Stephen King; A voice in the Dark
“People always ask me why I write such terrifying stories, and my reply always is; Why do you think I have a choice?” Stephen King is one of the world’s bestselling authors (and was before J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter). he is most known for his Horror stories, like IT or ‘Salem’s Lot. But also for his Horror/Fantasy novels, Like The Dark Tower Series.
He writes about his fears, his problems, and things he’s overcome, and sometimes the odd. Stephen King (full name is Stephen Edwin King) was born on September 21st, 1947 in the small town of Portland, Maine. His parents were Donald and Nellie King. When King was born, Nellie and Donald had been experiencing some rough times both in they’re
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Before King was a full time writer, he worked at a number of places, starting with the Library at his college, the University of Maine, where he met his future wife, Tabitha Spruce. After school, he went on the the glamorous job at an Industrial Laundromat for an amazing $1.25 an hour. While working there, he began to write what would be his debut to the reading world, the novel, Carrie. However, King almost gave up on the story. At the time, he’d been writing for mostly Men’s magazines, short horror stories, and he knew Carrie would have to be longer than what the magazines would accept, and also because it was about things he hadn’t faced in his life. He wadded up the papers to Carrie and thew them in the trash, only for them to be fished out of the Trash by his wife. She encouraged him to go on with the story. Then in 1971, a publishing company, Doubleday, came along and decided to publish the book, giving King a $2,500 advance. The books seemed to fly off the shelves, and the movie, released in 1976, was also popular. However, before that in 1973, The King family, received a call from Doubleday. They had sold the rights to Carrie to New American Library for $400,000! King was to receive half of the deal. To celebrate, funny enough, King bought Tabitha a Hairdryer that day. However, some time before, King’s mother Nellie died of old age. With the sales of Carrie paying the bills, King began to write