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Featured Writer
Stephen King


Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 at the Maine General Hospital in Portland, Maine. His parents were Donald Edwin King and Ruth Pillsbury King. Stephen was the only natural born child in the family, his older brother David having been adopted at birth two years earlier. The Kings were a typical family until one night when Donald King said he was stepping out for cigarettes and was never heard from again. After that, Ruth took over raising the family with help from relatives. They traveled throughout many states over several years, finally moving back to Durham, Maine, in 1958.

Stephen began his actual writing career in January of 1959, when David and Stephen decided to publish their own local town newspaper named, "Dave's Rag." David bought a mimeograph, and they created a paper that sold for five cents an issue. Stephen attended Lisbon High School in Lisbon, Maine, in 1962. Collaborating with his best friend Chris Chesley in 1963, they published a collection of 18 short stories called, "People, Places, and Things-Volume I." King's stories included, "Hotel at the End of the Road," "I've Got to Get Away!," "The Dimension Warp," "The Thing at the Bottom of the Well," "The Stranger," "I'm Falling," "The Cursed Expedition," and "The Other Side of the Fog." A year later, King's amateur press 'Triad and Gaslight Books,' published a two-part book titled, "The Star Invaders."

Stephen King made his first actual published appearance in 1965 in the magazine, "Comics Review," with his story, "I Was a Teenage Grave Robber." The story ran about 6,000 words in length. In 1966, he graduated from high school and took a scholarship to attend the University of Maine. Looking back on his high school days, King recalled that, "My high school career was totally undistinguished. I was not at the top of my class, nor at the bottom." Later that summer King began working on a novel called, "Getting It On," about some kids who take over a classroom and try unsuccessfully to ward off the National Guard. During his first year at college, King completed his first full length novel, "The Long Walk." He submitted the novel to Bennett Cerf/Random House only to have it rejected. King took the rejection badly and filed the book away.

Stephen King made his first small sale with his story, "The Glass Floor," for the amount of $35. In June 1970, King graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a certificate to teach high school. King's next idea came from the poem by Robert Browning, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came." He found bright colored green paper in the library and began work on 'The Dark Tower' saga, but due to his lack of income he was unable to further pursue the novel at great length, and it too was filed away. King took a measly job pumping gas, earning $1.25 an hour. Soon he began to earn money for his writings by submitting his short stories to men's magazines such as Cavalier.

On January 2, 1971, he married Tabitha Jane Spruce. In the fall of 1971, King took a teaching job at Hampden Academy, earning $6,400 a year. The Kings then moved to Hermon, a town west of Bangor, Maine. Stephen began work on a short story about a teenage girl named Carietta White. After a completing a few pages, King decided it was not a worthy story, crumpled the pages up and tossed them into the trash. Fortunately, his wife Tabitha took the pages out and read them. She encouraged her husband to continue the story, which he did. In January 1973, King submitted "Carrie" to Doubleday. In March, Doubleday bought the book. On May 12, Doubleday sold the paperback rights of "Carrie" to New American Library for $400,000. Based on the book contract, Stephen King would get half of that. King quit his teaching job to pursue writing full time. And the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, King has had numerous short stories and novels published, as well as having many movies created from his work. Stephen King is called the "Master of Horror." His books have been translated into 33 different languages, and published in over 35 different countries. There are over 300 million copies of his novels in publication. He continues to live in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, where he writes out of his home.

The Talisman (2008) (in production) (novel)
Black House (2008) (announced) (novel)
Cell (2007) (announced) (novel)
Creepshow (2008) (preproduction) (short story)
1408 (2007) (preproduction) (short story)
From a Buick 8 (2002)
Suffer the Little Children (2006) (story)
"Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" (2006) (mini) TV Series (short stories)
"Desperation" (2006) (mini) TV Series (novel Desperation) (teleplay)
Umney's Last Case (2006) (short story)
The Mangler Reborn (2005) (characters)
I Know What You Need (2005) (short story)
Femme dans la chambre, La (2005) (short story)
Gotham Cafe (2005) (short story)
Home delivery: Servicio a domicilio (2005) (short story)
Sorry, Right Number (2005) (original screenplay)
Lucky Quarter (2005) (short story)
Sueño de Harvey, El (2005) (story)
Riding the Bullet (2004) (novella Riding the Bullet)
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (2004) (short story)
'Salem's Lot (2004) (TV) (novel Salem's Lot)
All That You Love (2004) (short story)
The Road Virus Heads North (2004) (short story)
The Man in the Black Suit (2004) (short story)
Secret Window (2004) (novella Four Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden)
"Kingdom Hospital" (2004) (mini) TV Series
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) (TV) (characters)
Autopsy Room Four (2003) (short story)
Dreamcatcher (2003) (novel "Dreamcatcher")
Rainy Season (2002) (short story)
The Dead Zone (2002) (TV) (novel)
Carrie (2002) (TV) (novel)
Night Surf (2002) (short story)
"The Dead Zone" (2002) TV Series (novel)
Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002) (TV) (novel Firestarter)
"Rose Red" (2002) (mini) TV Series (written by)
Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001) (TV) (characters)
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) (book)
Strawberry Spring (2001) (short story)
The Mangler 2 (2001) (TV) (characters) (uncredited)
Paranoid (2000/II) (poem Paranoid: A Chant)
The Green Mile (1999) (novel)
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return (1999) (TV) (short story Children of the Corn)
Sometimes They Come Back... for More (1999) (characters)
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) (characters)
"Storm of the Century" (1999) (mini) TV Series (written by)
Apt Pupil (1998) (novella Apt Pupil)
Children of the Corn TV: Fields of Terror (1998) (TV) (short story Children of the Corn)
"The X Files"
Chinga (1998) TV Episode (writer)
The Night Flier (1997) (story)
"The Outer Limits"
Revelations of Becka Paulson (1997) TV Episode (story)
Quicksilver Highway (1997) (TV) (short story Chattery Teeth)
Ghosts (1997/I) (idea) (story)
"The Shining" (1997) (mini) TV Series (novel) (teleplay)
Trucks (1997) (TV) (short story)
Thinner (1996) (novel)
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996) (TV) (short story Children of the Corn)
Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996) (characters)
The Langoliers (1995) (TV) (novella From Four Past Midnight)
Dolores Claiborne (1995) (book)
The Mangler (1995) (short story)
Children of the Corn III (1995) (story Children of the Corn)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption)
"The Stand" (1994) (mini) TV Series (book) (teleplay)
Needful Things (1993) (book)
The Tommyknockers (1993) (TV) (novel)
The Dark Half (1993) (novel)
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1993) (short story Children of the Corn)
Sleepwalkers (1992) (written by)
The Lawnmower Man (1992) (title only) (credit removed following lawsuit)
Golden Years (1991) (TV)
Sometimes They Come Back (1991) (TV) (short story)
"Monsters"
The Moving Finger (1991) TV Episode (story)
Misery (1990) (novel "Misery")
It (1990) (TV) (novel)
Graveyard Shift (1990) (short story)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) (short story) (segment "Cat From Hell")
Pet Sematary (1989) (novel) (screenplay)
"Tales from the Darkside"
Sorry, Right Number (1987) TV Episode (writer)
The Word Processor of the Gods (1984) TV Episode (story)
The Running Man (1987) (novel) (as Richard Bachman)
A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) (characters)
Creepshow 2 (1987) (stories)
The Last Rung on the Ladder (1987) (short story)
The Lawnmower Man (1987) (short story)
Stand by Me (1986) (novella The Body)
Maximum Overdrive (1986) (short story Trucks) (written by)
Srazhenie (1986) (short story)
Silver Bullet (1985) (novella Cycle of the Werewolf)
"The Twilight Zone" (1985) TV Series (story Gramma)
Cat's Eye (1985)
Firestarter (1984) (novel)
Children of the Corn (1984) (short story)
Christine (1983) (novel)
The Dead Zone (1983) (novel)
Cujo (1983) (novel)
The Woman in the Room (1983) (story)
Disciples of the Crow (1983) (short story)
Creepshow (1982) (screenplay) (short stories The Crate and Weeds)
The Boogeyman (1982) (short story)
The Shining (1980) (novel)
Salem's Lot (1979) (TV) (novel)
Carrie (1976) (novel)



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