“Stephen King’s Family Business” and “An Easter Egg Hunt With Stephen King and Family,” profile pieces written by Susan Dominus for The New York Times Magazine, gave us a fascinating window into the King family—and introduced the super cute Corgi dog McMurtry. Below is a list of the most intriguing things we learned from these articles. And since we can’t resist a good quiz, we’ve sprinkled some fiction in with the facts. Do you know the Kings well enough to tell the difference? Take our quiz and find out!
1. Out of five immediate King family members, four are accomplished authors.
2. One of the three King children owns a resort in the Colorado Rockies named Overlook Hotel.
3. King had his young children read books into a recorder in order to expand his large collection of books on tape. Some of these were arguably not age-appropriate; for example, his 12-year-old daughter recorded Raven, the account of the Jonestown massacre, at King’s request.
4. King has an underground library at his Maine home.
5. As a kid, one of the King children started a pet cemetery in a guest house. It went undetected until her grandparents visited for Thanksgiving.
6. Stephen King was once asked to donate $13,000 to bring home some Maine troops for the 2009 holiday season. Uneasy about the number 13, he sent $12,999 instead.
7. King is freaked out by crows.
8. At Tabitha’s request, the Kings got married “outside, under a full moon.”
9. King’s first child was born with a chronic deficit of the hormone adrenaline, making it hard for her to connect fully to her father’s works, since, she says, the health condition makes terror a difficult emotion to access.
10. The family describes itself as secular, but one of King’s children is a Unitarian Universalist minister.
11. A greenhouse designed to look like the dome Under the Dome adorns the King property.
12. One of King’s children has a Flickr account which she uses to tell stories of adventuring pirates through costumed sock puppets.
13. King worked as a private clown for kid’s parties during college, an experience he drew on to write IT.
14. The Kings cross-reference each other’s books in their own works—intentionally and unintentionally.
15. The King family comes across as a loving, tight-knit group whose focus is literature, not gore.
True: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15
False: 2, 5, 8, 11, 13
How’d you do on the quiz?