When Stephen King sat down in 1974 to write The Shining, he was a young writer with one moderately successful novel, Carrie, and a handful of short stories in lower-echelon men's magazines to his credit. Doubleday had bought Carrie for $2500 the previous year; in the three years preceding that break, King had been living with his wife and two children in a trailer and teaching English at Hampden Academy in Hermon, Maine.
One of Stephen King's gifts as a storyteller is the way he suggests sinister possibilities lurking in the seemingly innocent details of everyday life. The bee's sting in "The Man in the Black Suit"- is it an ordinary accident or a tool of the devil?
Stephen King's mother is consistency praised by the author as a woman who worked herself to the raw skin at menial jobs in order to support Stephen and his adopted brother, David, who was two years older. Any possible criticism of King's mother is only implied, not stated by King.
King found a new outlet for his writing in 1959, when his brother began publishing an amateur newspaper called Dave's Rag. Dave wrote articles about local gossip and news. Steve wrote reviews of books and movies, as well as some stories.
Since the early 1970s, Stephen King has been America's most famous horror writer. His books are a mainstay of paperback bookracks everywhere, and have spawned a multi-media franchise that includes movies, TV shows, video games and comic books.
"Home was always rented. Our outhouse was painted blue and that's where we contemplated the sins of life. Our well was always going dry. I'd have to lug water from a spring in another field, and even now I'm nervous about our wells."1. There were no bathing facilities, so a hot bath meant a half a mile trek to Aunt Ethelyn's house, an especially difficult task during the icy Maine winter.
Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and then Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS.
As a child, King apparently witnessed a gruesome accident - one of his friends was struck and killed by a train. Some commentators have suggested this event may have inspired King's dark, disturbing creations, but King himself dismisses the idea, noting that he has no memory of the event: his family told him that after leaving home to play with the boy, King returned, speechless and seemingly in shock. Only later did the family learn of the friend's death.
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.
He went to the ‘University of Maine’ and received a Bachelor of Science degree. During his studies here he published a collection of 18 short stories with his close friend Chris Chesley. It was named ‘People, Places and Things’.