On this page you’ll find an almost complete Stephen King biography, separated by sections, highlighting the most notable events in the authors life and career path.
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 world class novelist and writer in general.
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. The writer gave the world other highly popular novels, such as 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 Shelley Duvall.
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.
Later Works and Filmography
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.
Personal Life and Biography
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.