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Stephen King
Fiction powerhouse Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, in 1947. As a student at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, became active in political causes, and met his wife, the former Tabitha Spruce. In the early years of his marriage, King augmented his meager teacher's salary by selling short stories to men's magazines. Then, in 1973 he hit pay dirt: his novel Carrie was accepted for publication, and a major paperback deal provided the means for him to leave teaching and concentrate full-time on writing. Since then, the prolific author has never looked back.

Dubbed the Master of the Macabre for his domination of the horror genre, King has also written bestselling thrillers, mysteries, fantasies, novellas, and short stories, many of which have been turned into blockbuster films and miniseries (A partial list includes Carrie, The Shining, The Stand,, Misery, It, The Shawshank Redemption, The Langoliers, Stand by Me, and The Green Mile). He also has two works of nonfiction to his credit: a gorgeously crafted memoir/scribbler's how-to (On Writing) and Faithful, a chronicle of the Boston Red Sox' stellar 2004 season, cowritten with Stewart O'Nan. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

In between books, the indefatigable King performs in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band that includes among its rotating personnel fellow authors Dave Barry and Amy Tan; attends as many Boston Red Sox games as is humanly possible; and contributes with his wife, Tabitha, to many local and national charities.

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Good to Know
Don't believe everything you read about Stephen King. Among the gossip circulating about the scribe is the rumor that he is going blind. King assures his fans that while he is genetically predisposed to a disease called macular degeneration, which could result in blindness, he is not actually going blind.

King is probably one of the most easily recognizable authors alive, and it's not just because of his string of bestsellers. King has appeared in a number of films based on his work, including Pet Semetary, Thinner, and The Stand.

If you've ever wondered why Stephen King has written several books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, there is actually a very simple explanation: King is so prolific that he felt it necessary to create an alter-ego so that he could publish more than one book a year. The name was a hastily hobbled together combination of writer Richard Stark (ironically, a pseudonym for Donald Westlake) and Randy Bachman of rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

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*Carrie, 1974
*Salem's Lot, 1975
*The Shining, 1977
*Rage, 1977
*The Stand: Complete and Uncut, 1978
*Night Shift, 1978
*The Dead Zone, 1979
*The Long Walk, 1979
*Firestarter, 1980
*Danse Macabre (nonfiction), 1981
*Cujo, 1981
*Roadwork, 1981
*Different Seasons, 1982
*The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I, Vol. 1, 1982
*The Running Man, 1982
*Pet Sematary, 1983
*Christine, 1983
*The Talisman (coauthor), 1984
*Thinner, 1984
*It, 1986
*Skeleton Crew, 1986
*Misery, 1987
*The Tommyknockers, 1987
*The Eyes of the Dragon, 1987
*The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II, Vol. 2, 1987
*The Dark Half, 1989
*My Pretty Pony, 1989
*Four Past Midnight, 1990
*Needful Things, 1991
*The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III, Vol. 3, 1991
*Gerald's Game, 1992
*Dolores Claiborne, 1993
*Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 1993
*Insomnia, 1994
*Rose Madder, 1995
*The Regulators, 1995
*Desperation, 1997
*The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass, 1997
*Bag of Bones, 1998
*The Green Mile, 1999
*Hearts in Atlantis, 1999
*The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, 1999
*Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay, 1999
*On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000
*Dreamcatcher, 2001
*Riding the Bullet (eBook), 2001
*Black House (coauthor), 2001
*Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, 2002
*From a Buick 8, 2002
*The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, 2003
*The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, 2004
*The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, 2004
*Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season, 2004
*The Colorado Kid, 2005
*Cell, 2006
*Lisey's Story, 2006
*Blaze: A Posthumous Novel, 2007
*Duma Key, 2008