Stephen King Multiverse Timeline

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.

entries

ChronologicalTimeBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

45

Many Whens

Novel

Stephen King

2003-11-04

43

1986

Novel

Stephen King

1997-11-04

72

2009

Novella

Stephen King

2009-02-12

86

2017

Novel

Stephen King

2009-11-10

2

Post-Depression

Short Story

Stephen King

1983-10-01

9

Pre-Dark Tower

Graphic Novel

Peter David
Robin Furth

2009-04-21

44

Many Whens

Novel

Stephen King

2012-02-21

33

1977

Novel

Stephen King

1991-08-01

47

1987

Novel

Stephen King

1987-11-10

16

Pre-Dark Tower

Novel

Peter Straub
Stephen King

1984-11-08

37

1980

Novel

Stephen King

1978-09-01

10

Pre-Dark Tower

Graphic Novel

Robin Furth

2009-04-17

20

1977

Novel

Stephen King

1977-01-28

59

1996

Novel

Stephen King

1996-09-24

Parallel universe with Desperation

89

2018

Novel

Stephen King

2018-05-22

39

1980

Novella

Stephen King

1980-01-01

57

1994

Short Story

Stephen King

1994-10-31

8

Pre-Dark Tower

Graphic Novel

Peter David
Robin Furth

2008-10-07

17

Pre-Dark Tower

Novella

Stephen King

1998-08-25

7

Pre-Dark Tower

Graphic Novel

Peter David
Robin Furth

2007-11-07

21

1977

Novel

Stephen King

1982-06-10

Jake Chambers appears in this book and he is from New York of 1977, hence its placement here on the timeline.

60

1996

Novel

Stephen King

1996-03-28

The frame story is set in 1996.

27

1977

Novel

Stephen King

1987-05-01

35

1979

Novel

Stephen King

1979-08-01

87

2017

Film

Akiva Goldsman
Jeff Pinkner

2017-08-04

This is an original story set after the Dark Tower series, though it does have similarities to previous stories.

64

Many Whens

Novel

Stephen King

2004-09-21

48

1989

Novel

Stephen King

1989-10-20

3

1960

Novella

Stephen King

1982-08-27

50

1990

Short Story

Stephen King

1990-09-24

63

Many Whens

Novel

Stephen King

2004-06-08

88

2017

Novel

Owen King
Stephen King

2017-09-26

13

1975

Novel

Stephen King

1975-10-17

56

1994

Novel

Stephen King

1995-06-01

14

1975

Novella

Stephen King

1982-08-27

81

2014

Novel

Stephen King

2014-11-11

73

2009

Short Story

Stephen King

2009-11-09

41

1983

Novel

Stephen King

1983-11-14

19

1977

Short Story

Stephen King

1978-02-01

51

1991

Novel

Stephen King

1991-10-01

80

2014

Novel

Stephen King

2014-06-03

84

2015

Short Story

Stephen King

2015-11-03

46

1987

Novel

Stephen King

1987-06-08

76

2011

Novella

Stephen King

2011-09-01

68

2006

Novel

Stephen King

2006-10-24

4

1973

Novel

Stephen King

2013-06-04

1

1850

Short Story

Stephen King

1978-02-01

54

1993

Short Story

Stephen King

1974-10-01

42

1985

Novel

Stephen King

1986-09-15

55

1994

Novel

Stephen King

1994-09-15

49

1989

Anthology

Stephen King

1999-09-14

The 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.

Comments
  1. woruB leinaD

    When are you going to add the institution and season 2 of Castle Rock?

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Shouldn’t be too long.

  2. John Minnich

    even though Gwendy’s Magic Feather (The sequel to Stephen King and Richard Chalizers Gwendy’s Button Box) wasn’t written by Stephen King but by Richard Chalizer, shouldn’t Magic Feather still be in the Stephen King multiverse considering its a sequel to a Stephen King book?

  3. Aboy

    Shouldn’t 1922 be in the year 1922 and not in the year 2010

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