King also wrote the screenplays for the 1985 film ''Film/CatsEye'' and the 1992 film ''Film/{{Sleepwalkers}}'', collaborated with George Romero on the 1982 theatrical anthology film ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'' (as well as its sequel ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}'' and the sequel-in-all-but-name ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie''), and went behind the camera to direct the 1986 film ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'', adapted from his ''Night Shift'' story "Literature/{{Trucks}}", in which people are menaced by trucks and other vehicles that are [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever brought to murderous life]] by radiation from a comet. Ironically, the story was later adapted again, rather more faithfully, under the original title.

He is also part of a rotation of featured columnists in ''Entertainment Weekly'' magazine.

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!!This author's works (that don't have their own pages) include examples of:

* ActionSurvivor
* AdultFear: The loss or abuse of children is a recurring theme.
* AliensInCardiff: In King's works, Maine is apparently America's very own [[LovecraftCountry Lovecraft State]], what with all the AncientAliens, {{Wendigo}}s and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s hanging out there.
* AnyoneCanDie: Because King rarely starts out with a book's events graven in stone, as a consequence no character is safe.
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: He's written stories featuring killer clowns, killer dogs, killer cars, killer hotel rooms, killer army toys, and killer paintings.
* AuthorAppeal:
** This shows up in several ways; as King himself has said, "write what you know." A ''lot'' of his stories are set in Maine. Many of his main characters are writers. Many have struggled or are struggling with addictions and/or marital problems. His characters, like King, have been janitors, teachers, writers, and laundry and textile-mill workers.
** His love of rock music is also an incredibly pervasive element. If someone quotes a song, it's either very good, or very, very bad...
** Baseball is also a recurring theme, whether directly or indirectly. At the least, virtually ever Stephen King novel ever written mentions a character wearing a hat or t-shirt representing the local baseball team--even if it's a minor league team.
** A somewhat bizarre case seems to show up not in his writing, but in the commentaries he does on the DVD versions of his mini-series. He always: 1) praises the mini-series format, and 2) bashes ''War and Remembrance'' for (according to him) single-handedly destroying the mini-series format.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Hart Gary Hart]] is mentioned in a number of his works: becoming President in the short story "The Jaunt" and in an alternate universe in ''Literature/TheDarkTower'', and [[Literature/{{Misery}} Paul Sheldon]]'s car has a Hart for President bumper sticker.
** King is a proud owner of a Welsh Corgi, a particularly adorable breed of dog. The dog itself actually shows up in Literature/TheDarkTower series. More amusingly, a fictional corgi nearly saves the day in ''Literature/UnderTheDome'', though a human screws up the corgi's gift.
** In an interview, King once mentioned he writes a lot about children, particularly when his kids were kids.
** King is known for writing about [[AuthorPhobia things that scare him personally]].
* BilledAboveTheTitle: You will never have any doubt whether Stephen King is the author of a book or not, because you can't miss the words "'''STEPHEN KING'''" taking up almost the entire front cover, with a little tiny spot at the very bottom for the actual title of the book. Ironically, many non-horror films adapted from his work, including "Stand by Me," "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Dolores Claiborne" (in other words, the best of them) have avoided using his name for the simple reason that consumers would mistake them for horror films when they were not.
* BittersweetEnding: In most of his books (though not all; see the page TheBadGuyWins for more on this), the good guys win... but always with big losses.
* BizarreTasteInFood: Several of his characters enjoy peanut butter and onion sandwiches.
* BlackComedy
* BodyHorror
* BullyBrutality: Part of his SignatureStyle. If a character is a bully or was one in his youth, expect him to be a sadistic villain, or at the very least absurdly {{Jerkass}}. They also are often {{Asshole Victim}}s.
* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind
* ClusterFBomb: In ''On Writing'', he cites his frequent use of foul language as an example of writing what you know.
* ContinuityNod: Many books make brief, casual, and often vague references to characters and/or events from previous King novels that may or may not have anything to do with the current novel, but that fans who have read those novels would be able to recognize. [[http://laughingsquid.com/the-stephen-king-universe-a-very-detailed-flowchart-linking-his-books-characters/ This flowchart]] is a good place to start.
* CozyVoiceForCatastrophes
* CreatorCameo:
** King often makes cameo appearances in the film adaptations of his works.
** He'll also occasionally have characters in his novels mention [[SelfDeprecation some hack author up in Bangor who writes horror books]].
** In the books that were originally published under the {{pseudonym}} Richard Bachman, characters will comment that events seem like something out of a Stephen King novel.
* CreatorProvincialism: The majority of his stories are set in his native Maine. When he started spending part of the year in Florida, he started setting some of his stories there. Several books were set in or around Boulder, Colorado, when he lived in Colorado for a while. And all of them are set in the U.S. (except the ones set in fantasy worlds) and his entire body of work has only two notable non-American characters, the English Nick Hopewell in "Literature/TheLangoliers" and the German Kurt Dussander in "Apt Pupil" (the latter is because a Nazi concentration camp commander can't be American).
* DeadpanSnarker: Often in his narrations as he is one in real life.
* DealWithTheDevil
* {{Determinator}}: When it comes to his commitment to writing. His output is prodigious because he views writing as his job, he works at it every day, and rarely if ever takes a day off from writing. King is on record as stating that any writer who can't put out at least one book a year is spending too much time fucking around.
* DisappearedDad: Appears in several of his works. His own father left his family when King was two.
* DoorStopper: He acknowledged this tendency of his in the author's note to one of his short story collections. "Every story wants to be a novel, and every novel wants to be approximately 3000 pages long." He once described himself as suffering from "Diarrhea of the word processor".
* EldritchAbomination: A number of his works feature references to [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] {{Cosmic Horror}}s. Randall Flagg, a character from the ''Literature/TheDarkTower'' and ''Literature/TheStand'', is the human disguise of Nyarlathotep.
* AFeteWorseThanDeath
* {{Flanderization}}: The fantasy and drama elements to his novels are often downplayed in favor of his conventional horror influences. He himself has stated that he never saw himself as a horror writer.
* FromBadToWorse: Big time.
* FunctionalAddict: King was a raging alcoholic and drug user who had the continence to write damn near anything and have it pass editing. This is the author who was so coked out of his mind that he doesn't remember writing ''Cujo''. If anything, all those substances must have made him write with more symbolism and analogy, not less.
* GiantSpider: King is an admitted [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes arachnophobe]] so these tend to show up.
* GodBeforeDogma: Religious characters who are not TheFundamentalist tend to favor this. Interviews with King confirm this to be his own worldview.
* GoneHorriblyRight
* GreaterScopeVillain: With the CanonWelding: [[spoiler:the Crimson King]] becomes this.
* GroinAttack: Frequently of the non-comedic variety.
* HauntedTechnology
* {{Homage}}: "A man's life is five dogs long." This quote plays a peculiar homage to Creator/ErnestHemingway in the novella "UR".
* HumanityIsInsane: He's fond of this trope.
* IAmNotSpock: [[invoked]] Discussed in the afterword of ''Literature/DifferentSeasons''. King recounts how around the time of his second and third books, his agent was fretting that he would be stereotyped as a horror writer, and King decided the hell with it and to go ahead and play into the stereotype. It seems to have worked out okay for him.
* IJustWriteTheThing: If ''On Writing'' is any indication, he usually starts out with characters and a premise, then works out from there what the characters would do and what would happen in response to their actions, [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants with only a little thought of where the story will ultimately go]]. This means both that a character who's been heavily developed for 200 or so pages can get eaten on page 201 (see [[spoiler:''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'', "Literature/TheMist"]]), and that a character who was intended to die can wind up surviving through application of a previously-established resourcefulness ([[spoiler:''Literature/SalemsLot'', ''Literature/{{Misery}}'']].) There have been exceptions where he tried to fit a story into a particular path, but the only one he [[CreatorBacklash still likes]] is ''Literature/TheDeadZone''.
** This really comes to light in ''Literature/TheGreenMile'', where an aged Paul Edgcomb writes the first few chapters as though Coffey ''did'' murder those girls, despite the main plot point in the last half being the fact that he's actually innocent. He wrote the novel [[SerialNovel in installments]], and admitted in the foreword of the first book that he himself may not even know how this thing ends. The resolution to the subplot with Mr. Jingles the mouse was added at the last minute when his wife asked [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse what happened to him]]; King himself had completely forgotten he'd written a seemingly immortal mouse into the story.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Strangely {{averted|Trope}}. All the most famous and successful adaptations of his films - especially the non-horror ones - avoid drawing attention to the fact that he wrote the original novel or short story.
** Syfy fixes this by making damn sure that every title is paired with his name religiously.
** Pointedly averted with ''The Lawnmower Man'', which used his name but [[InNameOnly only the barest elements of one scene from the story]]. King sued and won the right to take his name from the film, even though some copies still have it labelled and presented as "Stephen King's 'The Lawnmower Man'".
* InfantImmortality: You would think children and babies (and dogs) are safe just like in any horror show, right? [[SubvertedTrope Oh no, absolutely not!]]
* KillTheCutie
* LovecraftCountry: This trope may as well be called "King Country" for how many of his stories have been set in New England (especially Maine).
* MagicalNegro: King has admitted in interviews that he tends to overuse this trope, attributing it to his own WhiteGuilt.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He may write about spine-chilling subjects but King often comes across as a pretty friendly, laidback and witty family man. And if he likes your book, you can bet he'll give you a glowing recommendation on the cover.
* MurderByInaction: In one book a young boy's father has a heart attack in the woods, and he tells the boy to run to the house and get his pills. But on the way to the house, the boy starts thinking about all the horrific sexual abuses his father has inflicted on him, and starts running slower and slower until he's at a leisurely walk. And what do you know, hes too late.
* NextSundayAD: Many of his books are set a few months after publication.
* OddFriendship: One of his closest friends is humorist and professional booger-joke writer Creator/DaveBarry.
* OneOfUs: King is a huge fan of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and considers himself a part of the fandom community. He also writes FanFic.
* OrificeInvasion: Occasionally a cat, rat, or other creature would enter someone's body, usually through the mouth. Those that die from it are the lucky ones.
* PenName: Richard Bachman, who "wrote" some of King's most pointedly cynical, brutal, and balls-to-the-wall insane works.
** In a reissued collection of the "Bachman" books, King wrote a [[OverlyLongGag very long introduction]] giving various reasons why he chose to use a pen name for some of his stories. It seemed to boil down to "because I felt like it". Although in recent years, he has stated he wanted to see if his books were selling well just because of his name, or because his books were actually good. He has stated that the Bachman stories tend toward a much more pessimistic and cynical view of the world (both from the characters' and the writer's perspective) and are much more likely to end on a downer note, often with [[spoiler:the death of the protagonist]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Almost all of his human, non-supernatural villains (and even then some of the nonhuman, supernatural ones) are racist, sexist, or homophobic to some degree.
* PsychicPowers: A great number of his books at the very least touch some manifestation of psychic phenomena, which is called "the Shine" in his [[TheVerse Verse]].
* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. King loves (in his short fiction, at least) to drop something that ''just shouldn't be'' right in the reader's lap and then refuse to explain ''how'' or ''why''. Examples include the long, ''long'' finger coming out of the drain in "The Moving Finger," the big feline lounging around in an elementary school's bathroom in "Here There Be Tygers," the carnivorous "car" in "Mile 81," and, in a more obscure little tale, "The Reploids," [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext just where Edward Paladin came from and where Johnny Carson went to]]. As he states in the "Notes" section of ''Nightmares & Dreamscapes'':
--> My favorite sort of short story has always been the kind where things happen just because they happen. In novels and movies (save for movies starring fellows like Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger), you are supposed to explain ''why'' things happen. Let me tell you something, friends and neighbors: I ''hate'' explaining why things happen, and my efforts in that direction (such as the doctored LSD and resultant DNA changes which create Charlie [=McGee's=] pyrokinetic talents in ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'') aren't very good....In short stories, the author is still sometimes allowed to say, "This happened. Don't ask me why."
* RuleOfSymbolism: He discusses his own use of it in ''On Writing''.
* SchoolBullyingIsHarmless: Averted; in fact he's a bit infamous for leaning too far the other way.
* ShoutOut: Has named some characters after real-life colleagues. Example: In the Castle Rock stories, the devious Verrill family is named after King's agent, Chuck Verrill.
* ShownTheirWork: The solar eclipse that connects the three books of the "abused wife" trilogy was a real solar eclipse that happened in 1963.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Varies from book to book. ''Literature/TheStand'' and ''Literature/TheDeadZone'' rank on the idealistic side. ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'' and ''Literature/PetSematary'' are far, ''far'' on the cynical.
* SimultaneousArcs
* {{Spoiler}}s: King is notorious for revealing character deaths and other plot twists much earlier in a narrative than most authors would.
* {{Squick}}: Invoked in ''Danse Macabre'' when King describes his method.
--> I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.
* StagingAnIntervention: At the height of King's addiction issues, his family and friends raided his office, gathered up all the drugs, cigarette butts, and beer cans they could find, and dumped them at King's feet to try to shock him into sobering up. It worked; King went into rehab and has remained clean and sober ever since.
* TakeThat:
** Often toward ignorant right-wingers or educated snobs. (Ignorant left-wingers are usually TooDumbToLive and never get the chance to be parodied.)
** Several books also contain more-or-less friendly jabs at Creator/DeanKoontz.
** ''Danse Macabre'', King's overview of the horror genre from 1950-1980, is loaded with them, ranging from playful jabs to injurious wallops. Among others, ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'', ''Literature/TheAmityvilleHorror'' (both the book and the [[Film/TheAmityvilleHorror1979 1979 film]]), ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' and the novels of Creator/JohnSaul all take hits.
* TeensAreMonsters: Ranging from [[TheBully simple bullies]] to complete psychotics.
* ThemeInitials: R.F.
* TownWithADarkSecret: The titular 'Salem's Lot might be the best (worst?) offender. Other towns that repeatedly pop up are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry_%28Stephen_King%29 Derry]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Rock_%28Stephen_King%29 Castle Rock]], and Tarker's Mills (''Cycle of the Werewolf'', mentioned in ''Under the Dome'')
* UnconventionalFormatting: To varying, subtle degrees in several of his novels and stories.
* TheVerse: A good 80-90% of his stories mention or feature locations, characters, or events from his other stories, and a number of those are tied into ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' which ties them into the universes of some of his otherwise unconnected stories.
* WeirdnessMagnet: He has referred to himself as one, citing a time a fully dressed, gin-drinking Ronald [=McDonald=] sat next to him on an airplane during his first book tour.
* WhiteGuilt: King has admitted in interviews that this is likely behind his tendency to overuse the MagicalNegro trope.
* AWorldHalfFull
* WouldHurtAChild: Children are frequently the targets of King's villains, and not only do many meet gruesome ends, the villains often [[ForTheEvulz enjoy it]] to no end. Yes, you read that correctly.

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