“If you have an imagination, let it run free.” – StevenKing, 1963
Stephen Edwin King is one of today’s most popular and bestselling writers. King combines the elements ofpsychological thrillers, science fiction, the paranormal,and detective themes into his stories. In addition to thesethemes, King sticks to using great and vivid detail that isset in a realistic everyday place.
Stephen King who is mainly known for his novels, hasbroadened his horizons to different types of writings suchas movie scripts, nonfiction, autobiographies, children’sbooks, and short stories. While Stephen King might be bestknown for his novels “The Stand and It”, some of his bestwork that has been published are his short stories such as”The Body” and “Quitters Inc”. King’s works are so powerfulbecause he uses his experience and observations from hiseveryday life and places them into his unique stories.
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, onSeptember 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital. Stephen,his mother Nellie, and his adopted brother David were leftto fend for themselves when Stephen’s father Donald, aMerchant Marine captain, left one day, to go to the storeto buy a pack of cigarettes, and never returned. Hisfather’s leaving had a big indirect impact on King’s life.In the autobiographical work, “Danse Macabre”, Stephen Kingrecalls how his family life was altered: “After my fathertook off, my mother, struggled, and then landed on herfeet.” My brother and I didn’t see a great deal of her overthe next nine years. She worked a succession of continuouslow paying jobs.”
Stephen’s first outlooks on life were influenced by hisolder brother and what he figured out on his own while hisfamily moved around the North Eastern and Central UnitedStates. When he was seven years old, they moved toStratford, Connecticut. Here is where King got his firstexposure to horror. One evening he listened to the radioadaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story “Mars Is Heaven!” Thatnight King recalls, he “slept in the doorway, where thereal and rational light of the bathroom bulb could shine onmy face” (Beaham 16). Stephen King’s exposure to oralstorytelling on the radio had a large impact on his laterwritings. King tells his stories in visual terms so thatthe reader would be able to “see” what was happening inhis/her own mind, similar to the way it was done on theradio (Beaham 17).
King’s fascination with horror, early on continued and waspushed along only a couple weeks after Bradbury’s story.One day, little Stephen was looking through his mother’s