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Updated List of Stephen King Books in Order

If you're a Stephen King superfan looking to track your reading, this post contains an updated list of Stephen King books in order of the list to make it easy for you.

First, I answer some Stephen King FAQs, then I share the full list of Stephen King books in order and lastly, I tell you the seven most popular Stephen King books so that you can start there if you are unsure which of his works to read.

Stephen King FAQs

Who is Stephen King?

Stephen King is a bestselling modern American author with more than 350 million books sold. His catalog is vast, but he is best known for his horror stories. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the 2003 The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.  He currently resides in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

What kind of books does Stephen King write?

Stephen King writes both nonfiction and fiction books, particularly novels in the genres of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, and science fiction fantasy.

How many novels has Stephen King written?

Stephen King has written 64 novels, including his newest book, Gwendy's Final Task, a novel that will be released on February 15, 2022.

What is the longest Stephen King book?

With 1,152 pages, The Complete and Uncut Edition of The Stand is Stephen King's longest stand-alone book.

What is the bestselling Stephen King book?

The data is not exact, but the general consensus is that the bestselling Stephen King book is The Stand.

What is Stephen King's newest book?

Stephen King's newest book is Gwendy's Final Task, a novel, which will be released on February 15, 2022.

Full List of Stephen King Books in Order

This full list of Stephen King books in order comes with some caveats to note.

The works of Stephen King are incredibly vast and number in the hundreds. He has written over 200 short stories alone! Accordingly, this list was incredibly difficult to narrow down.

Since the title of this post is an "Updated List of Stephen King BOOKS in Order," I chose to focus on just that -- BOOKS. I decided that most people searching for this term will be looking for actual books they can easily buy or borrow, and not necessarily a rare, limited edition short story or essay that needs to be tracked down. I also decided to leave out graphic novels.

So, here, you will find a chronological list of Stephen King novels, novellas, story collections, nonfiction books, and boxed sets. Because these works contained various editions, I had to also make decisions on how to list these titles and when, and whether to consider a similar publishing to be a different title. I assure you, it was not easy, but I really did my best to write this article the way I felt a reader would want to read it.

I hope it's helpful at the end of the day!

To be clear, then, this list does NOT include essays, speeches, poems, standalone short stories, parts of anthologies, screenplays, limited edition only publishings, interviews, uncollected worked, or unpublished works. For these works, visit Stephen King's official website.

Without further ado, here is the updated list of Stephen King books in order of publishing date, from oldest to newest:

Carrie (Novel; April 5, 1974 / Limited Edition; December 2013)

'Salem's Lot (Novel; October 17, 1975 / Limited Edition; October 2004 / Illustrated
Edition November 11, 2005 / Limited Edition; December 2014)

Rage (Bachman Novel; December 1976 / The Bachman Books October 1985)

The Shining (Novel; January 1977 / Limited Edition; December 2012)

Night Shift (Story Collection; December 1977)

The Stand (Novel; October 1978)

The Long Walk (Bachman Novel; December 1978 / The Bachman Books October 1985) 

The Dead Zone (Novel; August 1979)

Firestarter (Limited Edition; December 1979 / Novel; September 29, 1980)

The Mist (Novella; August 29, 1980)

Danse Macabre (Nonfiction & Limited Edition; December 1980)

Roadwork (Bachman Novel; December 1980 / The Bachman Books October 1985)

Cujo (Novel & Limited Edition; September 8, 1981)

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Limited Edition; December 1981 / Novel; June
1982)

The Running Man (Bachman Novel; December 1981 / The Bachman Books October 1985)

Apt Pupil (Novella; August 27, 1982)

The Body (Novella; August 27, 1982)

The Breathing Method (Novella; August 27, 1982)

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Novella; August 27, 1982)

Different Seasons (Story Collection; August 1982)

The Plant (Installment One) (Limited Edition; November 1982)

Christine (Limited Edition; December 1982 / Novel; April 29, 1983)

Cycle of the Werewolf (Limited Edition; December 1982 / Novel; April 1985)

The Plant (Installment Two) (Limited Edition; December 1982)

Pet Sematary (Novel; November 1983)

The Eyes of the Dragon (Limited Edition; December 1983 / Novel; February
1987)

The Talisman (Limited Edition; December 1983 / Novel; November 1984)

Thinner (Bachman Novel; November 1984 / The Bachman Books October 1985)

The Plant (Installment Three) (Limited Edition; December 1984)

Skeleton Crew (Limited Edition; December 1984 / Story Collection; June 1985)

IT (Novel; September 1986)

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (Limited Edition; December 1986 / Novel;
May 1987)

Misery (Novel; June 1987 / Limited Edition; February 2018)

The Tommyknockers (Novel; November 1987)

My Pretty Pony (Limited Edition; December 1987 / Trade Edition; September
1989)

Nightmares in the Sky (Nonfiction; December 1987)

The Dark Half (Novel; November 1989)

The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition (Limited Edition; December 1989 / Novel;
May 1990)

The Langoliers (Novella; September 24, 1990)

The Library Policeman (Novella; September 24, 1990)

Secret Window, Secret Garden (Novella; September 24, 1990)

The Sun Dog (Novella; September 24, 1990)

Four Past Midnight (Story Collection; September 1990)

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands (Limited Edition; December 1990 / Novel; August
1991)

Needful Things (Novel; October 1991)

Gerald's Game (Novel; May 1992)

Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Story Collection; October 1993)

Dolores Claiborne (Novel; November 1993)

Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three
Chords and an Attitude (Nonfiction; December 1993)

Insomnia (Limited Edition; June 1994 / Novel; September 1994)

Blind Willie (Novella; October 1994)

Rose Madder (Limited Edition; December 1994; Novel; June 1995)

Desperation (Limited Edition; December 1995 / Novel; September 24, 1996)

The Regulators (Bachman Novel; December 1995 / Limited Edition; December
1995)

The Green Mile: The Two Dead Girls (Novel; March 1996)

The Green Mile: The Mouse on the Mile (Novel; April 1996)

The Green Mile: Coffey's Hands (Novel; May 1996)

The Green Mile: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (Novel; June 1996)

The Green Mile: Night Journey (Novel; July 1996)

The Green Mile: Coffey on the Mile (Novel; August 1996)

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass  (Limited Edition; December 1996 / Novel;
November 1997)

Six Stories (Limited Edition; December 1996)

Bag of Bones (Novel; September 22, 1998)

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (Novel; April 1999 / Limited Edition; December
2003)

Hearts in Atlantis (Novella; September 14, 1999 / Story Collection; September 1999)

Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling (Novella; September 14, 1999)

Low Men in Yellow Coats (Novella; September 14, 1999)

Why We're in Vietnam (Novella; September 14, 1999)

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Nonfiction; December 1999)

Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (Nonfiction;
December 1999)

The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (Novel; October 2000 / Limited Edition; December 2006)

Dreamcatcher (Novel; February 20, 2001)

Black House (Novel; September 15, 2001 / Limited Edition; December 2001)

From a Buick 8 (Limited Edition; December 2001 / Novel; September 24, 2002)

Everything's Eventual (Story Collection; March 2002)

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla (Limited Edition; December 2002 / Novel;
November 2003)

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Revised) (Novel; June 2003)

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah (Limited Edition; December 2003 / Novel;
June 2004)

The Dark Tower (Limited Edition; December 2003 / Novel; September
2004)

Faithful (Nonfiction; September 2005)

The Colorado Kid (Novel; October 2005)

The Secretary of Dreams, Vol. 1 (Limited Edition; December 2005)

Cell (Novel; January 24, 2006)

Lisey's Story (Novel; October 2006)

Blaze (Bachman Novel; December 2006)

The Colorado Kid (Chadbourne) (Limited Edition; December 2006)

The Colorado Kid (Miller) (Limited Edition; December 2006)

The Colorado Kid (Potter) (Limited Edition; December 2006)

Duma Key (Novel; January 22, 2008)

A Very Tight Place (Novella; May 1, 2008)

N (Novella; November 11, 2008)

Just After Sunset (Story Collection; November 2008)

The Little Sisters of Eluria (Limited Edition; January 2009)

Stephen King Goes to the Movies (Story Collection; January 2009 / Limited
Edition; April 2009)

UR (Novella; February 12, 2009)

Under the Dome (Novel; November 2009)

Blockade Billy (Limited Edition; December 2009 / Novella; April 20, 2010)

The Secretary of Dreams, Vol. 2 (Limited Edition; October 2010)

Full Dark, No Stars (November 9, 2010)

11/22/63 (Novel; November 8, 2011)

The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (Limited Edition; February 2012
/ Novel; April 2012)

GUNS (Nonfiction; January 2013)

Joyland (Limited Edition; June 2013 / Novel; June 2013 / Illustrated Edition
September 2015)

Doctor Sleep (Novel; September 24, 2013 / Limited Edition; September 2013)

Mr. Mercedes (Novel; June 2014)

Revival (Novel; November 2014 / Limited Edition; December 2019)

Finders Keepers (Novel; June 2, 2015)

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Story Collection; November 2015)

End of Watch (Novel; June 7, 2016)

Gwendy's Button Box (Novella; May 16, 2017)

Sleeping Beauties (Novel; September 26, 2017)

The Outsider (Novel; May 2018)

Elevation (Novella; October 30, 2018)

The Institute (Novel; September 2019)

If It Bleeds (Novella; April 21, 2020 / Story Collection; April 2020)

The Life of Chuck (Novella; April 21, 2020)

Mr. Harrigan's Phone (Novella; April 21, 2020)

Rat (Novella; April 21, 2020)

Later (Limited Edition; March 30, 2021 / Novel; March 2, 2021)

Billy Summers (Novel; August 3, 2021)

Gwendy's Final Task (Novel; February 15, 2022)

The Most Popular Stephen King Books

If the full list of Stephen King books in order overwhelms you, I also wanted to share his most popular books, in order to help you decide where to start or what to read next.  

Of note, these are the books that are generally considered to be the most popular and bestselling.  But, reasonable minds (especially superfan minds!) may always differ.

The Stand

As mentioned, while the data is not exact,  the general consensus is that the bestselling Stephen King book is The Stand.

In The Stand, the world ends with an abrupt computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million contacts forming a chain letter of death.

The day after is a bleak new world, devoid of both its institutions and 99 percent of its people.  The 1 percent and panicked and choose sides.  "Good" rides on the shoulders a 108 year old Mother Abigail, which evil is embodied in a lethal, powerful, dark man, Randall Flagg.  

It's an epic take of moral complexity and survival, both popular amongst readers and considered to be one of King's finest works.

The Shining

In The Shining, Jack Torrance has a new job as the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric Overlook Hotel, and he is looking forward to a fresh start.  He plans to both reconnect with his family and work on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather arrives, the Hotel feels remote and even sinister.  Strangely, the only one who notices is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old child.

Carrie

In Carrie, an unpopular high school student has a difficult time being subjected to her mother's religious fanaticism. But she's hiding a big secret: she can move things with her mind.  This can be both powerful and problematic.  After she is the recipient of an act of kindness, she feels normal. But then a cruel prank turns her gift into a weapon of horrific destruction in the town.

IT

In IT, Derry, Maine, is a small city... a haunted small city.  Seven teenagers first stumbled on a horror.  But now, they are adults, and the promise they made as teens reunites them in the place where they once battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Their repressed memories rise to the surface when children are being murdered.  And they must prepare once again to battle the monster.

Pet Sematary

In Pet Sematary, Dr. Louis Creed takes a job in rural Maine, and moves his family there. But, an undercurrent of danger exists.  For one thing, the trucks drive too quickly, which is evidenced by the graveyard in the nearby woods where generations have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings of another burial ground beyond the borders.  The truth hidden there is more terrifying and powerful than death itself.

Misery

In Misery, bestselling novelist Paul feels free of his popular romance protagonist Misery Chastain, who he has "killed off" in order to expand his creative horizons. But there are consequences.  When a car accident leaves him literally broken, he is nursed backed to health by a woman who proclaims herself to be his biggest fan and wants Misery to return in his newest novel.  In an isolated location, she's willing to do whatever it takes to get her way.

Salem's Lot

In Salem's Lot, writer Ben has returned to his hometown, Jerusalem’s Lot, hoping to explore the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion that has been the subject of rumors. But when two boys head into the woods, and only one comes out alive, he realizes that dark forces exist there, and he must contain the evil. 


 

That concludes the full list of Stephen King books in order, as well as the most popular Stephen King books, to help you decide which of his many works to read next.

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Marcia

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

You forgot Full Dark, No Stars published in 2010.

Jules Buono

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

@Marcia, Thanks so much, I have added it.

Marcalea

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

You left out Gwendy's Magic Feather. Don't know the date but I owne it.

Jules Buono

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Gwendy's Magic Feather appears to be by Richard Chizmar with only a foreword by Stephen King.

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