Bram Stoker Award
World Fantasy Award
Stephen Edwin King is an American author, novelist, actor, director, producer and screenwriter, but most of all, he is noted for his excellence in contemporary horror, fantasy and science fiction. Better known as King, the author displays a scrupulous and meticulous knowledge in the horror and science genre and its history. King is also known as "Richard Bachman" and sometimes "John Swithen", pseudonyms he used for his many works. King's first success as a writer came with the novel Carrie which was a phenomenon story of a girl with psychic powers. However, his best work remains a series of stories published as The Dark Tower, a mixture of fantasy and science. The series was published in five installments in four decades, beginning from the 1970s to the 2000s. Many of his works have been adapted in to films, plays, comics and television series. King has received numerous awards and prizes among which the most notable is the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, awarded in 2003.
King began his education with the Durham Elementary School where his early interest for horror surfaced for the first time. Throughout his school life, King was an ardent reader of EC's horror comics, including Tales from the Crypt. King began writing stories while still a student and contributed articles to newspapers. His first work entitled I was a Teenage Grave Robber was published in 1965. The work was later published as In a Half-World of Terror.
In 1966, King enrolled in the University of Maine, where he studied English for next four years and graduated in 1970 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in English. While at college, he wrote a column for the college newspaper The Maine Campus and wrote his first professional short story for publication entitled The Glass Floor. The story was published in Startling Mystery Stories in 1967.
Early Life & Career
Success as a Writer
Family & Children
Awards & Honors
Since the release of Cujo and The Shining, King has become one of the best selling novelists and the most successful writer in the history of horror. Many of his books have been adapted in to movies and serials with many of them featuring King himself. King has been awarded 6 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Horror Guild Awards, 5 Locus Awards, 3 World Fantasy Awards, Hugo Award. His best rewards came in 2003, when he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writer's Association. In 2003, he was also given the most disputed and controversial award, a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters which was not well taken by some in the literary world. The reason why the selection of his name for the award outraged many critics and authors, was what they described his works as "of low quality and non-literature" However, many from the elite literary group came forward in his support and dismissed such ideas. In 2007, another Lifetime achievement award was given to him by the Canadian Literary Guild, making him the only non-Canadian to receive this award.
STEPHEN EDWIN KING TIMELINE
Stephen King was born on 21 September.
His first work entitled I was a Teenage Grave Robber was published.
King enrolled in the University of Maine.
His first professional short story for publication entitled The Glass Floor was published.
He graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in English.
King married Tabitha.
His first successful novel Carrie was published.
His mother died after a long illness.
The first book of the Dark Tower series was published.
King was struck by a car and was badly injured.
The Dark TowerThe Gunslinger was published in 2003.
He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writer's Association.
King was awarded a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
King's son Joseph Hillstrom was honored for his collection of short stories 20th Century Ghosts.
Another Lifetime achievement award was given to him by the Canadian Literary Guild.