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Stephen King

"Apt Pupil"
© Different Seasons, 1982
--short fiction : 1983 British Fantasy
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

© Cavalier, 1972
Night Shift, 1978
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"The Body"
© Different Seasons, 1982
--/ cool f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"The Breathing Method"
© Different Seasons, 1982
--novella : 1983 World Fantasy
--novella : 1983 Locus /8
--short fiction : 1983 British Fantasy W

--/ fourth place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

"The Cat from Hell"
© Cavalier, Jun 1977

"The Crate"
© Gallery, Jun 1979
--short story : 1980 Locus /11
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award

"The Dark Half" (nv)
© 1989, Signet Books
--/ cool dark f novel
--/ idea award

"The Dark Tower: The Drawing Of The Three" (nv)
(Dark Tower 2)
© 1987, Doubleday Books
--/ cool dark f novel
--/ wonder award

"The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger" (nv)
(aslo as "The Gunslinger")
(Dark Tower 1)
© F&SF, Oct 1978
novel: 1982, Doubleday
--novelette : 1979 Locus /8 (tie)
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award

"The Dark Tower: The Wastelands" (nv)
(Dark Tower 3)
© 1991, Doubleday
--novel : 1992 Stocker
--horror / dark fantasy novel : 1992 Locus /3

--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale

"The Dead Zone" (nv)
© 1979, Viking Press
--fantasy novel : 1980 Locus /2
--novel : 1980 Balrog

--/ cool f novel

"Dolores Clairborne" (nv)
© 1992, Berkley / Putnam
--horror / dark fantasy novel : 1993 Locus /14
--/ cool dark f novel
--/ emotion award

"Dreamcatcher" (nv)
© 2001, Pocket Books
--novel : 2002 Phantastik /2
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value

"Different Seasons" (coll)
© 1982, Viking Press
--anthology/collection : 1983 World Fantasy
--single author collection : 1983 Locus /4
--all-time collection : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /27 (tie)

--/ fourth place dark f collection
--/ style award

"Do the Dead Sing?"
(also as "The Reach")
© Cavalier, 1981
Skeleton Crew, 1985

"Firestarter" (nv)
© 1980, Doubleday books
--sf novel : 1981 Locus /8
--August Derleth 1981 British Fantasy
--novel : 1981 Balrog

"The Gunslinger"
(Dark Tower 1)
© F&SF, Oct 1978
Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger
--novelette : 1979 Locus /8 (tie)
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award

"The Gunslinger And The Dark Man"
(Dark Tower 1)
© F&SF, Nov 1981
Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award

"Harvey's Dream"
© The New Yorker, Jun 2003
--short fiction : 2003 Stoker
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award

"I Am The Doorway"
© Cavalier, Mar 1971
Night Shift, 1978
russ. as "Dver"
--/ cool f story

"The Langoliers" (nv)
© 1990, Pocket Books
--novella/novelette : 1991 Stoker
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award

"The Lawnmower Man"
© Cavalier, May 1975
Night Shift, 1978
--/ cool sf novella

"Misery" (nv)
© 1987, Berkley / Putnam
--novel : 1988 World Fantasy
--novel : 1988 Stoker W

--/ cool dark f novel

© Shadows, ed. C. Grant, 1978
Sceleton Crew, 1985
--/ cool f story

"The Oracle And The Mountains"
(Dark Tower 1)
© F&SF, Feb 1981
Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award

"Quitters, Inc."
© Night Shift, 1978
russ. as "Korporacia Brosaite Kurit"
--/ cool f story

"The Reach"
(also as "Do the Dead Sing?")
© Cavalier, 1981
Skeleton Crew, 1985
--/ cool f story

"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (nv)
(also as "Shawshank Redemption")
© Different Seasons, 1982
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

"The Running Man" (nv)
(as Richard Bachman)
© 1982, NAL Books

"Shawshank Redemption" (nv)
(also as "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption")
© Different Seasons, 1982
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

"The Slow Mutants"
(Dark Tower 1)
© F&SF, Jul 1981
Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger
--/ fourth place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award

"The Stand" (nv)
(complete version)
© 1978, Doubleday books
--novel : 1979 World Fantasy
--novel : 1979 Locus /15
--novel : 1979 Balrog
--book-length fantasy : 1979 Gandalf
--novel : 1980 Balrog
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /23 (tie)
--fantasy novel 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /20

--/ third place sf novel
--/ adventure award
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale

"The Talisman" (nv)
(with Peter Straub)
© 1980, Dell Books
--novel : 1985 World Fantasy
--fantasy novel : 1985 Locus /4

--/ cool dark f novel

© Cavalier, Jun 1973
Night Shift, 1978
--/ fourth place f story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award

"The Way Station"
(Dark Tower 1)
© F&SF, Apr 1980
Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award

"The Word Processor"
© 1975, Playboy
Russ. as "Tekst Protzessor"


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Full Issue Review
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