“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win.” – Stephen King
Stephen King is an acclaimed writer and author of 52 novels and approximately 200 short stories. Many of his books have received their own movie adaptations such as It, Carrie, The Shinning and The Dark Tower series.
1. His books are timeless
Stephen King’s books have stood the test of time since Carrie first came out in 1974. He is a master of the horror genre and continues to write on it to this day.
2. Childhood Traumas
One of King’s friends was hit by a freight train while they were playing together. He has no recollection of this incident. According to King: “My mom never knew if I had been near him when it happened, if it had occurred before I even arrived, or if I had wandered away after it happened. Perhaps she had her own ideas on the subject. But as I’ve said, I have no memory of the incident at all; only of having been told about it some years after the fact.”
3. Controversial scenes
“It” was indeed a frightening movie, but there is a scene which was left out from both versions of the movie (1990 and 2017). The scene included an orgy between the group of kids known in the book and movie as the Losers’ Club.
Commenting on the scene, Stephen said, “I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it. The book dealt with childhood and adulthood –1958 and Grown Ups. The grown ups don’t remember their childhood. None of us remember what we did as children–we think we do, but we don’t remember it as it really happened. Intuitively, the Losers knew they had to be together again. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. It’s another version of the glass tunnel that connects the children’s library and the adult library. Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues.”
“It’s fascinating to me that there has been so much comment about that single sex scene and so little about the multiple child murders. That must mean something, but I’m not sure what.”
4. Keeping a low profile
King only gives out autographs at book signings due to the fact he doesn’t like the huge attention that comes with being a celebrity.
5. Doing it for the kids
Stephen King has given the opportunity to any young filmmaker out there to buy the rights and adapt any of his short stories for only $1.
6. Can’t Get Enough
The author of “The Shining” has a vast collection of over 17,000 books in his personal library. He has actually read them all expect for a few new ones.
7. He is a fan of Heisenberg
His favorite TV shows is indeed Breaking Bad, while the list also includes The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy and The Americans.
8. Like father like son
Owen King, Stephen’s second son is also a writer who has actually worked together with his dad on a book called Sleeping Beauties.
9. Going solo
His firstborn son Joe Hillstrom King is also a writer who goes by the pen name of Joe Hill in order to avoid biased treatment. The movie Horns was an adaption of his book.
10. Fear of flying
King is afraid of flying, so he prefers driving his motorcycle during book tours.
The acclaimed writer holds the record for most books on the NYT best seller list at one time. Thinner, The Talisman, Skeleton Crew and The Bachman Books were all on the list in 1995.
12. High Standards
Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining failed to impress King. He spoke out that Wendy Torrance was just a “screaming dish rag” and didn’t like how Jack Nicholson portrayed Jack Torrance.
13. Keeping it real
Stephen always expects the movie to stray away from the original story: “I know it has an idea that I’ll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year or a year and a half of my life working on it.”
14. Guinness Record
King holds the Guinness World Record for the most motion picture adaptations from a living author.
15. Young and motivated
He could write up to 2,000-3,000 words when he started writing, which equals six pages, in three to four hours.
16. The Flash
King is an extremely fast and prolific writer: His 304-page book, The Running Man, was completed in only 10 days.
King has struggled with cocaine addiction and had to receive help from his family.
18. Struggling with bad habits
King admitted he has no recollection of writing the novel Cujo due to his usage of drugs and alcholol.
19. Two of the greats
George R.R. Martin-the creator of Game of Thrones and King played poker during Science Fiction conventions in the 1980s.
20. His thoughts on labels
King disagrees with labels such as “young adult novels”. In fact, he is a great Harry Potter fan.
21. Acting Career
Stephen has appeared in over 22 of his films playing mostly cameo roles.
22. Accident and aftermath
Stephen King was hit by a van and suffered some broken bones and a punctured lung. His lawyers bought the van so it wouldn’t end up on eBay.
23. Positive reviews
According to the film critic Roger Ebert, King’s memoir “On Writing” was the most insightful book for aspiring writers since The Elements of Style.
24. Perfect match
His wife Tabitha is also a writer and has written novels such as Candles Burning and Survivor.
25. His advice to young writers
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
26. Helping the community
In 1992 the author made a donation to his hometown of Bangor, Maine in order to help them build the Mansfield Baseball Stadium. His only condition was that the scoreboard would be visible from his home.
27. He is a Red Sox fan
He even played as a Red Sox fan in the movie Fever Pitch. Also, King wrote The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon about the pitcher.
28. He owns a radio station.
He and his wife mostly play rock music on their station.
29. A hard rock fan
His favorite bands are AC/DC and The Ramones.
30. He was in a band.
He played guitar in a group called Rock Bottom Remainders.
31. He publishes under a pen name
There are seven novels which he wrote under the name of Richard Bachman.
32. Love for the language
King actually was an English teacher back in 1971. He made $6,400 per year, about $40,000 in 2017.
33. Grinding through life.
His first job was at a gas station. He went on to clean laundry and work as an English teacher.
34. Trying over and over
Stephen started writing at the age of 16. Each time he got rejected through a letter, he would put the letter on a nail on his wall. Eventually the nail fell down due to too many rejection letters. He finally got his first acceptance for a story called “The Glass Floor”. He was paid $35.
Stephen King used to have repetitive nightmares due to a seeing a suicide victim hanging from a ceiling.
Stephen discovered a box filled with horror novels when he was little. A book called The Thing from the Tomb by H.P. Lovecraft ignited the spark for his love of horror novels.
37. Big Shot
King has an estimated net worth of $400 Million. He also owns a private jet.
38. No love for school
King repeated his year as a first-grader due to his many absences.
39. A family affair
King’s father, Donald Edwin King, was also an (unsuccessful) writer. “I never saw any of my dad’s stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts,” King said. His father walked out on the family when King was only two years old, and he never saw his dad again.
40. A Maine native
He still lives in his birth town Bangor in Maine. This hometown was actually an inspiration for many of his towns in his books.