You’d think that the release of yet another new Stephen King novel would, by this point, elicit only minimal enthusiasm—it’s not like there’s a shortage of material available from the horror genre’s most prolific writer of all time. But when you’re as entertainingly sharp as King remains today, anything fresh hitting bookstore shelves is a big event. Such is the case with 11/22/63, the proud Maine native’s 50th (!) novel.

Released today, the time-traveling book follows a high school English teacher, Jake Epping, who’s sent back to 1958 after stepping into a diner’s pantry. Mostly set in the 1950s and '60s, 11/22/63 finds Epping hell-bent on preventing the assassination of then-President John F. Kennedy. His plan is to kill Lee Harvey Oswald before JFK ever rides through Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. But, considering that 11/22/63 is over 800 pages long, there are many complications along the way.

We know what you’re thinking: OK, so where’s the horror twist? After all, Stephen King is the terror game’s reigning champion, right? Indeed, yet 11/22/63 is one of the many King novels that flaunts the author’s genre-hopping chops—don’t forget, the scribe behind terror staples like It and Cujo is also the man responsible for quite a few sentimental tearjerkers, such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.

Being that King has nearly 40 years of professional writing experience and 200 short stories to his credit, on top of those 50 longer-form novels, the task of narrowing his massive bibliography down to any number less than 100 seems like a fool’s errand. Well, it’s a good thing that we’re foolish; here, we count down The 25 Best Stephen King Stories.

Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

Tags: stephen-king, literature, horror, politics, john-f-kennedy, books
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