Stephen King is not only the king of horror but also the king of adaptations. King’s novels have been made into movies, television series, plays, and even comic books. It was adapted back in 2017 and became one of the year’s highest-grossing films. The sequel, It: Chapter 2, which follows the grown-up kids from the first film will be releasing later this year. Read more about the film here >

One of Stephen King’s most famous movie adaptations is The Shining, which was based on the book of the same name and directed by Stanley Kubrick. King went on to publish a sequel of the book titled Doctor Sleep in 2013 and we’re finally getting a movie adaptation of that as well which is also set to release this year.

But there are still many under-appreciated Stephen King novels that have been overlooked as movie adaptations. Here are some of his books that we want to see on screen next:

Lisey’s Story 

Lisey’s husband, who was a best-selling author, is dead and she is left to sort things he has left behind. As it turns out, he might be dead, but not gone. This Stephen King novel is more romance-based than most but is still a signature King with its horrifying elements. It is deeply touching and yet unsettling, which is a combination that we would love to see in a film.

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The Eyes of the Dragon

The title might remind you of Bruce Lee‘s movie, but this Stephen King novel is closer to The Princess Bride. It has all the charm of a fairy tale along with King’s narrative genius. With characters like a poisoned king, two brothers fighting for the throne, and an evil wizard, it has adventure, action, fantasy, mystery, and love all rolled into one. If it is brought to the screen with a good cast, it is sure to become an instant classic.

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JOYLAND

Joyland is set in an amusement park in the 70s known for its mysterious murders. It tells a story, but it does so much more – it brings you into a familiar, yet fictional world with real characters that we want to see brought to life from the page. It would be much like last year’s underappreciated The Nice Guys, only with supernatural elements mixed with mystery instead of comedy.

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Rage

King published Rage under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman. It is about a school shooting that would be interesting to see in a film. King has allowed the book to fall out of print since it was rumored to be linked to some actual shootings, but if the subject is handled sensitively, it would make a great film that would stack up awards.

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The Long Walk

Another Bachman novel, The Long Walk is perfect for post-Hunger Games and post-Maze Runner Hollywood. One hundred boys take part in The Long Walk and they have to keep walking at four miles per hour or around six kilometers per hour on an average. You get three warnings if you fall behind, and after the third, you’re shot.

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Looking for more terrifying treats? Check out our list of the upcoming horror films.