I’ve been on a Stephen King binge this year – my ultimate goal is to read all of his works within in next couple of years (I’m about halfway there). Here are the books that make my top ten by King so far:
We gain insight into the main character’s (Roland's) background. He tells his group of Ka-tet about an adventure he embarked upon in his youth with his fellow gunslingers.
The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower Series, Book 7) The final book in Mr King’s beloved Dark Tower series – Will Roland and his Ka-tet make it to the fabled Dark Tower? Plenty of twists, turns and action for this group to encounter. “All things serve the Beam.”
The Shining When Jack Torrance and his family take an opportunity for work at the Overlook Hotel they never in their wildest dreams think they’ll encounter what they do. A place of dark, alluring evil comes to life; gifted son Danny the key to it all. A brilliant, scary and terrifying read - definitely one of Stephen King’s finest efforts. “Redrum... redrum.”
Skeleton Crew & Night Shift Two books of short stories – I guarantee you there are stories in here that will keep you up at night and make you look under the bed/in the closet - what was that noise? Each brings a brilliant collection of varied short stories, Mr King knows how to turn everyday life into something utterly terrifying – must reads for horror fans.
The Outsider When local school teacher and baseball coach Terry Maitland is accused of a horrific murder, a crazy chain of events begin. Despite overwhelming evidence against him, Terry appears to have a watertight alibi. A deadly game of cat-and mouse (with a supernatural twist) ensues over three states in America.
The Talisman (written with Peter Straub) Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer must embark on a quest to save his dying Mum. Thrust into a parallel universe of twinners, friends, foes and strange creatures, Jack must find the all powerful Talisman – not only to save his Mum but to save the balance of the universe too.
Twenty years after the events of the Talisman, “retired” homicide detective Jack Sawyer is brought into solve a series of bizarre murders in Wisconsin. The killer pays homage to an infamous serial killer from the past with a similar modus operandi. “The Fisherman” kidnaps a child. Jack - with the help of the local authorities and local “heavies” - must stop “The Fisherman” before another victim is found. All things lead to the forbidding and sinister Black House…
The Tommyknockers When a strange object buried in the forest is found, a dig begins for the locals of Haven, Maine. Things in the town start to get strange, new powers are obtained - life will never be the same for the locals or anyone else entering the town…
Elevation Scott Carey is rapidly losing weight no matter how much he eats, but it’s not showing in his appearance. This coupled with a nasty neighbour gives Scott a challenge he wants to accept. The annual foot race presents Scott with an opportunity to make good on his challenges.
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