A Complete Guide to Tabitha King Books

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Last Updated May 1, 2017

Tabitha Spruce married Stephen King on January 7, 1971. Tabitha King is not just the wife of perhaps the most accomplished author of all time, but she’s a published author herself. She is also a mother to three other writers, Naomi King, Joe Hill (Joseph Hillstrom King), and Owen King. This is a complete guide to all Tabitha King books.

Novels by Tabitha King

Small World (1981)

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Signet first published the novel Small World in 1981. I do not own the book, but the book is approximately 320 pages long.

Cemetery Dance published a collector’s edition of Small World on March 1, 2017. It is currently sold out.

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Dolly Hardesty Douglas is the 50-something year old daughter of a former U.S. President. She likes doll houses a whole lot. Roger Tinker invented a shrink ray. She shrinks her enemies and forces them to live in a replica of the White House. That’s the premise.

After reading Small World, I suggest the following supplemental materials:

Caretakers (1983)

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Macmillan Publishing Company published Caretakers in 1983. Signet published it in paperback in 1984. The hardback is 274 pages long, while the paperback is 352 pages long.

Bryant Burnette described Caretakers as “…simply a character piece, albeit one with plenty of twists in the plot, most of which are achieved via a time-shifting structure that might alienate some readers, but which thrilled me.” He is also clear that aside from deep character development, Tabitha King’s writing is nothing like Stephen King’s.

After reading Caretakers, I suggest the following supplemental materials:

The Trap (aka Wolves at the Door) (1985)

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Macmillan Publishing Company published The Trap in 1985. According to Wikipedia, the novel has also been known as Wolves at the Door. The first edition hardback is 312 pages long. Scribner published the paperback in 1986, and it is 352 pages long.

I have never read The Trap. However, various descriptions of it indicate that it is a story of a home invasion. Three men invade the Maine home of a mother and child while they are away from the mother’s husband during marital difficulties.

Pearl (1988)

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Dutton Books published Pearl on November 18, 1988. The first edition hardback is 324 pages long. Scribner published the paperback on December 5, 1989, and it is 368 pages long.

Interestingly, Pearl is slightly tied into The Shining via Dick Hallorann. Tabitha King’s character Pearl learned to cook from Dick in Key West, Florida. If you recall from The Shining, this is the job that Dick was off to in The Overlook’s off season. I have not yet read this novel, but the somewhat vague descriptions of the book’s plot indicate that it is a bit of a romance novel with some drama thrown in.

One on One (1993)

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Dutton Books published One On One on March 1, 1993. That edition is 496 pages long. Signet published the paperback on April 1, 1994, and it is 528 pages long.

This novel is a bit longer than Tabitha King’s other books to this date. Descriptions of it online indicate that it is a teenage love story.

The Book of Reuben (1994)

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Dutton Books published The Book of Reuben on September 1, 1994, and it was 368 pages long in its first edition. Signet published the paperback on October 1, 1995, and it was 432 pages long.

Tabitha King ties this novel in with two of her other novels, Pearl and One On One. The Book of Reuben centers around Reuben Styles and his generally unpleasant upbringing, followed by his generally unpleasant marriage. Publishers Weekly says, “With graphic sexual encounters and daubs of humor, King etches a convincing portrait of a gentle male psyche while evoking the timbre of 1960s rural America.”

Survivor (1997)

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Dutton published Survivor on February 1, 1997, and it was 448 pages long in its hardcover first edition. Signet published the paperback edition on April 1, 1998, and it was 496 pages long.

The novel’s main character narrowly avoids hitting two college girls with her car and then watches as another car hits them anyway. This novel is the story of her dealing with the aftermath of this accident.

Candles Burning (2006)

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Berkley published Candles Burning in its first edition hardcover on June 6, 2006. This novel, which Tabitha King co-authored with Michael McDowell, is 432 pages long. Berkley also published the paperback edition on May 1, 2007, and it is 424 pages long.

Michael McDowell is known for his “Blackwater” series, but he passed in 1999. He left behind this manuscript for Candles Burning, which Tabitha King finished. Although this is a ghost story to some extent, it is not a horror story. Rather, it is described at several outlets as falling into the “Southern Gothic” sub-genre.

Non-Fiction Books by Tabitha King

Playing Like a Girl: Cindy Blodgett and the Lawrence Bulldogs Season of 93-94 (1994)

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Dendrite Corporation published this short book in 1994. According to Amazon, it only runs 42 pages. Its title and subject are self-explanatory.

Mid-life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude (1994)

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This is a book by and about the band of authors known as The Rock Bottom Remainders. Tabitha King served only as the photographer of this book and did not write it. Viking published the first edition on August 1, 1994, and it was 222 pages long.

That’s it for a guide to all of Tabitha King’s books. If you like what I’m doing here at the Stephen King Universe, it would mean a lot if you joined our email list by entering your email in the form at the top of the page. If that’s too much, just LIKE our page on Facebook, or FOLLOW us on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.