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Stephen King

American Author Of Horror, Supernatural Fiction, Suspense, Crime, Science-fiction, And Fantasy Novels

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  • The "children's book" was published

    The "children's book" Charlie the Choo-Choo: From the World of The Dark Tower was published in 2016 under the pseudonym Beryl Evans, who was portrayed by actress Allison Davies during a book signing at San Diego Comic-Con, and illustrated by Ned Dameron. It is adapted from a fictional book central to the plot of King's previous novel The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands.


  • Mr. Mercedes trilogy

    King announced in June 2014 that Mr. Mercedes is part of a trilogy; the second book, Finders Keepers, was released on June 2, 2015. On April 22, 2015, it was revealed that King was working on the third book of the trilogy, End of Watch, which was ultimately released on June 7, 2016.


  • "11/22/63" was nominated for the 2012 World Fantasy Award Best Novel

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    King's novel, "11/22/63", was published November 8, 2011, and was nominated for the 2012 World Fantasy Award Best Novel.


  • DC Comics premiered a monthly comic book series written by King

    DC Comics premiered American Vampire, a monthly comic book series written by King with short-story writer Scott Snyder, and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, which represents King's first original comics work


  • King published Blockade Billy

    King published Blockade Billy, an original novella issued first by independent small press Cemetery Dance Publications and later released in mass-market paperback by Simon & Schuster.


  • King published Ur

    King published Ur, a novella written exclusively for the launch of the second-generation Amazon Kindle and available only on Amazon.com, and Throttle.


  • 'Blaze' was published

    In 2006, during a press conference in London, King declared that he had discovered another Bachman novel, titled 'Blaze'. It was published on June 12, 2007.


  • "Cell" was published

    King published an apocalyptic novel, Cell. The book features a sudden force in which every cell phone user turns into a mindless killer. King noted in the book's introduction that he does not use cell phones


  • "The Pop of King"

    King began writing a column on pop culture appearing in Entertainment Weekly, usually every third week. The column was called The Pop of King (a play on the nickname "The King of Pop" commonly attributed to Michael Jackson).


  • "The world's finest word processor"

    King wrote the first draft of the 2001 novel Dreamcatcher with a notebook and a Waterman fountain pen, which he called "the world's finest word processor".


  • "Bachman" was published

    In 1996, when the Stephen King novel Desperation was released, the companion novel The Regulators carried the "Bachman" byline.


  • "Bachman" was published

    In 1996, when the Stephen King novel Desperation was released, the companion novel The Regulators carried the "Bachman" byline.


  • "The deceased Richard Bachman"

    Richard Bachman was exposed as King's pseudonym by a persistent Washington, D.C. bookstore clerk, Steve Brown, who noticed similarities between the works and later located publisher's records at the Library of Congress that named King as the author of one of Bachman's novels. This led to a press release heralding Bachman's "death"—supposedly from "cancer of the pseudonym". King dedicated his 1989 book The Dark Half, about a pseudonym turning on a writer, to "the deceased Richard Bachman".


  • It was published

    King published It (1986), which was the best-selling hard-cover novel in the United States that year.


  • X-Men were created

    King wrote his first work for the comic book medium, writing a few pages of the benefit X-Men comic book Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men.


  • a handful of short novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman

    King published a handful of short novels—Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), The Running Man (1982) and Thinner (1984)—under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. The idea behind this was to test whether he could replicate his success again and to allay his fears that his popularity was an accident. An alternate explanation was that publishing standards at the time allowed only a single book a year. He picked up the name from the hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, of which he is a fan.


  • King published a collection of four novellas

    King published Different Seasons, a collection of four novellas with a more serious dramatic bent than the horror fiction for which King is famous. The collection is notable for having had three of its four novellas turned into Hollywood films: Stand by Me (1986) was adapted from the novella 'The Body', The Shawshank Redemption (1994) was adapted from the novella 'Rita Hayworth' and 'Shawshank Redemption', and Apt Pupil (1998) was adapted from the novella of the same name.


  • "Carrie" was made into a horror film

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    Carrie set King's career in motion and became a significant novel in the horror genre. In 1976, it was made into a successful horror film.


  • "Salem's Lot" was published

    King's "Salem's Lot" was published in 1975. In a 1987 issue of The Highway Patrolman magazine, he stated, "The story seems sort of down home to me. I have a special cold spot in my heart for it!"


  • King's first book to be published


    King's novel "Carrie" was accepted by publishing house Doubleday. Carrie was King's fourth novel, but it was the first to be published.


  • Teaching

    Hampden Academy

    Hampden, Maine

    Stephen began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

    20-08-1971 - Present

  • The dark tower books

    King began what became a series of interconnected stories about a lone gunslinger, Roland, who pursues the "Man in Black" in an alternate-reality universe that is a cross between J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth and the American Wild West as depicted by Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone in their spaghetti Westerns. The first of these stories, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, was initially published in five installments by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction under the editorship of Edward L. Ferman, from 1977 to 1981. The Gunslinger was continued as an eight-book epic series called The Dark Tower, whose books King wrote and published infrequently over four decades.


  • University

    University of Maine


    Stephen King graduates from the University of Maine with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level in Orono in 1970.


  • High School

    Lisbon High School

    Lisbon Falls, Maine

    Stephen graduated from Lisbon High School in Lisbon Falls, Maine on May 18, 1966 and had a scholarship to go to the University of Maine.


  • Stephen and his friend, Chris Chesley begin writing short stories in high school

    Collaborating with his best friend Chris Chesley, on Augustus 28, 1963, they published a collection of 18 short stories called "People, Places, and Things--Volume I". King's stories included "Hotel at the End of the Road", "I've Got to Get Away!", "The Dimension Warp", "The Thing at the Bottom of the Well", "The Stranger", "I'm Falling", "The Cursed Expedition", and "The Other Side of the Fog."


  • Begins his writing career with his older brother, David

    Stephen and his older brother, David, decide to publish their own local newspaper called, "Dave's Rag."