Author Focus – Stephen King

Stephen King is an author whose stories of the supernatural and fantasy have captivated readers for years.

Born in Maine on September 21st, 1947, King has gone on to create a whole universe of closely linked worlds that his characters live in. A lot of his stories take place in Maine and draw from his experiences growing up.

Having sold more than 350 million books since 1967 and having countless film adaption’s made from them you would think he was about due to slow things down and call it a day but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

2017 and 2018 saw even more Hollywood adaption’s including the remake of IT and the creation of Castle Rock, a TV series that is located in one of King’s fictional Maine towns.

King worked as a teacher after University before his first novel Carrie was picked up. He had actually binned a draft before his wife rescued the manuscript and encouraged him to finish it. How different things might have been if he had left it at that and didn’t have that kind of support.

King also wrote under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman with some saying it was to test his popularity as a writer over his reputation and others claiming it was because of publishing rules only allowing one book per year.

Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man were all Bachman releases with the last going on to be a popular movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that was released in 1987.

King sites the likes of H.P. Lovecraft Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson, who penned the novel I am Legend which was given the Hollywood treatment with Charlton Heston’s Omega Man and Will Smith’s I am Legend, as his influences among others.

Stephen King books are now a part of pop culture lore and with so many films and TV adaption’s being made in the last year and with so many being planned it looks like King’s works are likely to be hot property. The second instalment of IT will undoubtedly be as huge as the first and talk of more instalments of The Dark Tower will have fans eagerly awaiting news.

If you want to get a good argument started among King fans you can ask them what his best work is. You will always have people that want to be a bit more original so popular novels like IT, The Shining, Cujo, Salem’s Lot and Carrie might get an eye roll. There are those that prefer his fantasy works like the Dark Tower series and those that prefer his horror.

One thing is for sure though, no matter when King releases a new work his loyal fans are there to support him.

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