My Stephen King Wish List

I’m almost finished reading ‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King and, as is always the case when I pick up one of his books I often think of all the ones I really want to get to but, for some reason or another, never manage to pick up.

The following is a list of King titles I really want to get stuck into (listed in publication order). Have you read any of these? If so, spoiler-free thoughts are always welcomed.

Pet Semetary

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed.

Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago.

Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.

But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.

A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.

The Dark Half

Creating George Stark was easy. Getting rid of him won’t be . . .

The sparrows are flying again. The idea – unbidden, inexplicable – haunts the edge of Thad Beaumont’s mind.

Thad should be happy. For years now it is his secret persona ‘George Stark’, author of super-violent pulp thrillers, who has paid the family bills. But now, Thad is writing seriously again under his own name, and his menacing pseudonym has been buried forever.

And yet . . . the sparrows are flying again, and something is terribly wrong in Thad Beaumont’s world.

Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell. But it is not quite what the police had expected.

Dolores Claiborne has a confession to make . . .

She will take her time. Won’t be hurried. Will do it her way, sparing neither details nor feelings. Hers or anyone else’s.

This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Truth that takes you to the edge of darkness.

Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell and you’d better pay attention – or else.


Welcome to Desperation.

Once a thriving copper mining town in the middle of the Nevada desert, Desperation is now eerily abandoned. It’s the last place that travellers like the Carver family, bound for vacation, and writer Johnny Marinville, astride his Harley, would expect to be stopped and charged. But Desperation still has a local cop – a unique regulator who patrols the wilderness highway.

The secrets buried in Desperation are as terrifying as the forces summoned to encounter them. A terrifying transformation is taking place and the travellers will soon discover the true meaning of desperation . . .


Wentworth, Ohio: a small friendly town where the Carver children bicker over sweets in the E-Z shop and writer Johnny Marinville is the only resident who minds his own business.

On Poplar Street, apart from the impending storm, it’s just a normal summer’s day – with Frisbees flying, lawn mowers humming and barbeques grilling. As the paperboy makes his round, he is unaware of the chrome red van idling up the hill . . .

Soon the residents will be caught up in a game of wills as the regulators arrive in force to face a child whose powers of expression are just awakening.

12 thoughts on “My Stephen King Wish List

  1. Pet Sematary isn’t scary. It is classic King however. I gave it 4stars when I read it but I have to admit, I was hoping for a bit more scariness. It has an aura of dread throughout the whole book though.

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  2. I’ve only read Pet Sematary and it’s one of his books that I actually really enjoyed. I personally didn’t find it scary in the least but scary stuff isn’t really ever scary to me. I had a few issues with it as well but overall I gave it 4 stars.

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    1. I’m the same as you; never really found horror stuff scary. The most I can expect is a sense of unease or dread. Nothing that gives me pause when turning off the light.

      I think Pet Semetary will be my next King read 🙂

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  3. I read the opening chapter to Dolores and wanted to continue it a few years ago, but my mom got rid of some old books and that was part of the pile. It opens quite strong is all I know. I still need to read Pet cemetry

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