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  1. Mary
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    I bought ‘Rage’ in a drugstore because the cover (Charlie siting on the teacher’s desk) pulled me in. (Yes, first edition. Still have it.) It’s a powerful story, told very simply. It parrallels ‘Carrie’ in a way. Considering his own background, it’s no suprise that his work on these two books is so powerful.

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    1. Fatima
      Fatima at |

      Oh my goodness! I’ve been trying to find the book “Rage” for 2 years. Do you know anywhere else they sell. If not, I’m willing to buy it off you..

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      1. Mary
        Mary at |

        Sorry, my copy of Rage is not for sale. When I’m much older and in need, I may sell it You could also look for the omnibus, The Bachman Books; it’s included in that. Good luck.

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      2. Jizzamie
        Jizzamie at |

        They have ‘Rage’ at my local library…..

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        1. Ed
          Ed at |

          Check it out, damage it, pay for it, and own it forever. Now. Right now.

  2. Mike
    Mike at |

    Both "It" and "The Mist" kept me up at night. Movies do NOT do King's stories justice.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      I totally agree about IT. That dang book gave me nightmares more than once while reading. Never read a King book and then go straight to sleep.

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      1. MD
        MD at |

        IT was my first Stephen King book…..in grade 5!!! Since then, I've read everything by him that I could get my hands on. Never had the pleasure of reading Rage though.

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  3. Yvonne
    Yvonne at |

    Next to The Stand, I put The Shining up there over some of these. That one is NOTHING like the movie and will scare the beejesus out of you. Also the Breathing Method. A short story from "Different Seasons". Such a cool story!!

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  4. mcswiggle
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    Dolores Claibourne is the exception that proves the rule that the King films are always weaker than the books. Maybe The Running Man too…but the other films are often really, really bad.

    Pet Sematry must be the worst adaptation of the lot, it is so bad it is almost funny.

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    1. CaryG
      CaryG at |

      You really aren't giving enough credit for bad King adaptions. Graveyard Shift was probably worse than Pet Semetary. Of course I thought The Running Man was a pretty lackluster adaption too.

      Stand By Me was an excellent adaption too, although I like The shawshank Redemption as well, so what do I know?

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  5. jessica
    jessica at |

    You should add photos or videos! I know that sounds dumb but it makes the list more entertaining.. just a suggestion.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Jessica, I thought it was better to give people the books since they may choose to purchase them.

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  6. Kevin
    Kevin at |

    It should be on this list.I cant sleep at night lol

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  7. Gennie
    Gennie at |

    Yeah, IT horrified me. It's amazing how psychotically imaginative it is. I can't even look at a picture of it.

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  8. Kangel
    Kangel at |

    OMG what about IT or Pet Sematary gosh people are stupid!

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  9. Ubster
    Ubster at |

    I love the site- I have gotten hours of entertainment out of it- just wanted to add my 2 cents…in "The Long Walk", the kids are not forced into it- they have to volunteer, and write an exam, and there are 2 lists- primary Walkers, and backup Walkers, in case one of the primaries backs out…

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  10. Jay
    Jay at |

    Like a lot of people on this comment board – I was introduced to Stephen King's world in grade school!! LOL – I had many sleepless nights yet could not stop reading his madness!

    A far as novels go – nothing was more disturbing and CREEPIER to me than 'IT' and 'Pet Semetery'. I still hate cemeteries and clowns to this day.

    Fave S. King Short stories – Quitters Inc, Mist , Dolan's Cadillac, Grey Matter, Everything's Eventual, That Feeling You can Only Say in French, The Boogeyman scared me sh*tless! and finally The End of the Whole Mess.

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  11. beth823
    beth823 at |

    Great list! Really takes me back to a time when I read nothing but Stephen King. A couple I thought were great too were the Langoliers, a short story from “Four Past Midnight”, and the Eyes of the Dragon, which also has Randall Flagg in it.

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  12. Roxanne
    Roxanne at |

    Green Mile was awesome!! Even the movie!!

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  13. Danielle
    Danielle at |

    I recently found a copy of the Bachman Books on eBay! I read them in grade school…they still hold up today.

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  14. Amy
    Amy at |

    Worst Top 10 ever. You missed The Shining, Pet Cemetery, IT, AND The Green Mile. Amateurs.

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    1. Kendall
      Kendall at |

      Oh quit it. This is a list based off of opinion. Mr. King has made many stories in his lifetime, and it’s hard to choose from all of them.
      Stop being so critical. Just because your favorites aren’t up there, doesn’t mean that it’s a bad list.

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      1. Jizzamie
        Jizzamie at |

        Exactly.

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  15. Armando XRZ
    Armando XRZ at |

    I was very amused by a cameo that Stephen King made in Creepshow’s short story “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” where he characters his own story of a farmer that founds a strange meteorite at the backyard which he touches and a fast growing alien plant starts to grow all over his body, but that’s a story made for the movie.
    My favorite from S.K. is Salem’s Lot.
    To be honest I was very terrified to turn the page, I even got shaking hands when I was turning the page haha!
    I had to sleep with the lights on for about a month, I was 8 when I read it.

    Regards!
    A.

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  16. Seattle Web Designer
    Seattle Web Designer at |

    had to comment

    The Shining is clearly the book that should be number one and it is not even on this list?

    My favorite horror movie and horror book.

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  17. liz
    liz at |

    Geralds Game is a good read, it gets right into your mind, especially just before bed!!! Who is standing in the corner watching you in the dark???!!!!

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  18. Patrick
    Patrick at |

    Of his newer novels, ‘Under The Dome’ is really quite good. I think that the novel is his best work. EVER.

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  19. Bill
    Bill at |

    I bought ‘Roadwork’, another Bachman paperback and ended up finding and buying ‘Rage’ and ‘The Long Walk’ only because I could not believe how much this Bachman guy was ripping off King’s style (I was already a fan).
    I’ve felt since the first read that ‘The Stand’ was King’s best, and one of the best books I’ve ever read. The attempts to bring it to (whatever) screen have yet to match the impact of the written version (I understand there is another attempt in progress).
    You missed ‘The Mist’. Excellent short story, completely free of reason or hope.

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  20. Mack
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    Two comments:

    First, NO “Salem’s Lot”?!?!? I almost fell over.

    Second, the description of the “Long Walk” wasn’t very accurate. The “walkers” volunteer to take the walk in hopes of getting their hearts desire. It’s set in sort of a similar universe as “The Running Man”.

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  21. Ed
    Ed at |

    Pet semetary was great, and IT was his most creative. Also, I loved the short story, “Riding the Bullet”.

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  22. April
    April at |

    I agree that Misery, The Long Walk, Wizard in Glass, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and The Stand should probably be in the Top Ten… Or maybe the Top Twenty. SK is very prolific, so there are a LOT of options. And yeah, maybe Low Men in Yellow Coats, too. I think most of the rest were great reads, but not his top. Also agree with others in that I can’t believe The Shinging wasn’t included–freaking TERRIFYING–and I’m surprised no one mentioned Christine. I was a pretty big fan of Firestarter and Eyes of the Dragon, too, . Notable short stories that stuck with me: Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut, Word Processor of the Gods, The Body, Children of the Corn, The End of the Whole Mess, The Jaunt, Survivor Type. And, as someone who thinks most of his stuff is pretty riveting, I thought Insomnia was pretty… rough. 🙂 Finally, the story I wish I’d never read–TOO disturbing–was Library Policeman. You can’t undo that. 🙁

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  23. Annie
    Annie at |

    I was really glad that The Long Walk was included in the list. Personally, I enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t put the book down at all. But the description of the summary wasn’t as accurate as I hoped. Still I loved your list. Hopefully I’ll be able to read all the selections from the list, but judging from the comments, Rage wouldn’t be easy to track down. Anyways, I hope you make other lists of other great writers.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Look for a book titled The Bachman Books.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0451191935/ref=aw_d_detail?pd=1

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  24. Seattle Websites
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    Oh yes, “Misery” and “Carrie”. Those where the best back then, but they’re still good now. There’s a few I’m not familiar with. I guess I need to check out those books.

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