Yes The Stand is popular (and I haven't got through it as yet either)- I enjoyed the film though was iffy about its supernatural elements (though the supernatural elements in "It" I was fine with for some reason!). Maybe I'll try again-so many books!
Without a doubt it has to be "Misery". It was my first Stephen King novel, so that's probably why I love it so much. Since no one else has mentioned it yet, King's "Dark Tower" series is also pretty good.
I recall enjoying the film version of "Insomnia".. He has indefatigable energy doesn't he- he's a writer's writer and then some, touching on varied subjects, if known for horror... He is a writer that's hard to keep up with- which is a compliment!
It does seem to be quite different for him, but he's written so much that there are a number of books you could say the same thing about.. Even "Under the Dome" seems like quite a departure in some ways...
I'm torn between The Stand and Misery! I like them both for different reasons.
The Stand isn't so much a horror novel as a true epic and I love it the way I love a favorite long-running TV series: caring about the people as if they're real, hanging on every twist and turn, reflecting on the shift in focus.
Misery, like The Stand though of course on a far smaller count, is also a character novel more than a plotty horror adventure (though most of King's novels have compelling characters). But Misery kept me almost painfully on edge. I couldn't put it down. Even quieter moments drew me in with the main character's thoughts on writing and the simple, agonizing details of his daily life. It should have been dull, with so little action. Yet the words pull you in and wrap around you. You're in that room with him. It's very claustrophobic and panic-inducing. It's. Just. So. Tense! Nail biting, cheek chewing, one-more-page-before-bed inducing. There's a scene toward the very end that induced a true feeling of heart-stopping horror that has stayed with me (and no, it's not the infamous foot scene!); but it would be a spoiler, so I won't specify in case someone who hasn't read Misery were to read this answer!
The Stand seems to win out with fans because of the length and breadth as well as engaging characters which as you point out is a strength of Misery- I think you do really care about Paul Sheldon, and writer as hero, how can you go wrong?!
My favorite is The Stand it took me three shots to read it. The first two times I had borrowed it from the library but only had a week before I went back to college. A while later I purchased it as an e-book and couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. I think It was a close second.
Well being scared of Thriller is fair enough... Just about anything or everything is scary in a way earlier on in life... They try to scare sense into us with fairy tales etc! It's all strange, new, sometimes terrifying..
The cover (which I haven't seen in awhile) seems to suggest a story about a gunslinger travelling a dark and dangerous land..? I hadn't heard he said it was his best work, OK thanks for letting me know..
The Gunslinger is the main character throughout the series. I think he actually calls it his most ambitious work. He considers Lisey's Story to be his best. The first book of the Dark Tower series was written in the 70's. It really is fascinating
I enjoyed The Stand. Trashcan Man was quite a character. But there are so many post apocalyptic books and films, it sort of gets lost in the mix. I can't think of another book or series that parallels The Dark Tower series.
Ok, I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm fairly new here and so it will be new to me. I love Stephen King. He's my favorite living author, and the reason I decided to pursue writing as a career. What I want to...