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24 Things That'll Make You Love Stephen King Even More

To quote my brother: "Stephen King rules, he just rules!"

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5. The full collection of Dark Tower novels that'll give you endless Dollars Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings vibes.

Promising review: "Stephen King's Dark Tower epic is easily one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. It features a wonderful world mixing the imagery of Sergio Leone's Dollar Trilogy and the world-building of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, I had never owned the complete series; I read them either through libraries, online, or from friends. Having them all in one place where I can burn all my money in one go, and re-read them again and again and again, is the perfect gift to myself. Overall if you've never owned the complete set then this is a fantastic investment. If you've never read the series and are thinking about buying it on a whim, all I can say that is if you love fantasy, westerns, sci-fi, horror, epic adventure, and characters that you'll never want to stop traveling with, then stop reading this right now and hit the 'order' button." –Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $71.92+ (Kindle and paperback).

7. A memoir of the craft written by the King himself, to get writing tips and tidbits about his life.

Promising review: "This riveting book is divided into memoir, writing tips, and back to memoir. The most compelling part of the biographical aspect is in the final chapters, where he tells – in horrifying detail – the story of his near-fatal 1999 accident. The book is filled with humor and excellent writing advice. But maybe its real importance is the substantiation of the genre author as a writer. King makes a strong case for the erasure of the usual lines between popular and classic fiction." –Sonja Mcgillivray

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (Kindle, paperback, hardcover, and audio CD).


9. A collection of supreme short stories ready for battle against all critics of our lord and savior, Stephen King.

Charles Scribner's Sons

Promising review: "In recent years, many devoted readers of Stephen King have made the complaint that his novels have declined in quality. While that might be true, I always reply that his short stories are (and always have been) his best works. This new collection shows that Mr. King has not lost his talent at building up terror in readers of the span of 40 or 50 pages. Unlike past collections, though, these stories more often reveal the monstrosity within the human soul, rather than any outside ghoul. In total, there are 20 stories in this collection, with only three or four I have not recognized from prior publication either in magazines or on Amazon Kindle. A few, like "Blockade Billy," even made it into a hardback format. Despite this, however, there are a few of his recent efforts (like "Into the Tall Grass") that have been regrettably omitted. That does not detract from the overall quality of this work." –Robert Bolton

Get it from Amazon for $8.18+ (paperback, Kindle, hardcover, and audio CD).


14. A Pennywise figure or two worthy of inclusion in any SK shrine.,

Let's be real, this is the cutest this clown is ever going to look.

Get it from ThinkGeek for $9.99 or Jet for $12.99.


19. A (relatively) new novel by ~the King~ that's so good, you'll have to take the day off to read it all in one sitting.

Promising review: "11/22/63, Stephen King's latest, might just be his greatest. Seriously. At least as far as mainstream fiction goes. Yes, it is built around a well-used SF trope – time travel – but really, the portal to the past Jake Epping is shown in the back of an aluminum diner is only the launch mechanism for this fantastic journey. There are no monsters here, at least none that aren't human; and little or no horror in the supernatural sense that King's constant readers have come to know, love, and expect. Even SK's other 'straight' fiction, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, had elements of the supernatural and/or flat-out horror. Not this time. But that doesn't mean that 11/22/63 is boring; quite the contrary. I just finished playing hooky from work for a day when I read the last 400 pages non-stop (except for a couple of bathroom breaks), because I just couldn't put it down." –James Tepper

Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (paperback, hardcover, Kindle, and MP3 CD).


21. A set of two villainous mugs so you can match your mug to your mood, no matter what side of the bed you wake up on.

Get them from Fascist Pantees on Etsy for $25.90 (each set comes with a "good day" and "bad day" mug featuring the same four characters).


24. A Blu-ray version of Children Of The Corn to get an even more intense movie-watching experience than your first time.

Promising review: "This is the Blu-ray release you want to get for this film. Has lots of nice extras for the 25th anniversary edition. The translation to Blu-ray was very well-done, and a vast improvement over the original DVD version. Do not be fooled by the cheaper Midnight Madness series edition; skip that one all together. This one is far more superior." –nolaboy2003

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (Amazon Video, DVD, and Blu-ray).

The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.