Stephen King Multiverse Timeline

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Many are surprised to learn that most of Stephen King’s work is part of a larger Stephen King Multiverse. That is why we assembled the best reading order that we could come up with. We hope you enjoy!

What’s on the Stephen King Multiverse Timeline?

So, there’s a lot to unpack in this timeline. And we had to make a number of decisions on how to assemble everything on the timeline. Most of the stories take place in a few fictional towns in Main, like Castle Rock and Derry. They’re all mostly seperate stories, so it’s hard to know what chronology is appropriate. In most cases, if there isn’t chronology information available online, we place the story in the year it was written.

Important note: this timeline DOES NOT include adaptations. There are just too many adaptations that adding them would be a mess. We do however include stories from other mediums if they offer new story material. For example, we include the Dark Tower film because it’s not an adaptation, it’s a continuation of the Dark Tower series. It’s a sequel. That is also why we include the Castle Rock series. It’s new story set in Stephen King’s universe.

It’s also worth noting that not all of Stephen King’s books really work in their continuity. You can get around this when you realize that this is a multiverse. There are alternate realities included, and the Dark Tower series is kind of the linch pin between all of reality.

Where to Start Reading Stephen King?

This is a very difficult question to ask. There are many jumping off points for Stephen King’s work. If you want a general overview of the entire universe, then using this timeline in order might be your choice. Otherwise, we’d suggest a few of the good books to start with: Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, IT, or any of his brand new novels. You could also start with the Dark Tower books, which are listed here, and on their own timeline.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateTimeNotes
1Jerusalem's LotShort StoryStephen King1978-02-011850
2Uncle Otto's TruckShort StoryStephen King1983-10-01Post-Depression
3The BodyNovellaStephen King1982-08-271960
4JoylandNovelStephen King2013-06-041973
5Apt PupilNovellaStephen King1982-08-271974
6Gwendy's Button BoxNovellaStephen King, Richard Chizmar2017-05-161974
7Salem's LotNovelStephen King1975-10-171975
8Rita Hayworth and Shawshank RedemptionNovellaStephen King1982-08-271975
9Eyes of the DragonNovelStephen King1987-02-02Pre-Dark Tower
10The TalismanNovelStephen King, Peter Straub1984-11-08Pre-Dark Tower
11The Little Sisters of EluriaNovellaStephen King1998-08-25Pre-Dark Tower
12One for the RoadShort StoryStephen King1978-02-011977
13The ShiningNovelStephen King1977-01-281977
14The GunslingerNovelStephen King1982-06-101977Jake Chambers appears in this book and he is from New York of 1977, hence its placement here on the timeline.
15The Drawing of the ThreeNovelStephen King1987-05-011977
16The WastelandsNovelStephen King1991-08-011977
17CarrieNovelStephen King1974-04-051979
18The Dead ZoneNovelStephen King1979-08-011979
19CujoNovelStephen King1981-09-081980
20The StandNovelStephen King1978-09-011980
21FirestarterNovelStephen King1980-09-291980
22The MistNovellaStephen King1980-01-011980
23ChristineNovelStephen King1983-04-291983
24Pet SemetaryNovelStephen King1983-11-141983
25ITNovelStephen King1986-09-151985
26Wizard and GlassNovelStephen King1997-11-041986
27The Wind Through the KeyholdNovelStephen King2012-02-21Many Whens
28Wolves of CallaNovelStephen King2003-11-04Many Whens
29MiseryNovelStephen King1987-06-081987
30The TommyknockersNovelStephen King1987-11-101987
31The Dark HalfNovelStephen King1989-10-201989
32Hearts in AtlantisAnthologyStephen King1999-09-141989The last story in this anthology takes place roughly around 1989, and the previous stories are all linked. So that's why we place it here.
33Sun DogShort StoryStephen King1990-09-241990
34Needful ThingsNovelStephen King1991-10-011991
35Dolores ClaiborneNovelStephen King1992-11-011992
36Gerald's GameNovelStephen King1992-05-011992
37It Grows on YouShort StoryStephen King1974-10-011993
38InsomniaNovelStephen King1994-09-151994
39Rose MadderNovelStephen King1995-06-011994
40The Man in the Black SuitShort StoryStephen King1994-10-311994
41DesperationNovelStephen King1996-09-241996Parallel universe with The Regulators
42The RegulatorsNovelStephen King1996-09-241996Parallel universe with Desperation
43The Green MileNovelStephen King1996-03-281996The frame story is set in 1996.
44Everything's EventualNovellaStephen King2002-03-191997
45Bag of BonesNovelStephen King1998-09-221998
46Song of SusannahNovelStephen King2004-06-08Many Whens
47The Dark TowerNovelStephen King2004-09-21Many Whens
48Black HouseNovelStephen King, Peter Straub2001-09-152001
49DreamcatcherNovelStephen King2001-03-202001
50Fair ExtensionNovellaStephen King2010-11-012001
51Lisey's StoryNovelStephen King2006-10-242006
52CellNovelStephen King2006-01-242006
53BlazeNovelStephen King2007-06-122007
54Duma KeyNovelStephen King2008-01-222008
55
UrNovellaStephen King2009-02-122009
56Premium HarmonyShort StoryStephen King2009-11-092009
571922NovellaStephen King2010-11-012010
58A Good MarriageNovellaStephen King2010-11-012010
59Mile 81NovellaStephen King2011-09-012011
6011/22/63NovelStephen King2011-11-082011
61Doctor SleepNovelStephen King2013-09-242013
62AfterlifeShort StoryStephen King2013-06-012013
63Mr. MercedesNovelStephen King2014-06-032014
64RevivalNovelStephen King2014-11-112014
65Finders KeepersNovelStephen King2015-06-022015
66Drunken FireworksShort StoryStephen King2015-06-302015
67Mister YummyShort StoryStephen King2015-11-032015
68End of WatchNovelStephen King2016-06-072016
69Under the DomeNovelStephen King2009-11-102017
70The Dark Tower (2017 film)FilmNikolaj Arcel2017-08-042017This is an original story set after the Dark Tower series, though it does have similarities to previous stories.
71Sleeping BeautiesNovelStephen King, Owen King2017-09-262017
72The OutsiderNovelStephen King2018-05-222018
73ElevationNovelStephen King2018-10-302018
74Castle Rock 1.01: SeveranceTV EpisodeMichael Uppendahl2018-07-252018
75Castle Rock 1.02: Habeas CorpusTV EpisodeMichael Uppendahl2018-07-252018
76Castle Rock 1.03: Local ColorTV EpisodeDan Attias2018-07-252018
77Castle Rock 1.04: The BoxTV EpisodeMichael Uppendahl2018-08-012018
78Castle Rock 1.05: HarvestTV EpisodeAndrew Bernstein2018-08-082018
79Castle Rock 1.06: FilterTV EpisodeKevin Hooks2018-08-152018
80Castle Rock 1.07: The QueenTV EpisodeGreg Yaitanes2018-08-222018
81Castle Rock 1.08: Past PerfectTV EpisodeAna Lily Amirpour2018-08-292018
82Castle Rock 1.09: Henry DeaverTV EpisodeJulie Anne Robinson2018-09-052018
83Castle Rock 1.10: RomansTV EpisodeNicole Kassell2018-09-122018
84The InstituteNovelStephen King2019-09-102019
85Castle Rock 2.01: Let the River RunTV EpisodeGreg Yaitanes2019-10-232019
86Castle Rock 2.02: New JerusalemTV EpisodePhil Abraham2019-10-232019
87Castle Rock 2.03: Ties That BindTV EpisodeAnne Sewitsky2019-10-232019
88Castle Rock 2.04: Restore HopeTV EpisodePhil Abraham2019-10-302019
89Castle Rock 2.05: The Laughing PlaceTV EpisodeAnne Sewitsky2019-11-062019
90Castle Rock 2.06: The MotherTV EpisodeMark Tonderai-Hodges2019-11-132019
91Castle Rock 2.07: The WordTV EpisodeLoni Peristere2019-11-202019
92Castle Rock 2.08: DirtyTV EpisodeCraig William Macneill2019-11-272019
93Castle Rock 2.09: Caveat EmptorTV EpisodeGreg Yaitanes2019-12-042019
94Castle Rock 2.10: CleanTV EpisodeLisa Brühlmann2019-12-112019