Are there any Stephen King Stories that are not scary? I have a pre teen I want to introduce to his.

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May 25, 2016
Houston, Texas
This is going to sound weird here but Im fairly new to reading Stephen Kings books and I have a pre teen daughter and son who I feel would benefit from his vivid, intense way of writing but they both frighten easily and have had real life trauma from the type of real life characters that King writes about so I dont think will want their heads filled with macabre tales.

Id like them to "get a taste" for his writing style without all the "blood and guts"

Can anyone tell me if Mr.King has any short stories that are more "clean" and suitable for my daughter and son?

PS: Dont be a smart ass and tell me to have them read "Twilight"

I was 11 years old when I bought "Carrie"....1976. My parents were pretty protective, too...but not when it came to books. I think kids should read that-- the bullying theme is especially timely these days.


Well-Known Member
Oct 29, 2017
Boy howdy, ain't that the truth. Lots of fairy tales are scarier than some of SK's stories. The story about Hansel and Gretel horrified me when I was young. It still upsets me - I don't think the children should have forgiven their useless weak father.
SK has said on more than one occasion that one of the scariest movies he saw as a kid was Disney's Bambi.


The Fool on the Hill
Apr 12, 2014
Why not try The Long Walk, it is scary but not gory. Very good story and has a young protagonist. Cant that be scary but not too scary. No sex and i dont remember much language in it either.