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Stephen King's Greatest Stand-Alone Novels (no real order)

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The Stand (King Classics)
The Stand (King Classics)
"King's complete and uncut edition of his 1979 apocalyptic good-versus-evil saga is, simply put, the greatest fiction novel ever written. No, really."
It
It
"Disturbing, memorable, wonderfully written, this is King's ode to 50s horror, and maybe his definitive character study."
'Salem's Lot
'Salem's Lot
"Thirty years on, vampire tale 'Salem's Lot is perhaps King's most pure horror novel."
The Shining (King Classics)
The Shining (King Classics)
"King's shot at the ghost-story is one of the most genuinely frightenting books ever written. Still hard to get Jack Nicholson out of your head when you read it though."
The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style sci-fi horror. This is one of King's most memorable 'small-town America gone bad' tales."
Firestarter
Firestarter
"Little-girl-with-a-gift-for-starting-fires-with-her-mind thiller. One of the first of King's 'disturbed children' novels."
Christine (King Classics)
Christine (King Classics)
"Christine is the devil. Oh yeah, and she's a car. This enjoyable high-school horror make for a wonderful companion-piece to Carrie"
Carrie (King Classics)
Carrie (King Classics)
"Thank God Tabitha King picked this debut-manuscript out of the bin and told the great man to finish it. The rest, as they say, is horrorstory (it had to be said)."
The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone
"Waking up from a coma four years after a car crash, Johnny can see the future. And as expected, there's a psycho-killer-maniac on the loose."
Misery (King Classics)
Misery (King Classics)
"Annie Wilkes is novelist Paul Sheldon's biggest fan. So after he crashes in the Rockies and she nurses him back to health, she finds out he has killed her favourite character off. Bad move Paul!"
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
"The culmination of King's 1990s psychological novels, this is a testament to his skills of character development and tone."
Lisey's Story
Lisey's Story
"A companion-piece to Bag of Bones perhaps, this is a challenging, disturbing thing of literary beauty."
Cujo
Cujo
"Imagine Beethoven (the dog, not the guy) bitten by a rabid rabbit and going on a bit of a nasty spree. King once again proved he is the master of finding the horror in the everyday."
Gerald's Game
Gerald's Game
"One of his 'stuck in a scary, isolated place' narratives-meets hellish confront-your-own-past psychological horror. Nasty, but brilliant."
Insomnia
Insomnia
"A big twist towards the end that ties in with another set of King novels, this is an experiment in literary sleeplessness and old-everyman dilemma. Maybe a bit contrived, but still genius."
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
"A simple, effect tale of a girl lost in the woods. Echoes of fantasy, ghostliness and emotional alienation."
Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne
"One of his most triumphant character-driven dramas, this will remain one of the underrated classics of the late twentieth-century."
The Talisman
The Talisman
"King and Straub, two of the most popular fantasy-horror writers, teamed up in the early-80s for a world-bending journey across parallel-world America."
Black House
Black House
"Over twenty years later, the sequel to The Talisman does not let down, keeping with the atmosphere of the original whilst throwing in a bit of Gothic."
From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8
"A rather silly companion-piece to Christine, this enjoyable alien-car novel is a bit of guilty pleasure."
Cell
Cell
"Blockbuster post-9/11 thriller, King's ode to George Romero and all the other crazed-zombie films also takes a dig at the whole fascination with mobile phones."
Cycle of the Werewolf
Cycle of the Werewolf
"Cliched but fun, this is King's redefining take on the werewolf story, with lots of gory pictures to boot."
The Green Mile
The Green Mile
"An epic, nostalgic journey into Depression-era  America, this is one of the greatest novels of the last fifty years."
The Eyes of the Dragon
The Eyes of the Dragon
"Magical, malevolent, quasi-dark ages fantasy-horror; criminally underrated."
Needful Things
Needful Things
"Another massive small-town-American-gone-bad novel, only this time the devil runs the local antique shop!"