Born: 21 September 1947
Birthplace: Portland, Maine
Best known as: The author of scary bestsellers
Since the early 1970s, Stephen King has been America's most famous horror writer. His books are a mainstay of paperback bookracks everywhere, and have spawned a multi-media franchise that includes movies, TV shows, video games and comic books. King is famously fecund, turning out a novel a year and sometimes more. His string of bestsellers began with Carrie (1974), and his early horror novels include Salem's Lot (1975), The Shining (1977) and The Dead Zone (1979), all of which have been adapted for film or television. Since conquering the horror market, King has written novels in other genres and experimented with various publishing methods, including issuing installments of The Green Mile (1996) and beginning the Internet-first publication of The Plant in 2000 (commercially unsuccessful, installments were suspended after five months). Stephen King's other books include: The Stand (1978); Firestarter (1980); Cujo (1981); Pet Sematary (1983); Insomnia (1984); Misery (1987); Delores Claiborne (1992); Bag of Bones (1998); Cell (2006); 11/22/63 (2011, about a man who goes back in time to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy); and Finders Keepers (2015).
Stephen King also writes under the pseudonym Richard Bachman… Stephen King was one of the founding members of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a whimsical rock band made up of published writers and including Dave Barry and Amy Tan; the band formed in 1992 and has performed sporadically with a varied lineup since then.
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