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    Hi,

    I'm interested in reading my first Stephen King novel, but don't know where to start!

    I don't want to start off with anything too scary as i'm a bit apprehensive as to whether I will like it, I enjoy horror films but I find horror books a bit scarier, but I dont know I may be wrong!

    I would welcome any personal recommendations!

    Thank you
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    (Original post by Lucyspeller)
    Hi,

    I'm interested in reading my first Stephen King novel, but don't know where to start!

    I don't want to start off with anything too scary as i'm a bit apprehensive as to whether I will like it, I enjoy horror films but I find horror books a bit scarier, but I dont know I may be wrong!

    I would welcome any personal recommendations!

    Thank you
    Begin at the beginning with Carrie!
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    I would recommend IT but its such a mega read and The Shining which is far better than the movie or maybe start off with The Dark Tower series.
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    (Original post by Lucyspeller)
    Hi,

    I'm interested in reading my first Stephen King novel, but don't know where to start!

    I don't want to start off with anything too scary as i'm a bit apprehensive as to whether I will like it, I enjoy horror films but I find horror books a bit scarier, but I dont know I may be wrong!

    I would welcome any personal recommendations!

    Thank you
    Don't read Carrie. That was King's first novel so it doesn't show his full talent as a writer. King doesn't just write horror. He has also written books in other genres.

    Here is the reading order I would recommend.

    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. This is a novella and is a very good read.
    Pet Semetary
    Misery
    The Shining
    The Dark Tower.
    IT- very long so I would recommend only reading this once you've read a lot of his shorter works
    The Stand- this is King's masterpiece. This is the book that shows King at his best. This is very long too but it is worth the read.
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    Only one I've read is The Shining but I loved it
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    the shining !! and then salem's lot
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    (Original post by Lucyspeller)
    Hi,

    I'm interested in reading my first Stephen King novel, but don't know where to start!

    I don't want to start off with anything too scary as i'm a bit apprehensive as to whether I will like it, I enjoy horror films but I find horror books a bit scarier, but I dont know I may be wrong!

    I would welcome any personal recommendations!

    Thank you
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    I would say 11.22.63, but it's so thick it might be off putting. That being said, King's writing just sucks you in so you don't really feel like you're spending massive amounts of time.

    I would go with Carrie- fairly shortish but still a really fascinating read. If you prefer something that's kinda slow paced, but that will give you the ultimate heebie-jeebies, try Revival. Could not sleep after reading that.

    Haha :cry:

    Good Luck!
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    If you are not sure about the horror genre in general, i suggest you don't start with a big book like IT. In my opinion, it is one of the scariest books by Stephen King and one of the longest. So you might try some of his short stories at first. This is a good opportunity to get to know the variety of Kings writing and you can decide if you like the genre in general. After that, you can commit to a book like IT or The Stand.
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    (Original post by Lucyspeller)
    Hi,

    I'm interested in reading my first Stephen King novel, but don't know where to start!

    I don't want to start off with anything too scary as i'm a bit apprehensive as to whether I will like it, I enjoy horror films but I find horror books a bit scarier, but I dont know I may be wrong!

    I would welcome any personal recommendations!

    Thank you
    The Dead Zone! feels more gothic rather than horror, and it's one of his most underrated books imo
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    The best Stephen King book i've read so far is Joyland. It's not his most well known/popular but it's amazing. It's a coming of age story with supernatural elements.

    Current reading The Shinning and i'm really enjoying it, there are some parts that could be considered scary but not terrifying in my opinion but maybe i'm must not far enough into it. If you find that you do like Stephen King books and want to try something a bit scarier then I recommend Salems Lot. This book is actually quite scary and made me feel tense at times.
 
 
 
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