There's never been a better time to be a Stephen King fan. On Monday, Hulu premiered 11/22/63, its JJ Abrams produced, James Franco-starring miniseries adapted from the writer's bestselling JFK assassination novel. It feels like every week brings new casting rumors and tidbits about cinematic adaptations of both The Dark Tower and The Stand, two of King's most beloved works, while countless other books threaten to rise up from the fires of development hell at any moment.
And at age 68, King shows no sign of slowing down; End of Watch, the third book in his hard-boiled detective trilogy, is due out in June. However, the sheer number of books -- 54 novels, six non-fiction works, and countless short stories -- can make a trip to the King section of your favorite local bookstore feel like entering a huge, haunted hotel with no one working the front desk. Where do you even begin?
That's where we step in. Below, we've put together the perfect Stephen King starter pack for anyone looking to explore the writer's work. So, step inside, and don't mind the cobwebs.