Stephen King.

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Stephen King is one of the world's best horror fiction writers sice Edgar Allan Poe.He is the author of more than thirty worldwide best-sellers.This is the story of his life and what he wrote.

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland,Maine in 1947.He is the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King.After his parents seperated when Stephen was a toddler,he and his brother,David,were raised by his mother.Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne,Indiana,where his father's family was at the time,and in Stratford,Conneticut.Stephen and his brother paid frequent visits to members of his mother's family in Malden,Massachusett,and Pownal,Maine.When Stephen was eleven,his mother brought her children back to Durham,Maine,for good.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and then Lisbon Falls High school,graduating in 1966.From his sophmore year at the University of Maine at Orono,he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper,The Maine Campus.

He was also active in student politics,serving as a member of the student senate. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970,with a B.S. in English and qualified to teach on the High school level. He and Tabitha Spruce married in January of 1971. He met Tabitha in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University of Maine at Orono,where they both worked as students. As Stephen was unable to find Placement as a teacher immediatly,the kings lived on his earnings as a laborer on an industrial laundry,and her student loan and savings,with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines. Stephen made his first short story sale to a mass market men's magazine shortly after his graduation from the University. Throughout the early years of his marriage,he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many of...