Hi there, mates! Today’s post is dedicated entirely to one of my favourite authors; Stephen King. Today is Stephen’s birthday. So, buckle your seat belts because we are going to know everything about this amazing writer. Let’s go!
Ladies and gentlemen, Stephen Edwin King!
Stephen was born on September 21, 1947, in Maine, Portland. At the age of 2, his father left home and never came back. His mother had to take care of Stephen and his brother David. They moved to another city because they had serious financial problems. Years later, they went back to Maine. At the age of 11, Stephen saw how a train killed one of his friends. Many years later, he was playing in the attic with his brother, and he found a book written by H. P Lovecraft. Stephen said, “I knew that I'd found home when I read that book."
Stephen went to university, and he got a Bachelor of Arts in English. Then, his daughter, Naomi, was born. To pay the bills, Stephen had to work as a janitor, a gas pump attendant, and at an industrial laundry. In 1971, Stephen married Tabitha (our hero). During that year, he worked as a teacher at Hampden Academy. Stephen continued writing short stories, and he sold them to different magazines.
Why do we love Tabitha so much?
In 1973, Stephen realised he suffered from a drinking problem and depression. He barely made enough money to live, in a trailer. Stephen wrote several pages of a book, and then, he threw it away. Tabitha encouraged Stephen to finish that book. The book was Carrie! Bravo, Tabitha! The rest you already know…
Facts about Stephen
Stephen suffers form Triskaidekaphobia which is the fear of the number thirteen. “The number 13 never fails to trace that old icy finger up and down my spine. When I'm writing, I'll never stop work if the page number is 13 or a multiple of 13; I'll just keep on typing till I get to a safe number. I always take the last two steps on my back stairs as one, making 13 into 12. There were after all 13 steps on the English gallows up until 1900 or so. When I'm reading, I won't stop on page 94, 193, or 382, since the sums of these numbers add up to 13.”
Stephens appears in almost every single movie or tv show of his books. He loves making cameos.
Stephen King used to write under the name of Richard Bachman. Later, King killed Richard. Cause of death: cancer of the pseudonym.
Stephen doesn’t remember writing some of his novels (in the 80’s) because of his alcoholism.
In 1999, a minivan hit Stephen. He nearly lost a leg. King was really bad, but he finished his book, “The Black Tower.”
The book “The Running Man” was written only in 10 days. By the way, the book is 300 pages long.
Give Stephen a chance, you will not be disappointed.
Happy Birthday, Mr King! Who cuts the cake?
Have a nice weekend :)