Stephen Edwin King - The King Of Terror

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The King of Terror

Stephen Edwin King is one of today's most popular and best selling writers.

King combines the elements of psychological thrillers, science fiction, the paranormal,

and detective themes into his stories. In addition to these themes, King sticks to

using great and vivid detail that is set in a realistic everyday place. Stephen King

who is mainly known for his novels, has broadened his horizons to different types of

writings such as movie scripts, nonfiction, autobiographies, children's books, and short

stories. While Stephen King might be best known for his novels The Stand and It, some

of his best work that has been published are his short stories such as "The Body" and

"Quitters Inc". King's works are so powerful because he uses his experience and

observations from his everyday life and places them into his unique stories.

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947, at the

Maine General Hospital.

Stephen, his mother Nellie, and his adopted brother David were

left to fend for themselves when Stephen's father Donald, a Merchant Marine captain,

left one day, to go the store to buy a pack of cigarettes, and never returned. His

fathers leaving had a big indirect impact on King's life. In the autobiographical work

Danse Macabre, Stephen King recalls how his family life was altered: "After my father

took off, my mother, struggled, and then landed on her feet." My brother and I didn't

see a great deal of her over the next nine years. She worked a succession of continuous

low paying jobs." Stephen's first outlooks on life were influenced by his older brother

and what he figured out on his own. While young Stephen and his family moved around


North Eastern and Central United States. When he was seven...