Stephen King (September 21, 1947 - ..)
Born: 21st September, 1947
Profession/Occupation: Author
Region: Portland, Maine, "The Shining", "Mr. Mercedes", "Dolores Claiborne", "UR", "Sleeping Beauties", "The Plant: Zenith Rising", "Finders Keepers", "11/22/63", "Carrie", "The Dead Zone"
Notable works: National Medal of Arts, National Book Award

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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.


Carrie was the first of many novels in which King blended horror, the macabre, fantasy, and science fiction. Among such works were 'Salem's Lot (1975; TV miniseries 1979 and 2004); The Shining (1977; film 1980; TV miniseries 1997); The Stand (1978; TV miniseries 1994); The Dead Zone (1979; film 1983; TV series 2002-07); Firestarter (1980; film 1984); Cujo (1981; film 1983); The Running Man (1982; film 1987); Christine (1983; film 1983); Thinner (1984; film 1996); It (1986; TV miniseries 1990; film 2017 and 2019); Misery (1987; film 1990); The Tommyknockers (1987; TV miniseries 1993); The Dark Half (1989; film 1993); Needful Things (1991; film 1993); Dolores Claiborne (1993; film 1995); Dreamcatcher (2001; film 2003); Cell and Lisey's Story (both 2006); Duma Key (2008); Under the Dome (2009; TV series 2013-15); 11/22/63 (2011; TV miniseries 2016); Joyland (2013); Doctor Sleep (2013; film 2019), a sequel to The Shining; Revival (2014); The Outsider (2018; TV miniseries 2020); and The Institute (2019). King published several of those works, including The Dead Zone and The Running Man, under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. A collection of the first four Bachman novels, The Bachman Books (1985), contains the essay "Why I Was Bachman." Mr. Mercedes (2014), Finders Keepers (2015), and End of Watch (2016) formed a trilogy of hard-boiled crime novels centring on retired detective Bill Hodges. King also wrote a serial novel, The Dark Tower, whose first installment, The Gunslinger, appeared in 1982; an eighth volume was published in 2012. A film adaptation of the series was released in 2017.


In his books King explored almost every terror-producing theme imaginable, from vampires, rabid dogs, deranged killers, and a pyromaniac to ghosts, extrasensory perception and telekinesis, biological warfare, and even a malevolent automobile. In his later fiction, exemplified by Dolores Claiborne, King departed from the horror genre to provide sharply detailed psychological portraits of his protagonists, many of them women, who confront difficult and challenging circumstances. Though his work was sometimes disparaged as undisciplined and inelegant, King was a talented storyteller whose books gained their effect from realistic detail, forceful plotting, and the author's undoubted ability to involve and scare the reader. His work consistently addressed such themes as the potential for politics and technology to disrupt or even destroy an individual human life. Obsession, the forms it can assume, and its power to wreck individuals, families, and whole communities was a recurring theme in King's fiction, driving the narratives of Christine, Misery, and Needful Things.


By the early 1990s King's books had sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, and his name had become synonymous with the genre of horror fiction. His short fiction was collected in such volumes as Night Shift (1978), Nightmares and Dreamscapes (1993), Hearts in Atlantis (1999; film 2001), Just After Sunset (2008), and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (2015). The story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," which was published in Different Seasons (1982), inspired the hugely popular film The Shawshank Redemption (1994).


King wrote several motion-picture screenplays. Some of his novels were adapted for the screen by such directors as John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, and Rob Reiner. King explored both his own career and the craft of writing in On Writing (2000), a book he completed as he was recovering from severe injuries received after being struck by a car. King experimented with different forms of book distribution: The Plant: Zenith Rising was released in 2000 solely as an e-book, distributed via the Internet, with readers asked but not required to pay for it, and the novella UR was made available in 2009 only to users of the Kindle electronic reading device. The short story "Drunken Fireworks" was released in 2015 as an audiobook prior to its print publication.


King's family included his wife, Tabitha King, and their two sons, Joe Hill and Owen King, all of whom were novelists. With Owen he wrote Sleeping Beauties (2017), in which women become wrapped in cocoons when they fall asleep. King received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2003 and the National Medal of Arts in 2015.

Top 63 Stephen King quotes

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
Caught
Duty
Endlessly
Enemies
Friends
Lie
Lovers
Only
Speak
Truth
Web
You have to stay faithful to what you're working on.
Faithful
Stay
Working
You
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Fiction
Inside
Lie
Truth
He had a massive stroke. He died with his tie on. Do you think that could be our generation's equivalent of that old saying about dying with your boots on?
About
Boots
Could
Died
Dying
Equivalent
Generation
Had
He
His
Massive
Old
Our
Saying
You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
Chair
Deny
Down
Favorite
Laughter
Long
Stays
Wants
You
Your
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Busy
Dying
Get
Living
French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
Dirt
French
Language
Romance
Turns
When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, 'Why god? Why me?' and the thundering voice of God answered, 'There's just something about you that pisses me off.'
About
Answered
Destroyed
Down
Family
Farm
God
Ground
Heavens
His
Job
Just
Just something
Life
People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
Boy
Desk
Gross
Heart
I write
Jar
Keep
Know
Like
People
Small
Stuff
Tell
Them
When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'
Answer
Asked
How
Invariably
One word
Time
Word
Write
You
It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.
Achieves
Better
Cost
Evil
Good
Goodness
Terrific
Than
I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.
Am
Big
Big mac
Equivalent
Fries
I am
Literary
Mac
The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.
Innocent
Liar
Most
Tool
Trust
Useful
Useful tool
The devil's voice is sweet to hear.
Devil
Hear
Sweet
Voice
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Ashamed
Because
Brought
Diminish
Feelings
Get
Hardest
Head
Important
Important things
Living
More
Most
Out
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Cheaper
Hard
Hard work
Individual
Lot
Salt
Separates
Successful
Table
Talent
Talented
Than
Work
No, it's not a very good story - its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.
Author
Busy
Closely
Coming
Good
Good story
He
Inside
Listen
Listening
Other
Should
Story
Too
God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.
Cruel
God
He
Live
Makes
Sometimes
You
Each life makes its own immitation of immortality.
Each
Immortality
Life
Makes
Own
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
Cope
Help
Horrors
Make
Make up
Real
Up
Us
I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses.
Be prepared
Funny
Guess
Houses
Main
Off
Prepared
Road
See
Some
Turn
Turn-off
You
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there... and still on your feet.
Feet
Made
Mattered
Never
Only
Place
Stand
Still
Were
Where
You
Your
I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged.
Back
Been
Cried
Damaged
Got
Had
Home
Hospital
Iq
Knew
Titanic
Watched
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
Read
Time
Tools
Write
You
Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.
Act
Anything
Anything else
Best
Beyond
Creation
Currency
Else
Great
Great stuff
Happens
Like
Money
Much
I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that I'll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it.
Also
Because
Been
Books
Exactly
Go
Going
Half
I love
Idea
Interpreted
Know
Life
Like
I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.
Cannot
Emotion
Find
Finest
Go
Proud
Reader
Recognize
Terror
Try
Will
In small towns people scent the wind with noses of uncommon keenness.
Noses
People
Scent
Small
Small towns
Towns
Uncommon
Wind
People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.
Boy
Correct
Desk
Glass
Heart
Jar
Must
People
Person
Small
Strange
Think
Very
I'm not a big fan of psychoanalysis: I think if you have mental problems what you need are good pills. But I do think that if you have thinks that bother you, things that are unresolved, the more that you talk about them, write about them, the less serious they become.
About
Become
Big
Big fan
Bother
Fan
Good
I think
Less
Mental
More
Need
Pills
Problems
We like to think about how smart we are. But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it's all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can't change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.
About
Any
Basic
Basic elements
Change
Choose
Elements
Handed
How
I think
Least
Left
Left-handed
Like
I never saw any of my dad's stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts.
Any
Dad
Had
He
Manuscripts
Mother
Never
Piles
Said
Saw
Stories
I had a period where I thought I might not be good enough to publish.
Enough
Good
Had
Might
Period
Publish
Thought
Where
We're news junkies in my house.
House
News
I think there ought to be some serious discussion by smart people, really smart people, about whether or not proliferation of things like The Smoking Gun and TMZ and YouTube and the whole celebrity culture is healthy.
About
Celebrity
Celebrity culture
Culture
Discussion
Gun
Healthy
I think
Like
Ought
People
Proliferation
Really
Serious
We've switched from a culture that was interested in manufacturing, economics, politics - trying to play a serious part in the world - to a culture that's really entertainment-based.
Culture
Economics
Interested
Manufacturing
Part
Play
Politics
Really
Serious
Switched
Trying
World
This is not a bad life.
Bad
Life
I can remember being home from school with tonsillitis and writing stories in bed to pass the time.
Bed
Being
Home
I can
Pass
Remember
School
Stories
Time
Writing
Whatever came to mind, whatever came to hand, I would read.
Came
Hand
Mind
Read
Whatever
Would
You see something, then it clicks with something else, and it will make a story. But you never know when it's going to happen.
Clicks
Else
Going
Happen
Know
Make
Never
See
Something
Something else
Story
Then
Will
You
Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you're forced back on your own imagination.
Away
Back
Bit
Closed
Forced
Get
Imagination
Little
Little bit
More
Own
Place
Refuge
Supposed
But I think there are a set of experiences that turn a potential writer into a working writer, and then there are places in your life were you start to recognize what you want to do.
Experiences
I think
Life
Places
Potential
Recognize
Set
Start
Then
Think
Turn
Want
Were
Working
But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it's all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can't change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.
Any
Basic
Basic elements
Change
Choose
Elements
Handed
I think
Least
Left
Left-handed
More
Right
Talent
I was in enough to get along with people. I was never socially inarticulate. Not a loner. And that saved my life, saved my sanity. That and the writing. But to this day I distrust anybody who thought school was a good time. Anybody.
Along
Anybody
Day
Distrust
Enough
Get
Good
Good time
Life
Loner
My life
Never
People
Sanity
That's something that is almost accidental at the beginning of a career, but the more you write, the more trained you are to recognize the little signals.
Accidental
Almost
Beginning
Career
Little
More
Recognize
Signals
Something
Trained
Write
You
And poets, in my view, and I think the view of most people, do speak God's language - it's better, it's finer, it's language on a higher plane than ordinary people speak in their daily lives.
Better
Daily
Daily lives
Finer
God
Higher
Higher plane
I think
Language
Lives
Most
Ordinary
Ordinary people
People
I'm still in love with what I do, with the idea of making things up, so hours when I write always feel like very blessed hours to me.
Always
Blessed
Feel
Hours
I write
Idea
Like
Love
Making
Me
Still
Things
Up
Very
Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around to where you started again.
Again
Always
Around
Come
Later
Life
Like
Sooner
Sooner or later
Started
Wheel
Where
You
Americans are apocalyptic by nature. The reason why is that we've always had so much, so we live in deadly fear that people are going to take it away from us.
Always
American
Away
Deadly
Fear
Going
Had
Live
Much
Nature
People
Reason
Take
Us
A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we're children, but we bear the scars all our life. Whether they're scars of beauty or scars of ugliness, it's pretty much in the eye of the beholder.
Bear
Beauty
Beholder
Children
Eye
Eye of the beholder
Get
Grow
Grow up
Interpretation
Life
Literal
Lot
Much

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Hop Frog by Edgar Allen Poe Composition
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