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Stephen King





Man Behind The Horror
Stephen King

Controlling Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to, in extensive detail, give you the
faithful reader an understanding of one of the world’s most prolific writers. There
is a lot more to Stephen King then numerous best selling books and hit movies. He is a
true genius in every sense of the word, and I rank him amongst the greatest writers of all
time. I feel I can give my opinion on him so freely and bluntly because I have read every
published work he was ever had, and most of them I consider to be classics. In the end I
hope to show you the true brilliance of Stephen King, and hopefully give you an insightful
look at his past history.


I. The Life of Stephen King
A. Early Years to His First Book
B. The Books that made him Famous
C. Facts and Tidbits about Stephen King

II. Stephen King: The Man and His Works in My Words
A. The Writer’s Opinion on Mr. King
B. A Review of the Novels

The Life of Stephen King

A. Early Years to his First

Born in 1947, Stephen Edwin King was the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury
King. When he was very young his parents were separated, so he and his older brother,
David were raised by their mother. In his childhood he spent time Fort Wayne, Indiana,
where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. As a child
Stephen and his brother made frequent visits to his mother’s family in Malden,
Massachusetts and the small town of Pownal, Maine.


At the young age of eleven, his mother moved him and his brother back to Durham, Maine,
this time for good. She did so because her parents had become debilitated with old age,
and Ruth had been convinced by her siblings to assume the care of the elderly couple.
Other members of the family contributed money and support while others pitched together to
supply her with a small house in Durham. When Stephen’s grandparents passed on, his
mother found work in Pineland, which was a nearby place for retarded people.


King attended grammar school in Durham and then high school in Lisbon Falls High School,
from where King graduated in 1966. He attended college at the University of Maine in
Orono, and in his sophomore year he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, The
Maine Campus. In addition to that he was very active in student politics as a members of
the Student Senate. Eventually he came to be a avid supporter of the antiwar movement on
the Orono campus, coming to a conclusion that the war in Vietnam was
“unconstitutional”


He graduated from college in 1970 with a B.S. in English and to this day is qualified to
teach high school English. When the army looked at him a draft board examination that was
taken right after graduation found him “4-F” because he had high blood
pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and to top that all off he had a pair of punctured
ear drums to boot. In the winter of 1971 he married a woman by the name of Tabitha Spruce.


They met in the Fogler Library at the University of Maine, where they were both employed
as students. At first Stephen was unable to find work as a teacher so they had to live off
his earnings as a laborer and her student loan and savings. Every now and again they would
get a little extra money from a short story sale to a magazine.


He made his first short story sale to a “men’s” magazine very shortly
after graduation. In the beginning of his marriage to Tabitha he continued to sell short
stories to magazines. Later on some of these would be brought into a collection of short
stories called Night Shift or other such short story novellas, like Skeleton Crew, of
Nightmares and Dreamscapes.


In 1971, Stephen got a teaching position at Hampden Academy. He taught English Classes.
But he continued to produce short stories, and begin writing novels in his evenings and
weekends. I imagine this was the time he finished writing the book that would make him
famous.


Carrie. It was the spring of 1973 when Doubleday and Co. took the novel known as Carrie
for publication. On Mother’s day of that very year his new editor,

Bill Thompson, told him that his major paperback sale would get him a way to leave
teaching and to become a full time writer.


B. The Books The Made him Famous

What follows is more on Stephens Kings life. But now we will see mention of the books that
got him started and have had a lot to do with the success of Stephen King. So we pick
things up still in the year 1973. After living in or around Bangor, Maine, since their
marriage, the Kings decided to move to southern Maine because of the ill condition of
Stephen’s mother at the end of the summer of 1973. They ended up having to rent a
summer home on Sebago Lake near North Windham for the winter. There Stephen wrote his
second novel. Originally it was titled THE SECOND COMING, and then he changed it to
JERUSALEM’S LOT. That didn’t stick either, but finally he decided to call it
SALEM’S LOT. He wrote it in the garage of his summer home. Also during this time his
mother died at the age of 59 due to cancer.


While Doubleday had accepted Carrie in 1973 it didn’t get published until the fall
of 1974. During that fall, the Kings left Maine for Boulder, Colorado. Boulder would play
an important role in many of King’s books. While there Stephen wrote THE SHINING,
set in Colorado. Also King had a good part of THE STAND happen right on Boulder Colorado.
In 1975 the Kings returned to Maine, and they purchased a home in the Lakes Region of
western Maine. At this house Stephen would complete THE STAND and another novel called THE
DEAD ZONE.


In 1977, the Kings went on a three-month stay in England, and returned home in
mid-December. They bought a home in Center Lovell, Maine. They had lived there one summer
when they decided to move north to Orrington, which is near Bangor, so Stephen could teach
a creative writing class at his old college, Maine. They retained the Center Lovell house
as a summer home later on.


Stephen and Tabitha have been blessed with three children: Naomi Rachel, Joe Hill, and Owen Phillip.

Stephen himself is of a Scots-Irish line. He is six feet four inches tall and weighs close
to 200 hundred pounds. At least he was. He weighs considerably less since his accident and
multiple surgeries. King is blue eyed, has fair skin, and has raven black hair. He has a
bit of white in his beard when he chooses to grow one. He usually grows one between the
end of the World Series and the first pitch in grapefruit league competition. On rare
occasions he wears a mustache in other seasons of play. King has worn glasses ever since
he was a child.


C. Facts and Tidbits about Stephen King
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