Celebrating Stephen King’s (belated) birthday

It’s no secret that I am an enormous Stephen King fan.  I read The Shining when I was a freshman in high school, and I’ve read (and reread) most of his books over the last 12+ years.  Don’t even ask me how many times I’ve read It in my lifetime.  (No, seriously, don’t ask.  I’ve lost count, and that probably tells you all you need to know.)

Yesterday, September 20th, was Stephen King’s 69th birthday, and all across the Internet, fans were joyfully celebrating #StephenKingDay with quizzes, artistic tributes, and fond memories of their favorite King books.  If you’re curious about Stephen King but aren’t sure where to start, or if you’ve already read a ton of his books and are looking for more authors with a similarly creepy, genre-blending style, look no further.  I’ve created a simple infographic to help you out:

stephen-king-infographic-2If you’re not typically a horror fan, don’t worry – I included a few Stephen King recommendations for you too!  11/22/63  combines alternative history, suspense, historical fiction, and some of the best storytelling you’ll ever find.  Mr. Mercedes is a dark, full-throttle suspense novel that will have you staying up past your bedtime to finish the last 100 pages.  And Different Seasons is a novella collection, featuring two stories that you’ll probably recognize: “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” and “The Body,” which was eventually adapted into the film, Stand By Me.

Click below for catalog links to all of the featured titles.

The Shining
Pet Sematary
11/22/63
Mr. Mercedes
Different Seasons

The Terror by Dan Simmons
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Midnight by Dean Koontz

And if you need more suggestions, come find me at the Reference Desk!  I always love to talk about Stephen King!

Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference