Stephen King Short Story Collections in Release Date Order

Stephen King Short Story Collections

Stephen King’s first short story collection, Night Shift, was released in 1978. Among the stories in that anthology were several tales that have since become films, including Graveyard Shift, The Mangler, and The Boogeyman

To date, 12 books featuring King’s short stories have been released, with the most recent being You Like It Darker, which became available to buy on 21 May 2024 – it’s not a spooky coincidence that this article is being written on that date!

Below are all of the Stephen King short story collections in release date order. How many of these books have you read? Which short stories have given you nightmares? Let us know in the comments below.


Stephen King Short Story Collections in Release Date Order


Release Date: 17 February 1978

Stories:

Jerusalems Lot- Graveyard Shift – Night Shift – I Am The Doorway – The Mangler – The Boogeyman – Gray Matter – Battleground – Trucks – Sometimes They Come Back – Strawberry Spring – The Ledge – The Lawnmower Man – Quitters Inc – I Know What You Need – Children of the Corn – The Last Rung on the Ladder – The Man Who Loved Flowers – One for the Road – The Woman in the Room


Release Date: 27 August 1982

Stories:

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption – Apt Pupil – The Body – The Breathing


Release Date: 21 June 1985

Stories:

The Mist – Here There Be Tygers – The Monkey – Cain Rose Up – Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut – The Jaunt – The Wedding Gig – Paranoid: A Chant – The Raft – Word Processor of the Gods – The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands – Beachworld – The Reaper’s Image – Nona – For Owen – Survivor Type – Uncle Otto’s Truck – Morning Deliveries – Big Wheels: A Tale of The Laundry Game – Gramma – The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet – The Reach 


Release Date: 24 September 1990

Stories:

The Langoliers – Secret Window, Secret Garden – The Library Policeman – The Sun Dog


Release Date: 29 September 1993

Stories:

Dolan’s Cadillac – The End of the Whole Mess – Suffer the Little Children – The Night Flier – The Popsy – It Grows on You – Chattery Teeth – Dedication – The Moving Finger – Sneakers – You Know They Got a Hell of a Band – Home Delivery – Rainy Season – My Pretty Pony – Sorry, Right Number – The Ten’O Clock People – Crouch End – The House on Maple Street – The Fifth Quarter – The Doctor’s Case – Umney’s Last Case – Head Down – Brooklyn August – The Beggar and the Diamond


Release Date: 14 September 1999

Stories:

Low Men in Yellow Coats – Hearts in Atlantis – Blind Willie – Why We’re in Vietnam – Heavenly Shades of Nights Are Falling


Release Date: 19 March 2002

Stories: 

Autopsy Room Four – The Man in the Black Suit – All That You Love Will Be Carried Away – The Death of Jack Hamilton – In the Deathroom – The Little Sisters of Eluria – L. T.’s Theory of Pets – The Road Virus Heads North – Lunch at the Gotham Cafe – That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French – 1408 – Riding the Bullet – Lucky Quarter


Release Date: 11 November 2008

Stories:

Willa – The Gingerbread Girl – Harvey’s Dream – Rest Stop – Stationary Bike – The Things They Left Behind – Graduation Afternoon – N – The Cat from Hell – The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates – Mute – Ayana – A Very Tight Place


Release Date: 5 November 2010

Stories:

1922 – Big Driver – Fair Extension – A Good Marriage


Release Date: 3 November 2015

Stories:

Mile 81 – Premium Harmony – Batman and Robin Have an Altercation – The Dune – Bad Little Kid – A Death – The Bone Church – Morality – Afterlife – Ur – Herman Wouk Is Still Alive – Under the Weather – Blockade Billy – Mister Yummy – Tommy – The Little Green God of Agony – That Bus Is Another World – Obits – Drunken Fireworks – Summer Thunder


Release Date: 21 April 2020

Stories:

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone – The Life of Chuck – If It Bleeds – Rat


Release Date: 21 May 2024

Stories:

Two Talented Bastids – The Fifth Step – Willie the Weirdo – Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream – Finn – On Slide Inn Road – Red Screen – The Turbulence Expert – Laurie – Rattlesnakes – The Dreamers – The Answer Man


Short Story Collection List


  1. Night Shift
  2. Different Seasons
  3. Skeleton Crew
  4. Four Past Midnight
  5. Nightmares & Dreamscapes
  6. Hearts in Atlantis
  7. Everything’s Eventual
  8. Just After Sunset
  9. Full Dark, No Stars
  10. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
  11. If It Bleeds
  12. You Like It Darker

 

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