Stephen King is a famous American author known for his horror and suspense books.
This article will tell you about his bio, quick facts, childhood, early life, career, personal life, and net worth.
|Full Name||Stephen Edwin King|
|Date of Birth||September 21, 1947 AD|
|Age||74 Years (as of 2021)|
|Father||Donald Edwin King|
|Spouse||Tabitha King (m. 1971)|
|Children||Naomi King, Joe King, Owen King|
|Net Worth||$500 million (estimated in 2021)|
American author Stephen King, one of the most popular contemporary horror, suspense, and science fiction writers, has published more than 50 novels and wrote hundreds of short stories. He is best known for writing the horror novel “It”, which revolves around a malicious mysterious being that terrifies children. King is arguably one of the most beloved horror writers whose writings do not cease to provoke fear, terror, and shock in the minds of readers. The author who published mostly under his real name was also published under the pseudonym “Richard Bachmann”. Interestingly, the sale of Richard Bachman’s books doubled after it was revealed that Bachman was none other than Stephen King himself.
Stephen King is a prolific writer and the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Bram Stoker Awards. King had a difficult childhood growing up with a single mother in difficult financial circumstances. When he was still a small child, he witnessed the horrific death of his friend who was run over by a train and killed before his eyes; this incident may have played a role in inspiring some of his darker writing. His first published novel was “Carrie,” which was so successful that it was adapted by Broadway films.
Childhood and Early Life:
Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947, the son of Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman, and his wife Nellie Ruth. His father abandoned the family when Stephen was 2 years old, leaving his wife to support herself and their two children. He loved reading horror novels and once read a collection of short stories entitled “The Lurker in the Shadows” by H.P Lovecraft and realize his life calling. He graduated from Lisbon Falls High School. While at school, he used to write for fun and even sell his stories to his friends. He joined the University of Maine in 1966 and graduated with a BA in English in 1970. This talented man used to take part-time jobs to support his education. He got his teaching certificate from high school after graduating from college.
In 1971, Stephen King started a job as an English teacher in a public high school, Hampden Academy. He continued writing in his spare time. He was working on a novel called “Carrie” but was frustrated because it looked like it wasn’t going anywhere. Finally, the novel was published in 1974. It tells the story of a teenage girl who uses her telekinetic power to get revenge on the people who insulted her. The novel was a success. In 1977, he released the novel The Shining, which revolves around a boy who possesses psychological abilities that allow him to witness the past horrors that occurred in the hotel where he stays with his parents.
King’s 1983 novel, Pet Sematary, which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was about a tomb with special powers to revive the dead buried there. Stephen King published a psychological horror novel entitled “Misery” in 1987 about the kidnapping of a writer by a mad fan who is upset at finishing one of his books and forces him to rewrite history, and torture him in the process. In 1996, his serial novel, “The Green Mile,” was published, which tells the story of the experiences of a death row supervisor with an extraordinary prisoner.
Stephen’s novel “The Black House” was published in 2001 in collaboration with another writer, Peter Straub. The story is the chilling tale of a serial killer who attacks children and eats their corpses. His novel “Duma Key”, published in 2008, revolves around a contractor, Edgar Fremantle, who undergoes a terrible accident, undergoes drastic character changes, and finally gains the ability to chart events that will happen in the future. His later works include three novels namely “The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole” (2012), “Joyland” (2013), and “Mr. Mercedes” (2014).
Stephen King married Tabitha Sprouse, a fellow student at the University of Maine, in 1971. The couple has three children, two sons, and a daughter namely Naomi King, Joe King, and Owen King. Both of his sons are also authors.
Stephen King has an estimated net worth of almost $500 million (estimated in 2021).