Stephen King is known for horror and suspense, and he is the master of writing horror books (Kraft 1). Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. King is identified as a writer of horror fiction mostly because of three novels he published under the genre of horror (Senf 3). In the essay ”The Horror Writer and the Ten Bears” it reveals King’s familiarity with that tradition. In the essay it describes his personal fears in ascending order of importance. Some of King’s fears are death, an insect, closed-in places, rats, snakes, the deformity, “squishy things”, and the dark (Senf 3). Stephen King uses personal phobias infused with suspense and heightened writing in some of his most famous works. His father
Stephen King’s father abandoned his family when King was about 2 years old. King remembers nothing of his father except for running into a box of his father books (Senf 3). King is not familiar with his father, and his father missed out on King’s childhood. Even though King is not familiar with his father he has inherited some of his father characteristics. Some of the similar characteristics are to write and read novels. His Mother
Stephen King’s mother was more influential with him, since she was more involved with his childhood. Mrs. King would read to him and later on in life she encouraged him to submit his manuscripts to publishers. King was always very thankful for his mother because she was always is there for him. In 1973 King’s mother passed away. He was very devastated because losing a loved one was one of King’s fears. When Mrs. King passed, King was not recognized as a writer yet (Senf 3). His mother was a big part of his life. In her Honor King dedicated two books to his mother including Dolores Claiborne (1993). Childhood
Growing up King lived with his mother and his older brother, David Victor. As a young child he lived many different places with relatives. Some of the places in while King had lived in were Durham, Maine; Malden, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; West De Pere, Wisconsin; Stratford, Connecticut; and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Since King was always moving states, it was a little harder for him. In the King’s family Nillie Ruth King was special because she was the one who kept the family together by working at a succession of low-paying jobs. She provided an example for her family and now her family can look up to her. King has describes her as a "talented pianist and a woman with a great and sometimes eccentric sense of humor" (Senf 3). King would frequently move a lot during his childhood years, King finished elementary school in a one-room building in Durham and attended high school in nearby Lisbon Falls. He gained his first experience as a professional writer while still in high school. He was covering high-school sports for the Lisbon Enterprise. In 1965 he published his first story, "I Was a Teenage Grave Robber," in Comics Review. In a fan magazine he wrote his first novel-length manuscript, "The Aftermath," about life after an atomic-bomb explosion (Senf 3). Education
After King’s High School career, he had received a scholarship to the University of Maine at Orono. He was very excited when he received the scholarship to the University. King had majored in English and also in minored in speech. While still an undergraduate, he taught a seminar, Popular Literature and Culture, after criticizing the English department's traditional approach to literature (Senf 3). Also in this time King published his first fiction book and he was paid. In 1970, King graduated from college. As a college graduated he was unable to find a job. So He began to work at a laundry and pumping gas. Life
January 2, 1971, King married Tabitha Jane Spruce whom he had met in college. He fell deeply in love with Spruce. King has written passionly of Spruce in “Why I Was Bachman”. King had said, "The only important thing I ever did in my life for a conscious reason was to ask...