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The King of horrorRichard BachmanThe King
Tabitha King (m. 1971)
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Joe KingNaomi KingOwen King
University Of MarylandDurham Elementary SchoolLisbon Falls High School
University Of Maryland
Portland, Maine
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Donald Edwin King
Nellie Ruth
$400 Million as of Apr 27,2017
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Portland, Maine
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Who is Stephen King?

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One of the most popular writers of contemporary horror, suspense and science fiction, American author Stephen King has published over 50 novels and penned hundreds of short stories. Best known for writing the horror novel ‘It’ which revolves around a mysterious maleficent being that terrorizes children, King is undoubtedly one of the most loved horror writers whose writings never fail to incite fear, terror and fright in the minds of the readers. The author who mostly publishes under his real name also used to publish under the pseudonym ‘Richard Bachman’. Funnily enough, the sale of Richard Bachman’s books increased manifold after it was revealed that Bachman was none other than Stephen King himself. King is a highly prolific writer and the winner of multiple awards including the prestigious Bram Stoker Awards. Growing up King had a difficult childhood as he was raised by a single mother in financially difficult circumstances. While still a small boy he witnessed the horrific death of a friend who was struck and killed by a train in front of his eyes—this incident might have played a role in inspiring some of his darker writings. His first published novel was ‘Carrie’ which was so successful that it led to several film and Broadway adaptations.

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Stephen King Childhood & Early Life

He was born on September 21, 1947 to Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman and his wife, Nellie Ruth. His father abandoned the family when Stephen was two years old leaving his wife to provide for herself and her two sons.

He loved to read horror novels and once read a collection of short stories called ‘The Lurker in the Shadows’ by H. P. Lovecraft and realized his life’s calling.

He graduated from Lisbon Falls High School. While at school he used to write for fun and even sold his stories to his friends. One of his stories was published in the fanzine, ‘Comics Review’ in 1965.

He enrolled at the University of Maine in 1966 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1970. He used to do part time jobs to support his education. He earned a certificate to teach high school after leaving the university.

Stephen King Career

He found a job as an English teacher at a public high school, Hampden Academy, in 1971. He continued writing in his free time. He was working on a novel called ‘Carrie’ but was frustrated that it seemed to go nowhere.

The novel ‘Carrie’ was finally published in 1974. It told the story of a teenage girl who uses her telekinetic power to exact revenge on the people who had humiliated her. The novel was a hit.

In 1977, he released the novel ‘The Shining’ which revolves around a young boy who possesses psychic abilities that allow him to witness the past horrors that had happened in the hotel he is staying in with his parents. This novel established King as a popular horror writer.

His 1983 novel, ‘Pet Sematary’, which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was about a cemetery which has special powers to resurrect the dead that have been buried there. This novel was later made into a popular movie of the same name.

King published a psychological horror novel ‘Misery’ in 1987 which is about a writer who is abducted by a crazy fan who is upset with the ending of one of his books and forces him to rewrite the story, torturing him in the process.

In 1996, his serial novel, ‘The Green Mile’, telling the story of a death row supervisor’s experiences with an unusual inmate, was published. Set in the 1930s, the book is a great example of magical realism.

Published in 2001, his novel ‘Black House’ was written in collaboration with another writer, Peter Straub. The story is a chilling tale of a serial killer who targets children and eats their dead bodies.

His novel, ‘Duma Key’, published in 2008, is about a contractor, Edgar Freemantle, who suffers a terrible accident and experiences severe personality changes and eventually acquires the power to paint events that will occur in future.

Some of his more recent novels include ‘The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole’ (2012), ‘Joyland’ (2013), and ‘Mr. Mercedes’ (2014).

Stephen King Major Works

’The Shining’ is the novel which played a major role in making him a famous writer of horror thrillers. It was his first bestseller which was later made into a movie of the same name by director Stanley Kubrick.

His novel ‘It’, which is about a mysterious being that terrorizes children was his first novel in which he explored the themes like childhood trauma, memory power, and phobias, which would recur in his future novels. The novel had been adapted into several plays and films.

The novella ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’ was undoubtedly one of his best known works, popularized by the 1994 movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ which was nominated for several Academy Awards.

Stephen King Awards & Achievements

In 2002, King along with J. N. Williamson was honored with The Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement for their significant contribution to the genre of horror writing. He is also the recipient of several Bram Stoker Awards.

In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Awards which were established in 1936 by the American Booksellers Association.

Stephen King Personal Life & Legacy

King married Tabitha Spruce, a fellow student at the University of Maine, in 1971. The couple have three children—two sons and one daughter. Both his sons are published authors themselves.

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Stephen King awards

  • Other

    • 2004
      Deutscher Phantastik Preis for International Author of the Year
    • 2004
      World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement
    • 1995
      USC Scripter Award
    • 1992 – Fantafestival Award for Best Screenplay
    • 2005 - Horror Award for Best Adaptation
    • 2002 - Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award
    • 1981 - British Fantasy Society Special Award
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Stephen King biography timelines

  • He was born on September 21, 1947 to Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman and his wife, Nellie Ruth. His father abandoned the family when Stephen was two years old leaving his wife to provide for herself and her two sons.
    21st Sep 1947
  • He enrolled at the University of Maine in 1966 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1970. He used to do part time jobs to support his education. He earned a certificate to teach high school after leaving the university.
    1970
  • He found a job as an English teacher at a public high school, Hampden Academy, in 1971. He continued writing in his free time. He was working on a novel called ‘Carrie’ but was frustrated that it seemed to go nowhere.
    1971
  • King married Tabitha Spruce, a fellow student at the University of Maine, in 1971. The couple have three children—two sons and one daughter. Both his sons are published authors themselves.
    1971
  • The novel ‘Carrie’ was finally published in 1974. It told the story of a teenage girl who uses her telekinetic power to exact revenge on the people who had humiliated her. The novel was a hit.
    1974
  • In 1977, he released the novel ‘The Shining’ which revolves around a young boy who possesses psychic abilities that allow him to witness the past horrors that had happened in the hotel he is staying in with his parents. This novel established King as a popular horror writer.
    1977
  • His 1983 novel, ‘Pet Sematary’, which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was about a cemetery which has special powers to resurrect the dead that have been buried there. This novel was later made into a popular movie of the same name.
    1983
  • King published a psychological horror novel ‘Misery’ in 1987 which is about a writer who is abducted by a crazy fan who is upset with the ending of one of his books and forces him to rewrite the story, torturing him in the process.
    1987
  • In 1996, his serial novel, ‘The Green Mile’, telling the story of a death row supervisor’s experiences with an unusual inmate, was published. Set in the 1930s, the book is a great example of magical realism.
    1996
  • Published in 2001, his novel ‘Black House’ was written in collaboration with another writer, Peter Straub. The story is a chilling tale of a serial killer who targets children and eats their dead bodies.
    2001
  • In 2002, King along with J. N. Williamson was honored with The Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement for their significant contribution to the genre of horror writing. He is also the recipient of several Bram Stoker Awards.
    2002
  • In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Awards which were established in 1936 by the American Booksellers Association.
    2003
  • His novel, ‘Duma Key’, published in 2008, is about a contractor, Edgar Freemantle, who suffers a terrible accident and experiences severe personality changes and eventually acquires the power to paint events that will occur in future.
    2008
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Frequently asked questions about Stephen King

  • What is Stephen King birthday?

    Stephen King was born at September 21, 1947

  • Where is Stephen King's birth place?

    Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine

  • What is Stephen King nationalities?

    Stephen King's nationalities is American

  • What is Stephen King nick names?

    Stephen King's nickNames is The King of horror, Richard Bachman, The King

  • Who is Stephen King spouses?

    Stephen King's spouses is Tabitha King (m. 1971)

  • Who is Stephen King siblings?

    Stephen King's siblings is David

  • Who is Stephen King childrens?

    Stephen King's childrens is Joe King, Naomi King, Owen King

  • What was Stephen King universities?

    Stephen King studied at University Of Maryland, Durham Elementary School, Lisbon Falls High School university

  • What was Stephen King notable alumnis?

    Stephen King's notable alumnis is University Of Maryland

  • How tall is Stephen King?

    Stephen King's height is 193

  • Who is Stephen King's father?

    Stephen King's father is Donald Edwin King

  • Who is Stephen King's mother?

    Stephen King's mother is Nellie Ruth

  • What is Stephen King's sun sign?

    Stephen King is Virgo