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Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection You Like It Darker , Holly , Fairy Tale , Billy Summers , If It Bleeds , The Institute , Elevation , The Outsider , Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch , Finders Keepers , and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was...See more

Personality Profile For Stephen King

Stephen King

The following is a personality profile of Stephen King based on his work.

Stephen King is boisterous and social.

He is intermittent, he has a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time. He is content as well: he is content with his level of accomplishment and does not feel the need to set ambitious goals. But, Stephen King is also empathetic: he feels what others feel and is compassionate towards them.

More than most people, his choices are driven by a desire for discovery.

Considers helping others to guide a large part of what he does: he thinks it is important to take care of the people around him. He is also relatively unconcerned with tradition: he cares more about making his own path than following what others have done.

Writing style analyzed by IBM Watson

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Stephen King Books FAQs

Stephen King is a prolific author who's known for his horror books and supernatural thrillers that keep readers turning the page to see what happens next.

While Stephen King is primarily known for his horror fiction novels, he also writes in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, crime, and non-fiction. He's also written over 200 short stories, many of which have been made into book collections.

The most popular books by Stephen King, according to their sales, are:

  • The Shining: This novel follows Jack Torrance's gradual possession by evil forces that inhabit a hotel and the premonitions experienced by his psychic son, Danny.
  • Carrie: King's first published novel tells the tale of a bullied teen who uses her telekinetic powers to punish her classmates who hurt her.
  • Salem's Lot: Ben Mears visits a town known as Jerusalem's Lot only to discover that the residents aren't quite who they seem.
  • Misery: Famous author Paul Sheldon gets into an accident that puts him on a course to meet his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. Except, Annie doesn't want to let Paul get away from her and takes pains to prevent him from leaving.

These are just a few of his all-time best-selling novels, but many more of his books have earned both fan and critical acclaim and transcended the decades.

There's no particular order to read books by Stephen King, as many of his books are stand-alone. His series are encapsulated and typically don't have other books with shared characters.

However, the best way to introduce yourself to his suspenseful fiction books is to start with the earliest titles, as these are the most well-known. You may prefer to wait to read his larger tomes after you've become acquainted with his writing and separated the source material from the movie and TV versions.

His short stories are another option to become familiar with his writing style before diving into the novels.

To date, Stephen King has 65 fiction novels and counting, plus five non-fiction novels, that span multiple categories since beginning his career in 1974. Stephen King continuously publishes, and readers eagerly await his latest whenever a Stephen King new book is announced.

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