22. "Strawberry Spring" (Short Story)
Original publication date: 1968
Included in: Night Shift (1978)
It’s crazy to think that “Strawberry Spring” has yet to be adapted into a movie, especially when you consider that Hollywood has wasted its time on lesser King tales like “The Lawnmower Man” and Thinner. There’s a crackerjack psychological thriller to be had with this old-school King favorite, about a college student who has a pointed interest in a serial killer known as “Springheel Jack.” It’s light on mind-blowing surprises yet still manages to work effectively because King lulls the reader into a false sense of security through his unreliable narrator; even if you guess the ending long before it arrives, the author’s nimble storytelling keeps the suspense in bloom.