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Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

Stephen King received the National Medal of Arts from US President Barack Obama on 10th September 2015. This is the highest award for artists given by the US government. Ahead of the ceremony Stephen King said, “I’m amazed and grateful.” Previous recipients of the National Medal of Arts include Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Philip Roth, Maurice Sendak, Harper Lee and Maya Angelou.

Stephen King photo © Shane Leonard

If you like Stephen King you might also like to read books by Ray Bradbury, William Peter Blatty and Clive Barker.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Stephen King

End of Watch by Stephen King
End of Watch
Stephen King
A wonderfully sinister and mind-bending end to the ‘Hodges trilogy’. Yes, ‘End of Watch’ can easily be read as a standalone novel, however I really do recommend starting with ‘Mr Mercedes’, followed by ‘Finders Keepers’. Although each book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Stephen King
The ominously significant title of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ slashes through the delicate vibrancy of the cover, summing up the contents beautifully. 18 short stories and two poems, steaming with life, death, passion, regret and the occasional gnashing of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2016
End of Watch by Stephen King
End of Watch
Stephen King
June 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully sinister and mind-bending end to the ‘Hodges trilogy’. Yes, ‘End of Watch’ can easily be read as a standalone novel, however I really do recommend starting with ‘
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/06/2016
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Finders Keepers
Stephen King
Longlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2016. Finders Keepers is an intelligent, powerful and enthralling read from one of the masters of storytelling. While there are obvious ties to Mr Mercedes and several of the characters return, this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2016
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Stephen King
The ominously significant title of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ slashes through the delicate vibrancy of the cover, summing up the contents beautifully. 18 short stories and two poems, steaming with life, death, passion, regret and the occasional gnashing of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/12/2015
Revival by Stephen King
Revival
Stephen King
Those who know how good Stephen King’s works are do not need to be told any more than “the next one’s here – eat it up!” To those who do not know King I say this, “You are missing a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Finders Keepers
Stephen King
Finders Keepers is an intelligent, powerful and enthralling read from one of the masters of storytelling. While there are obvious ties to Mr Mercedes and several of the characters return, this could be read without knowledge of the previous...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2015
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase. He is best known for his horror but I think...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
Revival by Stephen King
Revival
Stephen King
Those who know how good Stephen King’s works are do not need to be told any more than “the next one’s here – eat it up!” To those who do not know King I say this, “You are missing a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/11/2014
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase. He is best known for his horror but I think his greatest achievement is the way he shows...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/06/2014
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep
Stephen King
Stephen King believes it is still possible to scare readers today if he can get them to care enough about the characters and therefore what happens to them. So in Dr Sleep we get a large amount of background detail...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
Carrie by Stephen King
Carrie
Stephen King
Classic King, originally published in 1974 when it truly shocked. Today we are somehow more used to horror, and thrills have to be really gory but back then it was atmosphere and build that counted. This has it to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2013
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep
Stephen King
Stephen King believes it is still possible to scare readers today if he can get them to care enough about the characters and therefore what happens to them. So in Dr Sleep we get a large amount of background detail...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Joyland by Stephen King
Joyland
Stephen King
One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013. Maxim Jakubowski's September 2013 Highly Recommended. A...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2013
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
The Dark Tower
Stephen King
Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
The Shining by Stephen King
The Shining
Stephen King
January 2012 Guest Editor Simon Lelic selects The Shining... I must have read every Stephen King novel published before, I’d say, 1996 – at which point, I stopped, mistakenly deciding that I was too old; that his stories weren’t...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/11/2011
11.22.63 by Stephen King
11.22.63
Stephen King
With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense. Stephen King's incredibly ambitious, heartstoppingly dramatic time travel novel, 11.22.63 is a riveting, high-stakes political story...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/11/2011
Misery by Stephen King
Misery
Stephen King
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Hodder are boosting Stephen King's backlist with new covers, new author brand lettering and a marketing campaign which directs readers to the right King title for them.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2011
The Stand by Stephen King
The Stand
Stephen King
First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/05/2011
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Under the Dome
Stephen King
King is so famous for horror, people often forget his wonderful human stories like The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. Although this one has a sci-fi element, it is primarily a tale of human struggle and the descent into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/07/2010
Lisey's Story by Stephen King
Lisey's Story
Stephen King
On the surface this is a romance of memories as a widow looks back on her marriage to a famous writer, but being Stephen King there is obviously far more to it than that. This is a long...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2006

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