Stephen King

Biographical note

Stephen Edwin King born in Portland, Maine in 1947, was the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King.

Stephen was the member of the community in the grammar school in Durham and then Lisbon Falls High School from which he graduated in 1966. As the student of the second year in the University of Maine at Orono, he started writing a weekly column for the school newspaper, ‘The Maine Campus’. He also had a membership in the Student Senate. Having the conservative view that the Vietnam war was against constitution he supported the anti-war movement on the Orono campus. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level.

In 1971 he married Tabitha Spruce whom he met in the Fogler Library at the University of Maine at Orono, where they both worked as students.

King’s first professional story, ‘The Glass Floor’, was written  and sold to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he  carried on selling stories to men’s magazines. Later on, many of these were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

The autumn of 1971 was the beginning of King’s adventure with teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Additionally, he spent evenings and weekends on writing short stories and working on novels.

In the spring of 1973, his novel ‘Carrie’ was accepted for publication by Doubleday & Co. That was the time King’s editor made him realise that a successful sale would enable him to give up working as a teacher and focus on full-time writing.

After moving to southern Maine in 1973, which was caused by his mother’s health problems, he wrote his next-published novel, originally titled Second Coming and then Jerusalem’s Lot, before it became ‘Salem’s Lot’.

After ‘Carrie’ was published in 1974, he and his wife moved, again, to Boulder, Colorado. While being settled there for almost a year ‘The Shining’ was written. In the summer of 1975 he bought a house in the Lakes Region of western Maine where ‘The Stand’ was finished and ‘The Dead Zone’ written.

In 1977, after Stephen and his wife had spent three months in England, they came back home and purchased a house in Center Lovell, Maine. After living there one summer, the Kings moved north to Orrington, near Bangor, so that Stephen could teach creative writing at the University of Maine at Orono. The Kings returned to Center Lovell in the spring of 1979. In 1980, the Kings purchased a second home in Bangor, retaining the Center Lovell house as a summer home.

The couple have three children: Naomi Rachel, Joe Hill and Owen Phillip, and four grandchildren.

Stephen and Tabitha provide scholarships for local high school students and contribute to many other local and national charities. (Source:

List of works (Only novels included. Other works are available HERE)

  1. Carrie (April, 1974)
  2. ‘Salem’s Lot (October, 1975)
  3. The Shining (1977)
  4. The Dead Zone (August, 1979)
  5. Firestarter (September, 1980)
  6. Cujo (September, 1981)
  7. Pet Sematary (1983)
  8. Christine (April, 1983)
  9. The Talisman (November, 1984)
  10. Cycle Of The Werewolf (April, 1985)
  11. IT (September, 1986)
  12. Eyes Of The Dragon (February, 1987)
  13. Misery (June, 1987)
  14. The Tommyknockers (November, 1987)
  15. The Dark Half (November, 1989)
  16. The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (May, 1990)
  17. Needful Things (1991)
  18. Gerald’s Game (1992)
  19. Dolores Claiborne (1993)
  20. Insomnia (1994)
  21. Rose Madder (1995)
  22. Desperation (1996)
  23. The Green Mile: The Two Dead Girls (March, 1996)
  24. The Green Mile: The Mouse on the Mile (April, 1996)
  25. The Green Mile: Coffey’s Hands (May, 1996)
  26. The Green Mile: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (June, 1996)
  27. The Green Mile: Night Journey (July, 1996)
  28. The Green Mile: Coffey on the Mile (August, 1996)
  29. Bag of Bones (September, 1998)
  30. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (April, 1999)
  31. The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (2000)
  32. The Plant: Zenith Rising  (2000)
  33. Dreamcatcher (March, 2001)
  34. Black House (September, 2001)
  35. From A Buick 8 (2002)
  36. The Dark Tower: Wolves Of The Calla (2003)
  37. The Dark Tower: The Drawing Of The Three (June, 2003)
  38. TheDark Tower: The Gunslinger (June, 2003)
  39. The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands (June, 2003)
  40. The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass (June, 2003)
  41. The Dark Tower (2004)
  42. The Dark Tower: Song Of Susannah (2004)
  43. The Colorado Kid (October, 2005)
  44. Salem’s Lot Illustrated Edition (November, 2005)
  45. Cell (January, 2006)
  46. Lisey’s Story (October, 2006)
  47. Duma Key (January, 2008)
  48. Under The Dome (November, 2009)
  49. 11/22/63 (November, 2011)
  50. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through The Keyhole (April, 2012)





2 thoughts on “Stephen King

  1. Diego says:

    The Stephen King image gives me shivers! He looks like his books 😛

  2. Kasia says:

    That’s what I thought when I saw his photos for the first time 🙂

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