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His father, Donald Edwin King, was a merchant seaman. Donald was born under the surname Pollock, but as an adult, used the surname King.
When King was 11, his family returned to Durham, Mainewhere his mother cared for her parents until their deaths.
She then became a caregiver in a local residential facility for the mentally challenged. While no longer religious, King chooses to believe in the existence of a God. His family told him that after leaving home to play with the boy, King returned, speechless and seemingly in shock.
Only later did the family learn of the friend's death. Some commentators have suggested that this event may have psychologically inspired some of King's darker works,  but King makes no mention of it in his memoir On Writing King related in detail his primary inspiration for writing horror fiction in his non-fiction Danse Macabrein a chapter titled "An Annoying Autobiographical Pause.
That inspiration occurred while browsing through an attic with his elder brother, when King uncovered a paperback version of an H. Lovecraft collection of short stories he remembers as The Lurker in the Shadows, that had belonged to his father.
He displayed an early interest in horror as an avid reader of EC's horror comicsincluding Tales from the Crypt he later paid tribute to the comics in his screenplay for Creepshow. He began writing for fun while still in school, contributing articles to Dave's Rag, the newspaper his brother published with a mimeograph machineand later began selling to his friends stories based on movies he had seen though when discovered by his teachers, he was forced to return the profits.
The first of his stories to be independently published was "I Was a Teenage Grave Robber"; it was serialized over four issues three published and one unpublished of a fanzineComics Review, in That story was published the following year in a revised form as "In a Half-World of Terror" in another fanzine, Stories of Suspense, edited by Marv Wolfman.
That year, his daughter Naomi Rachel was born. After leaving the university, King earned a certificate to teach high school but, unable to find a teaching post immediately, initially supplemented his laboring wage by selling short stories to men's magazines such as Cavalier.
Many of these early stories have been republished in the collection Night Shift. The short story The Raft was published in Adam, a men's magazine.
Luckily payment arrived for the short story The Raft, then entitled The Float, and "all I did was cash the check and pay the fine. He continued to contribute short stories to magazines and worked on ideas for novels.
King had thrown an early draft of the novel into the trash after becoming discouraged with his progress writing about a teenage girl with psychic powers. His wife retrieved the manuscript and encouraged him to finish it.
King and his family moved to southern Maine because of his mother's failing health. At this time, he began writing a book titled Second Coming, later titled Jerusalem's Lot, before finally changing the title to Salem's Lot published In a issue of The Highway Patrolman magazine, he stated, "The story seems sort of down home to me.
I have a special cold spot in my heart for it! His Aunt Emrine had read the novel to her before she died.
King has written of his severe drinking problem at this time, stating that he was drunk delivering the eulogy at his mother's funeral.
The family returned to western Maine inwhere King completed his fourth novel, The Stand published Inthe family, with the addition of Owen Phillip his third and last childtraveled briefly to England, returning to Maine that fall, where King began teaching creative writing at the University of Maine.
He has kept his primary residence in Maine ever since.
The book, whose profits were donated to assist with famine relief in Africa, was written by a number of different authors in the comic book field, such as Chris ClaremontStan Leeand Alan Mooreas well as authors not primarily associated with that industry, such as Harlan Ellison. The Dark Tower series In the late s, King began what became a series of interconnected stories about a lone gunslinger, Roland, who pursues the "Man in Black" in an alternate-reality universe that is a cross between J.
The first of these stories, The Dark Tower: Fermanfrom to The Gunslinger was continued as an eight-book epic series called The Dark Towerwhose books King wrote and published infrequently over four decades.Aug 13, · Directed by George Roy Hill. With Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow.
A struggling young writer finds his life and work dominated by his unfaithful wife and his radical feminist mother, whose best-selling manifesto turns her into a cultural icon/10(K). Though not entirely faithful to John Irving's best-selling novel, the screen version of The World According to Garp () still captured Irving's entertaining mix of absurd humor, social satire, and sincere melodrama.
Under the assured direction of George Roy Hill, Steve Tesich's screenplay follows. Directed by George Roy Hill. With Robin Williams, Mary.
War of the Colossal Beast picks up a year after the end of The Amazing Colossal Man -- Joyce Manning (Sally Fraser), sister to the first film's foot-tall Colossal Man, Lt. Col.
Glenn Manning Cast: Sally Fraser, Rico Alaniz, Stan Chambers, Warren Frost, Roger Pace. John Irving's bestselling book - one of those huge, baggy, scattergun novels that Americans imagine contain all human life - is noticeably shortened and not improved by Steve Tesich's script, which loses Irving's perceptions of Garp's life existing within a much larger flow of experience.
All we are left with are some of those telling symbolic . Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, ) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and heartoftexashop.com books have sold more than million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books.
King has published 58 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books.