Stephen King Recommendations

With Halloween just around the corner, we will be adding some SCARY books to our Not-So-Serious Book Club. Here are a few books that Stephen King (the master or horror) recommends if you want a good scare:


A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Shining, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist.



Rodeo Grace Garnet lives with his old dog in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as El Hoyo. Retired from the rodeo circuit and scraping by on piecework as a bounty hunter, warrant server, and divorce snoop, he doesn’t have much choice but to say yes when hired to solve the murder of an Indian teenager, whose death is part of a mysterious rompecabeza―a classic crime puzzler―that includes multiple killings, cold-blooded betrayals, and low-down scheming, with Rodeo caught in the middle.


Four days into a five-day voyage, the cruise ship Beautiful Dreamerstops dead in the water. With no signal in the middle of the ocean, there is no way to call for help. At first, it seems like no big deal.Surely, someone will come looking for them. But as days go by, food runs out, and a body is found in one of the cabins, it becomes clear that something sinister is happening.


Big Little Lies follows three women at various points of heartbreak. Madeline’s ex-husband and his new wife have moved to her beach town, and their daughter just so happens to end up in the same class as Madeline’s daughter. Meanwhile, Celeste and her husband are trying to become the king and queen of the PTA at their children’s school, but just how far would they be willing to go? Then Jane comes to town, and that might just change everything.


When a beautiful woman walks into Joe Goldberg’s bookstore, he Googles the name on her credit card — Guinevere Beck — and finds out that she’s the only one with that name in New York City. Guinevere’s social media accounts tell Joe everything he needs to know, and a chance encounter with him will change her life. As Joe moves from stalker to boyfriend, things take a turn for the terrifying.


In a secret government lab, virologist Fara McManus tries to stop an experiment out of control–before more human subjects are infected. But in a blazing hail of bullets, survivalist Ollie Monk launches a paramilitary attack on the lab, releasing the infected into the night. And as the nightmare escalates to a fever pitch, internet blogger Ivan Renner traces the destruction as it claims more victims, beginning with a single mother unknowingly spreading the virus. A father and son, held hostage by a lunatic. A local sheriff, single-handedly fighting madness, murder, and worse.


Detective Gabriella Versado has seen more than her share of dead bodies. But then a body shows up that’s half human, half deer. As more and more of these disfigured corpses pop up, it’s everything Gabriella can do to hold on to reality. Broken Monsters features an amazing cast of characters, and a chilling plot that will keep you up at night.


Rainey Teague disappears on his way home from school, literally vanishing into thin air. After he is found, the nightmare only gets deeper, especially for detective Nick Kavanaugh and his wife, Kate, a family practice lawyer. They have all been drawn into a shadow world between life and death–a world where a man killed on Friday night is in a duel on Sunday, where an armed robbery triggers a disastrous cascade of events that ricochets across twenty different lives, and where Nick and Kate will come face to face with the ancient force of anger and evil that lurks beneath Niceville.


One of the most talked-about books of the beginning of this year,The Girl on the Train is still on the bestseller list months after its release. Rachel loves to people-watch on her commute to work everyday. She loves it so much that she makes up a story for her favorite couple. She names them Jess and Jason and dreams up an entire happily-ever-after life for them. Until “Jess” goes missing. Then Rachel becomes implicated in a crime, but she can’t figure out how.


A literary agent in New York finishes an anonymous manuscript that the CIA wants destroyed. Meanwhile, the author is in hiding in Zurich, trying to atone for a lifetime of regrets. The Accident takes place over the course of a single day, as the lives of its characters collide as the book approaches publication. Suspenseful and impossible to put down, The Accident is the perfect book for King fans.


Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a sketchy South London building for cash—no credit check, no lease. It’s the kind of place you end up when you you’ve run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. He’s already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret.

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