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The Complete Works: Ranking All 64 Stephen King Books

To mark the 40th anniversary of Carrie, Stephen King's first novel, published on April 5, 1974, Vulture is re-running our comprehensive ranking.

This week, Stephen King releases his latest novel, Doctor Sleep, the sequel to his third novel, The Shining. It is his 64th book, if you count novels, nonfiction, and short-story collections, and we are using its publication as an excuse to look back over nearly 40 years' worth of his work and make the tough, ruthless calls to rank them all — no cop-out ties allowed. Read on to see our choices, and then weigh in with your own rankings below.