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Stephen King Biography - The Life, Books and Movies of Stephen King

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When Stephen King was Born:

Portland, Maine
1947

Stephen King's Background:

King's parents separated when he was a toddler and his mother raised he and his older brother, David, from then on. He spent some of his childhood in Indiana and Connecticut before moving back to Maine at age 11.

What Stephen King Did Before Writing Full Time:

King graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970 with a B.A. in English. He married his college sweetheart, Tabitha Spruce, in January 1971. King worked in an industrial laundry for a while and then became a high school English teacher.

What Stephen King Has Written:

Doubleday & Co. accepted King's first novel, Carrie, for publication in 1973. He quit teaching and started writing full time. King has published more than 150 written works, including short stories and novels. Check out a complete list of Stephen King's books and stories.

Stephen King Movies and TV Shows:

King's works have been adapted into more than 75 films and TV shows ranging from horror films, like It, to acclaimed dramas, like The Shawshank Redemption. Check out a complete list of Stephen King movies.

Stephen King's Genre:

Horror
(Although he has written some things that are not horror as well)

Stephen King's Alcohol & Drug Abuse History:

In On Writing King admitted that he struggled with alcohol abuse during the 1980s and based the alcoholic father in The Shining on himself. King's family and friends confronted him about his alcohol and drug problems, causing him to seek help. He quit using alcohol and drugs in the late 1980s.

Richard Bachman:

King wrote several books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman because he wanted to see if some of his early works would sell if they were not published under his name and he wanted to write something other than horror. King denied any connection to Bachman for a long time, even producing a false biography of Bachman. Eventually, fan research revealed they were the same person. King staged a death of Bachman, and was inspired by the experience to write The Dark Half.

Stephen King Trivia:

  • According to King's official Web site, he could not fight in the Vietnam War because a draft board found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet and punctured eardrums.
  • King is a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan.
  • Since 2003, King has written about pop culture in a column called "The Pop of King" appearing on the back page of Entertainment Weekly every third week.

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