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Stephen King

(Stephen Edwin King)
USA (1947 - )
Husband of Tabitha King, father of Joe Hill, father of 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, Thriller, Mystery, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction






Storm of the Century (1999)
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (2013) (with T Bone Burnett and John Mellencamp)
Graphic Novels

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)
New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980)
Dark Forces (1980)
The 21st Pan Book of Horror Stories (1980)
New Terrors 2 (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 (1983)
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 Way Station (1980)Nebula Awards (nominee)
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 Sun Dog (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)
Sorry, Right Number (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
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1981) : The Way Station
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

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
Stephen King (1995) by Amy Keyishian and Marjorie Keyishian
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 Peter Mann
Stephen King (2000) by Suzan Wilson
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 Gresh and Robert E Weinberg
Stephen King: Unpublished, Uncollected - 2014 Update (2014) by Rocky Wood

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
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
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
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)
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)
Charles L Grant
"For anyone who can afford to leave all the lights burning after the last page has been turned."

The Totem (1979)
David Morrell
"A knockout!"

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)
Clive Barker
"The future of horror is Clive Barker."

The Tribe (1981)
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
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
Nerve Endings (1984)
William Martin
"A thriller-reader's joy - smart, scary, thought-provoking. Impossible to put down."
The Ceremonies
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
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
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)
(Lucas Davenport, 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)
(Summer of Night, 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
Shadow Dance (1991)
Douglas Borton
"Douglas Borton is very, very good!"
The Last Vampire
The Last Vampire (1991)
T M Wright
"T. M. Wright is a rare and blazing talent."

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
Splatterpunks II (1995)
Paul M Sammon
"The most vital and visceral horror coalition operating today."

A Test of Wills (1996)
(Ian Rutledge, book 1)
Charles Todd
"You're going to love Todd."
Undone (1996)
Michael Kimball
"Sly, sexy, suspenseful... and very, very moving."

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."

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 Best of Cemetery Dance
The Best of Cemetery Dance (1998)
Richard T Chizmar
"Cemetery Dance is one of the best. Great stuff. "

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. . ."

The Ancient (2000)
Muriel Gray
"Scary and Unputdownable. If you're going to read a single suspenser in 2001, make it this one."

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
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. "

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
Gravediggers' Party (2002)
Gahan Wilson
"Genuine weirdness combined with wit and intelligence."

The Last Good Day (2003)
Peter Blauner
"A wonderful novel."
A Kind of Flying
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
Dynamite Road (2003)
(Weiss and Bishop, book 1)
Andrew Klavan
"Andrew Klavan is the most original American novelist of crime and suspense."

The Bloody Crown of Conan (2003)
Robert E Howard
"Stories such as 'The People of the Black Circle' glow with the fierce and eldritch light of his frenzied intensity."

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
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."

Voodoo Heart (2006)
Scott Snyder
"Scott Snyder's Voodoo Heart just blew me away."

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 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 Story of Edgar Sawtelle (2008)
David Wroblewski
"I flat-out loved it."

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."

The Garbage Man (2009)
Joseph D'Lacey
"D'Lacey rocks!"

Thereby Hangs a Tail (2009)
(Chet and Bernie Mystery, book 2)
Spencer Quinn
"Get your paws on this one-of-a-kind novel."

The Passage (2009)
(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."

Mr Peanut (2010)
Adam Ross
"It induced nightmares in this reader, no mean feat."

Never Look Away (2010)
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."

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."

The Terror of Living (2011)
Urban Waite
"A hell of a good novel, relentlessly paced and beautifully narrated. There's just no letup."

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."

Vortex (2011)
(Spin, book 3)
Robert Charles Wilson
"Robert Charles Wilson is a hell of a storyteller."

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."

Brutal Youth (2014)
Anthony Breznican
"If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you..."

The Golem of Hollywood (2014)
(Jacob Lev, book 1)
Jesse Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman
"An extraordinary work of detection, suspense and supernatural mystery."

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."

Day Four (2015)
(Three , book 2)
Sarah Lotz
"Hard to put down and vastly entertaining."

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."

The Reckoning (2015)
(Niceville, book 3)
Carsten Stroud
"An authentic work of American genius."

The Whites (2015)
Richard Price
"Grim, gusty and impossible."

Golden Lion (2015)
Giles Kristian and Wilbur Smith
"The best Historical novelist."

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."

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