Hail To The King: A Year With Stephen King

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 in Hail To the King | 18 comments


So, Leah and I have been PRETTY good at being secretive about this.  We’ve been looking for a feature to do together, and then it dawned on us.  THIS IS PERFECT.  So, we present to you, a year with the master, the wonder, the amazing, STEPHEN KING.  Simply: it is a year long readathon to read as MUCH Stephen King as you so desire.  You choose your goals, and its NO PRESSURE.  What could be better? I’ll tell you!

  • Special posts coming your way for Stephen’s King birthday, Halloween, the halfway point, and the final month.
  • Giveaways! I mean really, what is better than free books?
  • Fun link up posts to see how you’re all doing!  Are you petrified of your book? LOVING it? Tell us!
  • Twitter fun! #hailtotheking will be our hashtag on twitter for the next YEAR.


So what do you have to do?

  1.  Sign up at the bottom of the post.
  2.  Answer the questions listed below in your own Intro Post that lets us know you’re IN and your goals
  4.  Have fun! Post reviews of any Stephen King you read because for giveaways, that will earn you POINTS!
  5.  Take part in the Check In Posts! [6 total] That will also help you for giveaways, and for keeping track to see if you’ve LEVELED UP!


The Levels

Scaredy Cat: 1-3 Novels or Short Stories

Need a Night Light:  4-7 Novels or Short Stories

No Monsters Under MY Bed: 8-11 Novels or Short Stories

Daredevil: 12-15 Novels or Short Stories

FEARLESS: 16 and Up!


The Questions

1. What got you into Stephen King? 

2. How long have you been a fan? Or are you a newbie?

3. First King book you read? [or plan to!] Did you like it?

4. Level you’re aiming to achieve!

In your intro post, please answer these questions!  Then link your post to the link that will be provided with mine and Leah’s intro posts [first week in January!] Prior to that link up, sign up directly below so we know to expect an intro from you!

Here is a list of Stephen King’s Works.  Here is Stephen King on Amazon, so you can buy some books!



I reached out to the kind folks over at Audible!  And guess what! Now you can win TWO credits [preferably for Stephen King Audiobooks, but in reality you can use them for whatever you like!]  You DO have to be signed up for #hailtotheking to enter the giveaway, but its simple, low pressure and fun!

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Sign up below! Sign ups open now and close at the end of January!


  1. I am a terrible person. I have never read a Stephen King book before. D: I know, I can’t believe it either! I’m going to sign up because I need to be introduced to his world! Not sure how many I’ll go for though. I don’t often stay on track with challenges. 😛
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  2. This is perfect. I was planning on 2015 being my year of reading King anyway, having fallen in love with The Dark Tower this year, so to be able to take part in this event with other fans is SO BRILLIANT!!
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  3. 1. What got you into Stephen King?
    I love a mystery/thriller/scary story! I don’t love the horror aspect… but still worth it because c’mon. Stephen King.

    2. How long have you been a fan? Or are you a newbie?
    I dunno, maybe a decade?

    3. First King book you read? [or plan to!] Did you like it?
    “On Writing.” I think I wanted the behind the scenes stuff first so I had the inside scoop behind what I was reading.

    4. Level you’re aiming to achieve!
    I’m gonna go for the NO MONSTERS UNDER MY BED level!
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  4. As I mentioned, Macky is totally excited to participate in this event with you guys! He’s a huge Stephen King fan, and is totally excited to post during it. LOVE. IT.
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  5. I’m in! I read a ton of King books when I was younger, then went too many years without so I’ve been trying to catch up. I read 6 last year and 4 this year. I know I’ll read at least 3 next year too. So many great ones to chose from though, I just want to read them all!
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  6. The first King book I’ve read entirely is Under the Dome. I’ve been a fan of his since The Shining was made into a movie. I started reading The Dreamcatcher when it came out, but I got completely lost so I’ve given up on that one. I’m looking forward to this!!! I’m going for the Monsters Under My Bed level.

    • Amber, if you enjoyed Kubrick’s version of The Shining (which I can understand enjoying it because it was pretty good) but never read the book then you aren’t getting a true sense of the story. You don’t get a chance to see how Jack’s true character/struggle. BTW King himself loathed the movie version. They remade it as a mini-series a long while back which was truer to the book but still nothing beats the book.

      • Yes, that was the version of the film I saw and I really enjoyed it. I’ve never read the book, but now I’m thinking that may be the first book I choose to read. I don’t remember seeing the mini-series version of the book, now I’m interested in seeing that, so I may have to try to find it. Other books (not just King’s) that have been made into movies, the books were so much better than the movies. I did enjoy the first season of Under the Dome (missed season 2), but the book was still much better.

        • Well in the mini-series Jack is played by Steven Weber (from Wings! I think that’s his name) Dr. Sleep is the sequel that came out a year or two ago, also really good. As for Under The Dome, it thought it was okay. The TV and the book are nothing alike, other than having a dome and many of the characters being named the same. It’s been an interesting show but really messed with my mind when I started watching and started scratching my head wondering if I wasn’t remembering the book correctly, lol.

  7. OMG, how did I miss this? This is both hilarious and nail-biting for me and here’s why:

    First of all, I have never read Stephen King. Second, I am PETRIFIED of Stephen King’s books, but I recently read an interview in Rolling Stone that made me actually want to read something by him! Crazy, right? YES. It was so well-written and made me want to give him a chance, a small chance because his books are creepy. This is a good thing, because Mike has been at me for YEARS to read him (he’s his favorite and he’s read EVERYTHING). So I told him GAHHHH I WILL IF YOU’LL LEAVE ME ALONE! But I knew that I’d need to listen to it because NO WAY do I want to sit and read a print copy of anything of his. No offense, just these types of books generally aren’t my thing. (ALSO, he’s had some AMAZING narrators.) So I actually went thru his list like a month ago and picked out a few that I’d be willing to read based on the reader:

    The Long Walk read by Kirby Heyborne
    The Shining read by Campbell Scott
    Doctor Sleep read by Will Patton

    BUT–Mike thinks I should start with The Dark Tower books but…IDK. So there’s my Stephen King story. And now I see this! OMG, I can’t believe you’re doing this! I think I may do this. My heart is actually pounding right now because I feel like you’ve given me a reason for NO EXCUSES, haha!
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    • Ahhahaha ok i love this. Now. Here. THE GREEN MILE. NOT SCARY AND SO FUCKING GOOD. put ot on the list. Also. Mr mercedes – i listened to it and OH HEY its narrated by Will Patton ;))))

    • YAAAY! & from what a coworker was telling me (I’ve never read TLW!) it’s alll about the character exploration – which is totally my thing.
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  8. 1. What got you into Stephen King?

    Always loved horror/thrillers, and King being one of the masters, I naturally started reading him. He’s the author of a number of my favorite books and definitely one of the reasons I wanted to become a writer.

    2. How long have you been a fan? Or are you a newbie?

    I’ve been a huge fan for a very very long time. I started reading him around the age of 8 or 9. (and that was a very long time ago!)

    3. First King book you read? [or plan to!] Did you like it?

    Not sure which I read was first, perhaps Christine or Cujo. Did I like it? Heck yes.

    4. Level you’re aiming to achieve!

    I’ll say Daredevil. though if you are counting short stories separately, a book like Nightmares and Dreamscapes has like 20-24 short stories alone. Some of my favorites are The Dark Tower series and Bag of Bones, and I tend to reread those often.

    I know most of you guys are book bloggers. I’m not, rather a struggling writer. I hope that’s okay. Don’t worry, I won’t be trying to push my work. I simply love King’s work and this sounded like fun.

  9. Hey guys just wanted to let you know. The kindle version of Dr. Sleep (the sequel to The Shining) is currently on sale for only 3.75! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A6CCF0K

  10. A couple of others also on sale

    Mr. Mercedes is 3.99 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GEEB52S

    11/22/63 is 2.99 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q7CIFI (really enjoyed the first half of this one, quite the unique take on time travel, but the end seemed to drag to me.)

  11. One of my all-time favorites is Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption a novella written by Stephen King and published in his collection Different Seasons.

    1. What got you into Stephen King? I enjoy a reading a good horror story every now and then.

    2. How long have you been a fan? Or are you a newbie? Long-time fan….were talking years.

    3. First King book you read? [or plan to!] Did you like it? It was probably Carrie or maybe Cujo.

    4. Level you’re aiming to achieve! No Monsters Under MY Bed

  12. I am definitely signing up, but I just saw this, so I need to write my intro post!

    I’m going to try to go with “FEARLESS” (I love SK)—hoping I actually have that many of his books left to read, hah!

    • PS: I’m actually planning a Stephen King Week on my blog for the week of his birthday if you’d like to write a guest feature or some such for that! :)
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