Stephen King

Biography: Stephen King is perhaps the most successful and widely read author in the world. He has written over fifty novels, as well as several non-fiction books such as Danse Macabre (a study of horror in literature and film) and On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

Born in 1947 to Donald King and Nellie Pillsbury, Stephen’s father deserted the family when Stephen was two years old. His mother moved herself and her two boys from Portland, Maine to her home town of Durham, which is where Stephen spent his formative years. At a young age, Stephen found a box in the attic with some old horror comics that had belonged to his father. This sparked a love for horror that led to a voracious appetite for horrific books and films. He began to write the plots of these films in story form for his friends who weren’t allowed to see them. Eventually his stories became so popular that he began selling them until his teachers found out and put a stop to it. Stephen kept writing, however,
Stephen King is perhaps the most successful and widely read author in the world. He has written over fifty novels, as well as several non-fiction books such as Danse Macabre (a study of horror in literature and film) and On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

Born in 1947 to Donald King and Nellie Pillsbury, Stephen’s father deserted the family when Stephen was two years old. His mother moved herself and her two boys from Portland, Maine to her home town of Durham, which is where Stephen spent his formative years.

At a young age, Stephen found a box in the attic with some old horror comics that had belonged to his father. This sparked a love for horror that led to a voracious appetite for horrific books and films. He began to write the plots of these films in story form for his friends who weren’t allowed to see them. Eventually his stories became so popular that he began selling them until his teachers found out and put a stop to it.

Stephen kept writing, however, contributing to a tiny newspaper written by his brother David called "Dave’s Rag," and later writing a column in his college paper (at the University of Maine at Orono) called "King’s Garbage Truck." While at UM, King met Tabitha Spruce, who he married in 1971. After struggling with multiple jobs, children, and living in a trailer, King finally sold his novel Carrie to Doubleday, beginning his rise to the top of the bestseller lists.

Still at the height of his fame, in 1999 his career was almost cut short when he was struck by a van while walking along a road near his home. The accident left him with a badly broken leg, a broken hip, and many other injuries to his knee, ribs, and spine as well as internal trauma. King survived the accident but had to severely limit his writing time because it became impossible for him to sit comfortably for long periods. Fictionalized accounts of the accident appeared in a number of his later works including the final novel of his "Dark Tower" series and his made for television mini-series Kingdom Hospital.

King announced that we was going to retire from writing after the completion of his "Dark Tower" series, but he continued to produce novels such as The Colorado Kid (2005), non-fiction books such as Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season and to produce a regular column on pop culture for "Entertainment Weekly" magazine.
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Stephen King's Scores

Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 72 Under the Dome: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 46 Stephen King's Desperation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
5 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
52 Under the Dome: Season 2 Jun 30, 2014 Writer / Executive Producer 4.4
72 Under the Dome: Season 1 Jun 24, 2013 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 5.9
tbd Haven: Season 3 Sep 21, 2012 Based On The Works Of 8.5
48 Stephen King's Bag of Bones: Season 1 Dec 11, 2011 Novel 5.6
tbd Haven: Season 2 Jul 15, 2011 Based On The Novel By 8.2
53 Haven: Season 1 Jul 9, 2010 Based On The Works Of 7.6
46 Stephen King's Desperation: Season 1 May 23, 2006 Writer 7.4
tbd Kingdom Hospital: Season 1 Mar 3, 2004 Executive Producer 7.5
tbd Rose Red Jan 27, 2002 Writer / Executive Producer 6.6
tbd The X-Files: Season 5 Nov 2, 1997 Writer 8.7
tbd Stephen King's The Stand: Season 1 May 8, 1994 Writer / Executive Producer 8.3
tbd Stephen King's Golden Years: Season 1 Jul 16, 1991 Bus Driver / Writer / Creator / Executive Producer tbd
tbd Stephen King's Desperation May 23, 2006 Writer / Executive Producer tbd

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