Stephen King Short Non-Fiction



A

After the Play
1. unpublished
-Afterword to The Shining; lost by King

B

Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, The
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Battleground
-Night Shift (1978)

Beachworld
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Before the Play
1. Whispers (1982)
2. TV Guide [abridged] (1997)

Beggar and the Diamond, The
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (Milkman #2)
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Blind Willie
-Six Stories (1997)
-Hearts In Atlantis (1999)

Blue Air Compressor, The
1. Onan (1971)
2. Heavy Metal (1981)

Body, The
-Different Seasons (1982)

Boogeyman, The
-Night Shift (1978)

Bone Church, The
1. Playboy (October 2009)
-narrative poem

Breathing Method, The
-Different Seasons (1982)

Brooklyn August
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

But Only Darkness Loves Me
1. unfinished and unpublished
-Written with King's son, Joseph

C

Cain Rose Up
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Cat From Hell, The
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Charlie
1. unpublished (c. 1959)
-written when King was 12

Chattery Teeth
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Children of the Corn
-Night Shift (1978)

Chip Coombs
1. unfinished and unpublished (c. 1989-1991)
-36 pages; untitled but often referred to by above title

Code Name: MOUSETRAP
1. The Drum [Lisbon High School newspaper; Lisbon, Maine] (1965)
-Published in King's high school newspaper when King was a senior; discovered in 2002 by a former teacher.

Comb Dump
1. unfinished and unpublished
-41 pages; incomplete mystery story

Crate, The [illustrated version]
-Creepshow (1982)

Crate, The [text version]
1. Gallery (1979)
2. Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (ed. Bill Pronzini) (1981)

Crouch End
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Cursed Expedition, The
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

D

The Dark Man
1. Ubris (1969)
2. The Devil's Wine (anthology, ed. by Tom Piccirilli) (2004)
3. The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, by Bev Vincent
-poem, published in King's college literary magazine

Death of Jack Hamilton, The
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

Dedication
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Dimension Warp, The
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

Dino
1. Salt Hill Journal (1994)
2. Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished, ed. Rocky Wood et al (2006)
-poem, written about Dean Martin

Doctor's Case, The
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Dolan's Cadillac
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Donovan's Brain
1. Moth (1970)
2. The Devil's Wine (anthology, ed. by Tom Piccirilli) (2004)
-poem; based on the movie of the same name

E

End of the Whole Mess, The
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Evaluation, The
1. unfinished and unpublished (c. 1989-1991)
-12 pages, handwritten

Everything's Eventual
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

F

Father's Day
-Creepshow (1982)

Fifth Quarter, The
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

For Owen
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

For the Birds
1. Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (1986)

43rd Dream, The
1. The Drum [Lisbon High School newspaper; Lisbon, Maine] (1966)
-Published in King's high school newspaper when King was a senior; discovered in 2002 by a former teacher.

1408
-Blood and Smoke (2000)
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

The Furnace
1. Weekly Reader (2005)
-King contributed only the first two paragraphs, intending readers to finish the story.

G

General, The
1. Screamplays (ed. Richard Chizmar) (1997)
-teleplay used as a portion of the film Cat's Eye

Gingerbread Girl, The
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Glass Floor, The
1. Starlight Mystery Stories, 1967 (fall)
2. Weird Tales, 1990 (fall)

Graduation Afternoon
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Gramma
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Graveyard Shift
-Night Shift (1978)

Gray Matter
-Night Shift (1978)

Gunslinger, The
-The Gunslinger (1982)

Gunslinger and the Dark Man, The
-The Gunslinger (1982)

H

The Hardcase Speaks
1. Contraband #2 (1971)
2. The Devil's Wine (anthology, ed. by Tom Piccirilli) (2004)
-poem; originally published as by "Stephan King."

Happy Stamps
1. unpublished (c. 1953)
-written when King was 6

Harvey's Dream
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Hearts In Atlantis
-Hearts In Atlantis (1999)

Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling
-Hearts In Atlantis (1999)

Here There Be Tygers
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Heroes For Hope Starring The X-Men
1. Marvel Comic Book, pages 10-12 (1985)
-charity comic; King's segment illustrated by Berni Wrightson

Home Delivery
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Hotel at the End of the Road, The
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

House on Maple Street, The
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

I

I Am the Doorway
-Night Shift (1978)

I Hate Mondays
1. unpublished
-A comic gangster story written with King's son Owen.

I Know What You Need
-Night Shift (1978)

I Was A Teenage Graverobber a.k.a. In a Half-World of Terror
1. Comics Review (1965)
2. Stories of Suspense (as "In A Half-World Of Terror") (1966)

I'm Falling
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

In the Deathroom
-Blood and Smoke (2000)
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

"In the key-chords of dawn..."
1. Onan 1971
2. The Devil's Wine (anthology, ed. by Tom Piccirilli) (2004)
-poem; untitled but well-known by this first line.

It Grows on You [collected edition]
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)
-This edition was heavily revised in order to make it a Castle Rock story.

It Grows on You [original edition]
1. Marshroots (Fall 1973)
2. Whispers #17/#18 (August 1982) [Heavily revised]

I've Got to Get Away!
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

J

Jaunt, The
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Jerusalem's Lot
-Night Shift (1978)

"Jesus watches from the wall..."
-Carrie (1974)
-untitled poem as by Carrietta White, a character in King's novel

Jhonathan & The Witchs
1. First Words (1993)
-written in 1956, when King was nine; spelling is correct.

Jumper
1. Dave's Rag (3 parts, over the winter of 1959-1960)
2. Secret Windows (2000)
-Dave's Rag was King's brother David's newsletter.

K

King Awaits His Chicken and Haskell Should Shop For Shorts
1. Bangor Daily News (1986)

King’s Garbage Truck
-Weekly column appearing in University of Maine’s The Maine Campus
1. Why We Dance, Hush Ö Hush Sweet Charlotte (February 20, 1969)
2. Romeo & Juliet (February 27, 1969)
3. TV game shows (March 6, 1969)
4. National Mediocrity Day (March 13, 1969)
5. Remembering important things (March 20, 1969)
6. Responses to previous column (March 27, 1969)
7. Lion In Winter, Riot (April 10, 1969)
8. If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium; Popi (April 17, 1969)
9. The Nitty-Gritty Up Tight Society For a Campus With More Cools (April 24, 1969)
10. Contemporary Poetry (May 1, 1969)
11. “Want me to tell you a bad thing?” (May 8, 1969
12. “Ugly.” (May 15, 1969)
13. Board of Trustees for UMO (May 22, 1969)
14. Upcoming columns (June 12, 1969)
15. “Dear Stevie.” (June 20, 1969)
16. “Constant Readers”; The Dead Beat, Dracula, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Coffin Things (June 27, 1969)
17. The Beatles (July 4, 1969)
18. The moon walk (July 11, 1969)
19. The coolest movies of the last twenty-five years (July 18, 1969)
20. Freshman orientation (July 25, 1969)
21. Birth control (August 1, 1969)
22. Cynicism and thanks (August 8, 1969)
23. Freshman adjustment (September 18, 1969)
24. Reprint of August 1st column (September 25, 1969)
25. Campus student groups (October 3, 1969)
26. Easy Rider (October 9, 1969)
27. Apathy (October 16, 1969)
28. “Baseball’s a groove” (October 23, 1969)
29. A Nitty-Gritty Modest Proposal (October 30, 1969)
30. Best albums of the year (November 7, 1969)
31. “The subject this week is cops.” (November 13, 1969)
32. Why nobody is drinking plain water. (December 4, 1969)
33. First annual trivia contest. (December 11, 1969)
34. Unsolved mysteries. (December 18, 1969)
35. The end of the 1960s. (January 8, 1970)
36. “Last Will and Testament” (January 15, 1970)
37. Current television (February 5, 1970)
38. Hypocrisy (February 12, 1970)
39. Free weekly horror movies on campus. (February 19, 1970)
40. tickÖtickÖtick (February 26, 1970)
41. The blizzard (March 19, 1970)
42. Campus education structure (March 26, 1970)
43. Replacing TV stars with Orono personalities (April 9, 1970)
44. From Republican to Independent (April 16, 1970)
45. Girl watching (April 30, 1970)
46. “I love my countryÖ” (May 7, 1970)
47. King’s graduation and “birth into the real world.” (May 21, 1970)
48. More Truck (November 5, 1970)

-Humorous short story in which the King family are all characters.

L

L.T.'s Theory of Pets
-Six Stories (1997)
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

Land of 1,000,000 Years Ago
1. self-published booklet (1959)
-Typed and mimeographed booklet King self-published at twelve years old.

Langoliers, The
-Four Past Midnight (1990)

Last Rung on the Ladder, The
-Night Shift (1978)

Lawnmower Man, The
-Night Shift (1978)

Ledge, The
-Night Shift (1978)

Leighton Street
-The Tommyknockers (1987)
-poem fragment, as by "James Eric Gardener," a fictional writer in King's novel.

Library Policeman, The
-Four Past Midnight (1990)

Little Sisters of Eluria, The
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

Livre Noir
1. unfinished and unpublished (c. 1986)
-a detective story to be written in French, "the language," King stated in the October 6, 1986 issue of Time, "that turns dirt into romance."

Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, The
-Creepshow (1982)

Low Men In Yellow Coats
-Hearts In Atlantis (1999)

Luckey Quarter
-Six Stories (1997)
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

Lunch at the Gotham Café
-Six Stories (1997)
-Blood and Smoke (2000)
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

M

Man in the Black Suit, The
-Six Stories (1997)
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

Man Who Loved Flowers, The
-Night Shift (1978)

Man Who Would Not Shake Hands, The
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Man With A Belly
1. Cavalier (1978)
2. Gent (1979)

Mangler, The
-Night Shift (1978)

Mist, The
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Mobius
1. finished but unpublished (late 1970s)
-17 pages, typewritten

Molly
1. unpublished and unproduced teleplay (1997)
-King wrote this episode for the TV show The X-Files. This teleplay was rejected, and King instead wrote "Chinga," which was produced.

Monkey, The
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1)
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Morality
1. Esquire (July 2009)

Mostly Old Men
1. Tin House (2009)
-poem

Movie Show
1. unfinished and unpublished (c. 1989-1991)
-25 pages, handwritten

Moving Finger, The
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Mrs. Todd's Shortcut
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Muffe
1. unfinished and unpublished (c. 1989-1991)
-9 pages, handwritten

Mute
-Just After Sunset (2008)

My Pretty Pony
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

My Vase
Desperation (1996)
-poem [fragment?] as by Mary Jackson, a character in King's novel

N

N.
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Never Look Behind You
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

New Lieutenant's Rap
1. pamphlet, Philtrum Press (1999)
-pamphlet, published as a gifts for attendees at King's 25th publishing anniversary party April 6th, 1999; a heavily revised version is incorporated into the text of the Hearts in Atlantis section, "Why We're In Vietnam."

New York Times at Special Bargain Rates, The
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Night Flier, The
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Night Of The Tiger
1. Fantasy And Science Fiction (February 1978)
2. The Year's Best Horror Stories (ed. Gerald W. Page) (1979)
3. Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (ed. Ellen Datlow) (2010)

Night Surf
-Night Shift (1978)

Nona
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

O

The Old Dude's Ticker
1. Necon 2000 Commemorative Volume (2000)
-King credits this story as by him and Edgar Allen Poe.

One for the Road
-Night Shift (1978)

Oracle and the Mountains, The
-The Gunslinger (1982)

Other Side of the Fog, The
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

P

Paranoid: A Chant
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Popsy
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Premium Harmony
1. The New Yorker (November 9, 2009)

Q

Quitters, Inc.
-Night Shift (1978)

R

Red Sox Fan Crows About Team, But May Have To Eat Chicken
-Bangor Daily News Maine Weekend (1986)

S

Secret Window, Secret Garden
-Four Past Midnight (1990)

"She has gone to sleep while..."
1. Contaband #1 (1971)
-poem; untitled but known by the above first line. Published as by "Stephan King."

Silence
1. Moth (1970)
2. The Devil's Wine (anthology, ed. by Tom Piccirilli) (2004)
poem; originally published as by "Steve King"

Skybar
1. The Do-It-Yourself Bestseller - A Workbook (1982)
-Similar to the original publication of "The Cat From Hell" and the publication of "The Furnace," this exists partially, in this case as only the beginning and the end of the story. Readers are intended to finish the tale.

Slade
1.The Maine Campus (June-August 1970)
-"Slade" was written while King was in college as a serialized Western parody.

Slow Mutants, The
-The Gunslinger (1982)

Sorry, Right Number
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)
-teleplay produced for the show Tales from the Darkside

Sneakers
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Something to Tide You Over
-Creepshow (1982)

Sometimes They Come Back
-Night Shift (1978)

Spear, The
1. finished but unpublished
-King describes the story as "a modern-day revision" of Nikolai Gogol's story, "The Ring"; one of two tales ("The Old Dude's Ticker" being the other) that King was unable to sell to men's magazines in the 70s.

Squad D
1. finished but unpublished (late 1970s)
-King wrote this story for Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions 3, but the book was never published; Ellison may still have the rights to the story.

The Star Invaders
1. self-published as by Triad, Inc. and Gaslight Books (1964)
-17 pages; typed and mimeographed; King owns the only surviving copy.

Stationary Bike
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Stranger, The
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

Strawberry Spring
-Night Shift (1978)

Street Kid's Genesis, The
1. finished but unpublished
-King wrote this piece and sent it to Steve Gould, calling it a "vernacular version of the Book of Genesis." Date and length are unknown.

Stud City
-Different Seasons (1982)
-Exists as a story-within-a-story in "The Body."

Suffer the Little Children
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Sun Dog, The
-Four Past Midnight (1990)

Survivor Type
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

T

Ten O'Clock People
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French
-Everything's Eventual (2002)

They're Creeping Up On You
-Creepshow (1982)

Thing at the Bottom of the Well, The
1. People, Places & Things (1960)
-Self-published collection by King and friend Chris Chesley

Things They Left Behind, The
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Throttle
1. He Is Legend: Celebrating Richard Matheson (2008)
-story based on Richard Matheson's "Duel"; written with King's son, Joseph

Trucks
-Night Shift (1978)

U

Umney's Last Case
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)

Uncle Otto's Truck
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Ur
-published electronically, exclusively for the Amazon Kindle (2009)

V

Verona Beach
1. unfinished and unpublished (c. 1966-1970)
-incomplete story that eventually became the basis for the novel The Talisman

Very Tight Place, A
-Just After Sunset (2008)

W

Way Station, The
-The Gunslinger (1982)

Wedding Gig, The
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Weeds
1. Cavalier (May 1976)
2. Nugget (April 1979)
-text version of the Creepshow story, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill."

What Tricks Your Eye
1. unfinished and unpublished (c. 1992-1993)
-incomplete story that became the basis for the novel The Green Mile.

Why We're in Vietnam
-Hearts In Atlantis (1999)

Willa
-Just After Sunset (2008)

Woman in the Room, The
-Night Shift (1978)
-alternate titles for this story were "Time in a Glass That Ran" and "The Last of Her"

Woman With Child
1. Contraband #1 (1971)
-poem; published as by "Stephan King"

Word Processor of the Gods
-Skeleton Crew (1985)

Y

You Know They Got a Hell of a Band
-Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)