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  • Gerald's Game on Random Underrated Stephen King Stories

    (#9) Gerald's Game

    • Stephen King

    You may or may not be familiar with the 2018 film Gerald's Game, but regardless, it is the perfect time to go back and catch up on the book that inspired this confined spaces thriller.

    In a sex act gone wrong, Jessie Gurlingame is handcuffed to the bed by her husband, Gerald. This quickly turns into a fight for survival, as Jessie is forced to battle malevolent forces real and imaginary from the confines of the bed. 

  • Firestarter on Random Underrated Stephen King Stories

    (#7) Firestarter

    • Stephen King

    One of Stephen King's first major novels, and the inspiration for a 1984 film starring Drew Barrymore, Firestarter is strangely forgotten among the King novels of the same era (Pet Cemetery, Christine, The Dark Tower). It's a shame, because this book - about the spawn of two research subjects with pyrotechnic abilities - is a prime example of King at his broad sci-fi best. The premise isn't complicated, but lead character Charlie's flame-throwing powers provide an endless supply of great set pieces. 

  • Full Dark, No Stars on Random Underrated Stephen King Stories

    (#4) Full Dark, No Stars

    • Stephen King

    Of all the stories that comprise 2010's Full Dark, No Stars1922 is the best. Every yarn King spins here is relentlessly bleak, even by his standards, exploring human immorality and its boundless depths in shocking detail.

    1922, about a farmer who kills his wife and pays the consequences for it, is an unforgettable depiction of time and place. His writing has never been more cinematic, and the matter of fact violence King describes here is almost Coen brothers-esque. 

  • Doctor Sleep on Random Underrated Stephen King Stories

    (#3) Doctor Sleep

    A sequel to The Shining. Could it be done? Should it be done? Stephen King answered both these questions with 2013's Doctor Sleep, which picks up with Danny Torrance 36 years after we first met him at the Overlook Hotel. 

    What makes Doctor Sleep memorable is King's unflinching look at alcoholism through Danny's - who inherited the disease from his father - experience. King has talked openly about how the alcoholic who wrote The Shining was a lot different from the AA member who wrote Doctor Sleep, and the way he looks at recovery makes the book a stirring and vital addition to his catalog.

  • Lisey's Story on Random Underrated Stephen King Stories

    (#15) Lisey's Story

    • Stephen King

    Among Stephen King's stories, Lisey's Story is unique. A novel about the wife of a famous author who recounts their marriage after his death, it does not fit neatly into horror, science fiction, thriller, mystery, or any other prototypical genre category.

    Instead, it is an exploration of grief, memory, and storytelling‚ÄĒboth apart from and apiece with the rest of his canon. It's these reasons that make it so under-read, and these reasons that make it so worth reading. 

  • Different Seasons on Random Underrated Stephen King Stories

    (#11) Different Seasons

    • Stephen King

    All of the novellas from Stephen King's 1982 anthology Different Seasons have been turned into movies but this one, and considering that two of them became legitimate classics (The Shawshank Redemption, and Stand By Me) it's hard for The Breathing Method not to seem slight by comparison. But just because this story is smaller doesn't mean it isn't worth taking a look at. 

    A story within a story, The Breathing Method recalls a woman's strange approach to giving birth, as told by a man in an offbeat club. Like all the novellas in Different Seasons, there are otherworldly elements to it, but its genre is difficult to pin down. This odd, unclassifiable nature is what makes The Breathing Method, and indeed all the stories in Different Seasons, worth reading, even as it remains perplexing. 

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Stephen King is one of the most famous writers in the world, and Hollywood began to adapt his novels very early, starting with the horror movie Carrie directed by Brian De Palma, most of his works, including his short stories and horror novels, have been adapted into movies, the most famous of which are the Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick and the Redemption of Shawshank.

Stephen King is a prolific and American best-selling author. It is true that many people are obsessed with his movies although they have not read his novels. But some of his novels are not the best for the movie adaptation, many excellent stories are underrated. Here the random tool lists 15 underrated Stephen King books, somebody will be interested.

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