The Essential Stephen King
EXPERIMENT

More lists added 07-06-01!!!


Welcome to The Essential Stephen King Experiment. What is TESKE, you may ask? Well, for those of you fortunate to have read Stephen Spignesi's terrific book The Essential Stephen King, you know that the book is a list of what Spignesi considers the one hundred (and one) best works by Stephen King. This number was culled out of a total of over 550 existing works by King - a staggering amount of published material to choose from.

This is the fans' chance to talk back.

In a recent SKEMERs letter, and on the front page of my site, I asked fans to write in what they thought were SK's best works. They didn't have to be as exhaustive as Spignesi - a list of 25 or 50 would suffice. The response was immediate and intense. Below, you'll find just the beginning of the lists. (Mine's not ready yet!) Look below...

(PS - I've represented these in exactly the format I've received them. I think it's more interesting to see each response as individual as the list that comprises it.)


From Scott Cutlip

1. The Green Mile
2. It
3. Bag of Bones
4. The Stand
5. "The Body"
6. "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"
7. Misery
8. Dolores Claiborne
9. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
10. "The Last Rung on the Ladder"
11. Danse Macabre
12. The Drawing of the Three
13. The Dead Zone
14. Christine
15. The Eyes of the Dragon
16. The Long Walk
17. Insomnia
18. Salem's Lot
19. The Talisman
20. On Writing
21. Desperation
22. "The Boogeyman"
23. "Strawberry Spring"
24. Needful Things
25. "The Library Policeman"
26. "The Monkey"
27. "Breathing Method"
28. The Wastelands
29. The Shining
30. Pet Semetary
31. "Dedication"
32. Carrie
33. "The Mangler"
34. Firestarter
35. "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet"
36. "Battleground"
38. The Regulators
39. "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut"
40. "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands"
41. "The Mist"
42. Rage
43. "The Langoliers"
44. Wizard and Glass
45. "The Moving Finger"
46. Hearts in Atlantis
47. The Tommyknockers
48. Cujo
49. "Head Down"
50. The Gunslinger

From Angie Richardson

1. The Talisman (with Peter Straub)
2. The Stand- the Complete and Uncut Edition
3. The Dark Tower 2- the Drawing of the Three
4. The Dark Tower 3- the Wastelands
5. It
6. The Dark Tower 4- Wizard and Glass
7. Insomnia
8. The Eyes of the Dragon
9. The Long Walk
10. The Green Mile
11. The Body
12. The Langoliers
13. Misery
14. Needful Things
15. Umney's Last Case
16. The Shining
17. Desperation
18. The Mist
19. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
20. 'Salem's Lot
21. The Dark Tower- The Gunslinger
22. The Moving Finger
23. The Dead Zone
24. Word Processor of the Gods
25. The Reaper's Image

From Scott Bernhard:

1. It
2. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
3. The Shining
4. The Mist
5. The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands
6. The Uncut Stand
7. 1408
8. Jerusalem's Lot
9. Desperation
10. The Green Mile
11. Salem's Lot
12. Crouch End
13. Umney's Last Case
14. Bag of Bones
15. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
16. Head Down
17. Danse Macabre
18. Trucks
19. The Body
20. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
21. Suffer the Little Children
22. The Mangler
23. The Long Walk
24. The Langoliers
25. Pet Semetary

From Jason R Martin

1. The Stand
2. It
3. Dark Tower IV-I
4. The Shining
5. The Green Mile
6. Pet Semetary
7. Misery
8. Carrie
9. Eyes of the Dragon
10. Hearts in Atlantis
11. Dreamcatcher
12. The Long Walk
13. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
14. The Langoliers
15. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
16. Rage
17. The Body
18. The Breathing Method
19. The Sun Dog
20. The Talisman
21. On Writing
22. The Dark Half
23. Dolores Claiborne
24. Christine
25. Cujo

From Curt Cujo Miller:

1. IT
2. THE SHINING
3. THE STAND
4. THE GREEN MILE
5. BAG OF BONES
6. THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT
7. THE BODY
8. RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTIOM
9. APT PUPIL
10.THE MIST
11. NONA
12THE DEAD ZONE
13. PET SEMETARY
14. THINNER
15.THE LONG WALK
16. MISERY
17. SALEMS LOT
18. THE BREATHING METHOD
19. THE WHO WOULD NOT SHAKE HANDS
20. THE GUNSLINGER
21. THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
22. THE WASTELANDS
23. WIZARD AND GLASS
24 INSOMNIA
25 LOW MEN IN YELLOW COATS
26 LITTLE SISTERS OF EULURIA
27 WHY WE’RE IN VIETNAM
28 HEAVENLY SHADES OF NIGHT ARE FALLING
29. THE EYES OF THE DRAGON
30 THE TAILSMAN
31 THE LAST RUNG OF THE LADDER
32 THE MONKEY
33 THE RUNNING MAN
34 CHRISTINE
35 CUJO
36 DESPERATION
37 THE REGULATORS
38 ROSE MADDER
39NEEDFUL THINGS
40 THE TOMMYKNOCKERS
41 LUNCH AT THE GOTHAM CAFÉ
42 1408
43 THE DARK HALF
44 DREAMCATCHER
45 CARRIE
46 FIRESTARTER
47 THE LIBRARY POLICEMAN
48 SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN
49 STORM OF THE CENTURY
50 CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF

From Timothy Pecoraro:

1. Dark Tower: the Gunslinger
2. Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three
3. Dark Tower: Wastelands
4. Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass
5. the Stand
6. the Talisman
7. Salems Lot
8. Blood and Smoke: "1408"
9. IT
10. Shining
11. Dark Half
12. Rage
13. Misery
14. Dreamcatcher
15. Needful Things
16. Breathing Method
17. Graveyard Shift
18. Pet Sematary
19. Bag of Bones
20. Skeleton Crew
21. Night Flier
22. Green Mile
23. Mangler
24. Storm of the Century
25. Eyes of the Dragon

From Jon Sheard:

1=. Pet Sematary.
1=. The Dark Tower (I, II, III, and IV).
3. Insomnia.
4. It.
5. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
6. The Dead Zone.
7. The Stand.
8. The Shining.
9. The Green Mile.
10. Bag of Bones.
11. Salems Lot.
12. Misery.
13. The Talisman.
14. Apt Pupil.
15. Autopsy Room Four.
16. The Plant.
17. The Man In The Black Suit.
18. The Mist.
19. Christine.
20. Quitters Inc.