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30 Interesting Facts About Horror Author, Stephen King

Stephen King is an American author who has written many best-selling books. If you love his work, get to know him with these top thirty facts!

  1. His full name is Stephen Edwin King.
  2. He was born on 21st September 1947, in Portland, Maine.
  3. His primary occupation is a novelist, but he has also produced shows for television, and other such media.
  4. His books are classed as horror, fantasy and science-fiction.
  5. He has written under two pen names – Richard Bachman and John Swithen.
  6. King has written over 49 full length novels, 7 pen named books, 5 non-fiction texts and 5 short story collections.
  7. He married wife Tabitha, in 1971.
  8. They have three children together – Naomi, Joe and Owen.
  9. His father abandoned the family, leaving his wife, adopted son David and young Stephen behind.
  10. He was inspired to write by his father’s old copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Lurker in the Shadows.
  11. When he was a child, he witnessed his friend die in a train accident. He had no memory of the event.
  12. Before he was a successful novelist, he sold short stories to men’s magazines such as Cavalier.
  13. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of Maine.
  14. The first draft of novel Carrie went in the rubbish, but Tabitha saw potential. The novel went on to earn paperback rights of over $400,000.
  15. Other popular works of the time were Salem’s Lot, The Shining and The Stand.
  16. It was during this time when King suffered from alcohol and drug abuse. He has remained sober since the late 80’s.
  17. King wrote for Marvel comics Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men – charity works to help prevent famine in Africa.
  18. His The Dark Towers series has been described as a successful fantasy that bridges with the spaghetti western.
  19. Believing his popularity to be an accident, King wrote as Bachman. The books sold equally well, and King was outed.
  20. In 1999 King was hit by a minivan. He suffered several injuries including, a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures in his right leg, scalp lacerations and a broken hip. During his recovery period, he thought about retiring, but ideas came for Lisey’s Story.
  21. He has collaborated with many authors and artists including Peter Straub and Michael Jackson.
  22. King tries to write a minimum of 2000 words a day.
  23. He prefers to use paper and a Waterman fountain pen.
  24. King writes as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly. This career began in 2003.
  25. He is a fan of AC/DC and The Ramones.
  26. His favourite novel-to-screen adaptations are Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist.
  27. He starred in George Romero’s film Knightriders as an enthusiastic audience member.
  28. King is a Boston Red Sox’s fan. His own hobby influenced the story The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
  29. He is a political activist, speaking out against the restriction of violent video games to under 18’s. Even though he isn’t a gamer himself, he believes the politician’s scapegoat media that is less damaging than horror films.
  30. King has won over 50 awards for his novels – his first was the 1978 American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults with Salem’s Lot.

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    Chris Waddell 28th January 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Is he a Freemason?

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    Jaress 22nd September 2012 at 1:02 am - Reply

    He also did a small part on “Sons of Anarchy” as “Bachman, the cleaner”

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    Mats Holm 21st September 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Lurker in the Shadows? As big lovecraft fan, I have not seen this collection, or this story, and I can only find it in relationship with this “fact”. Might it actually be Lurker at the Threshold by August Derleth from 1945?

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    whatitis 21st September 2012 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    “King’s father, Donald Edwin King, who was born circa 1913 in Peru, Indiana, was a merchant seaman.”

    My guess is that your understanding is wrong.

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    Christopher 21st September 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    My understanding is that his original name is Bachman and he couldn’t get published. When he picked the name Stephen King, though, the name helped his career take off.

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      bob 21st September 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Your understanding is incorrect then. The Bachman books came after he had been published at least three times as Stephen King. Plus that’s his birth name, so….

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