11 Thrilling Stephen King Books From the Last Decade That Prove He’s Still a Literary Genius

by Jeremy Spirogis
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With novels like The Shining and The Stand, Stephen King has been charming readers for over 40 years. The horror guru nonetheless has loads of tales to inform, and he’s written quite a lot of riveting titles within the final decade. Here are 11 thrilling Stephen King books from the final decade that show he’s nonetheless a grasp of his craft. 

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1. ‘Full Dark No Stars’ (2010)

King’s award-winning assortment of novellas, Full Dark No Stars options 4 tales – 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, and A Good Marriage.  The first Novella, 1922, is ready in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, which additionally served as Mother Abigail’s hometown in The Stand. The story was additionally tailored into a movie for Netflix. 

2. ‘The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole’ (2012)

Despite being the eighth ebook of King’s The Dark Tower sequence, The Wind Through The Keyhole chronologically falls between quantity 4 and 5. It is an element of a bigger sequence, however the novel might be learn as a standalone ebook, 

“Roland Deschain and his ka-tet — Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler — encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies,” the ebook’s synopsis reads. “As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two…and in so doing casts new light on his own troubled past.” 

3. ’11/22/63′ (2011)

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A riveting time-travel story, 11/22/63 follows a person named Jake Epping who discovers a portal that takes him again to 1958. Hoping to alter historical past for the higher, Jake embarks on a quest to forestall the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which is ready to occur on November 11, 1963.

J.J. Abrams tailored the ebook right into a miniseries for Hulu, starring James Franco within the lead function. 

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4. ‘Doctor Sleep’ (2013)

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In Doctor Sleep — the sequel to King’s 1977 thriller, The Shining Jack Torrance’s son, Danny returns as a troubled grownup who lives with the “shine” he inherited from his father. But simply as he’s settling into a greater life,  Danny connects with a mysterious younger woman named Abra. He quickly discovers that she’s being hunted by a bunch of vampire-like beings, and units out to assist her.

Doctor Sleep was just lately tailored as a movie, starring Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance.

5. ‘Mr. Mercedes’ (2014)

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Mr. Mercedes is the primary ebook within the Bill Hodges Trilogy. It follows retired police detective Bill Hodges, who remains to be stricken by an previous unsolved case. But when Bill will get a letter from the killer, he units out to seek out the psychopath earlier than another person will get damage. 

Mr. Mercedes was tailored right into a sequence by David E. Kelly, with Brendan Gleeson within the function of Bill Hodges. 

6. ‘Finders Keepers’ (2015)

Finders Keepers is the second ebook of the Bill Hodges Trilogy. It picks up with Bill and his associates, Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson. After the staff finds mysterious clues, they have to monitor down unusual leads that would assist remedy a decades-old chilly case. 

7. ‘End of Watch’ (2016)

The ultimate ebook of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, End of Watch, finds Bill and his colleague Holly Gibney as soon as once more entangled with the Mercedes Killer. The psychopath is someway driving folks into insanity, and Bill should cease him earlier than he turns into the following sufferer. 

8. ‘Sleeping Beauties’ (2017)

Written by King, and his son, Owen King, Sleeping Beauties tells the story of Lila Norcross, an area Appalachian Sheriff who finds herself in the midst of a mysterious sickness that’s inflicting ladies to go to sleep in cocoon-like webs, solely to get up in a murderous rage. 

9. ‘The Outsider’ (2018) 

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Centered on his Mr. Mercedes character Holly Gibney, The Outsider follows a mysterious sample of murders during which killers are found to be in two totally different locations on the identical time. 

The Outsider was tailored right into a sequence for HBO in 2019 and stars Cynthia Erivo, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jason Bateman. 

10. ‘The Institute’ (2019)

One of his most up-to-date novels, The Institute tells the story of a bunch of kids with extraordinary talents who’re kidnapped and brought to a mysterious facility referred to as the Institute. As ruthless researchers attempt to extract their powers, the youngsters should band collectively and discover a method out. 

11. ‘If It Bleeds’ (2020)

King’s newest work, If It Bleeds, is a set of 4 novellas – Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and If It Bleeds. The latter options the creator’s recurring character Holly Gibney, who finds herself investigating a mysterious reporter she believes is related to a current college bombing. 

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