The Essential Stephen King: If You’ve Never Read His Books, Here’s Where To Start

With more than 70 books in his catalog, Stephen King has long been one of the few blockbuster writers who regularly publishes short fiction. “If It Bleeds,” his new collection, is a strong reminder that — for an author who has produced more than a few novels of staggering length — some of his most interesting work has fallen on the shorter side. (If you’re looking for stories to sample, his early books “Night Shift” and “Skeleton Crew” are full of nasty tales with “Twilight Zone”-esque endings.)

Reviewing “If It Bleeds” in The New York Times Book Review, Ruth Franklin says that as “the headlines grow more apocalyptic by the day, I might start working my way through King’s backlist.”

She’d be in for a treat, as would you. HERE is a brief starter guide to the works of Stephen King.

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