7 Short Stephen King Novels

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There’s no disputing how great of a writer Stephen King is. However, glancing at some of it his novels seems a bit intimidating to those who do not read much.

This list features seven short novels that Mr. King has written over the years, which are great for those with little time to read.

1. The Dead Zone
You may remember the TV series which aired briefly on USA. As with all movies and shows, the book was better. A perfect short read with a fantastic twist at the end.

2. Dolores Claiborne
What makes this particular book unique is the way the tale is explained. Dolores tells the story of how she killed her husband, in her own language and accent.

3. Gerald’s Game
There’s a reason this particular book was never made into a movie; the main character spent the entire story handcuffed naked to a bed. This story was the “other half” of Dolores Claiborne, although it doesn’t matter much which you read first.

4. Dreamcatcher
This particular book is a bit longer than the others, but still worth the read. If you’ve seen the movie, make sure you read the book, too. Of all the movies they’ve made out of Stephen King books, the movie from Dreamcatcher was missing the most details.

5. The Green Mile
Chances are you have seen this movie, since it was such a huge hit with well-known actors. The movie did not stray too much from the book, but the book is still more than worth a read. In the movie, just a few tiny details are missing or changed from the original story.

6. Insomnia
Suffering from insomnia? If so, you may want to pick up this book for entertainment on those long nights of no sleep. It keeps you guessing as to what’s going to happen next, without a hint of knowing the ending.

7. Bag of Bones
Similar to Insomnia in the way you can’t guess the ending. Full of twists and surprises that keep you reading.

Have you read short Stephen King books that aren’t on the list? Be sure to leave a comment with your own favorites!



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