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Stephen King Books in Order (Updated 2023)

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Last Updated on March 24, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

Stephen King Books in Order

Are you an avid Stephen King fan?  If so, then you’re in the right place!  In this article, we are sharing a list of all of Stephen King’s books in order.  Whether you love horror classics like IT and The Shining or more recent works such as The Outsider and Doctor Sleep, here you will find them all listed chronologically by date of publication.  Get ready to take a trip through time – from Carrie, published back in 1974, to his latest thriller coming out in 2023 – and see first-hand how masterful one of the greatest authors has been for now almost 5 decades.

But first, who is Stephen King?

Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.  He has published over 60 novels and over 200 short stories throughout his career, many of which have been adapted into films or TV series.  Stephen King’s books often focus on themes such as alienation, violence, and the struggle between good and evil.

What should be the first Stephen King book to read?

Salem’s Lot (Amazon or Bookshop) — Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book.

We also highly recommend you read our: 8 Must-Read Stephen King Books and Where To Start reading article.

What is Stephen King’s longest book?

The longest Stephen King book is The Stand, which was first published in 1978 and has since gone through several editions. This classic post-apocalyptic novel follows a group of survivors who set off on a journey to rebuild the world after a devastating plague ravages the planet. Clocking in at 1,154 pages (in its uncut form), The Stand is a must read for any Stephen King fan. In addition to The Stand, other long novels by Stephen King include IT and Under the Dome, both of which contain over 1,000 pages. If you’re looking for something longer than 1,000 pages but shorter than The Stand, try 11/22/63 or Bag of Bones. These two books have around 800-900 pages each and are filled with King’s trademark suspense and horror.

What is Stephen King’s newest book?

Holly by Stephen King

Stephen King’s newest book is entitled HOLLY (Amazon or Bookshop), which will be released in September 2023.  Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King’s most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town.

Stephen King Books in Order of Publication

This list of Stephen King books includes his: novels, novellas, nonfiction, and short story collections.  This does not include all his individual short stories, essays, anthologies and other unpublished works.

List of Stephen King Books in Order


  • Carrie (Novel: 1974)
  • ‘Salem’s Lot (Novel: 1975)
  • Rage (Bachman Novel: 1976)
  • The Shining (Novel: 1977)
  • Night Shift (Story Collection: 1977)
  • The Stand (Novel: 1978)
  • The Long Walk (Bachman Novel: 1978)
  • The Dead Zone (Novel: 1979)
  • Firestarter (Novel: 1979)
  • The Mist (Novella: 1980)
  • Danse Macabre (Nonfiction: 1980)
  • Roadwork (Bachman Novel: 1980)


  • Cujo (Novel: 1981)
  • The Dark Tower (Novel: 1981)
  • The Running Man (Bachman Novel: 1981)
  • Apt Pupil (Novella: 1982)
  • The Body (Novella: 1982)
  • The Breathing Method (Novella: 1982)
  • Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Novella: 1982)
  • Different Seasons (Story Collection: 1982)
  • The Plant [Installment One] (Epistolary Novel: 1982)
  • Christine (Novel: 1982)
  • Cycle of the Werewolf (Novel: 1982)
  • The Plant [Installment Two] (Epistolary Novel: 1982)
  • Pet Sematary (Novel: 1983)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon (Novel: 1983)
  • The Talisman (Novel: 1983)
  • Thinner (Bachman Novel: 1984)
  • The Plant [Installment Three] (Epistolary Novel: 1984)
  • Skeleton Crew (Story Collection: 1984)
  • Cycle of the Werewolf (Novel: 1985)
  • IT (Novel; September 1986)
  • The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (Novel: 1986)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon (Novel: 1987)
  • Misery (Novel: 1987)
  • The Tommyknockers (Novel: 1987)
  • My Pretty Pony (Novel: 1987)
  • Nightmares in the Sky (Nonfiction: 1987)
  • Letters from Hell (Novel: 1988)
  • Dolan’s Cadillac (Novel: 1988)
  • The Dark Half (Novel: 1989)
  • The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition (Novel: 1989)
  • The Langoliers (Novella: 1990)
  • The Library Policeman (Novella: 1990)
  • Secret Window, Secret Garden (Novella: 1990)
  • The Sun Dog (Novella: 1990)
  • Four Past Midnight (Story Collection: 1990)
  • The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands (Novel: 1990)


  • Needful Things (Novel; October 1991)
  • Gerald’s Game (Novel; May 1992)
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Story Collection: 1993)
  • Dolores Claiborne (Novel: 1993)
  • Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three Chords and an Attitude (Nonfiction: 1993)
  • Insomnia (Novel: 1994)
  • Blind Willie (Novella: 1994)
  • Rose Madder (Novel: 1994)
  • Desperation (Novel: 1995)
  • The Regulators (Bachman Novel: 1995)
  • The Green Mile: The Two Dead Girls (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: The Mouse on the Mile (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: Coffey’s Hands (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: Night Journey (Novel: 1996)
  • The Green Mile: Coffey on the Mile (Novel: 1996)
  • The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass (Novel: 1996)
  • Six Stories (Novel: 1996)
  • Bag of Bones (Novel: 1998)
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (Novel: 1999)
  • The New Lieutenant’s Rap (Novel: 1999)
  • Hearts in Atlantis (Novella: 1999)
  • Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling (Novella: 1999)
  • Low Men in Yellow Coats (Novella: 1999)
  • Why We’re in Vietnam (Novella: 1999)
  • Hearts in Atlantis (Story Collection: 1999)
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Nonfiction: 1999)
  • Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (Nonfiction: 1999)
  • The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (Novel: 2000)


  • Dreamcatcher (Novel: 2001)
  • Black House (Novel: 2001)
  • From a Buick 8 (Novel: 2001)
  • Everything’s Eventual (Story Collection: 2002)
  • The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla (Novel: 2002)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Revised Novel: 2003)
  • The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah (Novel: 2003)
  • The Dark Tower (Novel: 2004)
  • Faithful (Nonfiction: 2005)
  • The Colorado Kid (Novel: 2005)
  • The Secretary of Dreams, Vol. 1 (Novel: 2005)
  • Cell (Novel: 2006)
  • Lisey’s Story (Novel: 2006)
  • Blaze (Bachman Novel: 2006)
  • The Colorado Kid (Chadbourne) (Novel: 2006)
  • The Colorado Kid (Miller) (Novel: 2006)
  • The Colorado Kid (Potter) (Novel: 2006)
  • Duma Key (Novel: 2008)
  • A Very Tight Place (Novella: 2008)
  • N (Novella: 2008)
  • Just After Sunset (Story Collection: 2008)
  • The Little Sisters of Eluria (Novel: 2009)
  • Stephen King Goes to the Movies (Story Collection: 2009)
  • UR (Novella: 2009)
  • Under the Dome (Novel: 2009)
  • Blockade Billy (Novella: 2009)
  • The Secretary of Dreams, Vol. 2 (Novel: 2010)


  • 11/22/63 (Novel: 2011)
  • The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (Novel: 2012)
  • GUNS (Nonfiction: 2013)
  • Joyland (Novel: 2013)
  • The Dark Man (Novel: 2013)
  • Doctor Sleep (Novel: 2013)
  • Mr. Mercedes (Novel: 2014)
  • Revival (Novel: 2014)
  • Finders Keepers (Novel: 2015)
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Story Collection: 2015)
  • End of Watch (Novel: 2016)
  • Gwendy’s Button Box (Novella: 2017)
  • Sleeping Beauties (Novel: 2017)
  • The Outsider (Novel: 2018)
  • Elevation (Novella: 2018)
  • The Institute (Novel: 2019)
  • If It Bleeds (Novella: 2020)
  • The Life of Chuck (Novella: 2020)
  • Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (Novella: 2020)
  • Rat (Novella: 2020)


  • Later (Novella: 2021)
  • Billy Summers (Novel: 2021)
  • Gwendy’s Final Task (Novel: 2022)
  • Fairy Tale (Novel: 2022)
  • Holly (Novel: 2023)

Should Stephen King be read in order?

While Stephen King’s books don’t have to be read in order, fans of his work often prefer to do so. Reading the books in chronological order allows readers to experience King’s works as they were intended and appreciate the references made throughout his works. That said, while reading Stephen King in order is not essential, it can help enhance your overall reading experience.

What do you think about this list of Stephen King books in order of publication?

Have you read any of these Stephen King books?  Are any of these books or his other works on your TBR?   What book by Stephen King is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments below.

List of Stephen King Books in Order

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