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Stephen King Biography
Known for being one of the master writers of the horror genre, Stephen King has received numerous awards for his novels and short stories including being listed on the "New York Times" best-selling list. Many of his books have been turned into movies including "IT," "Carrie," and "Misery."
Born on September 21, 1947, King grew up in Maine. Many of his books are set in small towns in Maine. After graduating from the University of Maine, King started a career as a teacher while also working on his first book, "Carrie." The book was later adapted to a successful movie. Some books have been published under the name Richard Bachman. There have been over 350 million copies of King's books sold in all areas of the world.
King's Early Days
When King was young, his parents separated. He shared his childhood with his brother by spending as much time as possible with both parents. After spending a short time in areas of Connecticut and Indiana, King's mother moved with her sons back to Maine. In 1966, he graduated from Lisbon Falls High School before going to college. While attending the University of Maine, Stephen King got a head start on his writing career by writing articles for the school's newspaper. He was also a member of the student government and various other clubs. His first short story, "Startling Mystery Stories," was written and published before he graduated from the university. He obtained an English degree in 1970 and went on to teach at Hampden Academy in 1971. While teaching, he met Tabitha Spruce. After dating for a short time, the two were married.
"Carrie" was released in 1973. The book is about a group of girls in high school who make fun of Carrie White. Soon, Carrie learns that she has telekinetic powers, which leads to her wreaking havoc on the town. Several other novels soon followed and were just as successful with most being turned into movies, such as "Cujo" in 1981 and "Salem's Lot" in 1975. Many of King's books were published under his name, but there were some that weren't as chilling that were published under Richard Bachman, such as "Roadwork" and "Rage."
The Big Screen
"Cujo" was one of the first books that was turned into a movie in 1983 and was followed in 1984 by "Firestarter." Although "IT" was also made into a major motion picture in 2017, it first began in 1990 as a miniseries. During the 1980s and 1990s, King wrote several novels and short stories as this was the busiest time of his career. Several movies have received Oscar nominations and have starred famous actors like Sissy Spacek and Morgan Freeman.
Although King has slowed down writing novels, he still works on various television projects, such as "Kingdom Hospital." He has written books with his son and shares a love of writing with his wife, who is also an author. "The Institute" became King's 61st book and was released in 2019. King enjoys spending time in Maine and Florida and tries to spend as much time as possible with his three children.See more books by Stephen King
Peter Straub Biography
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