The Most Dangerous Novels of All Time

Rage, Stephen King

The first of King’s novels to be written under the pseudonym “Richard Bachman,” Rage details a high school student who goes off the rails, killing several teachers and holding a room full of kids hostage. Since its publication it has been associated with several similar crimes, including that of Michael Carneal, who brought a gun to school and opened fire on a youth prayer group before laying down his gun and saying “Kill me, please. I can’t believe I did that.” He had a copy of Rage in his locker. “The Carneal incident was enough for me,” King said in an address to the Vermont Library Conference in 1999. “I asked my publisher to take the damned thing out of print. They concurred.”