Stephen Edwin King is arguably the most widely acclaimed and renowned supernatural fiction and horror author in the world.
|Date of Birth||21 September 1947 (age 69)|
|Education||University of Maine|
|Children's||Joe Hill (son), Naomi King (Daughter), Owen King (son)|
|Net Worth||$400 million|
|Professions||Author, Novelist, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter|
His books have sold more than a whopping 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.
King was born September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. When Stephen King was two years old, his father left the family leaving his mother to raise Stephen and his older brother, David, by herself, sometimes under great financial strain. King attended Durham Elementary School and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School, in Lisbon Falls, Maine. He displayed an early interest in horror as an avid reader of EC’s horror comics, including Tales from the Crypt. He began writing for fun while still in school, contributing articles to Dave’s Rag, the newspaper his brother published with a mimeograph machine, and later began selling to his friends stories based on movies he had seen.
From 1966, King studied at the University of Maine, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. That year, his daughter Naomi Rachel was born. He wrote a column, Steve King’s Garbage Truck, for the student newspaper, The Maine Campus and participated in a writing workshop organized by Burton Hatlen. King held a variety of jobs to pay for his studies, including janitor, gas pump attendant, and worker at an industrial laundry.
After leaving the university, King earned a certificate to teach high school but, unable to find a teaching post immediately, he started selling short stories to men’s magazines such as Cavalier. King wrote The Shining (published 1977) which won multiple awards. The family returned to western Maine in 1975, where King completed his fourth novel, The Stand .On November 3, 2015, King released his tenth collection of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The book was released to critical acclaim and commercial success .During a tour to promote End of Watch, King revealed that he had collaborated on a novel, set in a women’s prison in West Virginia.
King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards. He was also a Nebula Award novelette nominee. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. His short story “The Man in the Black Suit” (1994) received the O. Henry Award. He has also received the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (2007).
Outside of writing, King is a music fan. He even sometimes plays guitar and sings in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders. King and his novelist wife divide their time between Florida and Maine. They have three children: Naomi Rachel, a reverend; Joseph Hillstrom, who writes under the pen name Joe Hill; and Owen Phillip, whose first collection of stories was published in 2005.