subject = Literature
title = Stephen King
papers = Stephen Edwin

King is one of today’s most popular and best selling writers. King
the elements of psychological thrillers, science fiction, the paranormal, and
detective themes into his stories.1 In addition to these themes, King
sticks to using great
and vivid detail that is set in a realistic everyday
place.2 Stephen King who is mainly
known for his novels, has broadened
his horizons to different types of writings such as
movie scripts, nonfiction,
autobiographies, children’s books, and short stories. While

Stephen King
might be best known for his novels The Stand and It, some of his best work
that has been published are his short stories such as "The Body" and "Quitters


King’s works are so powerful because he uses his experience and
observations from his
everyday life and places them into his unique stories.

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21,

1947, at the

Maine General Hospital.4 Stephen, his mother Nellie, and
his adopted brother David were
left to fend for themselves when Stephen’s
father Donald, a Merchant Marine captain, left
one day, to go the store
to buy a pack of cigarettes, and never returned.5 His fathers
had a big indirect impact on King’s life. Stephen King recalls how his family
was altered: "After my father took off, my mother, struggled, and
then landed on her
feet." My brother and I didn’t see a great deal of
her over the next nine years. She
worked a succession of continuous low
paying jobs."6 Stephen’s first outlooks on life
were influenced by his
older brother and what he figured out on his own. While young

and his family moved around the North Eastern and Central United States. When
he was seven years old, they moved to Stratford, Connecticut.7 Here is
where King got
his first exposure to horror. One evening he listened to
the radio adaptation of Ray

Bradbury’s story "Mars Is Heaven!" That night

King recalls he "slept in the doorway,
where the real and rational light
of the bathroom bulb could shine on my face."8 Stephen

King’s exposure
to oral storytelling on the radio had a large impact on his later writings.

King tells his stories in visual terms so that the reader would be able
to "see" what was
happening in their own mind,somewhat in the same fashion
the way it was done on the
radio.9 King’s fascination with horror early
on continued and was pushed along only a
couple weeks after Bradbury’s
story. One day little Stephen was looking through his
mother’s books and
came across one named "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.

Hyde." After
his mother finished reading the book to him, Stephen was hooked. He
asked her to read it again. King recalls "that summer when I was seven, [my
mother] must have read it to me half a dozen times."10 Ironically that
same year, while

Stephen was still seven years old, he went to go see his
first horror movie, The Creature
from the Black Lagoon. This is important
because Stephen says, " Since [the movie], I
still see things cinematically.

I write down everything I see. What I see, it seems like a
movie to me."11

During this year the biggest event that probably had the biggest impact

Stephen King’s writing style was the discovery of the author H. P. Lovecraft.

would later write of Lovecraft, "He struck with the most force, and

I still think, for all his
shortcomings, he is the best writer of horror
fiction that America has yet produced."12 In
many of Lovecraft’s writings
he always used his present surroundings as the back drop of
his stories.

King has followed in his footsteps with the fictional town of Castle Rock,

Maine. Castle Rock is acombination of several towns that King moved to
and from with
his family in his childhood.13 The main town that it resembles
is that of Durham, Maine. It
was after the exposure to H. P. Lovecraft’s
stories that King first began to write.

While growing up and
moving around the way his family did, Stephen had never been
able to feel
comfortable and settle down in one place and make friends they way other kids
his age did. Around the age of twelve the King family finally settled
in the town of

Durham, Maine. For Stephen King, Durham was the place where
his imagination began to
shine. It was at this time that Stephen first
began to make friends. Along with his friends,

Stephen would go the movies
a lot. Stephen would use the movies as a inspiration.

Although he enjoyed
going out and having fun, whenever he would come home, Stephen
would immediately
write down his experiences and observations. Frequently King would
his friends and family into childhood fantasy tales. And one would always
how Stephen felt