Essay on Stephen King

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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of suspense, horror, sci-fi and fantasy books. He was born on 21st September 1947 in Portland, Maine. His father Donald King was a sea merchant and mother Nellie Ruth was a housewife. His father abandoned the family when he was little. After that, the family decided to settle in Stratford, Connecticut, but returned to Maine when he was eleven. According to his family, King saw his friend being hit by a train and dying although he does not recall the incident. But this incident became the ground for King’s works. Stephen King went to the Durham Elementary School and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School. He went to the ‘University of Maine’ and received a Bachelor of Science degree. During his studies, he published a collection of 18 short stories with his close friend Chris Chesley. It was named ‘People, Places and Things’.
He was interested in horror books and stories and used to read EC’s horror comics. His writing career started when he started writing articles for his brother’s newspaper although his real career began when his story of about 6000 words ‘I Was a Teenage Grave Robber’ was published in the magazine ‘Comics Review’ in 1965, a year before his graduation. He completed his first novel called ‘The Long Walk’ which was badly rejected. However, he did make some money with another book ‘The Glass Floor’. King was still struggling with his writing till 1970 when another one of his attempts ‘The Dark Tower Saga’ failed due to lack of money. In 1974 his novel called ‘Carrie’ and in 1975 ‘Salem’s Lot’ was published.