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Stephen King

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This is a brief discussion of Stephen King and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by King.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by King: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales King tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and King worthy; in sum, to help you rank Stephen King (and the works by King listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About Stephen King

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other Stephen King Resources

Stephen King Resources on the Web

Owing to King’s fame, the problem is not to find material but to screen what there is. One obvious resource must be the aptly titled Official Stephen King Web Presence. (Within that site, there is a now-closed multi-forum Message Board.) King also has (of course!) an active Twitter account.

The major critical King resources include the tremendous amount of analysis and criticism available through this eNotes King criticism “portal” page and the Today in Literature Stephen King - Life Stories, Books, and Links page [archived copy].

Individual pages of some merit about King include:

There is also a veritable horde of fannish King web sites; rather than try to sort out their merits, I will just list some:

If all that is still not enough to slake your webbish King thirst, Google Is Your Friend.

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Stephen King Resources in Print

Most of the heavy lifting has already been done: Wikipedia has a lengthy list of books about Stephen King. A couple of others are Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism by Heidi Strengell, and Stephen King from A to Z: An Encyclopedia of His Life and Work by George Beahm.

Note that while most books about King are neutral and many adulatory, noted speculative-fiction critic S. T. Joshi, in his study The Modern Weird Tale, gives a less-than-flattering appraisal of King and his place in the titular field (and is not alone in his opinions).

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Stephen King ***

(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
(This list does not include his horror/terror tales.)

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