I'd stay away from all the ones you mentioned, Feefster, for a King first read.
I agree with DT, GG, and Insomnia. I think The Eyes of the Dragon is a good starting book. The Talisman can be great as well.
My first was "Misery", which I enjoyed, but, in that same Easter basket, as "It", which is where I knew I'd have to read everything he wrote :).
I love "Rage". I know why King pulled it from publication, that is probably the right thing to do, but not all people who can relate to that are going to do horrible things.
But that is SK's right, and I respect that.
I just started a thread asking what the most difficult book to get through was, and my answer was "Christine". Maybe it's because I don't care about cars at all, but I had to try three times to get through that.
You probably have enough under your belt that it is now time to power through "The Gunslinger" and get to "The Drawing of the Three", which gets much, much, easier.
If you do that, start at TDoTT, maybe go with a few more books, then go back to "The Gunslinger". It is so much easier to read when you have more backstory.
Recently, I read Carrie for the first time. Although I did like the book, I'm glad that it wasn't my first SK book.
I would suggest those:
Or maybe don't start with a story of more than 1000 pages. The best is to read books that were best sellers first. After that you get addicted. :laugh:
For new readers, I'd say avoid starting with any of the following:
-The Talisman / Black House
-The Dark Tower series
-From A Buick 8
You'd be better off starting with Salem's Lot or Cujo
I wouldn't start with Under the Dome, The Regulators or Hearts in Atlantis. The best book to start with is The Shining, Salem's Lot or Carrie.