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Stephen King, My Favorite Author

Updated on June 25, 2014

It's Okay to be Cliche

I read, a lot. Most people know that about me. When people ask me who my favorite author is, I never hesitate to give them the answer.

My favorite author is Stephen King.

Yep, that makes me feel a little cliche sometimes. As a reader of horror fiction it seems a little TOO fitting that my favorite author would be King.

I can't help it though. There is just something about his writing that pulls me in. I fall in love with his characters. Sometimes I'm sad to see a book end, because you'll never really see those people again, though they might be mentioned in another novel.

Another thing about his books is how well they all merge together. A lot of them take place in the same town, so reading a new book often feels like coming home!

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My Stephen King Shelf - With Room to Grow

So here is a look at my Stephen King bookshelf.

I have 3 other bookshelves with authros mixed all in together. THIS ONE is all Stephen King. Well, all King if you ignore the one JK Rowling book that got stuck up there, and the walking dead graphic novel on the bottom shelf.

And this isn't even ALL of them. A couple of them are on different shelves right now for one reason or another. I need to clean house and get it all together!

There are also magazines on the shelf with articles in them by King, and various library "freebies" that had him in it whenever he had a new book published.

There is also a little room left for me to add more books, as I always buy all of his new ones, usually as they come out.

Cycle of the Werewolf

The First King Book I Read

I don't remember what order I read all the novels in AFTER the first one, but I will always remember the first one I read.

The first time I ever read a novel by Stephen King was while I was still in school. I was going through my werewolf phase, where I wanted to read anything and everything about werewolves. So when I found Cycle of the Werewolf on the library shelf, I grabbed it up.

Cycle of the Werewolf is fully illustrated, which is an added bonus. It followed the monthly murders by a werewolf who is hunting the town of Tarker's Mills (a fictional town in Maine, as are most of King's settings).

Also, like many King novels, the protagonist is a young boy, Marty, only 11 years old.

I ran into a problem when I tried to add a copy of Cycle of the Werewolf to my own Stephen King collection. I could not find it! It had been out of print for some time. And this was BEFORE I had access to Amazon. I eventually found a copy at Best Buy, but when reading it found it was MISSING A PAGE!

Oh, the horror!

I eventually found another copy in a used book store, so now I have 2 copies of the novel that I almost never had one of.

Add It To Your Collection

These days Amazon has made it increasingly easy for me to find any Stephen King novels I DON'T have, and add them to my collection. If you want your own copy of Cycle of the Werewolf, you can purchase it right now instead of having to hunt it down over a matter of years.

Cycle of the Werewolf (Signet)
Cycle of the Werewolf (Signet)

This one will always have a place in my heart. Not because it is my favorite novel, but because it was the first of his I ever read!

 
Stephen King's Silver Bullet (1985)
Stephen King's Silver Bullet (1985)

As with many of his novels, this one was made into a movie. Silver Bullet is the movie version of Cycle of the Werewolf

 

My Top Five - Five Favorite King Novels

For every Favorite Author there is a list of Favorite Books by that author.

King is a prolific writer, so it can be hard to narrow down everything he has written into a small selection of my favorites.

The 5 novels listed below are at the top of my list though. They've all been read by me multiple times, and are the ones I would recommend to people who have never read a King novel.

The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew')
The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew')

After a storm, a man and his son visit the store to get some supplies, only to find themselves trapped in the store by an unnaturally thick mist, and the terrible creatures who live in it. This was my favorite story, back when it was just one of many in an anthology.

 
Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story
Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

A new store has opened in Castle Rock, and everyone is curious about it. People who visit it find EXACTLY what they have been looking for, and at a better price than they would have ever conceived of! Only, the monetary price is not all they are paying, and they won't figure it out until its too late!

 

Books VS Movies

While I like most of his novels, I have not historically been a fan of Stephen King's movies. I understand how they must make some changes for a book to translate into film, but the films always felt lacking to me.

I particularly hate it when they change the endings.

For example....

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WARNING, SPOILERS FOR CUJO AND THE MIST BLOW.

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I remember having a debate with a non-reader about the story of "Cujo."

You know Cujo, right? The large and loveable St. Bernard dog who was happily chasing rabbits when he was bitten by a rabid bat. Then sadly this beloved family pet ends up holding mother and young son hostage in their broken down car.

Typical movie ending.....the mean doggy is defeated, mother and son are rescued, and everyone lives happily ever after.

The novel ending was much more depressing. The little boy dies.

Then there was the Mist, in which the change to the movie ending vs the novel ending are reversed.

In "The Mist" a father and son are trapped in a grocery store after a bad storm, by a strange mist that rolls up and the horrible creatures that live in it. Eventually they have to leave the grocery store and hope to find help somewhere.

In the written version there is hope. The survivors hear a radio transmission and are heading towards, hopefully, safety where it comes from.

The movie ending is horrific and morbid. The father, the son, and the other survivors, do escape the grocery store only to find themselves in a worse situation. They have one gun, a few bullets and decide suicide is the best way out. The father kills the son, his friends, but doesn't have a bullet left for himself so he offers himself to the creatures of the mist.....As the army comes to the rescue mere minutes after the deed was done.

Of course, I hated the changes to BOTH endings. So its impossible to make me happy with a happy ending or a sad one apparently.

Writing AND Acting

Mr. King has appeared on film 18 times, often making cameo appearances in movies and tv series based on his own works!

What Movies DID I Like?

Even though I think that ALL the books are better, there are a couple of Stephen King's movies that I didn't 100% hate.

The Shawshank Redemption (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
The Shawshank Redemption (Blu-ray Book Packaging)

Not only is this is my favorite King movie, it is also in my top 5 favorite movies ever list.

 
The Mist (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Mist (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Though I hated what they did with the ending, I still overall loved how this novella was translated into the movie.

 

Dr. Sleep

The Latest Novel from Stephen King

Stephen King's newest novel is "Dr. Sleep."

It isn't out YET, but will be out soon. The release date is September 24, 2013.

In this one we get to revisit one of our favorite characters. Young Danny Torrance survived the horrors at the Overlook Hotel in "The Shining." He is now a middle aged man, who is trying to save a young girl (who shares his powers) from a group of people who mean her terrible harm.

This is not the first time we've gotten to revisit a child from a past book as an adult in another. It was also done in "Black House" with Peter Straub, in which the protaganist is Jack Sawyer, who was the star of "The Talisman."

Pre-Order

Another awesome thing about Amazon is that you can PRE ORDER novels. And, if the price drops at any point between the time you preorder and the time you get the book, then you pay the LOWEST PRICE and get a refund for the rest.

It really is a win/win situation!

Doctor Sleep: A Novel
Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Order it NOW and be one of the first to get a copy of the latest novel by the King of horror.

 

Are you a King fan? What is your favorite novel? Least favorite? Do you prefer novels by a different author? If so, recommend a book I might like as well!

Talk About It

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Maybe I missed it amoungst the book case but have you read THe Cell? I LOVE the metaphor of it!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      My favourite was 11/22/63. Great Book!

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      I've only read one book and that was Gerald's Game. I think I've watched all of the movies.

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      I don't care for Stephen King as I find him to be rather misogynist! yet I appreciate your lens and I know he has incredible talent... too bad he views women in such a nasty light, his character flaw? Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Stephen King is a terrific writer, no doubt about it. My favorite is "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." You might want to try David Mitchell, another outstanding writer.

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      Old Navy Guy 4 years ago

      Congratulations on the Purple Lens Award. It is easy to see that you like Stephen King books and I also love the shot of your book case. My office is much the same, books are broken down first by title/era, then by author. But I think all book reader's are the same. We love books for the beauty of their transportive method. I can remember growing up reading books before we ever had a TV and my books were my TV and movies. Thanks for a fun read today. Cheers.

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      MEDerby 4 years ago

      I love the picture of your bookshelf. I have one just like it.

      Salem's Lot is the only book I've read that actually scared me while I was reading it. The Stand takes horror books to a whole new level. I could not put it down.

      Congratulations.

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      noner 4 years ago

      @aneeshasdad: Yep. It is based on a novella called "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" in the collection "Different Seasons" Also, in the same collection there is "Apt Pupil" which was also made into a movie, as well as a novella called "The Body" which was made into the movie "Stand By Me"

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Stephen King is one of my My Favorite Authors too. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Shari O'Leary 4 years ago from Minnesota

      He is my favorite author as well. I don't like it when they change the books for movies either. Everyone talks about the Jack Nicholson version of "The Shining", but I prefer the lesser known one. It's more in keeping with the book.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @aneeshasdad: Having read the book (actually, a novella) and owning the movie, I can attest that both the written and movie versions are excellent and well worth a go. Give it a read!

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      aneeshasdad 4 years ago

      I never knew that The Shawshank Redemption was based on a Stephen King novel. That film is possibly my all time favourite - don't think I'll read the book though as it might spoil things!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Pinned to my board "books worth reading." Stephen King is truly memorable - not my favorite writer, but he knows what he is doing.

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      Web Outsourcing Gateway 4 years ago

      WOw, nice bookshelf. And book. I'll have to vote for this one too.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Well now, you just knew I'd have to vote for this one! Stephen King is also my favorite writer....nobody does dialogue like he does, or delves into the inner workings of people like he does. Thanks for sharing more of SK with us.

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      Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

      Your bookshelf looks a lot like mine!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My first King novel was Cujo. I'm not a horror fan by any stretch. I've even tried reading other horror novels to make sure. But there is something about Stephen King's writing that transcends the genre. He is just a masterful storyteller!

      I think that my favourite has to be The Stand. I loved how the multiple plot lines were woven together. Although sometimes having 5 or 6 cliffhangers unresolved at once was frustrating 8=)