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Stephen King net worth:
$400 Million

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Stephen Edwin King, known simply as Stephen King, is a famous American writer, screenwriter, television producer, film director, as well as an actor. To the public, Stephen King is best known for his horror, supernatural fiction and dark fantasy novels and short stories. Many of King’s works have been so influential that they have been turned into comic books, and even movies. Some of King’s most notable works are “The Shining”, which inspired the release of Stanley Kubrick’s psychological thriller of the same name, “Pet Sematary”, which was adapted into a horror film directed by Mary Lambert, a short story entitled “Children of the Corn”, which served as a basis for the film of the same name as well as its sequels “Children of the Corn II, III, and IV”, and “Big Driver”, which served as the basis for a 2014 crime film with Maria Bello. Stephen King even made several on screen appearances in the adaptations of his stories, namely in “Pet Sematary” and “Thinner”, and films which he wrote, including “Creepshow”, “The Langoliers” and “Sleepwalkers”. For his contributions, Stephen King has been awarded numerous Bram Stoker Awards, several British Fantasy Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, and Locus Awards to name a few.

Stephen King Net Worth $400 Million

A popular writer, as well as a screenwriter, how rich is Stephen King? According to sources, his annual salary in 2013 amounted to $20 million, while in 2014 he earned approximately $17 million. In regards to his overall wealth, Stephen King’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million, most of which he has earned from his writings.

Stephen King was born in 1947, in Maine, United States, where he studied at Lisbon Falls High School. While in high school, King became interested in horror stories and comic books, the most prominent being “Tales from the Crypt”, which inspired King’s writings. Upon leaving high school, he enrolled in the University of Maine, where he graduated with a BA in English language. While at the university, King contributed to “The Maine Camp” newspaper, where he wrote under a column entitled “Steve King’s Garbage Truck”. One of King’s first books was “Carrie”, an epistolary novel published in 1973. The novel proved to be so successful that it was later turned into a film under the same name, as well as its sequel called “The Rage: Carrie 2”, a Broadway musical, and a 2013 film remake “Carrie” starring Chloe Grace Moretz in the main role. His second book entitled “Salem’s Lot” came out in 1975 to largely positive reviews, and it even received a nomination for the World Fantasy Award. King’s national success came with “The Shining”, published in 1977, which was turned into a film in 1980. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel, where the main characters were portrayed by Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, is still regarded by many as one of the greatest films ever made.

A well-known author, actor, as well as a screenwriter, Stephen King has an estimated net worth of $400 million.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Road Virus Heads North 2004 Short short story
The Man in the Black Suit 2004 Short short story
Secret Window 2004 novella "Four Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden"
Salem's Lot 2004 TV Series novel "Salem's Lot" - 2 episodes
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer 2003 TV Movie characters
Autopsy Room Four 2003 Short short story
Dreamcatcher 2003 novel "Dreamcatcher"
Rainy Season 2002 Short short story
The Dead Zone 2002 Video novel
Carrie 2002 TV Movie novel
Night Surf 2002 Short short story
Firestarter 2: Rekindled 2002 TV Movie novel "Firestarter"
Rose Red 2002 TV Mini-Series written by - 3 episodes
Children of the Corn: Revelation 2001 Video characters
Hearts in Atlantis 2001 book
Strawberry Spring 2001 Short short story
Paranoid 2000/II Short poem "Paranoid: A Chant"
The Green Mile 1999 novel
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return 1999 Video short story "Children of the Corn"
The Rage: Carrie 2 1999 characters
Storm of the Century 1999 TV Mini-Series written by - 3 episodes
Sometimes They Come Back... for More 1998 Video characters
Apt Pupil 1998 novella "Apt Pupil"
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror 1998 Video short story "Children of the Corn"
The X-Files 1998 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Trucks 1997 TV Movie short story
The Outer Limits 1997 TV Series short story - 1 episode
Ghosts 1997/I Short concept / story
The Shining TV Mini-Series novel - 3 episodes, 1997 teleplay - 3 episodes, 1997
The Night Flier 1997 story
Quicksilver Highway 1997 TV Movie short story "Chattery Teeth"
The Man Who Loved Flowers 1996 Short short story
Thinner 1996 novel
Children of the Corn: The Gathering 1996 Video short story "Children of the Corn"
Sometimes They Come Back... Again 1996 Video characters
The Langoliers 1995 TV Mini-Series novella "From Four Past Midnight" - 2 episodes
Dolores Claiborne 1995 book
The Mangler 1995 short story
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest 1995 short story "Children of the Corn"
The Shawshank Redemption 1994 short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"
Nightshift Collection 1994 Video story
The Stand TV Mini-Series book - 4 episodes, 1994 teleplay - 4 episodes, 1994
Needful Things 1993 book
The Tommyknockers 1993 TV Series novel - 2 episodes
The Dark Half 1993 novel "The Dark Half"
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice 1992 short story "Children of the Corn"
Sleepwalkers 1992 written by
The Lawnmower Man 1992 title only - credit removed following lawsuit
Golden Years TV Series created by - 6 episodes, 1991 writer - 5 episodes, 1991 story - 2 episodes, 1991
Sometimes They Come Back 1991 TV Movie short story
Monsters 1991 TV Series story - 1 episode
Misery 1990 novel "Misery"
It 1990 TV Mini-Series novel - 2 episodes
Graveyard Shift 1990 short story
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie 1990 short story - segment "Cat From Hell"
Pet Sematary 1989 novel / screenplay
Tales from the Darkside TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1987 story - 1 episode, 1984
The Running Man 1987 novel - as Richard Bachman
A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 characters
Creepshow 2 1987 stories
Apt Pupil 1987 novel
The Last Rung on the Ladder 1987 Short short story
The Lawnmower Man 1987 Short short story
Stand by Me 1986 novella "The Body"
Maximum Overdrive 1986 film by / written for the screen by
The Twilight Zone 1986 TV Series based on the short story by - 1 episode
Srazhenie 1986 Short short story
Stephen King's Golden Tales 1985 Video story
Silver Bullet 1985 novella "Cycle of the Werewolf" / screenplay
Cat's Eye 1985 screenplay
Firestarter 1984 novel
Children of the Corn 1984 short story
Disciples of the Crow 1983 Short story "Children of the Corn"
The Woman in the Room 1983 Short story "The Woman in the Room"
Christine 1983 novel
The Dead Zone 1983 novel
Cujo 1983 novel
The Boogeyman 1982 Short short story
Creepshow 1982 screenplay / short stories "The Crate and Weeds" - uncredited
The Shining 1980 novel
Salem's Lot 1979 TV Movie novel
Carrie 1976 novel
Mr. Mercedes 2018 TV Series book - 1 episode pre-production
It 2017 novel post-production
The Dark Tower 2017 novel post-production
Cain Rose Up 2017 Short story by filming
Rainy Season 2017 Short story by post-production
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away 2017 Short short story by pre-production
Cujo: Canine Unit Joint Operations 2017 novel announced
Gerald's Game 2017 novel filming
The Mist 2017 TV Series novel - 1 episode filming
Popsy 2016 Short short story completed
I Am the Doorway 2016/II Short adaptation post-production
Grey Matter 2016/I Short short story post-production
I Am the Doorway 2016/I Short short story post-production
One for the Road 2015 Short story completed
Death Room Short story announced
Doorway Short story announced
Lisey's Story novel announced
Prey for Us Short story announced
Rose Madder novel announced
Sedá hmota Short short story completed
Teratoid Short short story pre-production
The Death of Jack Hamilton Short story post-production
The Gingerbread Girl pre-production
The Stand based on the novel by announced
The Talisman TV Mini-Series novel announced
The Milkman 2017 story
One for the Road 2016/I Short short story
The Man Who Loved Flowers 2016 Short short story
Nona 2016/I Short story
Nona 2016/II Short original story
Strawberry Spring 2016 Short story
Otto 2016/I Short story by
Mute 2016/V Short story by
Soba smrti 2016 Short original story
Cell 2016/I based on the novel by / screenplay
Nona 2016/III Short adaptation
Mute 2016/IV Short short story
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series based on the novel by - 8 episodes
Harvey's Dream 2016 Short
Mute 2016/II Short short story
I Am the Doorway 2015 Short based on a short story by
The Man Who Loved Flowers 2015/II Short story
Haven 2010-2015 TV Series short story "The Colorado Kid" - 78 episodes
Under the Dome TV Series book - 26 episodes, 2013 - 2014 based on the book by - 13 episodes, 2015 written by - 1 episode, 2014
Night Surf 2015 Short short story
Beachworld 2015 Short from the short story by
Willa 2015 Short short story
Harvey's Dream 2015/II Short writer
Rest Stop 2015/II Short short story "Rest Stop"
The Man Who Loved Flowers 2015/I Short story "The Man Who Loved Flowers"
Popsy 2014 Short short story by
Susannah's Lesson 2014 Short story
Big Driver 2014 TV Movie story
Mercy 2014/I short story "Gramma"
A Good Marriage 2014 short story - screenplay
Big Driver 2014 Short short story
The Boogeyman 2014/II short story
The Boogeyman 2014/III Short story
Cain 2014/I Short short story
Mute 2014 Short story
In The Deathroom 2013 Short writer
Survivor Type 2013 Short original story
Carrie 2013 novel
The Boogeyman 2013/III Short story
The Doctor's Case 2013 Short short story
Ayana 2013 Short short story
Cain Rose Up 2013 Short story
Here There May Be Tygers 2013 Short story
The Reaper's Image 2013 Short writer
The Boogeyman 2013/I Short writer
A Very Tight Place 2012 Short story
Bike 2012 Short story
Popsy 2012 Short writer
The Last Rung on the Ladder 2012 Short story
The Reaper's Image 2012 Short novel
Willa 2012/I short story
Love Never Dies 2012/III Short story
Willa 2012/III Short writer
Survivor Type 2012 Short short story
The Things They Left Behind 2012 Short short story
Maxwell Edison 2012 Short story "The Man Who Loved Flowers"
Mute 2012/II Short story
The Man Who Loved Flowers 2012 Short
Stephen King's The Boogeyman 2012 Short novel / story
Grey Matter 2012 Short story
Mute 2012/I Short story
Everything's Eventual 2011 Short short story
In the Deathroom 2011 Short
Mute 2011/IV Short short story
Survivor Type 2011 Short short story
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French 2011 Short short story
The Things They Left Behind 2011 Short story
Bag of Bones 2011 TV Mini-Series based on the novel by - 2 episodes
One for the Road 2011/I Short story
Tussenstop 2011 Short story
Mute 2011/I Short short story
Children of the Corn: Genesis 2011 short story "Children of the Corn"
Harvey's Dream 2011 Video short novel
Message from Jerusalem 2011 Short story
Hard Ride 2010 Short story
Cain Rose Up 2010/II Short short story
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away 2010 Short short story
Cain Rose Up 2010/I Short short story
One for the Road 2010 Short author
The Man Who Loved Flowers 2010 Short short story
Flowers for Norma 2010 Short short story "The Man Who Loved Flowers"
The Boogeyman 2010 Short story
The Charning 2010 Video short
Here There Be Tigers 2010 Short story
Popsy 2009 Short short story
Everything's Eventual 2009 short story
Children of the Corn 2009 TV Movie short story / teleplay
Dolan's Cadillac 2009 short story
In the Deathroom 2009 Video short short story
My Pretty Pony 2009 Short story
The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands 2009 Short story
All That You Love 2008 Short short story
The Talisman 2008 Short novel "The Talisman"
The Mist 2007 novella
El sueño de Harvey 2007 Short story "Harvey's Dream"
The Dead Zone TV Series characters from the novel - 77 episodes, 2002 - 2007 based on the characters from the novel - 4 episodes, 2007
Paul's Dream 2007 Short story "Harvey's Dream"
1408 2007 short story
Vision of the Dark Tower 2007 Short story "The Dark Tower"
Walking Ghost 2006 Short story
Popsy 2006 Short short story / story
Lovecraft's Pillow 2006 Short suggestion
Tyger 2006/I Short short story
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King 2006 TV Mini-Series short story - 8 episodes
Suffer the Little Children 2006 Short story
Desperation 2006 TV Movie novel "Desperation" / teleplay
Umney's Last Case 2006 Short short story
I Know What You Need 2005 Short short story
La femme dans la chambre 2005 Short short story
Gotham Cafe 2005 Short short story
Home delivery: Servicio a domicilio 2005 Short short story
Sorry, Right Number 2005 Short teleplay
Luckey Quarter 2005 Short short story
Riding the Bullet 2004 novella "Riding the Bullet"
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away 2004 Short short story
Kingdom Hospital TV Series 6 episodes, 2004 developed for U.S. television by - 3 episodes, 2004 teleplay - 3 episodes, 2004
All That You Love 2004 Short short story

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Mercedes 2018 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode pre-production
The Dark Tower 2017 producer post-production
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Under the Dome 2013-2014 TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
Desperation 2006 TV Movie executive producer
Riding the Bullet 2004 executive producer
Kingdom Hospital 2004 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer 2003 TV Movie executive producer
Rose Red 2002 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Storm of the Century 1999 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
The Shining 1997 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
The Stand 1994 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Golden Years 1991 TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Under the Dome 2014 TV Series Diner Patron
Sons of Anarchy 2010 TV Series Bachman
Diary of the Dead 2007 Newsreader (voice, uncredited)
Gotham Cafe 2005 Short Mr. Ring
Kingdom Hospital 2004 TV Series Johnny B. Goode
Rose Red 2002 TV Mini-Series Pizza Delivery Guy
Unlocking Rose Red: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer 2002 TV Movie Stephen king
Frasier 2000 TV Series Brian
Storm of the Century 1999 TV Mini-Series Lawyer in Ad / Reporter on Broken TV (uncredited)
The Shining 1997 TV Mini-Series Gage Creed
Thinner 1996 Pharmacist
The Langoliers 1995 TV Mini-Series Tom Holby
The Stand 1994 TV Mini-Series Teddy Weizak
Sleepwalkers 1992 Cemetery Caretaker
Golden Years 1991 TV Series Bus Driver
Pet Sematary 1989 Minister
Creepshow 2 1987 Truck Driver (segment "The Hitchhiker")
Maximum Overdrive 1986 Man at Bank ATM (uncredited)
Creepshow 1982 Jordy Verrill (segment "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill")
Knightriders 1981 Hoagie Man

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Stand 1994 TV Mini-Series writer - 4 episodes

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King 2006 TV Mini-Series grip
The Shining 1997 TV Mini-Series still photographer - 3 episodes

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Shining 1997 TV Mini-Series third unit director - 3 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist' 2008 Video documentary short archival materials & photos provided by
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile' 2006 Video documentary materials

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maximum Overdrive 1986

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cain Rose Up 2017 Short very special thanks filming
The Green Mile: Walking the Mile 2014 Video documentary special thanks
Willa 2012/I very special thanks
Survivor Type 2012 Short very special thanks
You Can't Kill Stephen King 2012 very special thanks
Project: Kill Lana's Boyfriend 2011 Short thanks
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King 2011 TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: photos and posters courtesy of / special thanks
Mute 2011/I Short very special thanks
Harvey's Dream 2011 Video short special thanks
Amused 2011 Short thanks
Project Nine 2010 very special thanks
This Is the Place 2009 Short special thanks
In the Deathroom 2009 Video short special thanks
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist' 2008 Video documentary short special thanks
The Mist 2007 special thanks
Mr. Butters Syndrome 2007 Short special thanks
Diary of the Dead 2007 very special thanks
Lovecraft's Pillow 2006 Short special thanks
The Mangler Reborn 2005 Video special thanks
La femme dans la chambre 2005 Short special thanks
Another Happy Ending 2005 Short special thanks
Boo 2005 special thanks
Desolation Sound 2005 special thanks
Investigating Kingdom Hospital: The Journals of Eleanor Druse 2004 TV Movie special thanks
A Shadow Before Sunrise 2004 Short special thanks
Clive Barker: Raising Hell 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Sand Country 2003 Short special thanks
Valhalla 2003 Short special thanks
1080: Avalanche 2003 Video Game special thanks
Unlocking Rose Red: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer 2002 TV Movie special thanks
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me 2000 Video documentary short special thanks
Walking the Mile 2000 Video documentary short special thanks
F13 2000 Video Game thanks
The Green Mile 1999 special thanks
Free Enterprise 1998 grateful acknowledgment
The Shawshank Redemption 1994 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS This Morning 2014-2016 TV Series Himself - Author
Good Morning America 1980-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself
Today 2011-2014 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series Himself
The View 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Author / Himself
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
La grande librairie 2013 TV Series Himself
Q with Jian Ghomeshi 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2009-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1996-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose 1998-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Stuck in Love 2012 Himself (voice)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Arena 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Hour 2009 TV Series Himself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero 2008 Documentary Himself
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist' 2008 Video documentary short Himself
HypaSpace 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2006 TV Series Himself
Postcards from Bangor 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher 2006 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995-2006 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Fever Pitch 2005 Himself (uncredited)
NewsNight with Aaron Brown 2004 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2004 TV Series Himself
2004 World Series 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself - Crowd Member
Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
HBO First Look 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Author
Chappelle's Show 2003 TV Series Himself
The Simpsons 2000 TV Series Himself
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me 2000 Video documentary short Himself - Author
Walking the Mile 2000 Video documentary short Himself - Author
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Cider House Rules: The Making of an American Classic 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Omnibus 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Miracle of 'The Green Mile' 1999 TV Short documentary Himself
Stephen King: Shining in the Dark 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998 TV Series Himself
The X-Files Movie Special 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
Jeopardy! 1995-1998 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
Dennis Miller Live 1998 TV Series Himself
Tim Sample Presents Sunday Morning in Maine 1996 Video Himself
The Stand: The Making of... 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Stephen King's World of Horror 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
exclusiv 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1980 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Green Mile: Walking the Mile 2014 Video documentary Himself
The Colbert Report 2014 TV Series Himself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2009-2013 TV Series documentary Newsreader / Jordy Verrill
Room 237 2012/I Documentary Jordy Verrill (uncredited)
Zombies: A Living History 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself (segment "Reality Check")
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile' 2006 Video documentary Himself
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': Stephen King Territory 2006 Video short Himself
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': The Characters 2006 Video short Himself
Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head, Part 2 2006 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
49º premis Sant Jordi de cinematografía 2005 TV Special Himself
Dennis Miller Live 1998 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Horror Award Phoenix International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival Best Adaptation Gotham Cafe (2005) julie-sands-(screenwriter)-bev-vincent-(screenwriter)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Julie Sands (screenwriter) Bev Vincent (screenwriter)">Julie Sands (screenwriter) Bev Vincent (screenwriter)
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Bram Stoker Awards
1997 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing of a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Shining (1997)
1995 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award The Shawshank Redemption (1994) frank-darabont-(screenwriter)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Frank Darabont (screenwriter)">Frank Darabont (screenwriter)
1992 Best Screenplay Fantafestival Sleepwalkers (1992)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award The Green Mile (1999) frank-darabont-(screenwriter)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Frank Darabont (screenwriter)">Frank Darabont (screenwriter)
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries The Shining (1997) mark-carliner-(producer) elliot-friedgen-(supervising-producer)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Mark Carliner (producer) Elliot Friedgen (supervising producer)">Mark Carliner (producer) Elliot Friedgen (supervising producer)
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries The Stand (1994) richard-p-rubinstein-(executive-producer) mitchell-galin-(producer) peter-r-mcintosh-(supervising-producer)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Richard P. Rubinstein (executive producer) Mitchell Galin (producer) Peter R. McIntosh (supervising producer)">Richard P. Rubinstein (executive producer) Mitchell Galin (producer) Peter R. McIntosh (supervising producer)
1991 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Misery (1990) william-goldman-(screenwriter)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="William Goldman (screenwriter)">William Goldman (screenwriter)
1988 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Maximum Overdrive (1986)
1987 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Maximum Overdrive (1986)
1977 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Carrie (1976) brian-de-palma-(director) lawrence-d-cohen-(screenplay)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Brian De Palma (director) Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)">Brian De Palma (director) Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)


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#Fact
1 Fellow author Neil Gaiman is a big fan of King.
2 Father of Owen King.
3 Father of Joe Hill.
4 Writing a column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly magazine called "The Pop of King". [July 2003]
5 Has denied rumors of retirement saying that "The Dark Tower" series made him want to retire but he loves writing and cannot retire. Is preparing to release a new novel "The Colorado Kid" in October 2005. [March 2005]
6 Teaches a course as part of the Writers in Paradise Winter Term at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. [January 2006]
7 Has declared that this will be his last year of writing novels. His books will be published for the next few years, but he has vowed to quit the job in numerous publications on numerous occasions.
8 Has named J.K. Rowling as his favorite author.
9 Is an avid comic book fan.
10 Is a big fan of the series ''Lost''.
11 A huge fan of author Neil Gaiman.
12 King is down to three cigarettes a day. He's kicked alcohol, cocaine, painkillers, but he's still addicted to work and goes into similar withdrawal when he's not working.
13 People will often camp outside King's house to get a view of the great author. A man named Erik Keene broke in April 20, 1991 at 6:00am. He threatened Tabitha with a bomb, claiming King stole the idea for Misery from Keene's aunt. She ran to a neighbour and called the police. They found Keene in the attic and the bomb was a dud. He was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in jail before he was extradited to Texas for a parole violation. The King's increased security by extending a wrought-iron fence around the yard gates with access codes as well as CCTV.
14 King's first novel Getting It On was sent to an editor and then sent back for revisions four times. In the end it was still rejected, but it taught him much about the editing process. His second attempt The Long Walk failed as well. It wasn't until his third novel, Carrie, that he finally got a book published.
15 Suffers from high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums. These spared him from being drafted into Vietnam.
16 Had the idea for the Dark Tower series before he was an established author.
17 Prefers to be called Steve.
18 Has a fear of the number 13, which is called triskaidekaphobia.
19 Bryan Smith, the van driver who hit King in 1999, had a history of driving offenses and his license had been suspended three times by the time of the accident. He was indicted for aggravated assault and driving to endanger. He later died of a drug overdose.
20 King is critical of people who write about Maine and didn't grow up there.
21 By 1987, the King family lived in a 24-room restored Victorian mansion.
22 The one question King hates to be asked more than any other by the fans is "Where do you get your ideas?".
23 Does some of his book tours on motorbike.
24 King suffers from insomnia and later wrote a book about it.
25 Hit the No 1 bestseller list 36 times, and is still disappointed when he doesn't.
26 Would like to write a novel about the thing that scares him the most, spiders.
27 He'd like to direct a film now that he's totally sober.
28 Read many stories about people being buried alive.
29 King owns two neighboring houses in Bangor. He wanted to build an underground tunnel with a trolley you could ride between them. When asked why, he replied, "because I can".
30 Regularly listens to audiobooks, because he believes no book exists until its done in audio.
31 Before he wrote Carrie (his first published novel), King wrote a few practice novels first under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. He called them "trunk novels".
32 When touring with the Rock Bottom Remainders, they needed extra security because of King's presence.
33 The first American to win the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association.
34 A big fan of detective stories.
35 King has a library made up of 17,000 books; he's read them all except for any new additions.
36 Not long after 9/11, someone left a package on King's doorstep. The bomb squad were called in and incinerated it. It turns out it was King's novel, It.
37 King used to listen to rock and roll when drafting a novel; now he doesn't need to.
38 King invented the pseudonym Richard Bachman to see if he could market books without the attachment of his more famous name.
39 Because The Shining came from a very personal place, King managed to write the book very quickly. The subject matter hit so close to King that he took time out from it to work on his next novel, The Stand.
40 On the night King's mother died, his son had a terrible choking fit at home. He's had a fear of choking ever since. His mother's death drove him further into drink.
41 Repeated the first grade because of frequent absences.
42 Since the publication of Carrie in 1974, his books have never been out of print; a rare feat for an author.
43 Hates being famous. He's also uncomfortable in large crowds.
44 Because of his past drug abuse, he can't remember anything about writing some of his books, e.g. Cujo. Its something he will always regret.
45 Has a fear of flying. He once suffered an injury on an airplane when it flew into turbulence, which no doubt exacerbated his fear.
46 Has a fear of therapists. He had to conquer that fear during the worst stages of his alcoholism and drug addiction.
47 The one thing King is reluctant to write is an autobiography. The nearest he's ever come to that is the CV section of his non-fictional book On Writing.
48 During King's recovery after being knocked down by a van in 1999, he was appalled when he was hooked up to a morphine drip, what with his former past as a drug addict. He didn't become re-addicted by doctors keeping him below the recommended dose. He could feel the craving bubbling to the surface, but this time experience prepared him to recognize the danger signs. By the time he came home, he had lost 40 pounds. None of the nurses cracked any "Misery" jokes but he said he would have appreciated the dark irony. He could only write for up to an hour and a half every day, so he spent the Winter in Florida; the warm weather would aid his recovery. He still needs to walk with a cane though. After accepting a literary award in 2003, he had a relapse and had to spend another month in hospital. He weighed 160 pounds and nearly died. Tabitha took the opportunity to refurbish his office.
49 When King was hit by a van in 1999, he was lucky not to have been killed outright. While in recovery, one of his lungs had collapsed, he had four broken ribs, a gash to the head that needed 20 stitches and his spine was chipped in eight places. His right leg almost had to be amputated but doctors managed to save it. The only thing undamaged in the accident were the lenses in King's glasses; he later replaced the frame.
50 King gets depressed when people say The Stand is his best book because that was written three decades ago and implies he hasn't written anything as good since.
51 King has a deal with Castle Rock; they can have his work for a dollar, but he gets script approval, he approves the director, cast approval, and he can pull the plug anytime, no matter how much money was spent. He gets 5% of every dollar, so in the case of The Green Mile (1999), he made 25 million dollars.
52 In 1993, King played with the Rock Bottom Remainders to sell-out arenas.
53 He will never co-author a book with his wife, because he feels that if they ever did, it would lead to divorce court.
54 Never answers his own phone.
55 Against abortion because he likens it to abandonment, something his father did to him when he was a child.
56 King once flew on a plane that ran into turbulence. The oxygen mask came out, and his seat was ripped from the floor and he landed on his side, still strapped in. It was a while before he could get on a plane again.
57 King writes for 3-4 hours a day. He used to write 2000-3000 words a day, now he can only manage 1000.
58 In later years, movie studios and production companies snapped up the film rights for King novels before the books saw print, e.g. Delores Claiborne.
59 King played guitar (badly) in a high school band. He would often change the lyrics into something gross (but funny) on the spot.
60 His favourite way of relaxing is to take a bath while smoking a cigarette, and listen to a Red Sox game on the radio, propped on the sink. He would also drink a beer during the days when he was an alcoholic.
61 Writes three drafts for every book.
62 All three of his children as well as his wife have followed his footsteps into writing.
63 In October 1995, King broke his own record by having four books hit the NY Times bestseller list: Skeleton Crew, Thinner, The Talisman, and The Bachman Books.
64 The first author to have three simultaneous titles on the publishers weekly list: Firestarter, The Dead Zone, and The Shining.
65 Suicides have occurred in three of the houses the King family have lived in.
66 George A. Romero was one of King's childhood heroes. The two are now close friends.
67 A rumor circulated for years that he did not want to complete his novel "Pet Sematary" as it frightened him to do any writing for it. King or Doubleday (the publisher) may have started the story and while not exactly true it is partially based in fact. King fell into a depression while writing it and had no desire to complete it while feeling the strong melancholy.
68 His memoir "On Writing" has been praised by Roger Ebert as the most useful and insightful book about writing since The Elements of Style.
69 In 2011, his fondness for the Harry Potter books came full circle, when it was announced that Potter director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves would be making a new adaptation of his novel The Stand.
70 His novel Misery is about a writer with a recurring character in a long series of books, who is in a serious car accident after finishing the last book in the series. King was himself in the middle of an ongoing series; The Dark Tower; when he was hit by a truck in 1999. Surviving that accident is what ultimately prompted him to finish the series. He has recently decided to write one more book in the series, to be entitled The Wind in the Keyhole, due for a 2012 release. In Misery, the writer also decides to continue writing his series after surviving his encounter with an obsessed fan.
71 Famously disliked Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), which was adapted from his novel of the same name. King was opposed to the casting of Jack Nicholson who, in his opinion, did not accurately portray the gradual descent into madness that the book had described. He also lamented that many story elements, some of them autobiographical and important to King, had not been included, such as alcoholism and his father issue. King therefore produced a mini series of The Shining (1997) that follows his novel more closely, but is generally regarded as inferior to Kubrick's interpretation.
72 Several actors have made multiple appearances in television and film adaptations of King's work. Ed Harris was in Needful Things (1993) as well as The Stand (1994) and a segment of Creepshow (1982). His wife, Amy Madigan, appeared in The Dark Half (1993), which also featured his Needful Things character. John Cusack made a brief appearance in Stand by Me (1986) and later starred in 1408 (2007). Kathy Bates starred in Misery (1990) and Dolores Claiborne (1995) and later had a cameo in The Stand (1994). Gary Sinise starred in The Stand (1994) and had a cameo in The Green Mile (1999). David Morse played Brutal in The Green Mile (1999) and also played Adult Bobby Garfield in Hearts in Atlantis (2001) as well Capt. Brian Engle in The Langoliers (1995). Rob Lowe had major roles in both The Stand (1994) and TBS' of Salem's Lot (2004). Timothy Hutton starred in The Dark Half (1993) and also in Secret Window (2004). Thomas Jane starred in The Mist (2007) and Dreamcatcher (2007) alongside Morgan Freeman, who was also in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Both Jeffrey DeMunn and William Sadler were in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007). Harry Dean Stanton appears in Christine (1983) and has a cameo in The Green Mile (1999). J.T. Walsh has a cameo in Misery (1990) and appears in Needful Things (1993). James Cromwell appeared in The Green Mile (1999) and 'Salem's Lot (2004)(TV)' the previous version of which featured his wife, Julie Cobb. Miguel Ferrer appeared in The Stand (1994), 'The Shining (1997)(TV)', and 'The Night Flier (1997)(TV)'.
73 As a little boy he had a recurring nightmare in which he entered a room and saw a suicide victim hanging from the ceiling. He later incorporated this scene into an early book, Salem's Lot.
74 Plays guitar in the group The Rock-Bottom Remainders, a band made up entirely of novelists.
75 The description of the character Ben Mears, in Salem's Lot, is taken from King himself.
76 His characters frequently meet other characters from other Stephen King books. In Tommyknockers, for example, poet Jim Gardner encounters Jack, from The Talisman, on a beach.
77 In 2009 he fulfilled a lifetime ambition, expressed in Salem's Lot, of being interviewed in Playboy Magazine. The Magazine also published a poem by King, entitled "The Bone Church", which featured the immortal line "And balls to your grinning face!".
78 His novels are frequently adapted to the screen by Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, and Rob Reiner.
79 Will allow aspiring film-makers to purchase the film rights to any of his short stories (and only short-stories, not novels) for a dollar. The resulting films are sent directly to him and, if he enjoys them, placed on a shelf marked "Dollar-Babies.".
80 Adaptations of his work have featured two generations of Sheens and Sutherlands. Kiefer Sutherland appeared in Stand by Me (1986), while Donald Sutherland appeared in Salem's Lot (2004). Martin Sheen and Ramon Estevez both appeared in The Dead Zone (1983) and Emilio Estevez appeared in Maximum Overdrive (1986).
81 When it was discovered in 1985 that he and Richard Bachman were one and the same, he retired the use of that name. He resurrected Bachman about a decade later, using the name as the author of The Regulators, a companion piece to his own novel Desperation. Since then, he has issued other new novels using the name Bachman, with the dust jackets jokingly claiming the books to have been a posthumous discovery by Bachman's widow. Bachman is said to have died in 1985 from "Cancer of the Pseudonym".
82 Controversially, King once wrote a complimentary "Blurb" for the back cover of L. Ron Hubbard's book "Fear".
83 A fan of J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter novels.
84 After watching the first cut of Rob Reiner 's Stand by Me (1986), he was said to be crying and stated it was the closest adaptation to one of his novels he'd ever seen.
85 He's a huge fan of the hit ABC TV show Lost (2004), which often makes references to his works. He even trusted J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof to adapt the "Dark Tower" series into a film series.
86 In his book "On Writing", he states that as punishment for making fun of Ellen Margitan, the vice principal of Lisbon High, he is sent to the offices of the Lisbon Enterprise to work with the editor, John Gould which he states is not "the" John Gould. In fact, it was "the" John Gould, famous Maine humorist and it was John Gould that helped King develop into a writer that people wanted to read.
87 Worked as an English teacher before becoming a professional writer. Many of his characters are also teachers.
88 Cites Sir William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies as a major influence on him. One of the chapters in that book was "Castle Rock," which later became the name of a fictional town in several of King's stories.
89 Fan of B-Movie Scream Queen Linnea Quigley.
90 Son Joseph Hillstrom King is also a novelist. He spent the past several years writing under the pen name Joe Hill, the name of a labor leader who is also his namesake.
91 Was such a fan of the film 28 Days Later... (2002) that he bought out an entire showing of the film in New York City.
92 In 1988 he was offered the chance to write and direct A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989).
93 Is a member of a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, which is composed of other writers. Besides King the members include Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, James Luca McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Greg Iles. A "remainder" is a book that has not sold well and has been drastically reduced in price to ensure a quick sale.
94 Many of his stories take place in or near the fictional small town of Castle Rock, Maine. The first film to be based on a Castle Rock story was The Dead Zone (1983). Director Rob Reiner subsequently named his production company Castle Rock Entertainment.
95 The fictional town of Castle Rock is located in Maine. Stand by Me (1986), accidentally set it in Oregon. This is because the original story, "The Body," only mentions that Castle Rock is near Portland, without identifying which state. It is only identified as being in Maine in his other stories. The only clues in "The Body" that it takes place in Maine is the fact that the local radio stations begin with W, which, with only a few exceptions, applies only to stations east of the Mississippi River.
96 Is an avid AC/DC fan.
97 Writes reviews of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series for Entertainment Weekly magazine.
98 A huge fan of The Ramones, King penned the liner notes to the 2002 Ramones tribute album, "We're A Happy Family.".
99 He belongs to a an all-writer rock band called "Rock Bottom Remainders" with other such writers as Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Roy Blount Jr., and James Luca McBride. Their motto is, according to Barry, "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels".
100 Is good friends with horror director George A. Romero.
101 Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 134, pages 256-271. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
102 In the 1980s he was battling a cocaine addiction. At one time his wife organized a group of family and friends and confronted him. She dumped onto the floor his trashcan, which included beer cans, cigarette butts, cough and cold medicines and various drug paraphernalia. Her message to him was: "Get help or get out. We love you, but we don't want to witness your suicide." He got help and was able to become clean and sober.
103 A recovering alcoholic, King noted in his book "On Writing" that he was drunk virtually the whole time of writing the book "Cujo" and to this day barely remembers writing any of it.
104 Often listens to hard rock music during the time he writes to get inspired. He also plays in a rock band himself.
105 He is the most successful American writer in history.
106 He is an avid Red Sox fan. Before the Sox won the 2004 World Series, he said he wanted his tombstone epitaph to be a single sock and the line "Not In My Lifetime, Not In Yours, Either."
107 Dogs are often described as monsters or -- the opposite -- victims in his books and films (like Cujo (1983) or Pet Sematary (1989)).
108 Once said that his favorite personal horror movie was Tourist Trap (1979), and his favorite film is Of Unknown Origin (1983).
109
  • Underwent surgery to remove scar tissue and fluid
from his lungs from a bout of pneumonia. [November 2003]
110 His short story "The Man in the Black Suit" won an O. Henry Award for Best Short Story in 1996.
111 Contributed a short monologue to two versions of the Blue Öyster Cult song "Astronomy" (from the out-of-print "Imaginos" album) on a promotional CD single.
112 In 1992 he and wife Tabitha King gave a donation to build Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine. The only condition Stephen had was that the score board would be placed such that he could see it from his house while working. In August of 2002 he threw the first pitch at the opening of the Senior League Baseball World Series. The Kings were honored for their generosity with an inscribed stone monument shaped like a home plate.
113 Certified by Guinness Superlatives (the "Book of World Records" group) as having the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author.
114 Owns three radio stations in Maine (one has been named AP Station of the Year more than once) Online at zoneradio.com
115 Wrote "The Running Man", a 304-page novel, in only ten days.
116 Children: Naomi Rachel (b. 1970), Joseph Hillstrom (b. June 4, 1972) and Owen Phillip (b. February 21, 1977).
117 Scored in the 1300s on the SAT.
118 Bryan Smith, the driver of the van that hit King, dies. King said in a statement, "I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Bryan Smith.The death of a 43-year-old man can only be termed untimely.". [September 2000]
119 His daughter Naomi wed her 54-year-old lesbian partner Thandeka (who is a theological school teacher) in Nashville, Tennessee. [June 2000]
120 Used to work for a dry cleaner before publishing his first novel.
121 Met his wife Tabitha King while the two were working at the Fogler Library as students at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.
122 It is falsely rumored that he will not sign autographs because of superstition. Actually, he doesn't sign them because he hates the idolatry of celebrities (he also will not endorse an official fan club for the same reason). He will sign autographs now only at book signings, according to his official website. Another rumor (perhaps started by King) claims that, if sent a book to sign, he will burn it and return the ashes. This is also untrue and was debunked by his official website.
123 Supposedly created his pseudonym Richard Bachman by reading a novel by Donald E. Westlake, whose pseudonym is Richard Stark, while listening to Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
124 Portions of King's writings from when he was 9 years old appears in the 1993 book, "First Words", edited by Paul Mandelbaum, available from Algonquin books.
125 King published seven novels ("Rage", "The Long Walk", "Roadwork", "The Running Man", "Thinner", "The Regulators" and "Blaze") under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
126 Has never censored his own work. The death of Dr. Jimmy Cody in "Salem's Lot" was cut due to the demands of the editor at Doubleday, which King acquiesced to because his career was still in its infancy.
127 HBO paid $1.5 million for the rights to the novel "Rose Madder". [October 1996]
128 Estimated annual salary is $40 million. [May 1999]
129 Revealed that he is suffering from macular degeneration, a currently incurable condition which will most likely lead to blindness. [May 1999]
130 King was accidentally hit in the back by a minivan while walking on Route 5 near North Lovell, Maine. He suffered a broken leg, a bruised lung and a head laceration. The driver of the van was distracted by his dog. King was found lying in a depression about 14 feet off the road and appeared to have been thrown by the collision. The van's windshield was broken and the right front corner of the car was crunched in from the impact of striking King. [June 1999]
131 Newspapers reported that he has bought the van that hit him on June; he plans to hammer it to pieces on the anniversary of the accident. [September 1999]

#Quote
1 Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us - and sometimes they win.
2 Why can't a story just be a story?
3 If you are not careful and diligent about defending the right of your children to read, there won't be much left, especially at the junior-high level where kids really begin to develop a lively life of the mind, but books about heroic boys who come off the bench to hit home runs in the bottom of the ninth and shy girls with good personalities who finally get that big prom date with the boy of their dreams. Is this what you want for your kids, keeping in mind that controversy and surprise -- sometimes even shock -- are often the whetstone on which young minds are sharpened?
4 [on why he became a writer] The answer to that is fairly simple - there was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to write stories. That's why I do it. I really can't imagine doing anything else and I can't imagine not doing what I do.
5 I'm writing but I'm writing at a much slower pace than previously and I think that if I come up with something really, really good, I would be perfectly willing to publish it because that still feels like the final act of the creative process, publishing it so people can read it and you can get feedback and people can talk about it with each other and with you, the writer, but the force of my invention has slowed down a lot over the years and that's as it should be. I'm not a kid of 25 anymore and I'm not a young middle-aged man of 35 anymore-I have grandchildren and I have a lot of things to do besides writing and that in and of itself is a wonderful thing but writing is still a big, important part of my life and of everyday.
6 I get my ideas from everywhere. But what all of my ideas boil down to is seeing maybe one thing, but in a lot of cases it's seeing two things and having them come together in some new and interesting way, and then adding the question 'What if?' 'What if' is always the key question.
7 Any one who thought high school was the best time of their life is totally fucked up.
8 I believe everyone is mentally ill. All people angrily screw up their faces like children or talk to themselves when they think nobody's looking.
9 I can't think of any books right now that would be comparable to The Exorcist (1973).
10 Once you get to a certain age you've got to try expanding your field. You've got to try new things, and if you don't you tend to get conservative. I always say you dig yourself a rut and then you furnish it.
11 Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it's work... Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.
12 [Neil] Gaiman is simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we're lucky to have him.
13 When asked why am I so prolific, I say it's because I'm not dead or divorced.
14 [about On Writing] Its like the town whore trying to teach women how to behave.
15 [about retiring] You know how when you're on the turnpike on a hot day, and you always seem to see water at the horizon? That's my year off, right there! Whenever I get there, its always a little further along.
16 [why he likes having peripheral vision] The part I want to keep, as a man and as a writer, is what I see out of the corners.
17 [on his fear of flying] The flight you have to be afraid of is the flight where there's nobody on who's afraid of flying.
18 I have a permanent address in the people's republic of paranoia.
19 I'm afraid of everything.
20 The worst advice I've ever received is don't listen to the critics. I think you should, because sometimes they're telling you something is broken that you can fix. None of us like critics, but if they're saying something's a piece of shit, they're right.
21 My writing is more effective now I'm sober, and I feel more creative. I went through a period where I felt a bit flat, like a cup of Seltzer water where all the bubbles have departed. But now I feel like myself again, only with wrinkles.
22 Charity begins at home.
23 The day that I deny my identity, the day I'm not who I say I am, is the day I quit the business forever. Close up shop, turn off the word processor, and never write another word. Because if the price of what you do is a loss of your identity, its time to stop.
24 The appeal of horror has always been consistent. People like to slow down and look at the accident. That's the bottom line.
25 I'm never sure why people are interested in my life when there are more interesting people in the world.
26 There's always a market for shit. Just look at Jeffrey Archer. He writes like old people fuck.
27 Give away a dime for every dollar you make, because if you don't, the government's gonna take it.
28 Good work gets better when its read aloud, and bad work is mercilessly exposed. Its like shining a strong light on facial structure. Even good makeup won't hide bad writing.
29 I'm the hood ornament of the Remainders.
30 My brains used to work better. I wrote something last week and I looked at it the other day and thought it familiar, so I went back 100 pages and found I had duplicated myself. Paging Dr Alzheimer.
31 I have nightmares when I'm not working. What doesn't come out on the page just comes out some other way.
32 All those addictive substances are part of the bad side of what we do. Writing is an addiction for me. Even when its not going well, if I don't do it, the fact that I'm not doing it nags at me.
33 [on his fear of the number 13] The number 13 never fails to trace that old icy finger up and down my spine. When I'm writing, I'll never stop work if the page number is 13 or a multiple of 13; I'll just keep on typing till I get to a safe number. I always take the last two steps on my back stairs as one, making 13 into 12. There were after all 13 steps on the English gallows up until 1900 or so. When I'm reading, I won't stop on page 94, 193, or 382, since the sums of these numbers add up to 13.
34 [his religious beliefs] I've always believed in God. I also think that the capacity to believe is the sort of thing that either comes as part of your equipment, or at some point in your life when you're in a position where you actually need help from a power greater than yourself. You simply make an agreement to believe in God because it will make your life easier and richer to believe than not to believe. So I choose to believe.
35 [writing outside the horror genre] Writing on a non-supernatural level is like learning to talk after you've had a stroke.
36 People ask me when are you going to write something serious, but that's a question that hurts. That's like walking up to a Black man and asking how it feels to be a nigger.
37 You should do sex, never write about it.
38 [on his past career as a teacher] Teaching school is like having jumper cables hooked to your ears, draining all the juice out of you.
39 I'm the Big Mac of authors.
40 One of the reasons that I live in Bangor is because if somebody wants to get to me, they have to be really dedicated.
41 As a kid, I didn't talk much, I wrote. I'm not used to externalizing my thoughts other than on paper, which is typical of writers.
42 Book tours are like a pillow fight with all the pillows treated with low-grade poison gas.
43 Writing is the only thing I'm good at. I could never do another job.
44 [on cocaine] One snort, and it owned me body and soul.
45 [his novel, The Stand] My "Lord of the Rings" of the American landscape.
46 A short story is like a stick of dynamite with a tiny fuse; you light and that's the end.
47 You have to be a little nuts to be a writer because you have to imagine world's that aren't there.
48 Never write a book whose manuscript is bigger than your own head.
49 Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
50 Having kids allows you to finish off your own childhood, but from a more mature perspective.
51 [why he disliked Jack Nicholson in The Shining] Jack Torrance as written was someone who was a nice guy that then went over the edge, not someone who flew the cuckoo's nest from the outset. There was no moral struggle at all.
52 I was addicted for most of the 80s. Its not a terribly long time to be an addict, but it lasted longer than WW2.
53 Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength, and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is how important it is to have a boyfriend.
54 (About seeing Carrie (1976) for the first time) In the row in front of us there were two huge African-American men. Two-hundred and fifty pounders at least. They're screaming like children. They're grabbing each other around the neck and one of them says to the other one, "That's it, that's it. She ain't never gonna be right". And I looked at my wife and I said this movie's gonna be huge.
55 I'm in the supermarket one day with my cart, and there's this woman, about 95. She says, 'I know who you are. You write those stories, those awful horror stories . . . I don't like that. I like uplifting movies like that 'Shawshank Redemption'. So I said, 'I wrote that.' And she said, 'No, you didn't.' And that was it. Talk about surreal. I went to myself, for a minute, 'It's not very much like my other stuff. Maybe I didn't write it!'
56 You can still reconcile the idea that things are not necessarily going to go well without falling back on platitudes like "God has a plan" and "This is for the greater good."
57 When Robert Bloch died, the only thing that anybody really remembered about him was that he wrote Psycho (1960), which became the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie. And whenever I'm introduced, I'm the guy that wrote "The Stand". When my name comes up in the blogs these days, it's usually in relation to H1N1: "He was the guy who thought about the flu!"
58 I didn't believe there was justification for going into the war in Iraq. And it just seemed at the time, that in the wake of 9/11, the [George W. Bush] Administration was like this angry kid walking down the street who couldn't find whoever sucker-punched him, and so turned around and punched the first likely suspect. Sometimes the sublimely wrong people can be in power at a time when you really need the right people.
59 [on the death of Michael Jackson] Strange man. Lost man. And not unique in his passing. Like James Dean, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger, and a dozen others we could name, he just left the building far too soon. Because, man oh man, that guy could dance.
60 I know a few writers who claim not to read reviews, and I actually believe one of these individuals. I am the opposite: I anticipate bad reviews and brood over them when they come. But then I just kill a few children and old ladies and I'm right as a trivet again.
61 [from his acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, 2003] I salute the National Book Foundation Board, who took a huge risk in giving this award to a man many people see as a rich hack.
62 [on film adaptations of his work] I don't feel any urge to control after I sign a piece of paper. I say, "See you later. You have what you need and I have what I want. As long as the check doesn't bounce, you and I are quits."
63 [on directing Maximum Overdrive (1986)] I didn't get the job because I went to film school. I got the job because I'm Stephen King. If you become famous enough, they'll let you hang yourself in Times Square with live TV coverage.
64 Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit but taste completely different.
65 I've had a deal for years with Castle Rock Entertainment that goes back to Stand by Me (1986). I have told them that you can have my work for a buck. What I want from you is script approval, director approval, cast approval, and I want to have the authority to push the stop button at any point regardless of how much money you [the production company] have invested, because none of the money you have put in has gone into my pocket. What I get on the back end, if things work out, is 5% from dollar one.
66 Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
67 If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.
68 I know writers who claim not to read their notices, or not to be hurt by the bad ones if they do, and I actually believe two of these individuals. I'm one of the other kind - I obsess over the possibility of bad reviews and brood over them when they come. But they don't get me down for long; I just kill a few children and old ladies, and then I'm right as a trivet again.
69 I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that I'll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it.
70 Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.
71 If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
72 Rob Reiner, who made Stand by Me (1986), is one of the bravest, smartest filmmakers I have ever met, and I'm proud of my association with him. I am also mused to note that the company Mr. Reiner formed following the success of "Stand By Me" is Castle Rock Productions . . . a name with which many of my longtime readers will be familiar.
73 [on playing the role of Jordy Verrill in Creepshow (1982)] If I had written it for myself, I would have put in at least one sex scene!
74 [asked why he hasn't personally directed more movies] Just watch Maximum Overdrive (1986).
75 People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
76 For every six crappy poems you read, you'll actually find one or two good ones. And that, believe me, is a very acceptable ratio of trash to treasure.
77 I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.
78 I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.
79 When asked, "How do you write?", I invariably answer, "One word at a time".
80 Each life makes its own imitation of immortality.
81 I'm a salami writer. I try to write good salami, but salami is salami.
82 I've killed enough of the world's trees.

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1 Common theme is characters being isolated or trapped from the outside world.
2 Stories about small town communities facing a supernatural force.
3 Often depicts small-town life, particularly in the fictional Castle Rock, as having a dark and dangerous underside to it.
4 Many of his earlier works gave life to inanimate objects, turning them into homicidal monsters.
5 Children in his books often are killed such as Tad in "Cujo", Gage in "Pet Sematary", Ray Brauer in "The Body")
6 Uses single words or phrases as foreshadowing ("Redrum" in The Shining)
7 Indian burial grounds
8 Supernatural events happening to everyday people
9 Horror and fantasy themes
10 Makes references to his previous novels in his books
11 Almost always has a cameo in the movies or mini-series based on his novels
12 Most of his lead male characters are writers
13 Usually sets stories in Maine, particularly (until "Needful Things") in the small town of Castle Rock, which he created.
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