List of adaptations of works by Stephen King

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This is a list of media based on work by Stephen King (including the Richard Bachman titles). Note that aside from Creepshow 2, the sequels are only tangentially related to Stephen King's work.





Comic books[edit]

The Lawnmower Man


The Dark Tower

The Stand

The Talisman


  • 2010 N. In March 2010, Marvel published the first issue of a comic book adaptation of N., a limited series of four issues.

Road Rage

  • 2012 Road Rage (based on the novella "Throttle")

The Little Green God of Agony

  • 2012 The Little Green God of Agony (free web-comic on Stephen King's official website[3])


  • 1988: Carrie is notorious for its history as a flop on Broadway, and has gained a cult following in recent years. The musical was revived at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York, directed by Stafford Arima from January until April 2012. On September 25, 2012, the first official cast recording was released. The new production is currently available to license for amateur productions from Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals.
  • 1990: Ghost Stories was an adaptation of Stephen King's short stories "The Return of Timmy Baterman" about zombies; "Strawberry Spring" about a campus serial killer; "Gray Matter", a black comedy about a hideous mutation caused by a bottle of beer; "Uncle Otto's Truck", "The Boogeyman", about a distraught father's chilling tale of a child-killing, closet monster as well as selections from Pet Sematary. Premiered by the Arts Center Theatre at Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. Directed and adapted by Robert Pridham. The play toured throughout the United States in the mid-1990s.
  • 1993: Rage stage play produced by Shane Black and directed by Jim Birge. Originally titled Getting It On and planned to be performed in Jasper, IN, but due to scheduling issues and venue problems it was performed at the VFW in Santa Clause, IN. The show was performed from April 23 through May 1. The final show was originally slated for May 2 but had to be cancelled due to conflicts with venue planning.
  • 2005: Misery stage play by Simon Moore based on 1987 novel. Another adaptation of the novel was written by William Goldman premiered on Broadway in 2015 with Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf. A musical version also exists by Jeff Hockhauser and Bob Johnson. While the musical version has not been staged, a demo recording has circulated the internet in recent years.
  • 2014: "The Body" (also known as "Stand By Me") was produced by Chellaston Players in Derby, England. Despite being an amateur performance, the production received rave reviews and Stephen King had given permission for the show to be produced.

There have also been dramatizations of many of King's short stories, including "Nona", "Quitters, Inc.", "In the Deathroom", "Strawberry Spring", "Harvey's Dream", "The Man Who Loved Flowers", "Mute", "The Ten O'Clock People" and King's poem, "Paranoid: A Chant". There have also been alleged stage productions of Rage as well as a several parody stage versions of The Shining.


  • 1983 "The Stand", recorded by The Alarm, and was released in the UK as a single. The song's lyrics were inspired by King's novel, The Stand.
  • 1984 "Horror-Teria: (The Beginning)" from the Twisted Sister album Stay Hungry. The album's liner notes thank King for inspiring the piece.
  • 1987 "Among the Living", recorded by Anthrax, is based on The Stand. "The Walkin' Dude" is Randall Flagg, the main villain in the book, and the beginning verse: "Disease! Disease! Spreading the disease!\With some help from Captain Trips\He'll bring the world down to its knees" refers to the virus that destroys most of the population in the novel.
  • 1987 "A Skeleton in the Closet", recorded by Anthrax, is based on the King novella Apt Pupil from the collection Different Seasons.
  • 1989 "Pet Sematary", recorded by Ramones, a single from their 1989 album Brain Drain. The song is originally written for the King movie adaptation of the same name. The single became one of the Ramones' biggest radio hits, and a staple in their concerts during the 1990s.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "THE STAND: SOUL SURVIVORS # 1". Marvel. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Talisman Graphic Novel Series - Coming Fall 2009" (Press release). October 13, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Little Green God of Agony - The Free Online eComic". 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Moffatt, Michael (May 17, 2009). "Actors Who Have Served Their Time Bring Jail Hell Alive; THEATRE". Irish Mail on Sunday. Retrieved October 30, 2014.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  5. ^ Moffatt, Michael (May 24, 2009). "A Little Escapism in King's Grim Classic; THEATRE". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved October 30, 2014.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  6. ^ "The Shawshank Redemption – Edinburgh festival 2013 review". The Guardian. August 11, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2014.