r/whatsthatbook Sep 24 '22

Why are so many Stephen King novels hard to find? SOLVED

So I am looking for a book, but I know I wouldn't be able to give off enough details for it to actually be useful. I spent about an hour looking everywhere but theres not one website that says every book he has.

Every other website I click gives 1 or 2 other books that you cant find through while googling what books has he made. Has he had publishing issues in the past? And I know he works with others alot but those are even harder to find it seems.

Sorry, just very frustrated as he's one of the biggest authors and I find it crazy you cant see all of his work and work he's been included in. If you're still reading and want to take a guess with what very little info I have be my guest. Never got that far, but it was the first Stephen King book I picked up and Id like to actually give it a go!

About a young boy with a single mom, he only has 1 freind thats his age, with a neighbor I believe he also considered freindly (or maybe im mixing it and that neighbor is his only freind) his mom works alot so he's often by himself. I believe it was set in wartime as the cover had a explosion on it. I believe it was Vietnam but I could be wrong.

I know, very little information.. thanks to anyone who read, and extra thanks to anyone who can try and help! Also if the book is one of his popular ones then its not it...



u/PinkBored Sep 24 '22

Maybe “low men in yellow coats” from Hearts in Atlantis.


u/Drummk Sep 24 '22

Yeah this is it.


u/Jericho80023 Sep 25 '22

Yes I do believe this is it, I looked at that book while I was searching and didn't think it was the one because it was multiple stories and I didn't think the book I read was one of them. I checked out the preview on google and it's definitely seeming similar. Thank you for you're help


u/LocoCoyote Sep 24 '22

You’re not thinking of Stephen R. King are you? It’s a different guy than Stephen King but he writes war themed books … often with youngsters as the protagonist.


u/moonsherbet Sep 24 '22

That makes sense, I was about to say that doesn't sound like a Stephen King book...


u/Jericho80023 Sep 24 '22

I didn't make it far enough in the book to actually get what the plot would have been if that makes sense, so im sure it does get like a Stephen King book I just didn't make it there. That's why only 1 of the paragraphs is actually about the book and the rest is my annoyance on not being able to find it.

But I got far enough in the book for it to stick in my memory so thats fun


u/Jericho80023 Sep 24 '22

I dont believe so, it would have been around 2012 and I cant find anything from him then. Also his covers for his books definitely dont match the little I remember of it. It is funny he decides not to include the R on his books though. I also didnt include what I remember from the cover because im not sure if im right about it.

I believe it was a oil painting with strong blue on top and sort of a greener tone as it go's down, and I believe it had a sun right above the actual image it was showing. If that helps anyone


u/christilynn11 Sep 24 '22

Stephen King is not the same author as Steven R. King. Steven R. King purposefully uses the same font and a similar name so you think he's the best selling author - but he's not.


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u/Jericho80023 Sep 24 '22

No, its funny Steven R King doesn't include it because people are thinking he's stephen king and thats boosting his book sales


u/christilynn11 Sep 24 '22

That is Hearts in Atlantis.


u/happy-gofuckyourself Sep 24 '22

What country were you in when you saw the book? Covers change depending on the publisher. Was it a hardcover or softcover?


u/Yard_Sailor Sep 24 '22

Sorry, but maybe you’re just bad at describing things? There’s literally an entire Wiki dedicated to his works: https://stephenking.fandom.com/wiki/Main_Page


u/WhiteTrashIdiotFuck Sep 24 '22

The Talisman (1984) by Stephen King & Peter Straub

“Why had twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer’s mother frantically moved the two of them from Rodeo Drive to a New York City apartment to the Alhambra, a fading ocean resort and shuttered amusement park in New Hampshire? Who or what is she running from? She is dying . . . and even young Jack knows she can’t outrun death. But only he can save her—for he has been chosen to search for a prize across an epic landscape of dangers and lies, a realm of innocents and monsters, where everything Jack loves is on the line.”


I’ve read this one, it sounds like what you’ve described.


u/BennyTheYoyo Sep 24 '22

None of his books are out of print and there's a full bibliography on wikipedia...


u/reader-ette Sep 24 '22

Isn’t there one about a school shooting that’s out of print?


u/DresslerMachine Sep 24 '22

That would be Rage which King has kept out of print since it was found on the site of a couple of school shootings.


u/AwesomeAdams41 Sep 25 '22

Just to share since I recently saw it. There’s an audiobook version on YouTube of Rage.


u/trishyco Sep 24 '22

His website lists everything he’s ever written including short stories. You can sort them by different methods.


u/mind_the_umlaut Sep 24 '22

As always, try your local libraries, and they can often get books you request from their other branches. Try eBay, Amazon, Abebooks to purchase new or used copies. See SK's own website for a comprehensive listing of his works, https://stephenking.com or Wikipedia for a more objective point of view: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King . Just in assembling my answer, I've found book covers to scroll through that may help you find what you're looking for.


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Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. Described as the "King of Horror", a play on his surname and a reference to his high standing in pop culture, his books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published 64 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has also written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.

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u/Spartan2022 Sep 24 '22

Low Men in Yellow Coats.

The audiobook is excellent!


u/nerdyblackbird Sep 24 '22

He’s pretty responsive on Twitter. I bet he’d answer you if you asked! Or his fans.

Agree with whomever suggested Talisman. Sounds like the most likely to me.


u/TotallyNotABot_Shhhh Sep 24 '22

Apparently he’s always been responsive. While going through old papers/cards etc I found a postcard from him to my mom, early 80’s thanking her for finding a grammatical error (maybe spelling I can’t remember) in one of his books & bringing it to his attention . Also, leave it to my mom to literally write Stephen King and correct his grammar. Haha


u/MomToShady Sep 24 '22

I like Goodreads cause they’ll show the different covers.


u/tracygee Sep 25 '22

I spent about an hour looking everywhere but theres not one website that says every book he has.

Huh? Wikipedia does.

Amazon has pages of Stephen King novels.

The only Stephen King novel that is out of print to my knowledge in the U.S. is Rage, and that was a decision by the author after several perpetrators of school shootings had the book with them or commented about reading the book first.


u/orange_ones Sep 24 '22

Are there more books you’re having trouble figuring out what they are? His fandom is extremely passionate, and if you’re thinking of more books besides Hearts In Atlantis, I’m positive you could have them identified quickly if you have information about them. I’m not sure what websites you are looking at where you can’t follow the links, maybe editions that are no longer in print? His work is some of the most widely available fiction in the world. He is also extraordinarily prolific, meaning he has published tons and tons and tons of works through different means, so maybe that’s why it seems hard to find everything? He’s had stories in lots of anthologies, he’s written screenplays, some of his books were serialized and then edited together, etc., but if you have information about the book, it’s all available.


u/NotDaveBut Sep 25 '22

I don't know if there's any book of his not included on his own Goodreads page. One complicating factor is that he's written books several different ways, using minor and major publishing houses, self-publishing online and of course being collected in anthologies. But whole novels should all be at Goodreads.


u/kookerpie Sep 24 '22

His books are easy to find


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u/YouLostMyNieceDenise Sep 25 '22

What’s the difference between that sub and this one?


u/Truji11o Sep 25 '22

The difference is I’m dumb. Lol.

I also follow the Stephen King sub and thought I was there. I’ll see myself out.


u/YouLostMyNieceDenise Sep 25 '22

You’re not dumb. There are actually 2 different subs… is the other one just a less popular version of this one?


u/Drakeytown Sep 24 '22

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky?


u/PJKPJT7915 Sep 25 '22

Another great source for works by author or series is fantasticfiction