You may not have heard of Different Seasons, a collection of four Stephen King novellas, but you’ve certainly heard of some of the novellas themselves: The Body was turned into the 1986 movie Stand by Me, and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption was turned into Shawshank Redemption. These four stories, originally published in 1982, seem to lack the horror of King’s other tales at first, but each has a subtle creepiness that we love. Some of the tales are better than others (The Breathing Method is a bit slow), but overall, it’s one of our all-time King favorites.
Or try the movie: Three out of four of these tales have been made into films: Stand by Me, Shawshank Redemption, and Apt Pupil. The first two are true film classics (Shawshank was nominated for a Best Film Oscar), but 1998’s Apt Pupil, starring Ian McKellen as a Nazi war criminal hiding out in a quiet suburb, isn’t really worth the watch.