Born: 21 September 1947 (age 72 years), Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, United States
Books: It, The Shining, The Outsider, The Stand, Doctor Sleep, ETC.
Short stories: The Body, The Mist, 1922, ETC.
TV shows: The Stand, Storm of the Century, The Langoliers, ETC.
If any other writer in fantasy writing after Harry Potter fame, J.K. Rowling, is so famous, it is Stephen King, the uncrowned King of horror novels, who has more than 75 films and serials on his books. Like every big success story, the story of this ‘King’ is no less exciting. For a long time, Stephen did not understand why he loved writing horror and thriller stories. His mother loved horror movies and books. Stephen also began to watch. He used to get so afraid that he would enter the bed, almost trembling. Strange fantasies started coming in his mind. For example, something would come out of the drawer of the table, the bathroom door would open in a loud voice, and animals of unseen breeds would enter the room!
Stephen King, in full Stephen Edwin King, (born September 21, 1947, Portland, Maine, U.S.), American novelist and short-story writer whose books were credited with reviving the genre of horror fiction in the late 20th century.
King graduated from the University of Maine in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in English. While writing short stories he supported himself by teaching and working as a janitor, among other jobs. His first published novel, Carrie, about a tormented teenage girl gifted with telekinetic powers, appeared in 1974 (film 1976 and 2013) and was an immediate popular success.
Years later, he realized that he enjoyed being afraid, so he started scaring people with his stories. Due to his special writing, he became famous among the people around him during his college days, but he had to struggle a lot to start his career as a writer. He got a low pay job after studying. He loved the poems of one girl named Tabby. He fell in love with her and married. Stephen went to his wedding, wearing a borrowed suit and shoes. The two used to do a variety of jobs together so that they could run home. After so much work, there was no time to read and write.
Tabby had a typewriter, but the table was not there. A part of the washing machine was opened, and a table was made. Both worked on it in turns. For several days, his friends joked that Stephen married Tabby simply because she had a typewriter. Stealing time away from sleep hours, Stephen would write stories, send them to magazines, but they were rejected. Stephen used to hang all the letters of the rejections in a nail on the wall so that he could get inspiration by looking at them. Gradually the number of those letters increased so much that the nail could not bear their burden and fell on the ground. Then he set up some new hangers. Sometimes if a story got printed, well, else every day, the weight of the letters on the hanger would increase. Stephen became depressed after so many rejections. He wanted to give up his dream of becoming a writer, but what was known was that he could not keep himself away from the typewriter. One day he fell asleep in the daytime. In the dream, he saw a teenage girl who could control things around her with the power of her mind. He started writing his story on waking up, but after writing 50 pages, he rejected it himself. When Tabby read that story a few days later, she jumped up and insisted that he must write the whole story. Stephen said, ‘I don’t know much about girls’ lives, so I can’t catch the specifics of the character.
Tabby began sharing her teenage experiences with him. Stephen finished the book. The publisher whom he sent the book agreed immediately, but the book did not sell well. The matter became commonplace. A year later, another publisher decided to print it in paperback and gave Stephen $ 4 million as earnest money. This amount was an unprecedented event for the publishing world. The book got sold in minutes, and Stephen King became the new ‘king’ of professional writing. Every year, Stephen’s novel got printed; it created a new record in sales. Once he felt that his books sell not because of story or writing, but because of his fame. He removed his name from his new book and changed it to a pseudonym. That book was equally sold. Stephen’s books were printed under a pseudonym for four years, but sales were unaffected, but fans began to investigate which new author is this, who writes in the style of Stephen King. When the investigation reached its peak, King revealed the truth to the people. King’s tale is a wonderful example of the spirit of not giving up. The step on which he was most disappointed, the rivers of hope were flowing right on the next step. Had he returned in despair, he would never have dived into the river of hope and success, which he had dreamt at the age of six when one night he imagined something strange from the table drawer would come out.Stephen King Novels :
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