Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine on 21 September 1947, Stephen King is popularly known for his fictional books most of which were adapted into successful films. As a graduate of the University of Maine, he worked later as a teacher, and as he did so, he wrote frequently, establishing himself as a writer.
King of Thrills and Chills
Stephen King is recognized as a very successful and popular horror writer in history. His first novel, Carrie, was sold in 1973, a book that was a huge success after it was published the following year, and
this gave him the chance to devote as a full time writer. He wrote
other popular novels, which include Cujo (1981), Firestarter
(1980), Salem’s Lot (1975), The Shining (1977), and IT (1986).
Several of King’s books were published with the pen name
“Richard Bachman”, and most of his works were about sewer-
dwelling monsters and vicious rabid dogs. He used this pen name
because he was concerned that the public won’t accept more
than one book from an author in a year.
Television and Film Adaptations
Actually, most of King’s works were adapted into films; Cujo was
released for the big screen in 1983, while Firestarter was released
in 1984. One of the most renowned horror thrillers of all time, The Shinning was released in 1980, starring Jack Nicholson and
King’s pace of writing was super fast, as he published several
books each year mostly from the 1980s till the 1990s. His tales
has become successful and popular that they are used for the
basis of most films.
The Shawshank Redemption, which was based on one of his
stories was well recognized, having multiple Oscar nominations.
One of King’s 1978 novels, The Stand was adopted into a
miniseries in 1994. In 1999, one of his mid-‘90s serialized outing
The Green Mile was turned to a prison-based film.
Stephen King kept on creating and indulging in provocative
projects. He has written for series such as Under the Dome and
Kingdom Hospital, and also has worked directly in television. In
the year 2011, he published a novel that talks about time travel,
and the novel is titled 11/22/63. In 2013, he wrote a pulp-fiction
style thriller, in which the reader is taken through a journey to
unravel an unsolved murder. This novel is titled Joyland.
King’s wife, who is a novelist, helps him a lot, and they have three
children. Apart from writing, King loves music, and sometimes he plays guitar and sings in a band. The band he sings in is called Rock Bottom Remainders, and it comprises of other literary stars like Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Barbara Kingsolver. This group usually performs in order to raise money for charity.