Ten Famous Books by Stephen King and What They’re Really About by Georgina Morales

Let’s face it, Stephen King has published more that fifty novels and two hundred short stories, and has a fan base as big and wide as the world itself. Choosing among his work for the best ten is like shooting yourself in the head, then asking someone to tell you if you did it right. So instead, I decided to do something different. I went through his bibliography and selected ten of his most iconic works until the 90s.

What’s new about this list? Well, I decided to pull the curtain of marketing and let you in behind the scenes. Blurbs, synopsis, even titles are mediums to capture your attention. They lure you in and convince you to pony up to get the full story. They are mesmerizing and deceitful by design. Here I give you no bs. My hubris and I trust you’ll agree with most of these.

 Carrie

1.

Carrie, 1974. This was Stephen King’s first published work and it catapulted him to fame (the De Palma movie didn’t hurt either).

No-beating-the-bush blurb: Don’t mess with the unbalanced girl in school. Seriously.

Optional title: Get Killed Before the End of the School Year. A How to Guide.

Salems Lot

2.

Salem’s Lot, 1975. Stephen King has often singled this one out as his favorite work. It proved the world that the man had serious creepy chops. You know, back when vampires were scary.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: Neighbors man.

Optional title: How Vampirism Affects Property Value in Small Town America.

 The Shining

3.

The Shining, 1977. Now, this is the book that made Stephen King. The movie wasn’t made until years later, but this book established King as The Master of Horror and made it clear he wasn’t going anywhere but up.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: You’ll never be able to sleep in a hotel again.

Optional title: Adventures in Drunken Fatherhood. Haunted Edition.

 The Stand

4.

The Stand, 1978. The stand is the first novel where the author set out to destroy humanity. This is a much more optimistic story (yep, I just called it ‘optimistic’) compared to his more recent apocalyptic works, say, The Mist.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: The world goes out in a gob of its own snot. And Vegas, man.

Optional title: If the Man-flu Were a Legitimate Illness.

 

 Firestarter

5.

Firestarter, 1980. Equally well received as King’s previous works, the story of a young girl with pyrokinetic powers failed the test of time. Today very few remember the novel or the movie.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: Remember that couple you experimented on a few summers ago? Their kid is looking for you.

Optional title: What would’ve happened if Carrie had been a pyromaniac.

 cujo

6.

Cujo, 1981. This is the story of a big, cute, fluffy dog turned murderous. Not horror, you say? It’d be if you were the one inside the broken car, baking in the sun, and without a chance to escape unless you confront a rabid dog. Oh yes, and let’s not forget your child on the backseat.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: It takes balls to make a Saint Bernard scary.

Optional title: When Good Dogs Go Bad.

 Pet Sematary

7.

Pet Sematary, 1983. Now, this is my favorite Stephen King novel. I read it not too long ago and it gave me a major case of  the heebie-jeevies.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: Grieving father and husband fucks up big time. Twice.

Optional title: Zombie DIY

 It

8.

It, 1986. Another huge hit for the author, I think this is one instance where the movie adaptation is, at least, as good as the book. And it doesn’t have that unnecessary sex scene. Yuck.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: Clowns. Need I say more?

Optional title: You’ll Never Think About Childhood the Same Way.

 Misery

9.

Misery, 1987. Want to be a famous writer? Not after reading this novel you won’t.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: A day in the life of a Bielieber.

Optional title: And You Thought Paparazzis Were the Worst . . .

Needful Things

10.

Needful Things, 1991. Originally thought of by King as a Reaganomics satire, Needful Things garnered a lot of negative reviews. Critics called it “A failed horror story.” I still enjoyed it. It shows the author at his best, dealing low blows to a huge array of characters that interact like a complex mesh.

No-beating-around-the-bush blurb: Buying and selling your soul in the age before Amazon.

Optional title: Consumerism. Why We’re All Going to Hell.

GeorginaGeorgina Morales writes horror, mystery, and everything else that might give you nightmares. 2011 saw the debut of her first novel Perpetual Night. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Dark Moon Digest, Padwolf Publishing’s Lucky 13, and Burial Day Books’ Gothic Blue Book. She lives in New England along with her husband, two daughters, their beagle, and their old, grumpy cat. She’s short a few stalkers, so feel free:

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6 thoughts on “Ten Famous Books by Stephen King and What They’re Really About by Georgina Morales”

  1. Great Post I am not a great fan of HORROR per se but Stephen King has entered even my guarded space! I also just LOVE Georgina Morales.
    Best wishes for the GREATEST Success always.

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