Stephen Edwin King, famously known as Stephen King is an American author who writes novels and fiction of genres like horror, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy. Born in the year 1947 on September 21, he is famous for his writings. Over 350 million copies are sold of the books that are written by him. Many of his works are adapted into movies, television series, and comic books. He also writes his work under the pen name of Richard Bachman. Stephen king till now has published 61 novels, five non-fiction books, and 200 short stories.
Some quick facts about Stephen King
- Famous as author
- Known for all his works and its adaptations
- Born on September 21, 1947
- Penname- Richard Bachman
- His famous genres- horror, crime, suspense, science-fiction
- Wife- Tabitha Spruce
- Net worth- $500 million
His early life and childhood days
Stephen King was born in Portland. His father Donald King was a merchant seaman by profession, and his mother was Nellie Ruth. His mother raised his and his elder brother all alone and they have faced various financial strains in their childhood days. He as a child was fond o horror stories and started writing them for newspapers and his friends. He is a graduate in English from the University of Maine. Stephen King in his adulthood took up many odd jobs to pay for his studies.
The start of his career towards success
Stephen King gave his first professional short story, “The Glass Floor” to the Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Many of his early stories have been republished in the collection of Night Shift. In 1973, Stephen King’s novel Carrie was selected for publication. It was his first novel that got published but in reality, it was the fourth novel written by him. Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot’ was published in the year 1975. In 1982, he published his work ‘Different Seasons’, which was a collection of four novellas, with a genre of serious dramatic bent than that of the horror fiction for which Stephen King is famous. This collection is appreciable for having had three out of its four novellas adapted into Hollywood movies.
Top 10 ranked movies of Stephen King
- The series of IT that released in the year 2017 counts as the best of Stephen King movies. It’s sequel IT chapter two released in the year 2019 grabbed a lot of attention. The genre of the adaptation is one of the expertise fields of King. He thoroughly has implicated the elements of horror into the movie.
- 1408, this movie was released in the year 2007with fully-packed visual panache, with a logic of a dream that gradually led the storyline. The story was of the cursed room no-1408 and that turned into an apocalypse of fear.
- Stand by me, this movie released in the year 1986 was one of the best summertime tales of Stephen King. The plot describes the initiation of a gang in a lazy and boring summer holiday and their quest for killing time led to a dead body.
- Misery released in the year 1990 was a suspenseful thriller and was adapted by Reiner into a movie.
- The Shawshank redemption which premiered in the year 1994 of King’s original novella about a mild-mannered banker who was in prison for a double murder.
- The shining in the year 1980 was an adaptation of Stephen King’s third novel, a cult movie.
- Carrie which was adapted in 1976 was his debut novel that got published. Within 2 years of its publication, it was adapted into a movie. It talked about the horrendous high-school bullying and psychotic wrath.
- The Mist released in the year 2007 was an adaptation of the king’s work. Artist Thomas and his son trapped in a supermarket when an unearthly mist rolled in.
- The running man was a scientific-fiction satire of King’s novel that he wrote under the pen name of Richard Bachman.
- The green mile was counted the best of Stephen king’s work. It was an old-time prison tale released in the year 1999.
Net worth of Stephen King
His net worth is estimated to be a whopping amount of $500 million. He is one of the bestselling American authors with an estimate of 350 million copies sold of his books. He has a great following and audience to his adaptations.