Stephen King's Biography

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Stephen King is an American author, whose horror and fantasy tales enjoy great success. He has written over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror and fantasy novels. His works are known for turning ordinary situations stress into horrifying ones. King’s thrilling plots helped with reviving the genre of horror fiction in the late 20th century. King has also led the way in adopting innovative publishing techniques.

Born in Portland, on the 21st September 1947, King wrote his first story at the age of 7.As a child, he witnessed a gruesome accident when one of his friends was struck and killed by a train. Some have suggested this event may have inspired King's dark, disturbing creations, but King himself dismisses the idea. Stephen King sold his first piece of writing to a magazine when he was 18 years old. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970 and began teaching high school English.

Here he met Tabitha Spruce and they got married in 1971.

His first published novel, Carrie about a tormented teenage girl gifted with psychic powers, appeared in 1974 and was an immediate popular success. It was then filmed in 1976. Originally, Tabitha King is who to thank for the classic Carrie. The reason why is that Stephen threw his first manuscript of "Carrie" in the garbage. Tabitha loved it so much she retrieved it and got him to reconsider. Carrie was the first of many novels in which King blended horror, the macabre, fantasy, and science fiction.

King had a drinking problem and he states that he was the basis for The Shining's alcoholic father, though he would not admit it for several years. Other works were Salem's Lot (1975), The Stand (1978), The Dead Zone (1979; filmed 1983), Firestarter...