Stephen King Essay

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Stephen King, often referred to as the master of horror has had numerous thrilling novels and short stories published since 1967, when he was 20 years old. He was born in Portland, Maine in 1947 and was raised by his mother alongside his older brother from early childhood. King attended University of Maine for college and graduated in 1970. He graduated with a bachelors degree in English and was qualified to teach on the high school level. Not long after he graduated, King got married to Tabitha. The first few years of their marriage the couple struggled to find work, and King earned money by submitting short stories to magazines. In need of money, he became a high school teacher at a public school in Maine. On weekends and whenever he had leisure time, King continued to work on writing various short stories and novels. Stephen King’s first major novel was published in 1973 and was titled Carrie. This novel had a first print-run of about 30,000 copies. It was this book that began Stephen King’s career as an author. After the novel was published, King had enough money to be able to leave his job as a teacher and write full time. The next novel of his that was published was Salems lot, which was also a very successful and well-liked novel. Some of his more famous books later published were misery, it, skeleton crew, and the shining. He later published a series titled the dark tower. Stephen King’s style of writing is very dark and often contains horror. There are many questions as to why King wrote so many books like this, and some think it was because of past incidents. At a young age King witnessed a friend get killed by a train and was put in such shock that he had no recollection of the incident until later in his life. Stephen also struggled with serious drug and alcohol abuse throughout the