9. Four Past Midnight
Stephen King is part of a very rare group of popular novelists who frequently releases short story collections between his many novels. His most celebrated collection is probably Different Seasons, a book which features the origins for The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me, but there are plenty of other collections hidden with his bibliography.
One of his strongest is Four Past Midnight, which was published in 1990 and is made up of four epic novellas all heavily influenced by King's love for horror and the supernatural.
Each story is horrific and steeped in mystery, with the opener The Langoliers focusing on some plane passengers who wake up to find that everyone else on the plane has disappeared. The second in the collection, Secret Window Secret Garden, follows an author who has been accused of plagiarism by a mentally unhinged writer.
Each flowing with their own distinct style, the book perfectly balances King's eye for characterisation, mystery and dark comedy in the face of truly disturbing occurrences.