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Stephen King Essay

2592 words - 10 pages

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 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 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 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...

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