Stephen King
The master of American horror and science fiction.
King started writing when he was still a child, and as a teenager he sold a couple of short stories to a mystery magazine. But it wasn't all blood and guts; the young Stephen also played in a rock band and for his high school football team. After completing his education, King briefly taught high school English. When Carriepushed him into the big time, King was just 27 years old. 
His brand of storytelling captured the public imagination right away, and he proved he was no flash in the pan with his next two books, Salem's Lot, a modern vampire story, and The Shining, about the Queen Mother of haunted houses.

Besides living a quiet family life in Maine, King has resurrected his youth long enough to form a band, The Rock Bottom Remainders, with fellow authors Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, and Ray Blount. Stephen King's latest literary deal calls for him to be paid $35 million for 4 books, a solid financial testament to his popularity. As his novels are quickly snapped up by producers for feature films and TV movies, King shares the wealth: He spent $1 million to build a baseball stadium for the teenagers of Bangor, Maine.

Date of Birth: No, not October 31! (It's September 21, 1947)
Place of Birth: Portland, Maine
Education: University of Maine 
Humble Beginnings:  The manuscript for Carrie, his first bestseller, was submitted to a publisher only after his wife fished it out of the garbage, where it had been tossed by the disheartened author. He received a $2,500 advance for it.
Family Ties: Wife, Tabitha Spruce; children Joe, Owen, and Naomi.
The Score: 36 bestsellers (including 6 written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman)

As Richard Bachman: The Regulators (1996); The Running Man (1982); 
Roadwork (1981); The Long Walk (1979); Rage (1977).

On Writing: A Memoir of 
the Craft by Stephen King
Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid. You're right there with the young author as he's tormented by poison ivy, gas-passing babysitters, uptight schoolmarms, and a laundry job nastier than Jack London's. It's a ripping yarn that casts a sharp light on his fiction.

The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King

Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.
Books by Stephen King
Dolores Claiborne
Night Shift
Bag of Bones
The Eyes of the Dragon
The Green Mile
Rose Madder
Gerald's Game
Needful Things
The Long Walk
'Salem's Lot
Four Past Midnight
The Shining
Pet Sematary
The Tommyknockers
Different Seasons
Skeleton Crew
Cycle of the Werewolf
Black House
The Talisman
Danse Macabre
Everything's Eventual
Hearts in Atlantis
The Dead Zone
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
From a Buick 8: 
A Novel 
by Stephen King
The intriguing plot revolves around the troopers of Pennsylvania State Patrol Troop D, who come into possession of what at first appears to be a vintage automobile. Closer inspection and experimentation conducted by the troopers reveal that this car's doors (&  trunk) sometimes open to another dimension populated by gross-out creatures straight out of ... well, a Stephen King novel. As the plot progresses, the veteran troopers' tales of these visits from interdimensional nasties, and the occasional "lightquakes" put on by the car, are passed on to the son of a fallen comrade whose fascination with the car bordered on dangerous obsession.
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