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Stephen King (1947 - )

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Stephen King
(1947 - )
Genre: Short Stories, Horror, Drama/Theatre/Film, Non-Fiction, General Fiction

Stephen King (aka Richard Bachman) is the pre-eminent Maine modern popular fiction writer. He was born in Portland, attended Durham Elementary School and Lisbon High, and graduated from the University of Maine-Orono with a degree in English in 1970. He married another Maine writer, Tabitha Spruce, in 1971. His first grandchild, Ethan King, was born in 1998. Lots more biographical information on King is available on his own website.

Stephen King's own Web site offers sections called the rumors, the answers, the man, the past, the now, the future, as well as contact info, links, and downloads of e-books.

The Waterboro Public Library has several shelves of King's books, so you're likely to find what you want. The library also has a copy of Feast of Fear: Conversations with Stephen King, edited by Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller (1989). George Beahm's Stephen King from A to Z (1998) is another source of information about the author, with many photos. Of special note is a teacher's guide for some of King's horror short stories, with background on King, class questions, many interview quotes, comments on what makes King's fiction worthy of study, suggested readings by other writers. Reading Stephen King (1997), by Brenda Miller Power et al., contains essays addressing the teaching of King's works in high school classrooms. Stephen Spignesi's The Lost Work of Stephen King (1998) may be of interest to those who want to read King's unpublished works, fragments, alternative versions, etc. The Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of the King of Horror (2001), by Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, and Hank Wagner, provides descriptions of the significant action in King's works and a discussion of his recurring themes. Salon has available an excerpt on King and his work from The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors. WPL has a children's biography of King called Stephen King: Master of Horror (1992), by Anne Saidman.

For information on Stephen King's reading and book signing schedule, check with Betts Bookstore in Bangor: (207) 947-7052.

King announced in an interview in the 27 Jan. 2002 Los Angeles Times that after he published five more books, he would end his career in publishing: 'Then that's it. I'm done. Done writing books,' he told the paper. The horror writer's own nightmare is to 'finish up like Harold Robbins,' whose career declined precipitously after years as a best-selling pulp novelist. You can read more about King's decision to stop writing.

King's novels include:

  • Carrie (l974)
  • Salem's Lot (l975)
  • The Shining (l977)
  • The Stand (l978)
  • The Dead Zone (l979)
  • Firestarter (l980)
  • Cujo (l98l)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (l982), first in series
  • Christine (1983)
  • Pet Semetary (l983)
  • The Talisman (l984, co-authored by Peter Straub)
  • It (1986)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)
  • Misery (l987; WPL also has video version)
  • The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (l987), second in series
  • Tommyknockers (l987)
  • The Dark Half (l989)
  • The Stand, The Complete and Uncut Edition (l990)
  • The Waste Lands (l99l), third in series
  • Needful Things (l99l)
  • Gerald's Game (l992)
  • Dolores Claiborne (l992)
  • Insomnia (l994)
  • Rose Madder (l995)
  • Desperation (l996)
  • The Dark Tower: Wizard & Glass (1997), fourth in series
  • Bag of Bones (1998)
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
  • Hearts in Atlantis (1999)
  • Dreamcatcher: A Novel (2001), excerpted in free installments on the Internet site of Time magazine and also published by Scribner
  • Black House (2001, with Peter Straub), about a retired homicide detective who is asked to help solve a series of gruesome murders in a rural Wisconsin community.
  • From A Buick 8 (2002)
  • The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla (2003), fifth in series
  • The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah (2004), sixth in series
  • The Dark Tower (Nov. 2004), seventh and final book in The Dark Tower series
  • The Colorado Kid (2005), pulp-style crime novel about two veteran newspapermen and their investigation into the mysterious death of a man on an island off the coast of Maine.
  • Cell: A Novel (2006)
  • Lisey's Story (2006), romantic thriller
  • Duma Key (2008): After a terrible accident, Edgar Freemantle moves to Florida, where he begins to explore painting, and finds that his art has power beyond his control.

Other works by King include:

  • Night Shift (l978)
  • Danse Macabre (l980), a non-fiction work on horror in the media
  • Creepshow (1982), a comic book adaptation of his own screenplay
  • Different Seasons (l982), four short novels
  • The Plant (1983 - 2000), on-going work, serialised online in 2000, available in serialised format through King's web site, at the price of $1 per installment
  • Cycle of the Werewolf (1984, illus. Berni Wrightson)
  • Skeleton Crew (1985), collection of short stories
  • My Pretty Pony (1988, illus. Barbara Kruger), short story
  • Dolan's Cadillac (1989), short story
  • Four Past Midnight (l990), four short novels
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993; collection of short stories)
  • The Green Mile (1996), serialised: Part One: The Two Dead Girls; Part Two: The Mouse on the Mile; Part Three: Coffey's Hands; Part Four: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix; Part Five: Night Journey; Part Six: Coffey on the Mile. WPL also has this on video.
  • Six Stories (1997), collection of short stories
  • Storm of the Century (1999)
  • Riding the Bullet (2000), a 66-page ghost story available only as an e-book
  • Blood and Smoke (2000), released only as an audio book, containing three of King's short stories read by the author
  • On Writing (2000), published as Secret Windows by the Book of the Month Club, which included an introduction by Peter Straub and a number of King's previously published articles on writing. Fans might be especially interested in the list King offers at the end of On Writing of books he's read lately, from the notable to the obscure.
  • LT's Theory of Pets (2001), short story on audio cassette only, and in Six Stories
  • Everything's Eventual (2002), hardcover short story collection
  • Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born (2007) by Peter David, Stephen King and Robin Furth with illustrations by Jae Lee, a Marvel Comics book that chronicles the past adventures of Roland, the legendary gunslinger and protagonist of King's Dark Tower series.

Works written by King under the pseudonym Richard Bauchman include:

  • Rage (l977)
  • The Long Walk (l979)
  • Roadwork (l98l)
  • The Running Man (l982)
  • Thinner (l984)
  • The Regulators (l996)
  • Blaze (2007): A kidnapper on the run with a baby in the Maine woods. Originally written in 1973.

A collection of King stories, novels, etc., titled The Essential Stephen King: The Greatest Novels Short Stories, Movies, and Other Creations of the World's Most Popular Writer, edited by Stephen J. Pignesi, was published in June 2001. Robin Furth's Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Vol. 1 was published in 2003 and is "the definitive guide to the first 4 volumes in the epic fantasy series."

King and Connecticut resident Stewart O'Nan penned Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season, published just after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. It's described as a 'diary-like account of the team's improbable Cinderella story that was fueled by early-season hope, mid-season despair and late-season euphoria.'

Last Update: 02/22/2009

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