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Stephen King net worth:
$400 Million

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Stephen King information

Birth date: September 21, 1947
Birth place: Portland, Maine, United States
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.93 m)
Profession:Writer, Screenwriter, Television producer, Actor, Columnist, Film director, Novelist
Education:University of Maine
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Tabitha King (m. 1971)
Children:Joe Hill, Owen King, Naomi King
Parents:Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King, Donald Edwin King
Siblings:David King
Awards:Bram Stoker Award, Edgar Award for Best Novel, Shirley Jackson Award, O. Henry Award, National Magazine Awards, International Horror Guild Award, World Fantasy Award—Life Achievement, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Science Fiction
Music groups:Rock Bottom Remainders
Nominations:Hugo Award for Best Novelette, Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, World Fantasy Award—Novel, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Nebula Award for Best Novelette, World Fantasy Award—Long Fiction, Nebula Award for Best Script, Locus Award for Best Art Book, Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction, Locus Award for Best Novel, Locus Award for Best Short Story, Locus Award for Best Collection, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Graphic Novels & Comics
Movies:"The Shawshank Redemption", "The Stand", “Children of the Corn II, III, and IV”, “Big Driver”, “Creepshow”, “The Langoliers”, “Sleepwalkers”, “Carrie”, “The Rage: Carrie 2”
TV shows:The Langoliers, The Shining, Storm of the Century, Frasier, Kingdom Hospital, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, The Dead Zone, Under the Dome, Haven, Bag of Bones

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It is often noted that Stephen King net-worth reaches an approximation of 415 million dollars. A tremendous section of his own net worth arises from his participation into writing novels which made him among the writers ever. Because the time when he began composing, he’s sold over 350 million copies of his own books on an international scale which raised the complete level of Stephen King net-worth. The writer has released around 50 publications which gained lots of recognition and received favorable remarks from the crowd and also both critics.

Stephen King Net Worth – 415 Million Dollars

Additionally, his writing has got lots of achievements. Stephen King has over 50 literary awards and accomplishments. Not only is it a really successful writer, Stephen King is also a screenwriter for numerous horror movies, thrillers, fantasy and gothic movies. Within the business, Stephen King’s trade marks contain his ability for first story-lines along with his fascination with macabre. Furthermore, in the pictures that are derived from his novels Stephen King has had cameo appearances. Therefore their own appearances in the pictures that have been adapted from his novels also raise the total level of Stephen King net-worth. Speaking more about him being an author, he’s created some comic books too. Moreover, he’s the writer of the publications that are signed underneath the title of Richard Bachman. Additionally, Stephen King was composed some nonfiction books along with several stories. Stephen King has stated that in order to be a writer, one must become involved into it at least 4 to 6 hours daily each day. Stephen King’s commitment to writing may be confirmed by the undeniable fact he spends lots of time in writing and writes around 2,000 words each day. Moreover, he doesn’t have a rest daily unless he’s written this number of words.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Road Virus Heads North2004Short short story
The Man in the Black Suit2004Short short story
Secret Window2004novella "Four Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden"
Salem's Lot2004TV Series novel "Salem's Lot" - 2 episodes
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer2003TV Movie characters
Autopsy Room Four2003Short short story
Dreamcatcher2003novel "Dreamcatcher"
Rainy Season2002Short short story
The Dead Zone2002Video novel
Carrie2002TV Movie novel
Night Surf2002Short short story
Firestarter 2: Rekindled2002TV Movie novel "Firestarter"
Rose Red2002TV Mini-Series written by - 3 episodes
Children of the Corn: Revelation2001Video characters
Hearts in Atlantis2001book
Strawberry Spring2001Short short story
Paranoid2000/IIShort poem "Paranoid: A Chant"
The Green Mile1999novel
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return1999Video short story "Children of the Corn"
The Rage: Carrie 21999characters
Storm of the Century1999TV Mini-Series written by - 3 episodes
Sometimes They Come Back... for More1998Video characters
Apt Pupil1998novella "Apt Pupil"
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror1998Video short story "Children of the Corn"
The X-Files1998TV Series written by - 1 episode
Trucks1997TV Movie short story
The Outer Limits1997TV Series short story - 1 episode
Ghosts1997/IShort concept / story
The ShiningTV Mini-Series novel - 3 episodes, 1997 teleplay - 3 episodes, 1997
The Night Flier1997story
Quicksilver Highway1997TV Movie short story "Chattery Teeth"
The Man Who Loved Flowers1996Short short story
Thinner1996novel
Children of the Corn: The Gathering1996Video short story "Children of the Corn"
Sometimes They Come Back... Again1996Video characters
The Langoliers1995TV Mini-Series novella "From Four Past Midnight" - 2 episodes
Dolores Claiborne1995book
The Mangler1995short story
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest1995short story "Children of the Corn"
The Shawshank Redemption1994short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"
Nightshift Collection1994Video story
The StandTV Mini-Series book - 4 episodes, 1994 teleplay - 4 episodes, 1994
Needful Things1993book
The Tommyknockers1993TV Series novel - 2 episodes
The Dark Half1993novel "The Dark Half"
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice1992short story "Children of the Corn"
Sleepwalkers1992written by
The Lawnmower Man1992title only - credit removed following lawsuit
Golden YearsTV Series created by - 6 episodes, 1991 writer - 5 episodes, 1991 story - 2 episodes, 1991
Sometimes They Come Back1991TV Movie short story
Monsters1991TV Series story - 1 episode
Misery1990novel "Misery"
It1990TV Mini-Series novel - 2 episodes
Graveyard Shift1990short story
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie1990short story - segment "Cat From Hell"
Pet Sematary1989novel / screenplay
Tales from the DarksideTV Series writer - 1 episode, 1987 story - 1 episode, 1984
The Running Man1987novel - as Richard Bachman
A Return to Salem's Lot1987characters
Creepshow 21987stories
Apt Pupil1987novel
The Last Rung on the Ladder1987Short short story
The Lawnmower Man1987Short short story
Stand by Me1986novella "The Body"
Maximum Overdrive1986film by / written for the screen by
The Twilight Zone1986TV Series based on the short story by - 1 episode
Srazhenie1986Short short story
Stephen King's Golden Tales1985Video story
Silver Bullet1985novella "Cycle of the Werewolf" / screenplay
Cat's Eye1985screenplay
Firestarter1984novel
Children of the Corn1984short story
Disciples of the Crow1983Short story "Children of the Corn"
The Woman in the Room1983Short story "The Woman in the Room"
Christine1983novel
The Dead Zone1983novel
Cujo1983novel
The Boogeyman1982Short short story
Creepshow1982screenplay / short stories "The Crate and Weeds" - uncredited
The Shining1980novel
Salem's Lot1979TV Movie novel
Carrie1976novel
Mr. Mercedes2018TV Series book - 1 episode pre-production
It2017novel post-production
The Dark Tower2017novel post-production
Cain Rose Up2017Short story by filming
Rainy Season2017Short story by post-production
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away2017Short short story by pre-production
Cujo: Canine Unit Joint Operations2017novel announced
Gerald's Game2017novel filming
The Mist2017TV Series novel - 1 episode filming
Popsy2016Short short story completed
I Am the Doorway2016/IIShort adaptation post-production
Grey Matter2016/IShort short story post-production
I Am the Doorway2016/IShort short story post-production
One for the Road2015Short story completed
Death RoomShort story announced
DoorwayShort story announced
Lisey's Storynovel announced
Prey for UsShort story announced
Rose Maddernovel announced
Sedá hmotaShort short story completed
TeratoidShort short story pre-production
The Death of Jack HamiltonShort story post-production
The Gingerbread Girlpre-production
The Standbased on the novel by announced
The TalismanTV Mini-Series novel announced
The Milkman2017story
One for the Road2016/IShort short story
The Man Who Loved Flowers2016Short short story
Nona2016/IShort story
Nona2016/IIShort original story
Strawberry Spring2016Short story
Otto2016/IShort story by
Mute2016/VShort story by
Soba smrti2016Short original story
Cell2016/Ibased on the novel by / screenplay
Nona2016/IIIShort adaptation
Mute2016/IVShort short story
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series based on the novel by - 8 episodes
Harvey's Dream2016Short
Mute2016/IIShort short story
I Am the Doorway2015Short based on a short story by
The Man Who Loved Flowers2015/IIShort story
Haven2010-2015TV Series short story "The Colorado Kid" - 78 episodes
Under the DomeTV Series book - 26 episodes, 2013 - 2014 based on the book by - 13 episodes, 2015 written by - 1 episode, 2014
Night Surf2015Short short story
Beachworld2015Short from the short story by
Willa2015Short short story
Harvey's Dream2015/IIShort writer
Rest Stop2015/IIShort short story "Rest Stop"
The Man Who Loved Flowers2015/IShort story "The Man Who Loved Flowers"
Popsy2014Short short story by
Susannah's Lesson2014Short story
Big Driver2014TV Movie story
Mercy2014/Ishort story "Gramma"
A Good Marriage2014short story - screenplay
Big Driver2014Short short story
The Boogeyman2014/IIshort story
The Boogeyman2014/IIIShort story
Cain2014/IShort short story
Mute2014Short story
In The Deathroom2013Short writer
Survivor Type2013Short original story
Carrie2013novel
The Boogeyman2013/IIIShort story
The Doctor's Case2013Short short story
Ayana2013Short short story
Cain Rose Up2013Short story
Here There May Be Tygers2013Short story
The Reaper's Image2013Short writer
The Boogeyman2013/IShort writer
A Very Tight Place2012Short story
Bike2012Short story
Popsy2012Short writer
The Last Rung on the Ladder2012Short story
The Reaper's Image2012Short novel
Willa2012/Ishort story
Love Never Dies2012/IIIShort story
Willa2012/IIIShort writer
Survivor Type2012Short short story
The Things They Left Behind2012Short short story
Maxwell Edison2012Short story "The Man Who Loved Flowers"
Mute2012/IIShort story
The Man Who Loved Flowers2012Short
Stephen King's The Boogeyman2012Short novel / story
Grey Matter2012Short story
Mute2012/IShort story
Everything's Eventual2011Short short story
In the Deathroom2011Short
Mute2011/IVShort short story
Survivor Type2011Short short story
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French2011Short short story
The Things They Left Behind2011Short story
Bag of Bones2011TV Mini-Series based on the novel by - 2 episodes
One for the Road2011/IShort story
Tussenstop2011Short story
Mute2011/IShort short story
Children of the Corn: Genesis2011short story "Children of the Corn"
Harvey's Dream2011Video short novel
Message from Jerusalem2011Short story
Hard Ride2010Short story
Cain Rose Up2010/IIShort short story
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away2010Short short story
Cain Rose Up2010/IShort short story
One for the Road2010Short author
The Man Who Loved Flowers2010Short short story
Flowers for Norma2010Short short story "The Man Who Loved Flowers"
The Boogeyman2010Short story
The Charning2010Video short
Here There Be Tigers2010Short story
Popsy2009Short short story
Everything's Eventual2009short story
Children of the Corn2009TV Movie short story / teleplay
Dolan's Cadillac2009short story
In the Deathroom2009Video short short story
My Pretty Pony2009Short story
The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands2009Short story
All That You Love2008Short short story
The Talisman2008Short novel "The Talisman"
The Mist2007novella
El sueño de Harvey2007Short story "Harvey's Dream"
The Dead ZoneTV Series characters from the novel - 77 episodes, 2002 - 2007 based on the characters from the novel - 4 episodes, 2007
Paul's Dream2007Short story "Harvey's Dream"
14082007short story
Vision of the Dark Tower2007Short story "The Dark Tower"
Walking Ghost2006Short story
Popsy2006Short short story / story
Lovecraft's Pillow2006Short suggestion
Tyger2006/IShort short story
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King2006TV Mini-Series short story - 8 episodes
Suffer the Little Children2006Short story
Desperation2006TV Movie novel "Desperation" / teleplay
Umney's Last Case2006Short short story
I Know What You Need2005Short short story
La femme dans la chambre2005Short short story
Gotham Cafe2005Short short story
Home delivery: Servicio a domicilio2005Short short story
Sorry, Right Number2005Short teleplay
Luckey Quarter2005Short short story
Riding the Bullet2004novella "Riding the Bullet"
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away2004Short short story
Kingdom HospitalTV Series 6 episodes, 2004 developed for U.S. television by - 3 episodes, 2004 teleplay - 3 episodes, 2004
All That You Love2004Short short story

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Mercedes2018TV Series executive producer - 1 episode pre-production
The Dark Tower2017producer post-production
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Under the Dome2013-2014TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
Desperation2006TV Movie executive producer
Riding the Bullet2004executive producer
Kingdom Hospital2004TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer2003TV Movie executive producer
Rose Red2002TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Storm of the Century1999TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
The Shining1997TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
The Stand1994TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Golden Years1991TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Under the Dome2014TV SeriesDiner Patron
Sons of Anarchy2010TV SeriesBachman
Diary of the Dead2007Newsreader (voice, uncredited)
Gotham Cafe2005ShortMr. Ring
Kingdom Hospital2004TV SeriesJohnny B. Goode
Rose Red2002TV Mini-SeriesPizza Delivery Guy
Unlocking Rose Red: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer2002TV MovieStephen king
Frasier2000TV SeriesBrian
Storm of the Century1999TV Mini-SeriesLawyer in Ad / Reporter on Broken TV (uncredited)
The Shining1997TV Mini-SeriesGage Creed
Thinner1996Pharmacist
The Langoliers1995TV Mini-SeriesTom Holby
The Stand1994TV Mini-SeriesTeddy Weizak
Sleepwalkers1992Cemetery Caretaker
Golden Years1991TV SeriesBus Driver
Pet Sematary1989Minister
Creepshow 21987Truck Driver (segment "The Hitchhiker")
Maximum Overdrive1986Man at Bank ATM (uncredited)
Creepshow1982Jordy Verrill (segment "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill")
Knightriders1981Hoagie Man

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Stand1994TV Mini-Series writer - 4 episodes

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King2006TV Mini-Series grip
The Shining1997TV Mini-Series still photographer - 3 episodes

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Shining1997TV Mini-Series third unit director - 3 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary short archival materials & photos provided by
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile'2006Video documentary materials

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maximum Overdrive1986

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cain Rose Up2017Short very special thanks filming
The Green Mile: Walking the Mile2014Video documentary special thanks
Willa2012/Ivery special thanks
Survivor Type2012Short very special thanks
You Can't Kill Stephen King2012very special thanks
Project: Kill Lana's Boyfriend2011Short thanks
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King2011TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: photos and posters courtesy of / special thanks
Mute2011/IShort very special thanks
Harvey's Dream2011Video short special thanks
Amused2011Short thanks
Project Nine2010very special thanks
This Is the Place2009Short special thanks
In the Deathroom2009Video short special thanks
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary short special thanks
The Mist2007special thanks
Mr. Butters Syndrome2007Short special thanks
Diary of the Dead2007very special thanks
Lovecraft's Pillow2006Short special thanks
The Mangler Reborn2005Video special thanks
La femme dans la chambre2005Short special thanks
Another Happy Ending2005Short special thanks
Boo2005special thanks
Desolation Sound2005special thanks
Investigating Kingdom Hospital: The Journals of Eleanor Druse2004TV Movie special thanks
A Shadow Before Sunrise2004Short special thanks
Clive Barker: Raising Hell2004Video documentary short special thanks
Sand Country2003Short special thanks
Valhalla2003Short special thanks
1080: Avalanche2003Video Game special thanks
Unlocking Rose Red: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer2002TV Movie special thanks
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me2000Video documentary short special thanks
Walking the Mile2000Video documentary short special thanks
F132000Video Game thanks
The Green Mile1999special thanks
Free Enterprise1998grateful acknowledgment
The Shawshank Redemption1994special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS This Morning2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Author
Good Morning America1980-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself
The View2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Author / Himself
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
La grande librairie2013TV SeriesHimself
Q with Jian Ghomeshi2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colbert Report2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1996-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose1998-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Stuck in Love2012Himself (voice)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Arena2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hour2009TV SeriesHimself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero2008DocumentaryHimself
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary shortHimself
HypaSpace2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2006TV SeriesHimself
Postcards from Bangor2006Video documentary shortHimself
Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher2006TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Fever Pitch2005Himself (uncredited)
NewsNight with Aaron Brown2004TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2004TV SeriesHimself
2004 World Series2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Crowd Member
Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'2004Video documentary shortHimself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Author
Chappelle's Show2003TV SeriesHimself
The Simpsons2000TV SeriesHimself
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me2000Video documentary shortHimself - Author
Walking the Mile2000Video documentary shortHimself - Author
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Cider House Rules: The Making of an American Classic1999Video documentary shortHimself
Omnibus1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Miracle of 'The Green Mile'1999TV Short documentaryHimself
Stephen King: Shining in the Dark1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998TV SeriesHimself
The X-Files Movie Special1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Jeopardy!1995-1998TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Dennis Miller Live1998TV SeriesHimself
Tim Sample Presents Sunday Morning in Maine1996VideoHimself
The Stand: The Making of...1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stephen King's World of Horror1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
exclusiv1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1980TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Green Mile: Walking the Mile2014Video documentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHimself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009-2013TV Series documentaryNewsreader / Jordy Verrill
Room 2372012/IDocumentaryJordy Verrill (uncredited)
Zombies: A Living History2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself (segment "Reality Check")
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile'2006Video documentaryHimself
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': Stephen King Territory2006Video shortHimself
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': The Characters2006Video shortHimself
Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head, Part 22006Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
49º premis Sant Jordi de cinematografía2005TV SpecialHimself
Dennis Miller Live1998TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Horror AwardPhoenix International Horror & Sci-Fi Film FestivalBest AdaptationGotham Cafe (2005)· Julie Sands (screenwriter)
· Bev Vincent (screenwriter)
2003Lifetime Achievement AwardBram Stoker Awards
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Shining (1997)
1995USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)· Frank Darabont (screenwriter)
1992Best ScreenplayFantafestivalSleepwalkers (1992)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Green Mile (1999)· Frank Darabont (screenwriter)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesThe Shining (1997)· Mark Carliner (producer)
· Elliot Friedgen (supervising producer)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesThe Stand (1994)· Richard P. Rubinstein (executive producer)
· Mitchell Galin (producer)
· Peter R. McIntosh (supervising producer)
1991USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardMisery (1990)· William Goldman (screenwriter)
1988International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmMaximum Overdrive (1986)
1987Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorMaximum Overdrive (1986)
1977HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationCarrie (1976)· Brian De Palma (director)
· Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)


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#Fact
1Claimed that he realized he was an alcoholic when he began to save bottles for recycling. The piles of empty bottles made clear how much he drank regularly.
2When King wrote The Shining, the lead character was struggling with alcoholism just as King was at the time. But King didn't know about AA so Jack Torrance didn't go, but when King wrote the book as a miniseries, he did go.
3King has written very few sequels in his career.
4King wrote the dedication to Doctor Sleep in Bangor, Maine where he lives.
5King has never understood why people find The Shining (1980) so scary.
6King novels are criticized for having a lot of swearing. This is commented on ironically by King himself in Misery and The Tommyknockers.
7When writing Doctor Sleep, King had to be reminded of things from The Shining he'd forgotten.
8King mentions The Simpsons (1989) in Doctor Sleep. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) did a parody of The Shining (1980).
9Grew up in Portland, Maine.
10Owns a Winter home in Florida.
11King writes his fear of flying into some of his stories, Eg The Langoliers.
12In his novel Doctor Sleep, he uses the line "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world"; Rebecca De Mornay was the star of the movie of the same name and played Wendy Torrance in the miniseries version of King's The Shining (1997).
13The recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters.
14Fellow author Neil Gaiman is a big fan of King.
15Father of Owen King.
16Father of Joe Hill.
17Writing a column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly magazine called "The Pop of King". [July 2003]
18Has denied rumors of retirement saying that "The Dark Tower" series made him want to retire but he loves writing and cannot retire. Is preparing to release a new novel "The Colorado Kid" in October 2005. [March 2005]
19Teaches a course as part of the Writers in Paradise Winter Term at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. [January 2006]
20Has declared that this will be his last year of writing novels. His books will be published for the next few years, but he has vowed to quit the job in numerous publications on numerous occasions. [2002]
21Has named J.K. Rowling as his favourite author.
22Is an avid comic book fan.
23Is a big fan of the series Lost (2004).
24A huge fan of author Neil Gaiman.
25King is down to three cigarettes a day. He's kicked alcohol, cocaine, painkillers, but he's still addicted to work and goes into similar withdrawal when he's not working.
26People will often camp outside King's house to get a view of the great author. A man named Erik Keene broke in April 20, 1991 at 6:00am. He threatened Tabitha with a bomb, claiming King stole the idea for Misery from Keene's aunt. She ran to a neighbour and called the police. They found Keene in the attic and the bomb was a dud. He was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in jail before he was extradited to Texas for a parole violation. The King's increased security by extending a wrought-iron fence around the yard gates with access codes as well as CCTV.
27King's first novel Getting It On was sent to an editor and then sent back for revisions four times. In the end it was still rejected, but it taught him much about the editing process. His second attempt The Long Walk failed as well. It wasn't until his third novel, Carrie, that he finally got a book published.
28Suffers from high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums. These spared him from being drafted into Vietnam.
29Had the idea for the Dark Tower series before he was an established author.
30Prefers to be called Steve.
31Has a fear of the number 13, which is called triskaidekaphobia.
32Bryan Smith, the van driver who hit King in 1999, had a history of driving offenses and his license had been suspended three times by the time of the accident. He was indicted for aggravated assault and driving to endanger. He later died of a drug overdose.
33King is critical of people who write about Maine and didn't grow up there.
34By 1987, the King family lived in a 24-room restored Victorian mansion.
35The one question King hates to be asked more than any other by the fans is "Where do you get your ideas?".
36Does some of his book tours on motorbike.
37King suffers from insomnia and later wrote a book about it.
38Hit the No 1 bestseller list 36 times, and is still disappointed when he doesn't.
39Would like to write a novel about the thing that scares him the most, spiders.
40He'd like to direct a film now that he's totally sober.
41Read many stories about people being buried alive.
42King owns two neighboring houses in Bangor. He wanted to build an underground tunnel with a trolley you could ride between them. When asked why, he replied, "because I can".
43Regularly listens to audiobooks, because he believes no book exists until its done in audio.
44Before he wrote Carrie (his first published novel), King wrote a few practice novels first under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. He called them "trunk novels".
45When touring with the Rock Bottom Remainders, they needed extra security because of King's presence.
46The first American to win the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association.
47A big fan of detective stories.
48King has a library made up of 17,000 books; he's read them all except for any new additions.
49Not long after 9/11, someone left a package on King's doorstep. The bomb squad were called in and incinerated it. It turns out it was King's novel, It.
50King used to listen to rock and roll when drafting a novel; now he doesn't need to.
51King invented the pseudonym Richard Bachman to see if he could market books without the attachment of his more famous name.
52Because The Shining came from a very personal place, King managed to write the book very quickly. The subject matter hit so close to King that he took time out from it to work on his next novel, The Stand.
53On the night King's mother died, his son had a terrible choking fit at home. He's had a fear of choking ever since. His mother's death drove him further into drink.
54Repeated the first grade because of frequent absences.
55Since the publication of Carrie in 1974, his books have never been out of print; a rare feat for an author.
56Hates being famous. He's also uncomfortable in large crowds.
57Because of his past drug abuse, he can't remember anything about writing some of his books, e.g. Cujo. Its something he will always regret.
58Has a fear of flying. He once suffered an injury on an airplane when it flew into turbulence, which no doubt exacerbated his fear.
59Has a fear of therapists. He had to conquer that fear during the worst stages of his alcoholism and drug addiction.
60The one thing King is reluctant to write is an autobiography. The nearest he's ever come to that is the CV section of his non-fictional book On Writing.
61During King's recovery after being knocked down by a van in 1999, he was appalled when he was hooked up to a morphine drip, what with his former past as a drug addict. He didn't become re-addicted by doctors keeping him below the recommended dose. He could feel the craving bubbling to the surface, but this time experience prepared him to recognize the danger signs. By the time he came home, he had lost 40 pounds. None of the nurses cracked any "Misery" jokes but he said he would have appreciated the dark irony. He could only write for up to an hour and a half every day, so he spent the Winter in Florida; the warm weather would aid his recovery. He still needs to walk with a cane though. After accepting a literary award in 2003, he had a relapse and had to spend another month in hospital. He weighed 160 pounds and nearly died. Tabitha took the opportunity to refurbish his office.
62When King was hit by a van in 1999, he was lucky not to have been killed outright. While in recovery, one of his lungs had collapsed, he had four broken ribs, a gash to the head that needed 20 stitches and his spine was chipped in eight places. His right leg almost had to be amputated but doctors managed to save it. The only thing undamaged in the accident were the lenses in King's glasses; he later replaced the frame.
63King gets depressed when people say The Stand is his best book because that was written three decades ago and implies he hasn't written anything as good since.
64King has a deal with Castle Rock; they can have his work for a dollar, but he gets script approval, he approves the director, cast approval, and he can pull the plug anytime, no matter how much money was spent. He gets 5% of every dollar, so in the case of The Green Mile (1999), he made 25 million dollars.
65In 1993, King played with the Rock Bottom Remainders to sell-out arenas.
66He will never co-author a book with his wife, because he feels that if they ever did, it would lead to divorce court.
67Never answers his own phone.
68Against abortion because he likens it to abandonment, something his father did to him when he was a child.
69King once flew on a plane that ran into turbulence. The oxygen mask came out, and his seat was ripped from the floor and he landed on his side, still strapped in. It was a while before he could get on a plane again.
70King writes for 3-4 hours a day. He used to write 2000-3000 words a day, now he can only manage 1000.
71In later years, movie studios and production companies snapped up the film rights for King novels before the books saw print, e.g. Delores Claiborne.
72King played guitar (badly) in a high school band. He would often change the lyrics into something gross (but funny) on the spot.
73His favourite way of relaxing is to take a bath while smoking a cigarette, and listen to a Red Sox game on the radio, propped on the sink. He would also drink a beer during the days when he was an alcoholic.
74Writes three drafts for every book.
75All three of his children as well as his wife have followed his footsteps into writing.
76In October 1995, King broke his own record by having four books hit the NY Times bestseller list: Skeleton Crew, Thinner, The Talisman, and The Bachman Books.
77The first author to have three simultaneous titles on the publishers weekly list: Firestarter, The Dead Zone, and The Shining.
78Suicides have occurred in three of the houses the King family have lived in.
79George A. Romero was one of King's childhood heroes. The two are now close friends.
80A rumor circulated for years that he did not want to complete his novel "Pet Sematary" as it frightened him to do any writing for it. King or Doubleday (the publisher) may have started the story and while not exactly true it is partially based in fact. King fell into a depression while writing it and had no desire to complete it while feeling the strong melancholy.
81His memoir "On Writing" has been praised by Roger Ebert as the most useful and insightful book about writing since The Elements of Style.
82In 2011, his fondness for the Harry Potter books came full circle, when it was announced that Potter director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves would be making a new adaptation of his novel The Stand.
83His novel Misery is about a writer with a recurring character in a long series of books, who is in a serious car accident after finishing the last book in the series. King was himself in the middle of an ongoing series; The Dark Tower; when he was hit by a truck in 1999. Surviving that accident is what ultimately prompted him to finish the series. He has recently decided to write one more book in the series, to be entitled The Wind in the Keyhole, due for a 2012 release. In Misery, the writer also decides to continue writing his series after surviving his encounter with an obsessed fan.
84Famously disliked Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), which was adapted from his novel of the same name. King was opposed to the casting of Jack Nicholson who, in his opinion, did not accurately portray the gradual descent into madness that the book had described. He also lamented that many story elements, some of them autobiographical and important to King, had not been included, such as alcoholism and his father issue. King therefore produced a mini series of The Shining (1997) that follows his novel more closely, but is generally regarded as inferior to Kubrick's interpretation.
85Several actors have made multiple appearances in television and film adaptations of King's work. Ed Harris was in Needful Things (1993) as well as The Stand (1994) and a segment of Creepshow (1982). His wife, Amy Madigan, appeared in The Dark Half (1993), which also featured his Needful Things character. John Cusack made a brief appearance in Stand by Me (1986) and later starred in 1408 (2007). Kathy Bates starred in Misery (1990) and Dolores Claiborne (1995) and later had a cameo in The Stand (1994). Gary Sinise starred in The Stand (1994) and had a cameo in The Green Mile (1999). David Morse played Brutal in The Green Mile (1999) and also played Adult Bobby Garfield in Hearts in Atlantis (2001) as well Capt. Brian Engle in The Langoliers (1995). Rob Lowe had major roles in both The Stand (1994) and TBS' of Salem's Lot (2004). Timothy Hutton starred in The Dark Half (1993) and also in Secret Window (2004). Thomas Jane starred in The Mist (2007) and Dreamcatcher (2007) alongside Morgan Freeman, who was also in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Both Jeffrey DeMunn and William Sadler were in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007). Harry Dean Stanton appears in Christine (1983) and has a cameo in The Green Mile (1999). J.T. Walsh has a cameo in Misery (1990) and appears in Needful Things (1993). James Cromwell appeared in The Green Mile (1999) and 'Salem's Lot (2004)(TV)' the previous version of which featured his wife, Julie Cobb. Miguel Ferrer appeared in The Stand (1994), 'The Shining (1997)(TV)', and 'The Night Flier (1997)(TV)'.
86As a little boy he had a recurring nightmare in which he entered a room and saw a suicide victim hanging from the ceiling. He later incorporated this scene into an early book, Salem's Lot.
87Plays guitar in the group The Rock-Bottom Remainders, a band made up entirely of novelists.
88The description of the character Ben Mears, in Salem's Lot, is taken from King himself.
89His characters frequently meet other characters from other Stephen King books. In Tommyknockers, for example, poet Jim Gardner encounters Jack, from The Talisman, on a beach.
90In 2009 he fulfilled a lifetime ambition, expressed in Salem's Lot, of being interviewed in Playboy Magazine. The Magazine also published a poem by King, entitled "The Bone Church", which featured the immortal line "And balls to your grinning face!".
91His novels are frequently adapted to the screen by Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, and Rob Reiner.
92Will allow aspiring film-makers to purchase the film rights to any of his short stories (and only short-stories, not novels) for a dollar. The resulting films are sent directly to him and, if he enjoys them, placed on a shelf marked "Dollar-Babies.".
93Adaptations of his work have featured two generations of Sheens and Sutherlands. Kiefer Sutherland appeared in Stand by Me (1986), while Donald Sutherland appeared in Salem's Lot (2004). Martin Sheen and Ramon Estevez both appeared in The Dead Zone (1983) and Emilio Estevez appeared in Maximum Overdrive (1986).
94When it was discovered in 1985 that he and Richard Bachman were one and the same, he retired the use of that name. He resurrected Bachman about a decade later, using the name as the author of The Regulators, a companion piece to his own novel Desperation. Since then, he has issued other new novels using the name Bachman, with the dust jackets jokingly claiming the books to have been a posthumous discovery by Bachman's widow. Bachman is said to have died in 1985 from "Cancer of the Pseudonym".
95Controversially, King once wrote a complimentary "Blurb" for the back cover of L. Ron Hubbard's book "Fear".
96A fan of J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter novels.
97After watching the first cut of Rob Reiner 's Stand by Me (1986), he was said to be crying and stated it was the closest adaptation to one of his novels he'd ever seen.
98He's a huge fan of the hit ABC TV show Lost (2004), which often makes references to his works. He even trusted J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof to adapt the "Dark Tower" series into a film series.
99In his book "On Writing", he states that as punishment for making fun of Ellen Margitan, the vice principal of Lisbon High, he is sent to the offices of the Lisbon Enterprise to work with the editor, John Gould which he states is not "the" John Gould. In fact, it was "the" John Gould, famous Maine humorist and it was John Gould that helped King develop into a writer that people wanted to read.
100Worked as an English teacher before becoming a professional writer. Many of his characters are also teachers.
101Cites Sir William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies as a major influence on him. One of the chapters in that book was "Castle Rock," which later became the name of a fictional town in several of King's stories.
102Fan of B-Movie Scream Queen Linnea Quigley.
103Son Joseph Hillstrom King is also a novelist. He spent the past several years writing under the pen name Joe Hill, the name of a labor leader who is also his namesake.
104Was such a fan of the film 28 Days Later... (2002) that he bought out an entire showing of the film in New York City.
105In 1988 he was offered the chance to write and direct A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989).
106Is a member of a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, which is composed of other writers. Besides King the members include Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, James Luca McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Greg Iles. A "remainder" is a book that has not sold well and has been drastically reduced in price to ensure a quick sale.
107Many of his stories take place in or near the fictional small town of Castle Rock, Maine. The first film to be based on a Castle Rock story was The Dead Zone (1983). Director Rob Reiner subsequently named his production company Castle Rock Entertainment.
108The fictional town of Castle Rock is located in Maine. Stand by Me (1986), accidentally set it in Oregon. This is because the original story, "The Body," only mentions that Castle Rock is near Portland, without identifying which state. It is only identified as being in Maine in his other stories. The only clues in "The Body" that it takes place in Maine is the fact that the local radio stations begin with W, which, with only a few exceptions, applies only to stations east of the Mississippi River.
109Is an avid AC/DC fan.
110Writes reviews of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series for Entertainment Weekly magazine.
111A huge fan of Ramones, King penned the liner notes to the 2002 Ramones tribute album, "We're A Happy Family.".
112He belongs to a an all-writer rock band called "Rock Bottom Remainders" with other such writers as Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Roy Blount Jr., and James Luca McBride. Their motto is, according to Barry, "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels".
113Is good friends with horror director George A. Romero.
114Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 134, pages 256-271. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
115In the 1980s he was battling a cocaine addiction. At one time his wife organized a group of family and friends and confronted him. She dumped onto the floor his trashcan, which included beer cans, cigarette butts, cough and cold medicines and various drug paraphernalia. Her message to him was: "Get help or get out. We love you, but we don't want to witness your suicide." He got help and was able to become clean and sober.
116A recovering alcoholic, King noted in his book "On Writing" that he was drunk virtually the whole time of writing the book "Cujo" and to this day barely remembers writing any of it.
117Often listens to hard rock music during the time he writes to get inspired. He also plays in a rock band himself.
118He is the most successful American writer in history.
119He is an avid Red Sox fan. Before the Sox won the 2004 World Series, he said he wanted his tombstone epitaph to be a single sock and the line "Not In My Lifetime, Not In Yours, Either."
120Dogs are often described as monsters or -- the opposite -- victims in his books and films (like Cujo (1983) or Pet Sematary (1989)).
121Once said that his favorite personal horror movie was Tourist Trap (1979), and his favorite film is Of Unknown Origin (1983).
122
  • Underwent surgery to remove scar tissue and fluid
from his lungs from a bout of pneumonia. [November 2003]
123His short story "The Man in the Black Suit" won an O. Henry Award for Best Short Story in 1996.
124Contributed a short monologue to two versions of the Blue Öyster Cult song "Astronomy" (from the out-of-print "Imaginos" album) on a promotional CD single.
125In 1992 he and wife Tabitha King gave a donation to build Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine. The only condition Stephen had was that the score board would be placed such that he could see it from his house while working. In August of 2002 he threw the first pitch at the opening of the Senior League Baseball World Series. The Kings were honored for their generosity with an inscribed stone monument shaped like a home plate.
126Certified by Guinness Superlatives (the "Book of World Records" group) as having the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author.
127Owns three radio stations in Maine (one has been named AP Station of the Year more than once) Online at zoneradio.com
128Wrote "The Running Man", a 304-page novel, in only ten days.
129Children: Naomi Rachel (b. 1970), Joseph Hillstrom (b. June 4, 1972) and Owen Phillip (b. February 21, 1977).
130Scored in the 1300s on the SAT.
131Bryan Smith, the driver of the van that hit King, dies. King said in a statement, "I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Bryan Smith.The death of a 43-year-old man can only be termed untimely.". [September 2000]
132His daughter Naomi wed her 54-year-old lesbian partner Thandeka (who is a theological school teacher) in Nashville, Tennessee. [June 2000]
133Used to work for a dry cleaner before publishing his first novel.
134Met his wife Tabitha King while the two were working at the Fogler Library as students at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.
135It is falsely rumored that he will not sign autographs because of superstition. Actually, he doesn't sign them because he hates the idolatry of celebrities (he also will not endorse an official fan club for the same reason). He will sign autographs now only at book signings, according to his official website. Another rumor (perhaps started by King) claims that, if sent a book to sign, he will burn it and return the ashes. This is also untrue and was debunked by his official website.
136Supposedly created his pseudonym Richard Bachman by reading a novel by Donald E. Westlake, whose pseudonym is Richard Stark, while listening to Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
137Portions of King's writings from when he was 9 years old appears in the 1993 book, "First Words", edited by Paul Mandelbaum, available from Algonquin books.
138King published seven novels ("Rage", "The Long Walk", "Roadwork", "The Running Man", "Thinner", "The Regulators" and "Blaze") under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
139Has never censored his own work. The death of Dr. Jimmy Cody in "Salem's Lot" was cut due to the demands of the editor at Doubleday, which King acquiesced to because his career was still in its infancy.
140HBO paid $1.5 million for the rights to the novel "Rose Madder". [October 1996]
141Estimated annual salary is $40 million. [May 1999]
142Revealed that he is suffering from macular degeneration, a currently incurable condition which will most likely lead to blindness. [May 1999]
143King was accidentally hit in the back by a minivan while walking on Route 5 near North Lovell, Maine. He suffered a broken leg, a bruised lung and a head laceration. The driver of the van was distracted by his dog. King was found lying in a depression about 14 feet off the road and appeared to have been thrown by the collision. The van's windshield was broken and the right front corner of the car was crunched in from the impact of striking King. [June 1999]
144Newspapers reported that he has bought the van that hit him on June; he plans to hammer it to pieces on the anniversary of the accident. [September 1999]

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1Sometimes human places create inhuman monsters.
2Art is meant to be a support system for life, and not the other way around.
3You can take my gun, but you will have to prise my book from my cold, dead hands.
4Frontispiece to "On Writing": Honesty is the Best Policy - Benjamin Franklin. Liars Prosper - Anonymous.
5People change. The man who wrote Doctor Sleep is very different from the well-meaning alcoholic who wrote The Shining, but both remain interested in the same thing: telling a kickass story. I enjoyed finding Danny Torrance again and following his adventures. I hope you did too. If that's the case, Constant Reader, we're all good.
6[syrup] Soothing.
7[on Psycho (1960)] They remember the first time they experienced Janet Leigh, and no remake or sequel can do that moment when the curtain is pulled back and the knife starts to do its work.
8[from his dedication in his novel Doctor Sleep] My wife also read Doctor Sleep and helped to make it better. I love you, Tabitha. Thanks to you guys and girls who read my stuff, too. May you have long days and pleasant nights. Let me close with a word of caution: when you're on the turnpikes and freeways of America, watch out for those Winnebagos and Bounders. You never know who might be inside. Or what.
9I always thought to myself you look like an Irishman and you've got the Irish imagination. I've always had that appreciation for fairies and ogres and boggarts.
10[his real surname Pollock] Doesn't have the same ring to it.
11[his children Owen, Joe and Rachel] They're good kids.
12[the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918] It could almost be out of a horror novel that I wrote.
13Information always leads to more questions, where you say to yourself yes but I want to know.
14[after a DNA test] I'm 99% European, baby!
15[after learning new things about his heritage] Wow.
16[discovering your roots] I'm set back on my heels by this whole process. Like having a stage and turning on different lights so you see things you never saw before. It's a lot to contemplate.
17[when discovering his roots] Thankyou.
18[slaves] They didn't like it on a moral basis.
19I've always been curious about what my past was.
20I grew up interested in nightmares, scary stories and things that go bump in the night.
21I'll never be able to play like Keith Richards, but I always did my best. I always had a blast.
22I have a short leash when people ask where I come from.
23[while writing Doctor Sleep] I didn't know what was gonna happen. I never know.
24[finding out Tennessee was a huge slave state] I didn't know that.
25It's interesting to me to know that I have Southern roots. I had no idea. No idea of that.
26[not wanting to be a slave] Its good. Something to be proud of.
27A lot of people did serve in the Civil War.
28[Tennessee in the Civil War] The right side.
29I like to think I'm still pretty good at what I do, but nothing can live up to the memory of a good scare, and I mean nothing, especially if administered to one who is young and impressionable.
30[alcoholics trying to get by without AA] White-knuckle sobriety.
31[Doctor Sleep, his sequel to The Shining] The true history of the Torrance family.
32The Shining is one of those novels people always mention (along with Salem's Lot, Pet Semetary, and It) when they talk about which of my books really scared the bejesus out of them.
33If you look too closely you might see something you don't like.
34Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us - and sometimes they win.
35Why can't a story just be a story?
36If you are not careful and diligent about defending the right of your children to read, there won't be much left, especially at the junior-high level where kids really begin to develop a lively life of the mind, but books about heroic boys who come off the bench to hit home runs in the bottom of the ninth and shy girls with good personalities who finally get that big prom date with the boy of their dreams. Is this what you want for your kids, keeping in mind that controversy and surprise -- sometimes even shock -- are often the whetstone on which young minds are sharpened?
37[on why he became a writer] The answer to that is fairly simple - there was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to write stories. That's why I do it. I really can't imagine doing anything else and I can't imagine not doing what I do.
38I'm writing but I'm writing at a much slower pace than previously and I think that if I come up with something really, really good, I would be perfectly willing to publish it because that still feels like the final act of the creative process, publishing it so people can read it and you can get feedback and people can talk about it with each other and with you, the writer, but the force of my invention has slowed down a lot over the years and that's as it should be. I'm not a kid of 25 anymore and I'm not a young middle-aged man of 35 anymore-I have grandchildren and I have a lot of things to do besides writing and that in and of itself is a wonderful thing but writing is still a big, important part of my life and of everyday.
39I get my ideas from everywhere. But what all of my ideas boil down to is seeing maybe one thing, but in a lot of cases it's seeing two things and having them come together in some new and interesting way, and then adding the question 'What if?' 'What if' is always the key question.
40Any one who thought high school was the best time of their life is totally fucked up.
41I believe everyone is mentally ill. All people angrily screw up their faces like children or talk to themselves when they think nobody's looking.
42I can't think of any books right now that would be comparable to The Exorcist (1973).
43Once you get to a certain age you've got to try expanding your field. You've got to try new things, and if you don't you tend to get conservative. I always say you dig yourself a rut and then you furnish it.
44Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it's work... Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.
45[Neil] Gaiman is simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we're lucky to have him.
46When asked why am I so prolific, I say it's because I'm not dead or divorced.
47[about On Writing] Its like the town whore trying to teach women how to behave.
48[about retiring] You know how when you're on the turnpike on a hot day, and you always seem to see water at the horizon? That's my year off, right there! Whenever I get there, its always a little further along.
49[why he likes having peripheral vision] The part I want to keep, as a man and as a writer, is what I see out of the corners.
50[on his fear of flying] The flight you have to be afraid of is the flight where there's nobody on who's afraid of flying.
51I have a permanent address in the people's republic of paranoia.
52I'm afraid of everything.
53The worst advice I've ever received is don't listen to the critics. I think you should, because sometimes they're telling you something is broken that you can fix. None of us like critics, but if they're saying something's a piece of shit, they're right.
54My writing is more effective now I'm sober, and I feel more creative. I went through a period where I felt a bit flat, like a cup of Seltzer water where all the bubbles have departed. But now I feel like myself again, only with wrinkles.
55Charity begins at home.
56The day that I deny my identity, the day I'm not who I say I am, is the day I quit the business forever. Close up shop, turn off the word processor, and never write another word. Because if the price of what you do is a loss of your identity, its time to stop.
57The appeal of horror has always been consistent. People like to slow down and look at the accident. That's the bottom line.
58I'm never sure why people are interested in my life when there are more interesting people in the world.
59There's always a market for shit. Just look at Jeffrey Archer. He writes like old people fuck.
60Give away a dime for every dollar you make, because if you don't, the government's gonna take it.
61Good work gets better when its read aloud, and bad work is mercilessly exposed. Its like shining a strong light on facial structure. Even good makeup won't hide bad writing.
62I'm the hood ornament of the Remainders.
63My brains used to work better. I wrote something last week and I looked at it the other day and thought it familiar, so I went back 100 pages and found I had duplicated myself. Paging Dr Alzheimer.
64I have nightmares when I'm not working. What doesn't come out on the page just comes out some other way.
65All those addictive substances are part of the bad side of what we do. Writing is an addiction for me. Even when its not going well, if I don't do it, the fact that I'm not doing it nags at me.
66[on his fear of the number 13] 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.
67[his religious beliefs] I've always believed in God. I also think that the capacity to believe is the sort of thing that either comes as part of your equipment, or at some point in your life when you're in a position where you actually need help from a power greater than yourself. You simply make an agreement to believe in God because it will make your life easier and richer to believe than not to believe. So I choose to believe.
68[writing outside the horror genre] Writing on a non-supernatural level is like learning to talk after you've had a stroke.
69People ask me when are you going to write something serious, but that's a question that hurts. That's like walking up to a Black man and asking how it feels to be a nigger.
70You should do sex, never write about it.
71[on his past career as a teacher] Teaching school is like having jumper cables hooked to your ears, draining all the juice out of you.
72I'm the Big Mac of authors.
73One of the reasons that I live in Bangor is because if somebody wants to get to me, they have to be really dedicated.
74As a kid, I didn't talk much, I wrote. I'm not used to externalizing my thoughts other than on paper, which is typical of writers.
75Book tours are like a pillow fight with all the pillows treated with low-grade poison gas.
76Writing is the only thing I'm good at. I could never do another job.
77[on cocaine] One snort, and it owned me body and soul.
78[his novel, The Stand] My "Lord of the Rings" of the American landscape.
79A short story is like a stick of dynamite with a tiny fuse; you light and that's the end.
80You have to be a little nuts to be a writer because you have to imagine world's that aren't there.
81Never write a book whose manuscript is bigger than your own head.
82Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
83Having kids allows you to finish off your own childhood, but from a more mature perspective.
84[why he disliked Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980)] Jack Torrance as written was someone who was a nice guy that then went over the edge, not someone who flew the cuckoo's nest from the outset. There was no moral struggle at all.
85I was addicted for most of the 80s. Its not a terribly long time to be an addict, but it lasted longer than WW2.
86Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength, and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is how important it is to have a boyfriend.
87(About seeing Carrie (1976) for the first time) In the row in front of us there were two huge African-American men. Two-hundred and fifty pounders at least. They're screaming like children. They're grabbing each other around the neck and one of them says to the other one, "That's it, that's it. She ain't never gonna be right". And I looked at my wife and I said this movie's gonna be huge.
88I'm in the supermarket one day with my cart, and there's this woman, about 95. She says, 'I know who you are. You write those stories, those awful horror stories . . . I don't like that. I like uplifting movies like that 'Shawshank Redemption'. So I said, 'I wrote that.' And she said, 'No, you didn't.' And that was it. Talk about surreal. I went to myself, for a minute, 'It's not very much like my other stuff. Maybe I didn't write it!'
89You can still reconcile the idea that things are not necessarily going to go well without falling back on platitudes like "God has a plan" and "This is for the greater good."
90When Robert Bloch died, the only thing that anybody really remembered about him was that he wrote Psycho (1960), which became the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie. And whenever I'm introduced, I'm the guy that wrote "The Stand". When my name comes up in the blogs these days, it's usually in relation to H1N1: "He was the guy who thought about the flu!"
91I didn't believe there was justification for going into the war in Iraq. And it just seemed at the time, that in the wake of 9/11, the [George W. Bush] Administration was like this angry kid walking down the street who couldn't find whoever sucker-punched him, and so turned around and punched the first likely suspect. Sometimes the sublimely wrong people can be in power at a time when you really need the right people.
92[on the death of Michael Jackson] Strange man. Lost man. And not unique in his passing. Like James Dean, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger, and a dozen others we could name, he just left the building far too soon. Because, man oh man, that guy could dance.
93I know a few writers who claim not to read reviews, and I actually believe one of these individuals. I am the opposite: I anticipate bad reviews and brood over them when they come. But then I just kill a few children and old ladies and I'm right as a trivet again.
94[from his acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, 2003] I salute the National Book Foundation Board, who took a huge risk in giving this award to a man many people see as a rich hack.
95[on film adaptations of his work] I don't feel any urge to control after I sign a piece of paper. I say, "See you later. You have what you need and I have what I want. As long as the check doesn't bounce, you and I are quits."
96[on directing Maximum Overdrive (1986)] I didn't get the job because I went to film school. I got the job because I'm Stephen King. If you become famous enough, they'll let you hang yourself in Times Square with live TV coverage.
97Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit but taste completely different.
98I've had a deal for years with Castle Rock Entertainment that goes back to Stand by Me (1986). I have told them that you can have my work for a buck. What I want from you is script approval, director approval, cast approval, and I want to have the authority to push the stop button at any point regardless of how much money you [the production company] have invested, because none of the money you have put in has gone into my pocket. What I get on the back end, if things work out, is 5% from dollar one.
99Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
100If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.
101I know writers who claim not to read their notices, or not to be hurt by the bad ones if they do, and I actually believe two of these individuals. I'm one of the other kind - I obsess over the possibility of bad reviews and brood over them when they come. But they don't get me down for long; I just kill a few children and old ladies, and then I'm right as a trivet again.
102I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also 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.
103Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.
104If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
105Rob Reiner, who made Stand by Me (1986), is one of the bravest, smartest filmmakers I have ever met, and I'm proud of my association with him. I am also mused to note that the company Mr. Reiner formed following the success of "Stand By Me" is Castle Rock Productions . . . a name with which many of my longtime readers will be familiar.
106[on playing the role of Jordy Verrill in Creepshow (1982)] If I had written it for myself, I would have put in at least one sex scene!
107[asked why he hasn't personally directed more movies] Just watch Maximum Overdrive (1986).
108People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
109For every six crappy poems you read, you'll actually find one or two good ones. And that, believe me, is a very acceptable ratio of trash to treasure.
110I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.
111I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.
112When asked, "How do you write?", I invariably answer, "One word at a time".
113Each life makes its own imitation of immortality.
114I'm a salami writer. I try to write good salami, but salami is salami.
115I've killed enough of the world's trees.

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1Common theme is characters being isolated or trapped from the outside world.
2Stories about small town communities facing a supernatural force.
3Often depicts small-town life, particularly in the fictional Castle Rock, as having a dark and dangerous underside to it.
4Many of his earlier works gave life to inanimate objects, turning them into homicidal monsters.
5Children in his books often are killed such as Tad in "Cujo", Gage in "Pet Sematary", Ray Brauer in "The Body")
6Uses single words or phrases as foreshadowing ("Redrum" in The Shining)
7Indian burial grounds
8Supernatural events happening to everyday people
9Horror and fantasy themes
10Makes references to his previous novels in his books
11Almost always has a cameo in the movies or mini-series based on his novels
12Most of his lead male characters are writers
13Usually sets stories in Maine, particularly (until "Needful Things") in the small town of Castle Rock, which he created.
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