Friday Flowchart: Get your Stephen King on!

Posted 19 December, 2014 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in writers

If you’ve been around for any length of time you know I have a fairly serious… um, obsession? with Stephen King. I thought that it was time to go ahead and share my wealth of knowledge with those that are uninitiated or less initiated. So in the spirit of Book Riot’s Margaret Atwood Reading Pathway, I decided to make you, dear Reader, a flowchart.

Note: There are two stories (novellas, really) that I recommend in Different Seasons for those not wanting the night terrors, they are ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘The Body’.

Edit: I noticed I don’t have fear ratings on Mr. Mercedes or Joyland… I think both of those are probably just a little spooky.


Do you have favorite Stephen King books, Reader? I’ve left off a few of my favorites, but the chart was getting too complicated too quickly.


April @ The Steadfast Reader


  • Great chart! I ran across one a while ago with all of the connections in the novels. You can imagine how complicated that one was! I’ve only read a handful of these, but I really enjoyed Under the Dome–would maybe fit that under no night terrors. Listening to Bag of Bones right now and just haven’t been able to get into it! Though I think at 75% in we are finally getting to the creep factor. Have you read that one?

    • I think Under the Dome would fit nicely under no night terrors, or at the very least just a little spooky (it’s hard for me to judge because even balls to the wall horror rarely scares me 🙂 )

      I read Bag of Bones years ago and wasn’t overly taken by it… but I have friends who love it.

  • Ooh, this is wonderful and very helpful for someone completely unfamiliar with King’s work (like me!).

    I know what you mean about rarely being scared by books… I must be more visual when it comes to terror, because scary movies ALWAYS get me! Doesn’t stop me from watching them, though… 🙂

  • Irene McKenna

    This is cool! I am reading 1922 by Stephen King right now and loving it. In a horrific skin crawling way. 🙂

  • Lost in Literature 108

    Great job on the chart April! I love it!
    I’ve read a few on here. I’d like to read The Green Mile.

  • This is pretty awesome! Nicely done.

  • Oooh, I love me a good flowchart!

  • This is great! And – the King books I’ve read recently are both on the “non-spooky” side (11/22/63…one of my all-time faves) and Mr. Mercedes. When I was younger, I read Misery and Pet Sematary and that was enough King terror for me! Especially Misery!!! Ps – I just realized neither of those was on the flowchart!

  • Oooh, I LOVE this. Nicely done. There are so many places to go with King, depending on your reading tastes.

  • Awesome! I think it’s fun that you know so much about King’s books.

  • Tanya M

    Love this. As an SK novice and big chicken, I appreciate the less spooky ones. Pinning to our #SmallVictoriesSundaylinkup and my Books to Read board on pinterest. I started 11/22/63, my first SK, and need to finish it.

  • Wow, this is fantastic! I love this!

  • Fellow King fangirl checking in. I love your flowchart! As a fellow fangirl, I would love if you would take a sec to weigh in on a poll I posted on my blog (got a score to settle with my mom, who hates IT and The Stand for some crazy reason). Happy scaring!

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