The Master Of Malice
“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there
to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support
system for art. It’s the other way around” states Stephen King in his book On Writing
(94). Stephen King is a world-renowned author for his works in horror fiction, fiction,
cinema and television. He has published more than forty novels and written nine
screenplays (Adams 1). Stephen King draws a great deal of his inspiration from his
surroundings, his job and his life experiences.
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. Stephen came as a
surprise to his parents, Nellie Ruth and Pillsbury King. Mrs. King was told she would
never conceive. The couple had adopted a son, David, Stephen’s older brother. When
Stephen was just a toddler his parents divorced. Nellie moved Stephen and David to
Indiana for a short time then to Connecticut. At the age of twelve, Stephen’s small family
moved back to Maine (Stephen King.com 1-2).
Stephen showed an interest in writing at a young age. When he was growing up
his brother would allow Stephen to write articles for “Dave’s Rag”, his brothers
independently published newspaper (Full Biography 2). Throughout his
childhood he would read articles from horror comics and become inspired. He began to
write short stories and sell them to his mother’s friends for a nickel (King On Writing
15). Stephen graduated from Lisbon Falls High School where he was sought after to be
on the newspaper staff. Stephen sold his first professional story to Starting Mystery
Stories in 1967 (Stephen King.com 1-2).
Stephen King met his wife, Tabitha, while attending the University of Maine at
Orono. Tabitha and Stephen were married in January of 1971. The couple lived in a small
apartment; their only source of income was Stephen’s salary as a laborer at an industrial
laundry. In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching sophomore English in Hampden
Maine and working on short stories on the evenings and weekends. In 1973, his first
novel Carrie was published. Not long after that his second novel ‘Salam’s Lot was
published. With the money made from the two novels Stephen and Tabitha moved to
Colorado on the fall of 1974. While there Stephen wrote The Shining, which is set in
Colorado. This novel cemented Stephens place as a popular horror fiction novelist.
Stephen and Tabitha moved back to Maine to start a family. They currently have three
children: Naomi, Joe and Owen (Stephen King.com 1-2 ).
In 1976, Stephen realized he had a problem. He was an alcoholic. He was also
addicted to cocaine. The problem only got progressively worse over the course of eight
years (Adams 6). The problem began to surface in his characters. “I began...