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Stephen King

(Stephen Edwin King)
USA flag (b.1947)
Husband of Tabitha King, father of Joe Hill and Owen King, father-in-law of Kelly Braffet

aka Richard Bachman, John Swithen

Stephen King has written over a hundred books and novellas including The Stand, Bag of Bones, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and Just After Sunset. Many of his stories have been turned into classic films including Misery, Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption. He is winner of America's prestigious National Book Award and was voted Grand Master in the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe awards.

He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.

Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction
   People, Places, and Things (1963) (with Chris Chesley)
   Night Shift (1978)
   Stephen King's Creepshow (1982)
   Different Seasons (1982)
   Skeleton Crew (1985)
   Four Past Midnight (1990)
   Gray Matter (1993)
   Nightmares and Dreamscapes (1993)
   Six Stories (1997)
   Blood and Smoke (audio) (1999)
   Hearts in Atlantis (1999)
   Secret Windows (2000)
   The Man in the Black Suit (2002)
   Everything's Eventual (2002)
   Just After Sunset (2008)
   Road Rage (2009) (with Joe Hill and Richard Matheson)
   Stephen King Goes To The Movies (2009)
   Full Dark, No Stars (2010)
   The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (2015)
   It Came From The Garage! (2019) (with Richard Ayre, Sarah Cannavo, Douglas Fairbanks, David Hughes, Stephanie Kelley, Apara Moreiya, Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, Nicholas Paschall, Ramiro Perez, Paige Reiring, Antonio Simon, Guy N Smith, Alana Turner and Michael Warriner)
   If It Bleeds (2020)
   Short Fiction (2021)
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   Storm of the Century (1999)
   Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (2013) (with T Bone Burnett and John Mellencamp)
Graphic Novels
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Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Stephen King
Tales of Unknown Horror (1974)
Chamber of Horrors (1978)
The Year's Finest Fantasy (1978)
Shadows (1978)
More Tales of Unknown Horror (1979)
The Year's Best Horror Stories VII (1979)
The Year's Finest Fantasy Volume 2 (1979)
Dark Forces (1980)
The 21st Pan Book of Horror Stories (1980)
New Terrors 2 (1980)
New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980)
The 17th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1981)
The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981)
Fantasy Annual III (1981)
Modern Masters of Horror (1981)
Fantasy Annual IV (1981)
Shadows 4 (1981)
The Science Fiction Weight-Loss Book (1985)
The Year's Best Horror Stories XIII (1985)
Realms of Darkness (1985)
Horrors (1986)
A Treasury of American Horror Stories (1986)
Masques 2 (1987)
The Colour of Evil (1987)
Horror Stories (1988)
Prime Evil (1988)
The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels (1988)
Book of the Dead (1989)
Dark Visions (1989)
Dark Voices (1990)
Horror Story Volume 3 (1991)
Midnight Graffiti (1992)
Young Blood (1994)
The Puffin Book of Horror Stories (1994)
Space Movies (1995)
The Vampire Omnibus (1995)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighth Annual Collection (1995)
Dark Love (1995)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Ninth Annual Collection (1996)
Twists of the Tale (1996)
American Gothic Tales (1996)
Blood Thirst (1997)
Dancing with the Dark (1997)
Robert Bloch's Psychos (1997)
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998)
The Best of the Best (1998)
Legends (1998)
Eternal Lovecraft (1998)
Tales of The Cthulhu Mythos (1999)
Vintage Science Fiction (1999)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Twelfth Annual Collection (1999)
999 (1999)
Technohorror (1999)
Short stories
Cain Rose Up (1968)
Here There Be Tygers (1968)
The Reaper's Image (1969)
Graveyard Shift (1970)
I Am the Doorway (1971)
Battleground (1972)
The Mangler (1972)
The Boogeyman (1973)
Gray Matter [short story] (1973)
Trucks (1973)
Night Surf (1974)
Sometimes They Come Back (1974)
The Lawnmower Man (1975)
Salem's Lot (excerpt) (1975)
Strawberry Spring (1975)
I Know What You Need (1976)
The Ledge (1976)
The Cat from Hell (1977)
The Man Who Loved Flowers (1977)
One for the Road (1977)
The Gunslinger [short story] (1978)
Jerusalem's Lot (1978)
The Last Rung on the Ladder (1978)
The Night of the Tiger (1978)
Nona (1978)
Quitters, Inc. (1978)
The Woman in the Room (1978)
The Crate (1979)
Big Wheels (1980)
Crouch End (1980)
The Mist [short story] (1980)
The Monkey (1980)
The Wedding Gig (1980)
The Jaunt (1981)
The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands (1981)
The Reach (1981)
     aka Do the Dead Sing?
World Fantasy
Apt Pupil [short story] (1982)
Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (1982)
The Body [short story] (1982)
The Breathing Method [short story] (1982)World Fantasy (nominee)
Morning Deliveries (1982)
The Raft (1982)
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (1982)
Survivor Type (1982)
Uncle Clayton (1983)
Uncle Otto's Truck (1983)
The Word Processor (1983)
Word Processor of the Gods (1983)
The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet (1984)World Fantasy (nominee)
Gramma (1984)
Mrs Todd's Shortcut (1984)
The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson (1984)
Beachworld (1985)
For Owen (1985)
Paranoid: A Chant (1985)
The End of the Whole Mess (1986)World Fantasy (nominee)
The Fifth Quarter (1986)
Popsy (1987)
Dedication (1988)
The Night Flier (1988)Bram Stoker (nominee)
The Reploids (1988)
Sneakers (1988)
Home Delivery (1989)
The Langoliers [short story] (1989)Bram Stoker (nominee)
The Library Policeman [short story] (1989)
My Pretty Pony [short story] (1989)
Rainy Season (1989)
Secret Window, Secret Garden [short story] (1989)
The Moving Finger (1990)
It Grows on You (1991)
Chattery Teeth (1992)
You Know They Got a Hell of a Band (1992)
Brooklyn August (1993)
The Doctor's Case (1993)
Head Down (1993)
The House on Maple Street (1993)
Suffer the Little Children (1993)
The Ten O'Clock People (1993)
Umney's Last Case [short story] (1993)
The Man in The Black Suit [short story] (1994)World Fantasy
Lunch at the Gotham Cafe (1995)Bram Stoker
Everything's Eventual [short story] (1997)Bram Stoker (nominee)
L.T.'s Theory of Pets (1997)
Lucky Quarter (1997)
The Little Sisters of Eluria (1998)
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French (1998)
Hearts in Atlantis [short story] (1999)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling (1999)
Low Men in Yellow Coats (1999)
Riding the Bullet [short story] (1999)Bram Stoker (nominee)
The Road Virus Heads North (1999)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
Why We're in Vietnam (1999)
1408 (2000)
In the Deathroom (2000)

World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1976) : Salem's Lot
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1979) : Night Shift
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1979) : The Stand
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1981) : The Mist
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1982) : Cujo
World Fantasy Best Short Story winner (1982) : The Reach
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1983) : The Breathing Method [short story]
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1983) : Different Seasons
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1984) : Pet Sematary
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1985) : The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1985) : The Talisman
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1986) : Skeleton Crew
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1987) : It
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1987) : The End of the Whole Mess
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1987) : It
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (1988) : Misery
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1988) : Misery
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1989) : The Night Flier
Bram Stoker Best Collection winner (1991) : Four Past Midnight
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1991) : The Langoliers [short story]
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1992) : Needful Things
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1992) : The Waste Lands
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (1994) : Nightmares and Dreamscapes
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1995) : Insomnia
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1995) : Rose Madder
World Fantasy Best Short Story winner (1995) : The Man in The Black Suit [short story]
Bram Stoker Best Novellette winner (1996) : Lunch at the Gotham Cafe
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : The Green Mile
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (1997) : The Green Mile
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1997) : Wizard and Glass
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1998) : Everything's Eventual [short story]
Bram Stoker Best Short Story nominee (1999) : Autopsy Room Four
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (1999) : Bag of Bones
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1999) : Bag of Bones
British Fantasy Society Best Collection nominee (1999) : Hearts in Atlantis
British Fantasy Society Best Short Story nominee (1999) : Hearts in Atlantis [short story]
British Fantasy Society Best Short Story nominee (1999) : The Road Virus Heads North
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (2000) : Hearts in Atlantis
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (2000) : Hearts in Atlantis
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (2001) : Riding the Bullet [short story]
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2002) : Black House
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2003) : From a Buick 8
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2004) : The Dark Tower
World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement winner (2004)
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (2005) : The Dark Tower
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2005) : Song of Susannah
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2006) : Lisey's Story
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2007) : Lisey's Story
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2010) : Under the Dome
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2012) : 11/22/63
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2012) : 11/22/63
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (2013) : Doctor Sleep
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2014) : Joyland
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2015) : Mr. Mercedes
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2015) : Mr. Mercedes
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2016) : Finders Keepers
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2017) : Sleeping Beauties

Books about Stephen King
Stephen King (1982) by Douglas E Winter
Fear Itself (1982) by Chuck Miller and Tim Underwood
The Gothic World of Stephen King (1987) by Ray B Browne and Gary Hoppenstand
Stephen King: The First Decade, Carrie to Pet Sematary (1988) by Joseph Reino
Bare Bones (1988) by Chuck Miller and Tim Underwood
Landscape of Fear (1988) by Tony Magistrale
Reign of Fear (1988) by Don Herron
Feast of Fear: Conversations with Stephen King (1989) by Chuck Miller
American Horror Fiction (1990) by Brian Docherty
A Casebook on the Stand (1992) by Tony Magistrale
Moral Voyages of Stephen King (1992) by Tony Magistrale
The Dark Descent (1992) by Tony Magistrale
Stephen King (1992) by Tony Magistrale
The Films of Stephen King (1993) by Ann Lloyd
Stephen King's America (1994) by Jonathan P Davis
Maps of Heaven, Maps of Hell (1996) by Edward J Ingebretsen
Stephen King (1997) by Harold Bloom
The Ultimate Unauthorized Stephen King Trivia Challenge (1997) by Robert W Bly
A Novel Approach: The Shawshank Redemption (1998) by Elisabeth Gareis
Stephen King (1999) by John F Wukovits
Stephen King (2000) by Suzan Wilson
Stephen King (2000) by Peter Mann
The Stephen King Universe (2001) by Stanley J Wiater
Creepshows (2001) by Stephen Jones
Revisiting Stephen King (2002) by Sharon A Russell
Stephen King the Dark Tower: A Concordance (2003) by Robin Furth
Hollywood's Stephen King (2003) by Tony Magistrale
The Road to the Dark Tower (2004) by Bev Vincent
Stephen King's the Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume II (2005) by Robin Furth
The Complete Stephen King Universe (2006) by Christopher Golden, Hank Wagner and Stanley Wiater
Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance (2006) by Robin Furth
The Science of Stephen King (2007) by Lois H Gresh and Robert E Weinberg
Stephen King: Unpublished, Uncollected - 2014 Update (2014) by Rocky Wood
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Stephen King recommends
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1943)
H P Lovecraft
"The 20th century horror story's dark and baroque prince."
Nothing More Than Murder (1949)
Jim Thompson
"My favorite crime novelist - often imitated but never duplicated - is Jim Thompson."
Fear (1951)
L Ron Hubbard
"A classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror... One of the really, really good ones."
The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1965)
(Morris Bird III, book 1)
Don Robertson
"The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread is a brillant piece of writting- a book to put on the same shelf as The Catcher in the Rye and The Outsider. What waas it like to be at mid-century in the Midwest? Read this book and see."
The Charles Addams Mother Goose (1967)
Charles Addams
"Hurrah for this rediscovered treasure!"
Pale Grey for Guilt (1968)
(Travis McGee, book 9)
John D MacDonald
"...the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller."
Riotous Assembly (1971)
Tom Sharpe
"The funniest writer now working in the English language."
The Forever War (1974)
(Forever War, book 1)
Joe Haldeman
"If there was a Fort Knox for the science fiction writers who really matter, we'd have to lock Haldeman up there."
Deathbird Stories (1975)
Harlan Ellison
"If there is such a thing as a fantasist for the 1980's (always assuming there are 1980's) then Harlan Ellison is almost surely that writer."
The Fury (1976)
(Fury , book 1)
John Farris
"America's premier novelist of terror, nobody does it better."
The Doll Who Ate His Mother (1976)
Ramsey Campbell
"The climax of the hunt is one of the most effective sequences in modern horror fiction."
Hurricane Wake (1977)
Rosalind Ashe
"A beautifully written and constructed novel of mounting fear and terror...a good representative of a rare genre indeed - it is a novel of the inexplicable."
Falling Angel (1978)
(Falling Angel, book 1)
William Hjortsberg
"A terrific book...I've never read anything remotely like it. Trying to imagine what must have happened if Raymond Chandler had written The Exorcist is as close as I can come."
By Reason of Insanity (1979)
Shane Stevens
"One of the finest novels ever written about perfect evil... I recommend it unreservedly."
The Last Call of Mourning (1979)
(Oxrun Station, book 3)
Charles L Grant
"For anyone who can afford to leave all the lights burning after the last page has been turned."
The Land of Laughs (1980)
Jonathan Carroll
"I can't remember when I've been so blown away by a fantasy novel."
Books of Blood Volume 1 (1981)
(Books of Blood, book 1)
Clive Barker
"The future of horror is Clive Barker."
The Tribe (1981)
(Paperbacks from Hell, book 4)
Bari Wood
"The writing is sharp and lucid, the characters are wonderfully three dimensional, drawn with wit and intelligence, and that thing in the box had me nervous about going upstairs after I finished the book at two in the morning."
The Elementals (1981)
Michael McDowell
"Mr McDowell's next book can't come soon enough."
Phantoms (1983)
Dean Koontz
"Gruesome and unrelenting - I couldn't let it alone until I was done."
Missionary Stew (1983)
Ross Thomas
"Funny, cynical, and altogether delicious. Moves so fast it makes the last Ludlum novel you read look like a dodge-'em car in an amusement park"
Nerve Endings (1984)
William Martin
"A thriller-reader's joy - smart, scary, thought-provoking. Impossible to put down."
The Ceremonies (1984)
T E D Klein
"The most exciting horror novel since Peter Straub's Ghost Story."
Glitz (1985)
Elmore Leonard
"After finishing Glitz I went out to the bookstore and bought everything else of Elmore Leonard I could find."
A Mortal Glamour (1985)
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
"Terrifying. Her picture of women going slowly mad in a convent during one of history's darkest periods is both gruesome and irresistible."
Yellow Fog (1986)
(Don Sebastian de Villanueva, book 4)
Les Daniels
"Daniels' work is dark but humane. His horror novels deserve a much wider audience."
Over the Edge (1987)
(Alex Delaware, book 3)
Jonathan Kellerman
"...a compulsive pageturner...filled with insight, charged with suspense..."
Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks (1987)
Richard Matheson and Richard Christian Matheson
"A typical Matheson story is like something shot out of a staple gun - short, tightly-wrapped, and abrupt...Matheson is remarkable."
Slob (1987)
(Chaingang, book 1)
Rex Miller
"This terrifying and original novel marks the debut of a writer who is able to bring dynamite with both hands."
The Crosskiller (1988)
Marcel Montecino
"I loved this book. I don't think I've read a murder/suspense story that could generate this kind of heavy firepower for five years or more."
Fade (1988)
Robert Cormier
"Imagine what might happen if Holden Caulfield stepped into H. G. Wells The Invisible Man and you'll have an idea how Fade is...I was absolutely riveted."
Eternal Bliss (1988)
Christopher Fahy
"A wonderful writer."
Burning Water (1989)
(Diana Tregarde, book 1)
Mercedes Lackey
"She'll keep you up long past your bedtime."
Rules of Prey (1989)
(Prey, book 1)
John Sandford
"It's a big suspenseful read and I loved every minute of it."
The Girl Next Door (1989)
Jack Ketchum
"THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is does not just promise terror but actually delivers it.. it's a page-turner..."
Among Madmen (1990)
Daina Graziunas
"Exciting, compulsive reading!"
Tender (1990)
Mark Childress
"A big, all-American, technicolor dreamboat of a book... This is a great novel."
Summer of Night (1991)
(Seasons of Horror, book 1)
Dan Simmons
"An American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia, one of those rare must-read books. I am in awe of Dan Simmons."
Shadow Dance (1991)
Douglas Borton
"Douglas Borton is very, very good!"
The Last Vampire (1991)
T M Wright
"T. M. Wright is a rare and blazing talent."
Dead Lines (1992)
Greg Bear
"A really excellent novel."
The Angel Maker (1993)
(Boldt / Matthews, book 2)
Ridley Pearson
"A hard book to put down... And even harder to forget."
A Simple Plan (1993)
Scott Smith
"The best suspense novel of the year - hell, of the 1990s."
The Weatherman (1995)
(Weatherman, book 1)
Steve Thayer
"One of the highest take-off points of any novel in recent memory."
Splatterpunks II (1995)
Paul M Sammon
"The most vital and visceral horror coalition operating today."
A Test of Wills (1996)
(Inspector Ian Rutledge, book 1)
Charles Todd
"You're going to love Todd."
Undone (1996)
Michael Kimball
"Sly, sexy, suspenseful... and very, very moving."
The Cobra Event (1997)
(Dark Biology, book 2)
Richard Preston
"One of the most horrifying things I've ever read in my entire life."
My Soul to Keep (1997)
(African Immortals, book 1)
Tananarive Due
"An eerie epic ... bears favorable comparison to Interview with a Vampire. I loved this novel."
Players (1997)
Clay Reynolds
"Ingenious... Leaves readers gasping and eager for more."
The Best of Cemetery Dance (1998)
Richard Chizmar
"Cemetery Dance is one of the best. Great stuff."
Bloodstream (1998)
Tess Gerritsen
"...what Anne Rice is to vampires, Gerritsen is to the tale of medical suspense... She is better than Palmer, better than Cook ... yes, even better than Crichton."
The Midnight Tour (1998)
(Beast House Chronicles, book 3)
Richard Laymon
"If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat."
Indigo (1999)
Graham Joyce
"Clever, engrossing, and very scary. I was up until one in the morning."
Big Trouble (1999)
Dave Barry
"I laughed so hard I fell out of a chair. . ."
Infinity Beach (2000)
Jack McDevitt
"Nail-biting ... I simply couldn't put it down."
Crying Wolf (2000)
Peter Abrahams
"My favorite American suspense novelist."
The Hook (2000)
Donald E Westlake
"THE HOOK is a heartstopping suspense novel from the pro of pros. I was hooked myself, from page one. The book is full of nasty jolts and turns, including one of the most hair-raising murder scenes ever written. THE AX was good; THE HOOK is ever so much better. Westlake shines...and in this case, he terrifies, as well."
The Death Artist (2000)
Dennis Etchison
"Etchison is one hell of a fiction writer."
Protect and Defend (2000)
(Kerry Kilcannon, book 2)
Richard North Patterson
"Lightening in a bottle... you can't put the damn thing down, and you don't want to."
The Ancient (2001)
Muriel Gray
"Scary and Unputdownable. If you're going to read a single suspenser in 2001, make it this one."
About the Author (2001)
John Colapinto
"A thriller worthy of Hitchcock at his best. I wasn't able to put it down. Splendid suspense."
Sleep No More (2002)
(Mississippi, book 4)
Greg Iles
"...should come with a red wrapper marked DANGER, HIGH EXPLOSIVES... a shocker that really shocks. You'll find yourself afraid to turn off the light after seven chapters, and after eleven, you may find yourself wondering if the person lying next to you when you do darken the room is someone you really know or a dangerous stranger... gets under the skin, and then burrows deep."
The Straw Men (2002)
(Straw Men, book 1)
Michael Marshall
"Brilliantly written and scary as hell."
Speaks the Nightbird (2002)
(Matthew Corbett, book 1)
Robert R McCammon
" excellent story, full of tension and suspense..."
Gravediggers' Party (2002)
Gahan Wilson
"Genuine weirdness combined with wit and intelligence."
The Bloody Crown of Conan (2003)
(Conan of Cimmeria, book 2)
Robert E Howard
"Stories such as 'The People of the Black Circle' glow with the fierce and eldritch light of his frenzied intensity."
The Last Good Day (2003)
Peter Blauner
"A wonderful novel."
A Kind of Flying (2003)
Ron Carlson
"These stories glow with a radioactive otherness. It's great fun to watch them sparkle and fizz into glorious full-color wirdness."
The Night Country (2003)
Stewart O'Nan
"...scary, sad, funny...mesmerizing read..."
Dynamite Road (2003)
(Weiss and Bishop, book 1)
Andrew Klavan
"Andrew Klavan is the most original American novelist of crime and suspense."
The Memory of Running (2004)
Ron McLarty
"This is a book that can do more than walk; it has a chance to be a breakout bestseller... Smithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians."
Playing with Fire (2004)
(Inspector Banks, book 14)
Peter Robinson
"The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market. In fact, this may be the best series of British novels since the novels of Patrick O'Brian. Try one and tell me I'm wrong."
Nightworlds (2004)
William F Nolan
"An expert in the art of scaring the hell out of people."
Wildwood Road (2005)
Christopher Golden
"WILDWOOD ROAD is a brilliant novel of supernatural suspense that reminded me of the early classics by Ira Levin--think ROSEMARY'S BABY and you won't be disappointed. There's no baby, but oh baby, there is one creepy little lost girl that kept me turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed. This one's a keeper."
Temeraire (2006)
(Temeraire, book 1)
Naomi Novik
"Temeraire is a terrifically entertaining fantasy novel. Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O'Brian? Not if you've read this wonderful, arresting novel."
This Book Will Save Your Life (2006)
A M Homes
"I think this brave story of a lost man's reconnection with the world could become a generational touchstone, like Catch-22, The Monkey Wrench Gang, or The Catcher in the Rye. There is a lot of uplift here, but Homes's deadpan delivery keeps it from feeling greeting-card phony. So does the novel's ambience, which is 21st-century L.A. weird. And hey, maybe it will save somebody's life."
Sharp Objects (2006)
Gillian Flynn
"To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris's All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was thirty years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights."
Half the Blood of Brooklyn (2007)
(Joe Pitt, book 3)
Charlie Huston
"One of the most remarkable prose stylists to emerge from the noir tradition in this century."
Shatter (2008)
(Joseph O'Loughlin, book 3)
Michael Robotham
"The most suspenseful book I read all year."
The Mayor's Tongue (2008)
Nathaniel Rich
"An elegantly structured, brilliantly told novel, by turns terrifying, touching, and wildly funny, and always generous and magical . . . Kudos to Nathaniel Rich, who has created a brave book, a novel brimming with brio."
The Garden of Last Days (2008)
Andre Dubus III
"So good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it."
Gone (2008)
(Gone, book 1)
Michael Grant
"Gone is an exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up . . . This is great fiction. I love this book."
The Hunger Games (2008)
(Hunger Games, book 1)
Suzanne Collins
"Constant suspense... I couldn't stop reading."
Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009)
William Boyd
"Boyd's deft combination of suspense and literature makes it the pick of the litter."
Thereby Hangs a Tail (2009)
(Chet and Bernie Mystery, book 2)
Spencer Quinn
"Get your paws on this one-of-a-kind novel."
Never Look Away (2010)
(Promise Falls)
Linwood Barclay
"The best thriller I've read in five years."
The Nearest Exit (2010)
(Milo Weaver, book 2)
Olen Steinhauer
"The best spy novel I've ever read that wasn't written by John Le Carré."
Mr Peanut (2010)
Adam Ross
"It induced nightmares in this reader, no mean feat."
The Passage (2010)
(Passage, book 1)
Justin Cronin
"Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears."
Savages (2010)
(Savages, book 2)
Don Winslow
"This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid on autoload."
I'd Know You Anywhere (2010)
Laura Lippman
"The best suspense novel of the year."
Swamplandia! (2011)
Karen Russell
"Brilliant, funny, original... also creepy and sinister... Karen Russell's Swamplandia! is every bit as good as her short stories promised it would be. This book will not leave my mind."
The Terror of Living (2011)
Urban Waite
"A hell of a good novel, relentlessly paced and beautifully narrated. There's just no letup."
Vortex (2011)
(Spin, book 3)
Robert Charles Wilson
"Robert Charles Wilson is a hell of a storyteller."
City of Women (2012)
David R Gillham
"I can’t wait for Gillham’s next novel—play it again, Sam."
The Twenty-Year Death (2012)
Ariel S Winter
"Bold, innovative, and thrilling – The Twenty-Year Death crackles with suspense and will keep you up late."
The Influence (2013)
Bentley Little
"The horror poet laureate."
The Troop (2014)
Nick Cutter
"The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn't put it down. This is old-school horror at its best."
The Lie (2014)
Hesh Kestin
"The Lie is what great fiction is all about."
The Three (2014)
(Three , book 1)
Sarah Lotz
"The Three is really wonderful, a mix of Michael Crichton and Shirley Jackson. Hard to put down and vastly entertaining."
The Bone Clocks (2014)
David Mitchell
"Great story, great words, all good."
The Golem of Hollywood (2014)
(Jacob Lev, book 1)
Jesse Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman
"Brilliant, page-turning fiction with mythic underpinnings... The book is like nothing I've ever read before. It sort of took my breath away."
You (2014)
(Joe Goldberg , book 1)
Caroline Kepnes
"Hypnotic and scary...never read anything quite like it."
The End of the World Running Club (2014)
(End of the World Running Club, book 1)
Adrian J Walker
"A real find."
The Marauders (2015)
Tom Cooper
"It's a little Elmore Leonard, a little Charles Portis, and very much its own uniquely American self... Tom Cooper has written one hell of a novel."
The Loney (2015)
Andrew Michael Hurley
"The Loney is not just good, it's great., It's an amazing piece of fiction."
World Gone By (2015)
(Coughlin, book 3)
Dennis Lehane
"The best gangster novel since The Godfather."
The Deadlands (2015)
Benjamin Percy
"You will not come across a finder work of sustained imagination this year."
The Daylight Marriage (2015)
Heidi Pitlor
"Hypnotically readable--I absolutely couldn't put it down. The structure is brilliant, and I turned the pages with increasing dread. This book is terrific."
A Head Full of Ghosts (2015)
Paul Tremblay
"A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare."
Those Girls (2015)
Chevy Stevens
"Incredibly scary and suspenseful."
The Reckoning (2015)
(Niceville, book 3)
Carsten Stroud
"An authentic work of American genius."
Golden Lion (2015)
(Courtney, book 14)
Giles Kristian and Wilbur Smith
"The best Historical novelist."
The Darkest Secret (2016)
Alex Marwood
"If there has been a better mystery suspense story written in this decade, I can't think of it."
The Poison Artist (2016)
Jonathan Moore
"An electrifying read... I haven't read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon."
Truly Madly Guilty (2016)
Liane Moriarty
"A hell of a good book. Funny and scary."
Darktown (2016)
(Darktown, book 1)
Thomas Mullen
"A brilliant blending of crime, mystery, and American history. Terrific entertainment."
Pharaoh (2016)
(Ancient Egyptian, book 6)
Wilbur Smith
"[The] Best historical novelist."
Magpie Murders (2016)
(Magpie Murders, book 1)
Anthony Horowitz
"Want to read a great whodunnit? Anthony Horowitz has one for you: MAGPIE MURDERS. It's as good as an Agatha Christie. Better, in some ways. Cleverer."
War Cry (2017)
(Courtney, book 15)
David Churchill and Wilbur Smith
"The best historical novelist."
Final Girls (2017)
Riley Sager
"The first great thriller of 2017 is almost here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this."
My Absolute Darling (2017)
Gabriel Tallent
"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one."
Rosy and John (2017)
(Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy)
Pierre Lemaitre
"A really excellent suspense novelist."
The Woman in the Window (2018)
A J Finn
"The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable. The writing is smooth and often remarkable. The way Finn plays off this totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling."
The Witch Elm (2018)
Tana French
"Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent."
Cari Mora (2019)
Thomas Harris
"I hope with all my heart that [Harris] will write again, and sooner rather than later – novels that bravely and cleverly erase the line between popular fiction and literature are very much to be prized."
Unamerica (2019)
Cody Goodfellow
"Cody Goodfellow knows how to chill your blood..."
The Warehouse (2019)
Rob Hart
"Engrossing ... it will make you forget all about your favourite streaming service for a few nights..."
A Cosmology of Monsters (2019)
Shaun Hamill
"Shaun Hamill’s A Cosmology of Monsters brilliantly combines the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft with a contemporary story of a family under threat of destruction from supernatural forces. It succeeds because these are good, likeable people that we root for; they could be our neighbors. Horror only works when we care for the people involved, and because we care for the Turners, their nightmare becomes ours. Hamill’s prose is simple, and simply beautiful. If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it, and think you will, too."
The Second Sleep (2019)
Robert Harris
"One word: wonderful. Two words: compulsive reading. Three words: buy it tomorrow. Four words: tonight, if possible."
Ninth House (2019)
(Alex Stern, book 1)
Leigh Bardugo
"Ninth House is the best fantasy novel I've read in years, because it's about real people. Bardugo's imaginative reach is brilliant, and this story, full of shocks and twists, is impossible to put down."
American Dirt (2020)
Jeanine Cummins
"One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy... I defy anyone to read the first seven pages of this book and not finish it."
The Boy from the Woods (2020)
(Wilde , book 1)
Harlan Coben
"I read The Boy From The Woods. I liked it. I liked it a lot!"
My Dark Vanessa (2020)
Kate Elizabeth Russell
"A well-constructed package of dynamite."
The Chill (2020)
Scott Carson
"Wow! This is one terrific horror/suspense/disaster novel. Characters you root for and a story that grips from the first page."
The Dark Corners of the Night (2020)
(UNSUB, book 3)
Meg Gardiner
"Meg Gardiner is the next suspense superstar."
The Resisters (2020)
Gish Jen
"An absolute joy . . . I finished The Resisters with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. Who could ask for a better combo? Gish Jen has written a one-of-a-kind book with great characters—especially Eleanor, who is the heart of the story—and a warm heart. Remind Ms. Jen that the great Ernie Banks said, ‘Hey, guys, let’s play two!’ Which is my way of saying I wouldn’t mind a sequel. Probably won’t happen, but a guy can hope. P.S. This lady knows her baseball."
The Stitchers (2020)
(Fright Watch, book 1)
Lorien Lawrence
"What a cool--and wild--ride [THE STITCHERS] was. This is the perfect book for kids to cool off with on a hot day, because the chills come guaranteed. I loved the scares, but the heart of the story is the tough but tender partnership between Quinn and Mike. . . I hope they'll be back. If they are, I will be there. So will about a million kids, I bet. Kudos to Lorien Lawrence!"
Troubled Blood (2020)
(Cormoran Strike, book 5)
Robert Galbraith
"TROUBLED BLOOD is as good or better than the other Cormoran Strike/Robin Ellicott novels. J. K. Rowling is a wonderful storyteller and a gifted stylist. I'm loving this one."
The Last House on Needless Street (2021)
Catriona Ward
"The buzz building around Catriona Ward's The Last House on Needless Street is real. I've read it and was blown away. It's a true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end. Haven't read anything this exciting since Gone Girl."
Mirrorland (2021)
Carole Johnstone
"I loved Mirrorland. It’s dark and devious, a neo-gothic featuring twin sisters and a deeply frightening old dark house. Beautifully written and plotted with a watchmaker’s precision."
How Lucky (2021)
Will Leitch
"I'm reading a fantastic novel by Will Leitch called How Lucky. Publishes in May, I think. It's suspenseful and often wildly funny. You are going to like this a lot, and I think a lot of you are going to like it. It has that Where the Crawdads Sing vibe."
The Damage (2021)
Caitlin Wahrer
"The Damage pulled me in from the first page with smart narration, characters I cared about, a hold-your-breath plot, and a terrific final twist. Put this one high on your summer list."
Five Decembers (2021)
James Kestrel
"Hard-as-nails mystery/suspense/noir set against a backdrop of war in the Pacific. One hell of a good story."
Things I Didn't Know My Father Knew (2021)
Peter Crowther
"Put simply, Pete Crowther is one of the best. I think that says it all."
The City of Mist (2021)
(Cemetery of Forgotten Books, book 5)
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
"The real deal: one gorgeous read."
Creative Types (2021)
Tom Bissell
"Tom Bissell is one of America's best and most interesting writers."
No Second Chances (2022)
Rio Youers
"A rip-roaring Hollywood noir that smashes the pedal to the metal and keeps it there. The best villain since Ian Fleming's James Bond novels . . . This one is hot."
Hidden Pictures (2022)
Jason Rekulak
"I read Hidden Pictures and loved it. The surprises really surprise and it has that hard-to-achieve propulsiveness that won't let you put it down. And the pictures are terrific!"
Two Nights in Lisbon (2022)
Chris Pavone
"There's no such thing as a book you can't put down, but this one was close."
Aurora (2022)
David Koepp
"Fantastic story, a real page-turner. Impossible to put down."
A Sliver of Darkness (2022)
C J Tudor
"If you like my stuff, you'll like this."
The Deluge (2023)
Stephen Markley
"This book is, simply put, a modern classic. If you read it, you'll never forget it. Prophetic, terrifying, uplifting."

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