Stephen King (Stephen Edwin King) was born in Portland, Maine, in 1947. He won a scholarship award to the University of Maine and later taught English, while his wife, Tabitha, got her degree. It was the publication of his first novel Carrie and its subsequent adaptation that set him on his way to his present position as one of the bestselling authors in the world.
Carrie was followed by a string of bestsellers including It, The Shining, The Dark Half, On Writing (A Memoir of the Craft) and Lisey's Story. Some of his books have also been adapted into first-rate movies, including The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
A lot of people call Stephen King the King of Horror. He is also a musician, screenwriter, columnist, actor, director and film producer. His pen names include Richard Bachman and John Swithen. He is also a writer of suspense, science fiction, and fantasy fiction. He has also collaborated with another author of horror known as Peter Straub.
His wife, Tabitha King, and sons, Joe Hill (Joseph Hillstrom King) and Owen Philip King, are also authors.