Stephen King


21 Sep 1947


Portland, Maine, USA


Stephen Edwin King


Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock", but used the last name "King", under which Stephen was born. He has an older brother, David. The Kings were a typical family until one night, when Donald said he was stepping out for cigarettes and was never heard from again. 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 newspaper named "Dave's Rag". David bought a mimeograph machine, and they put together a paper they sold for five cents an issue. Stephen attended Lisbon High School, in Lisbon, 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".

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.

He made his first small sale--$35--with the story "The Glass Floor". 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 his chronic shortage of money meant that he was unable to further pursue the novel, and it, too, was filed away. King took a job at a filling station pumping gas for the princely sum of $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 King (born 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. Stephen then began work on a short story about a teenage girl named Carietta White. After completing a few pages, he decided it was not a worthy story and crumpled the pages up and tossed them into the trash. Fortunately, Tabitha took the pages out and read them. She encouraged her husband to continue the story, which he did. In January 1973 he submitted "Carrie" to Doubleday. In March Doubleday bought the book. On May 12 the publisher sold the paperback rights for the novel to New American Library for $400,000. His contract called for his getting half of that sum, and he quit his teaching job to pursue writing full time. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since then King has had numerous short stories and novels published and movies made from his work. He has been called the "Master of Horror". His books have been translated into 33 different languages, 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, and writes out of his home.

In June 1999 King was severely injured in an accident, he was walking alongside a highway and was hit by a car, that left him in critical condition with injuries to his lung, broken ribs, a broken leg and a severely fractured hip. After three weeks of operations, he was released from the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Actor ( 53 credits )

The Ten O'Clock People (2017) (rumored)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Under the Dome (2013)  Diner Patron (1 episode, 2014)
Stuck in Love (2012) Himself (voice)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself - Author (1 episode, 2014)
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (2008) Himself
Sons of Anarchy (2008)  Bachman (1 episode, 2010)
La grande librairie (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Q with Jian Ghomeshi (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Diary of the Dead (2007) Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Jordy Verrill / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 200
Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Fever Pitch (2005) Himself (uncredited)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2009-2014)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2012)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Gotham Cafe (2005) Mr. Ring
Kingdom Hospital (2004)  Johnny B. Goode (1 episode, 2004)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2014)
Chappelle's Show (2003)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2003)
Mark Lawson Talks to... (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
NewsNight with Aaron Brown (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Thinner (1996) Dr. Bangor
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (segment "Reality Check") (1 episode, 2008)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
The Stand (1994)  Teddy Weizak (2 episodes, 1994)
Frasier (1993)  Brian (1 episode, 2000)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (4 episodes, 1995-2006)
Sleepwalkers (1992) Cemetery Caretaker
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself - Author (1 episode, 2003)
Golden Years (1991)  Bus Driver (1 episode, 1991)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1998-2013)
Pet Sematary (1989) Minister
The Simpsons (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Creepshow 2 (1987) Truck Driver (segment "The Hitchhiker")
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Maximum Overdrive (1986) Man at Bank ATM (uncredited)
Jeopardy! (1984)  Himself - Celebrity Contestant (2 episodes, 1995-1998)
Creepshow (1982) Jordy Verrill (segment "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Ver
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
exclusiv (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
Knightriders (1981) Hoagie Man
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1980)
Arena (1975)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2012)
Tomorrow Coast to Coast (1973)  Himself (2 episodes, 1981)
Omnibus (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)

Producer ( 7 credits )

Mr. Mercedes (2018) executive producer (1 episode, 2018)
The Dark Tower (2017) producer
Under the Dome (2013) executive producer (18 episodes, 2013-2014)
Riding the Bullet (2004) executive producer
Kingdom Hospital (2004) executive producer (13 episodes, 2004)
The Stand (1994) executive producer (3 episodes, 1994)
Golden Years (1991) executive producer (2 episodes, 1991)

Writer ( 151 credits )

Mr. Mercedes (2018) (book) (1 episode, 2018)
It (2017) (novel)
The Dark Tower (2017) (novel)
The Ten O'Clock People (2017) (story)
The Milkman (2017) (story)
Gerald's Game (2017)
Cujo: Canine Unit Joint Operations (2017) (novel)
Cessation (2017) (story)
The Mist (2017) (novel) (1 episode, 2017)
Mercy (2014) (short story)
A Good Marriage (2014) (based on the short story by)
The Boogeyman (2014) (short story)
Carrie (2013)
The Boogeyman (2013) (story)
The Doctor's Case (2013) (short story)
Here There May Be Tygers (2013) (story)
The Boogeyman (2013) (story)
Under the Dome (2013) (26 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Boogeyman (2013) (writer)
Willa (2012) (short story)
Love Never Dies (2012) (story)
Willa (2012) (writer)
Survivor Type (2012) (short story)
The Things They Left Behind (2012)
Maxwell Edison (2012) (story "The Man Who Loved Flowers")
Mute (2012) (story)
Grey Matter (2012) (story)
Mute (2012) (story)
Stephen King's The Boogeyman (2012) (novel)
Stephen King's The Boogeyman (2012) (story)
Bike (2012) (story)
The Last Rung on the Ladder (2012) (story)
The Reaper's Image (2012) (novel)
A Very Tight Place (2012) (story)
Popsy (2012) (writer)
Tussenstop (2011) (story)
One for the Road (2011) (story)
The Things They Left Behind (2011) (story)
Mute (2011) (short story)
Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011) (short story "Children of the Corn")
Message from Jerusalem (2011) (story)
Everything's Eventual (2011) (short story)
Survivor Type (2011) (short story)
Mute (2011) (short story)
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French (2011) (short story)
Cain Rose Up (2010) (short story)
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (2010) (short story)
Cain Rose Up (2010) (short story)
The Man Who Loved Flowers (2010)
The Boogeyman (2010) (story)
Here There Be Tigers (2010) (story)
Haven (2010) (65 episodes, 2010-2014)
Flowers for Norma (2010) (short story "The Man Who Loved Flowers")
Hard Ride (2010) (story)
Dolan's Cadillac (2009)
Everything's Eventual (2009) (short story)
My Pretty Pony (2009) (story)
The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands (2009) (story)
Popsy (2009) (short story)
The Talisman (2008) (novel)
All That You Love (2008) (short story)
The Mist (2007)
El sueño de Harvey (2007) (story "Harvey's Dream")
Paul's Dream (2007) (story "Harvey's Dream")
1408 (2007)
Walking Ghost (2006) (story)
Popsy (2006) (short story)
Popsy (2006) (story)
Lovecraft's Pillow (2006) (suggestion)
Tyger (2006) (short story)
Suffer the Little Children (2006) (story)
Umney's Last Case (2006) (short story)
I Know What You Need (2005) (short story)
La femme dans la chambre (2005) (short story)
Sorry, Right Number (2005) (teleplay)
Luckey Quarter (2005)
Gotham Cafe (2005) (short story)
Home delivery: Servicio a domicilio (2005) (short story)
Riding the Bullet (2004)
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (2004) (short story)
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 Ga
Kingdom Hospital (2004) (9 episodes, 2004)
Salem's Lot (2004) (novel) (2 episodes, 2004)
Autopsy Room Four (2003) (short story)
Dreamcatcher (2003) (novel "Dreamcatcher")
Rainy Season (2002) (short story)
Stephen King's Dead Zone (2002) (81 episodes, 2002-2007)
Night Surf (2002) (short story)
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) (book)
Strawberry Spring (2001) (short story)
Paranoid (2000) (poem)
The Green Mile (1999) (novel)
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) (characters)
Apt Pupil (1998) (novella "Apt Pupil")
The Night Flier (1997) (story)
Ghosts (1997) (story)
The Man Who Loved Flowers (1996) (short story)
Thinner (1996) (novel)
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) (short story "Children of the Corn")
Dolores Claiborne (1995) (book)
The Mangler (1995) (short story)
The Outer Limits (1995) (1 episode, 1997)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption")
The Stand (1994) (4 episodes, 1994)
Needful Things (1993) (book)
The Dark Half (1993) (novel "The Dark Half")
The X-Files (1993) (1 episode, 1998)
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) (short story "Children of the Corn")
Sleepwalkers (1992) (written by)
The Lawnmower Man (1992) (title only) (credit removed following lawsuit)
Golden Years (1991) (2 episodes, 1991)
Misery (1990) (novel "Misery")
Graveyard Shift (1990) (short story)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Pet Sematary (1989)
Monsters (1988) (1 episode, 1991)
The Running Man (1987) (novel) (as Richard Bachman)
Creepshow 2 (1987) (stories)
Apt Pupil (1987) (novel)
A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) (characters)
The Last Rung on the Ladder (1987) (short story)
The Lawnmower Man (1987)
Srazhenie (1986)
Stand by Me (1986) (novella "The Body")
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Silver Bullet (1985)
Cat's Eye (1985) (screenplay)
The Twilight Zone (1985) (1 episode, 1986)
The Devil's Gift (1984) (screenplay)
Firestarter (1984) (novel)
Children of the Corn (1984) (short story)
Disciples of the Crow (1983) (story "Children of the Corn")
The Woman in the Room (1983) (story "The Woman in the Room")
Christine (1983) (novel)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Cujo (1983) (novel)
Tales from the Darkside (1983) (2 episodes, 1984-1987)
The Boogeyman (1982) (short story)
Creepshow (1982)
The Shining (1980) (novel)
Salem's Lot (1979) (novel) (unknown episodes)
Carrie (1976) (novel)
Cell (0) (screenplay)
Lisey's Story (0)
The Boogeyman (0) (short story)
The Stand (0)
I Am the Doorway (0) (story)
Rose Madder (0) (novel)

Director ( 1 credit )

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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