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15 Stephen King Short Stories You Can Read for Free Right Now

Last Updated March 12, 2017

This post is about Stephen King short stories you can currently read online, in their entirety, and free of charge. Some of these may also be collected within various Stephen King books, which can be purchased on Amazon and elsewhere. If you click our Amazon affiliate link, you can support our website by making a purchase after clicking the link. A portion of the sale price will benefit our website, and this is of no additional charge to you.

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A Death by Stephen King – This was published in The New Yorker March 9, 2015 issue. It was later collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story collection.

Cookie Jar by Stephen King – This was published in the Virginia Quarterly Review Spring 2016 issue. It was later collected in the paperback edition only of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story collection.

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In Sunlight or in Shadow, the short story collection that includes Music Box by Stephen King

The Music Room by Stephen King – This was published in Playboy Magazine on November 16, 2016. Though this short story has not yet been collected in any Stephen King collection, it has been collected in In Sunlight or in Shadow, which is a collection of short stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.

That Bus is Another World by Stephen King – This was published in Esquire in August of 2014. PLEASE NOTE: You must register for Esquire’s site to read the short story. The registration itself is free for one month. However, after the first month, it is $4.99 a month. You may cancel immediately after reading the story if you wish, or if you would like to be able to read everything Esquire ever published for $4.99 a month, keep the subscription. This was later collected in The Bazaar of Bad Drams short story collection.

In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill – This father/son novella was published in Esquire in two parts in July 2012 and August 2012. PLEASE NOTE: You must register for Esquire’s site to read the short story. The registration itself is free for one month. However, after the first month, it is $4.99 a month. You may cancel immediately after reading the story if you wish, or if you would like to be able to read everything Esquire ever published for $4.99 a month, keep the subscription. Although In the Tall Grass is sold individually, it has never been collected in any short story collection to date.

Rest Stop by Stephen King – This short story was originally published in Esquire in December 2003. PLEASE NOTE: You must register for Esquire’s site to read the short story. The registration itself is free for one month. However, after the first month, it is $4.99 a month. You may cancel immediately after reading the story if you wish, or if you would like to be able to read everything Esquire ever published for $4.99 a month, keep the subscription. It would later be collected in the Just After Sunset short story collection.

The Gingerbread Girl by Stephen King – This short story was originally published in Esquire in July 2007. PLEASE NOTE: You must register for Esquire’s site to read the short story. The registration itself is free for one month. However, after the first month, it is $4.99 a month. You may cancel immediately after reading the story if you wish, or if you would like to be able to read everything Esquire ever published for $4.99 a month, keep the subscription. It would later be collected in the Just After Sunset short story collection.

Morality by Stephen King – This short story was originally published in Esquire in July 2009. PLEASE NOTE: You must register for Esquire’s site to read the short story. The registration itself is free for one month. However, after the first month, it is $4.99 a month. You may cancel immediately after reading the story if you wish, or if you would like to be able to read everything Esquire ever published for $4.99 a month, keep the subscription. This was later collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story collection.

Herman Wouk is Still Alive by Stephen King – This short story was originally published in The Atlantic in May 2011. It was later collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story collection.

The Dune by Stephen King – This short story was originally published in Granta, The Magazine of New Writing, on October 27, 2011. This was later collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story collection.

Premium Harmony by Stephen King – This short story was originally published in The New Yorker on November 9, 2009. This was later collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story collection.

On Impact by Stephen King – This is not a short story, but rather, it is the true story of Stephen King’s run-in with a van on June 19, 1999. It was originally published in The New Yorker on June 19, 2000. Although I have not read the full version of the story as it appeared in The New Yorker, I suspect that there is considerable overlap with what appeared in On Writing.

Cone Head by Stephen King – Again, this is not a short story, but rather, it is the true story of Stephen King’s arrest in Orono, Maine in Spring of 1970. This was originally published in The New Yorker on April 22, 2002.

Harvey’s Dream by Stephen King – This is a short story originally published in The New Yorker on June 30, 2003. It was later collected in the Just After Sunset short story collection.

Ayana by Stephen King – This is a short story originally published in The Paris Review in Fall of 2007. PLEASE NOTE: You must register for their website and for a free trial in order to read the entire story. After the trial, you may cancel. This was later collected in the Just After Sunset short story collection.

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