Ever since I was little I loved a scary story. From reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to Goosebumps, the natural progression of my spooky reading habits led me to the granddaddy of the scary story, Stephen King. I was always a sucker for anthologies. I think the short story is usually the best and most conducive format for horror writing because you can take a lot of risks without having to devote a huge page count to weirder and more inventive premises. I gravitate to Stephen King’s shorter works, and they have produced some of my favorite films. The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, 1408, Children of the Corn, 1922, and The Mist were all based on King’s short stories and novellas, and there is such a treasure trove of untapped gold lurking in King’s anthologies. Here are the top five short stories/novellas that I think need to be adapted for the big screen ASAP.