It does not matter if you are a lover or an avid reader of horror, mystery, paranormal novels or a horror motion-picture fan, what does matter, however, is that whichever category you belong to in the horror community, you must have heard of Stephen King, the writer of the spookiest novels in the 21st century. Although most of his novels are fiction, Stephen King writes so well that the imagery from a recently read novel of his haunts the reader in the dark, which is not really a bad feeling at all. After all, what is life without a little scare to keep the heart a step ahead? Boring!
Stephen King has so far been able to hold the world hostage in an overwhelming feeling of wonder and admiration by creating horror stories out of relatable everyday life. Follow through to learn of King’s exceptional career success, his family and net worth.
Stephen King’s Fact Check
Stephen King’s Humble Background
King was born into the Methodist family of Donald Edwin and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury. He was born on the 21st of September 1947 in Portland, Maine. When he was only two years of age, his dad left the family and never returned, so, his mother had to raise him and his elder brother, David without child support.
Without enough resources, King’s mum faced many difficulties raising the kids that her little family had to depend on relatives most of the time for money and shelter. It is said that when King was younger, he once went out to play with a friend where he witnessed the friend die in a train accident, although King has no memory of that accident, critics, however, speculate that it may have influenced his love for horror. The “Horror King” discovered his passion for the genre after reading The Lurker in the Shadows, a paperback version of H. P. Lovecraft’s collection of short stories. The book had belonged to his father before he left the family.
He attended Durham Elementary School and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School, in Lisbon Falls, Maine, in 1966. After high school, he attended the University of Maine where he studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, paying his way through the university by working blue-collar jobs.
How Did Stephen King Become A Renowned Writer?
King first began writing for fun while in high school, publishing articles in his brother’s newspaper, Dave’s Rag. He often traveled long distances with his brother to watch horror movies at the cinemas after which he then rewrote and sold the plot of such movies to his classmates and friends. His teachers made him pay back the profit when he was discovered. As a teen, King published his first series of stories in two different fanzines and he won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award.
Although King became a certified teacher upon graduation from college, he did not get a job until 1971 when he was taken as a teacher at Hampden Academy, Maine. Through the years he searched for a job, he made little money by selling short stories to magazines, a trend which he continued even after getting a job. He went on to make plans to write a novel.
He soon began typing his first published novel, Carrie, on his wife’s portable typewriter. The writing of Carrie started out quite dramatically as a short story that was intended for a magazine. King reportedly tossed away the first few pages of the manuscript into the trash can and his wife fished them out, convincing him to complete the story. Carrie turned out to be a bestseller horror novel.
The success of the critically acclaimed Carrie put King in the spotlight of the literary world, spurring him on. King went ahead to publish more books; Salem’s Lot (1975), The Shining (1977), The Stand (1978), Different Seasons (1982). It (1986), and The Dark Tower (series).
Under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman, King published Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man, and Thinner, the pseudonym Richard Bachman died of cancer after a book clerk discovered the relationship between the name and King’s works. He went ahead to write more books after Bachman’s death, The Dark Half, Desperation, The Plant, Dreamcatcher, Cell, Duma Key, Just After Sunset, 11/22/63, Joyland, Revival, amongst others.
Many of his writings have been adapted into movies and TV shows, examples are The Mist, Under The Dome, Pet Sematary, Castle Rock, 1408, The Dead Zone, Christine, It, Misery, The Running Man, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, Carrie, amongst others.
King has won several awards and recognitions for his works from different award bodies such as British Fantasy Society, World Fantasy Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, etc. In 2003, he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation and the following year, he received the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award.
Stephen’s first novel for 2020 The Outsider was released 12th January, another one If It Bleeds drops on the 5th of May 2020, visit stephenking.com for details.
How Much Has He Made From Writing?
With over three hundred and fifty million copies of his book sold and several other millions in circulation, you can be sure that Stephen King is a wealthy man in every sense of it.
According to our sources, King is worth over $400 million. This is quite unbelievable given that there was once a time when he found it difficult to pay a petty larceny fine of $250. It is also said that during the period when Carrie was chosen to be published, King’s phone was out of service mostly because of lack of money. Taking up a career in writing really changed Stephen King’s life for the better.
Who Is He Married To And Do They Have Kids?
On the 2nd of January, 1971, Stephen King got married to a fellow writer Tabitha Spruce. They met while studying at the University of Maine. Their union gave them three children, a daughter Naomi born in 1970 and two sons, Joseph born in 1972 and Owen in 1977.
Tabitha is an accomplished writer with eight books to her credit. Interestingly, King’s sons are writers too and have written books of their own. Owen is married to a writer Kelly Braffet and that makes five writers in one family, more like a family business right?
King’s only daughter Naomi, on the other hand, chose a different path in life. She is a Unitarian Universalist minister.