Top 5 Stephen King Horror Bestseller Books of all Time

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Stephen King is the undisputed master of horror books and a recipient of countless author awards. This legendary writer needs no introduction. If you don’t know him by his award-winning Amazon bestsellers, then you probably know some of the movies directed from his many books. Till today, It is still one of the most notable motion pictures inspired by King since its release. Clowns have never been seen the same since!

So, with great respect to the legend, we present to you five great King books to read of all time!

5. Doctor Sleep: The Shining Book 2

At number 5 is the sequel to The Shining. In the first release, Danny Torrance, a young boy with paranormal powers, A Shining, is seeing strange things at the Overlook Hotel, where his father works. He and his father endure a scarring year there at the hands of the True Knots. A group of quasi-immortals that survive on the torture of the Shining.

Decades later, Danny is all grown up. He works at a nursing home, where he uses what remains of his power to soothe dying souls. But memories of his past are rekindled when he comes across Abra Stone. A young, shining girl, fighting for her life after falling prey to the True Knots. She is the brightest shining he has ever seen. And now, Danny must fight for her soul… And her survival!

4. The Outsider

An atrocious crime leaves a murdered boy gruesomely splayed on a blood-pooled floor. Detective Anderson is enlisted to run point in the case. After long hours at the horrendous crime scene, air-tight evidence is presented by the forensics lab. All the evidence points to one man. There’s no two ways about it.

However, on closer inspection, the suspect provides an iron-clad alibi. He couldn’t have possibly committed the murder. Especially if he was in another town. A daunting question lingers in Detective Anderson’s mind, “How can one person be at two places at the same time?” And he’d be damned if he didn’t find out!

3. The Institute

Deep in the dense canopy cover of the woods in Maine, a ghost government facility lies hidden. Mrs. Sigsby and her crew of deranged scientists are running tests on abducted kids from all over the state. Special kids with unique abilities. From seers to telepaths… The governments want to come up with the perfect weapon.

Luke Ellis, a super-smart boy, and Avery Dixon, a mind reader, are the latest recruits. After a while staying in the facility, it becomes clear that there is no getting out of that facility. And when they forge an alliance for their freedom, they become a force of reckoning for even the smartest scientist there. Miles away, a former cop, Tim Jamieson, has no idea he’s about to stumble upon the case of his career!

2. The Stand

Up at second runner up, is a story quite relatable to the global corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020, though 100 times more severe. All it took was a second of a blunder at the US Defense Department laboratory to cause the release of a deadly virus that scourged its insidious way across the expanse of the entire globe.

When the dust settles, only a few lucky enough to have immunity have survived. But the world is now bleak, deprived of laws, institutions, and civilization. And, in the midst of the confusion, two opposing forces rise to power. The forces of good lie heavy on the frail and loving, 80-year-old Mother Abigail. The dark forces of evil are driven by Randall Flagg, a malicious brute, hellbent on complete domination. The survivors are left to choose sides. Lest they be chosen…

1. If it Bleeds

Coming up at first-place in this collection is King’s short novella collection. Apart from the cover title are two more stories – The Life of Chuck, Rat and Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. For the sake of uniformity in this blog, we’re going to look at the cover title only. We’re thinking maybe the other stories could make a good blog for later, covering just this book.

After coming back from vacation, detective Ralph Anderson finds an envelope in his mail with a flash drive inside. The drive is titled If it Bleeds, and inside is an audio report from detective Holly Gibney, a former partner in an old case. She sounds out of breath, but the message is clear. Holly’s onto something big, but it’s a suicide case at the very least…

But that’s never stopped Ralph before!

These may be Stephen King’s highest-ranking books among Amazon bestsellers, but any read from the King is a great book worth the read. We, here at Empire Fiction, do hope you that you enjoyed our Amazon book reviews. And if you have any cool additions you think should have made it to the blog, let us know in the comment section. Also, don’t forget to support us by tapping that heart button at the bottom of the page and purchasing any of the books above by tapping either the book cover or title. Until our next blog, enjoy other other posts displayed below. Do stay safe, and we love you all!