Hypothetical Best of Stephen King

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  1. Jimpy

    Jimpy Well-Known Member

    I want to apologize in advance if this has come up before.

    My friend Ted was commenting on how he would like a short story collection that was the best of Stephen King that he could carry around instead of having them spread out over a bunch of books. I pointed out that his version of the best and other peoples might vary widely. So we both went off and picked our ten best Stephen King stories. That was harder for me than I thought, I first went through and picked up the stories I thought were best ignoring the total number picked, I came up with 42. I then pruned that down to 13 (a powerful bad number) and gave up cutting any more. Ted came up with eight and gave up. Furthermore he picked six from Night Shift, Dolan's Cadillac and The Cat from Hell. So neither of us can count. And he didn't know the names to all the stories (you know, the one where a guy drinks a bad beer and turns into a giant amoeba is on his list written as such).

    For the record my picks were--
    Strawberry Spring
    Fair Extension
    1408
    Everything's Eventual
    N
    Nona
    Dolan's Cadillac
    Sun Dog
    The Little Green God of Agony
    The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson
    Rita Hayward and the Shawshank Redemption
    Low Men in a Yellow Coats
    Uncle Otto's Truck

    His were--
    Grey Matter
    Graveyard Shift
    I am the Doorway
    Children of the Corn
    The Ledge
    Quitters Inc
    Dolan's Cadillac
    The Cat From Hell

    Half his picks didn't make my list of 42!

    I know there is no way anyone could come up with a consensus list of the best of Stephen King, but it would be interesting to see what some of you other peoples list of the tenish or so best Stephen King short stories are.

    Jimpy

    If you can't take the heat don't swim with the big dogs.
     
  2. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    The Body
    Little green God of Agony
    The Dune
    My Pretty Pony
    Mile 81
    Children of the Corn
    The Blue Air Compressor
    The Crate
    Here There be Tygers
    Rainy season
    Well I could go on and on
     
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  3. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    The End of the Whole Mess
    The Jaunt
    Survivor Type
    1408
    The Raft
    Willa
    Graduation Afternoon
    The Ledge
    I Am the Doorway
    Lunch at the Gotham Cafe
    N.
    Quitter's Inc.
    Stationary Bike
    Word Processor of the Gods

    I can't count, either.
     
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  4. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I couldn't even start. I'd start going through collections and never be able to pick, then I'd get distracted and start reading and the laundry would reach epic proportions.
     
  5. Jimpy

    Jimpy Well-Known Member

    I know that feeling, it was torture cutting my first list of 42 down to thirteen, and I retread N ans Strawberry Spring in the process.
     
  6. SutterKane

    SutterKane Well-Known Member

    1922
    Survivor Type
    The Mist
    Suffer the Little Children
    The Jaunt
    Apt Pupil
    Man in the Black Suit
    Stationary Bike
    N.
    Last Rung on the Ladder
    The Raft
    Quitters Inc
    Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption

    Really, the list could just keep going on and on though.
     
  7. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    [​IMG] ..."Hey looka here on this lil TV, what these people am writing!"...
     
  8. CordialJim

    CordialJim Well-Known Member

    My "Best Of" collection would look something like this (short stories only, no novellas):

    Graveyard Shift
    Battleground
    The Boogeyman
    Trucks
    Weeds
    Children of the Corn
    The Cat From Hell
    The Reach
    The Jaunt
    Survivor Type
    The Raft
    Gramma
    The Night Flier
    The Man in the Black Suit
    The Road Virus Heads North
    Lunch at the Gotham Café
    That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French
    1408
    Memory
    The Things They Left Behind
    Herman Wouk is Still Alive
    The Little Green God of Agony
     
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  9. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    I haven't read a lot of them, and at my age, a lot of things don't stick, even things that I like.

    But The Ledge is one of my favorite all-time short stories by anyone, and I've read and enjoyed Robert Sheckley and Mark Twain quite a bit. It's original, it's a gripping story, it puts you there, and the ending is just great.
     
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  10. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    Stationary Bike
    N
    The Things They Left Behind
    Morality (this one was an add on one of the audio books I was listening to and it is not supernaturally scary but very disturbing and memorable)
    The Man in the Black Suit
    The Raft
    1922
    Mrs. Todd's Shortcut
     
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  11. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Brilliant thread. I have ALWAYS loved his collections. I'm going to have to give this some serious thought. So many to choose from.
     
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  12. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I really like The Ledge, too.
     
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