The Greatest Novels Short, Stories, Movies, and Other Creations of the World's Most Popular Writer
Stephen Spignesi, one of the world's leading authorities on the work of Stephen King, ranks - from 1 to 101 - King's 101 greatest creations.
Working from a body of King's work numbering more than 550 individual creations, Spignesi lists all of King's writings in every genre and then determines King's top 101, a monumental list that includes novels, novellas, short stories, poems, screenplays, nonfiction books and essays, unpublished works, and much more. Each chosen work is synopsized and reviewed by the writer Entertainment Weekly called "the world's leading expert on Stephen King."
What made the number 1 spot? The novel that Spignesi and many others consider King's magnum opus: It.
What made the number 101 spot? A short story Stephen King wrote when he was 12 called "The Thing at the Bottom of the Well," in which King conceived the ancestral grandfather of the monster in It, 25 years before he would even begin writing his epic tome.
The Dead Zone, The Shining, Salem's Lot, Misery, The Stand, Carrie, Firestarter, Cujo, The Green Mile, Pet Sematary, Christine, Riding the Bullet, The Plant, The Dark Tower series, Insomnia...the best-selling novels are all here. But also included in the ranking are many of King's wonderful short stories and novellas - "Rita Hayworth" and "Shawshank Redemption," "The Mist," "Survivor Type," "The Last Rung on the Ladder," "Gramma," and King's O. Henry-award-winning New Yorker story, "The Man in the Black Suit."
Plus, Spignesi reviews and ranks King's incredible nonfiction, including his two book-length works, Danse Macabre and On Writing, plus short essays, including "Remembering John," "Why I Was Bachman," "Leaf-Peepers"; King's engaging Introductions and Forewords; and even an amazing column from King's college newspaper, "The Subject This Week is Cops."
The Essential Stephen King provides an unbiased, uncompromising review of King's work by an acknowledged King authority. As such, it is a must for all serious and casual Stephen King fans as well as all lovers of superb contemporary literature.