Everyone knows who Stephen King is and what he’s famous for: horror.
Anyone who is interested in the horror, suspense, and thriller genres needs to read at least a handful of King’s books.
When a person reads any one of the many Stephen King audiobooks, they’re transported into the depths of insanity, fear, and at times, depravity.
With over 80 books under his belt, the King library can seem daunting, which is why this guide has been created.
The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King Audiobooks – Must-Listen Spine-Tingling Horror Stories
It’s difficult to narrow down a list of Stephen King audiobooks when he’s such a prolific author. However, this list is a good combination of what King has to offer. This list includes some horror classics, as well as some thrillers and psychological dramas.
Pennywise is one of the freakiest characters you will ever read about. He’s a sadistic, shape-shifting clown that lives in the sewers and kidnaps and eats the children of a small town of Derry, Maine.
It’s up to a group of children – called the Losers – to put a stop to the horror that has plagued their town for years.
Pennywise is one of those characters that is difficult to shake from memory, which is probably why so many people have developed a distaste for, if not a fear of, clowns.
Anyone who has dreamed of becoming a famous author might be somewhat turned off by the prospect after reading Misery. It is yet another one of King’s books that was turned into a movie, starring the wonderful Kathy Bates.
Misery centers around an author who has created a series of books centering around the same character – a character that is beloved by many. Deciding to kill off his main character doesn’t bode well for the author; whose car breaks down in a deserted town.
Coming to his rescue is one of his biggest fans, a woman who is basically obsessed with both the author and his character. When she discovers the author’s plans for his famed character, basically all hell breaks loose and the author ends up, well, miserable due to the physical and mental torture his fan puts him through. Will all of the misery this fan puts him through make him change the ending to his story?
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption
While Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is not a horror story, it’s one that is a must-read, nonetheless.
This story was developed into a beloved film – The Shawshank Redemption – starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It’s one of those films that, no matter how many times it’s replayed on TV, people must sit down and watch it until the end. In fact, this story has recently been trending on Twitter for just that reason.
An inspiring story about redemption with the tag line “get busy livin’ or get busy dyin,’” Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a story that leaves everyone feeling happy and vindicated in the end.
The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone is a horrific tale that makes the reader question their moral compass. The main character, a simple schoolteacher, wakes up one morning to find that he has psychic abilities. Pretty cool, right?
It is until he discovers that a deranged politician is about to become the President of the United States. The revelation gives rise to the question: Does the main character just let this happen, or does he take matters into his own hands? Should he assassinate the would-be President?
Vampires are popular as of late, thanks to the Twilight series, but vampire stories have been thrilling readers since the 1800s with the presentation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Salem’s Lot is King’s ode to that famed book.
In King’s modern-day vampire story, a town in Maine is attacked by a vampire, who slowly turns the townsfolk into part of his vampire clan. In fact, there’s one scene that is downright horrific in which a school bus full of vampire children hunt the bus driver who had made their lives miserable before they transformed into the undead.
Eventually, a prodigal son returns to the small town to save the day, along with some of the town’s misfits.
Though long, this is one of the Stephen King audiobooks that’s not to be missed.
No Stephen King must-read list would be complete without The Shining. Wondering around a near-empty, historic hotel sounds creepy, doesn’t it? No wonder King was inspired to write a horror story about this very topic.
After spending some time in this very situation one winter, King thought up the plot to this story that would become one of the top horror stories of all time. It would also become the premise behind one of the most iconic films in history, catapulting Jack Nicholson into the nightmares of anyone who watched it.
The Genius Behind the Stories – What Makes Stephen King Such a Compelling Author
Stephen King once said that he wondered if he would’ve ended up a serial killer if he hadn’t become an author. All joking aside, that admission is one of the things that makes King a horror genius.
Such a comment gives people a glimpse into the inner workings of the brain that creates such horrific tales – and it is part of what makes King such a compelling author.
Within the stories he writes, people will find wit and comedy, something that’s not always easy to achieve in a genre such as horror. This combination is one of the things that has made King so popular for so long.
With 80 books under his belt, King has been able to make people laugh, squirm, and shake in their boots – all in the span of a single story. And he shows no signs of slowing down, which means people will have even more startlingly delicious Stephen King audiobooks to add to their collection.
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