Why Stephen King?

Stephen King has permeated multiple layers of American culture for decades now. He has published 63 novels, 11 collections of short fiction and novellas, a handful of works of nonfiction, a dozen or so Kindle singles, and he’s written almost 20 screenplays. His works have been adapted over and over again into films, television series, and movies. He is prolific, and fascinating, and just really fucking fun to read. There is also a lot more literary merit in his work than he gets credit for.

I’ve read a lot of King’s work over the years, and I have enjoyed everything I have read. Two of his books, Salem’s Lot and 11/22/63, sit firmly in my list of the 10 best books I have ever read. Even though I have read 25 or 30 of his books, that is still less than half of his total output. So, this year, I am going to attempt to read all of it.

I am going to go in order of publication as much as possible. I won’t be writing full reviews or essays about each book (because that would take a lot of time), but I will give a quick overview of my thoughts about each book.

I am very much looking forward to this endeavor. This is going to be fun.

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