There’s no bigger name in horror than Stephen King himself. Known for thrilling psychological horror (mostly set in small Maine towns), his tales are sure to send shivers up your spine…or at least keep you reading into the wee hours. Ready to face your darkest fears on the page? These titles are good places to start:
After Charles Jacobs’ wife and child are killed in a gruesome accident, the former preacher denounces religion and begins pursuing darker forces. Jamie Morton, whose drug addiction was ‘cured’ by Jacob’s unorthodox treatments, is caught up in his plotting and discovers the Secret Electricity behind his gruesome final experiment to connect with the world of the dead. But what awaits both of them will be beyond all faith or comprehension…
Set 36 years after King’s classic The Shining, the book follows the journey of Dan (Danny) Torrance, trying to drown his traumatic childhood experiences in alcohol. In New Hampshire, he finds purpose easing the suffering of a local retirement home’s dying inmates. But he’s not the only one with special powers; young psychic Abra is being targeted of the True Knot, who have maintained their immortality in the most grisly ways. Dan must act fast to save her and take down the Knot once and for all.
Under The Dome
The town of Chester’s Mill is abruptly (and gruesomely) cut off from the surrounding world by an invisible semipermeable barrier. Political power struggles and gruesome plots ensue as former Army Captain Dale Barbara and his associates race to find out what’s powering the Dome…and what put it there.
The last novel King released under his Richard Bachman pseudonym, Thinner relates the tale of Billy Halleck, who is cursed when he kills a woman and escapes the charges. After the woman’s father strokes his cheek and whispers one word, “Thinner”, Halleck starts rapidly losing weight to the point of emaciation. If he wants to break the curse he’ll have to find the old man and the Rroma band he belongs to, and even then there may be a high price left to pay.
King’s fourth novel and his first to be published involves is a troubled, sheltered young girl living with her unstable mother and bullied by her peers. When unexpected joy turns into unparalleled humiliation, Carrie’s budding psychic powers explode outward with deadly results. Raw and terrifying, Carrie takes a young girl’s coming of age to new extremes.
Bill Hodges is a retired police detective, fed up with life until he receives a letter signed by a “Mr. Mercedes”: a man who claims to have been responsible for an unsolved case where a car ploughed into a crowd and killed eight people. Hodges begins his own investigation into the mysterious killer, but can he track them down before they strike again with deadlier results? One of King’s rare crime novels, Mr. Mercedes will leave you on the edge of your seat.
The Green Mile
It is the year 1932. Paul Edgecombe is block supervisor on Cold Mountain Penitentiary’s death row, nicknamed The Green Mile. When 6-foot-8 black inmate John Coffey joins the prisoners, Edgecombe finds him unusually shy and sensitive for a purported child murderer. And when Coffey reveals he has healing powers, the incidents that follow change the lives of all around him for better and for worse.
Full Dark No Stars
If you’re in the mood for the taste of revenge, settle in for this collection of four novellas dealing with retribution, from unsolved murders to rebalancing the scales of fortune. Full Dark, No Stars won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection and was also nominated for the 2011 British Fantasy Award.
The Trenton family have recently moved to Castle Rock from New York, with both parents strained by work and romantic tensions. When their neighbour’s dog Cujo contracts rabies and Donna Trenton’s car breaks down in their yard, it’s only the beginning of the nightmare for her and her son, four-year-old Tad. Trapped in their vehicle and baking under the sun, Donna must choose whether to attempt escape or face the rabid hound head-on.
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