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Stephen Edwin King is one of todays most popular and best selling writers King combines the elements of psychological thrillers science fiction the paranormal and detective themes into his stories In addition to these themes King sticks to using great and vivid detail that is set in a realistic everyday place Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland Maine on September 21 1947 at the Maine General Hospital Stephen his mother Nellie and his adopted brother David were left to fend for themselves when Stephens father Donald a Merchant Marine captain left one day to go the store to buy a pack of cigarettes and never returned His fathers leaving had a big impact on Kings life In the autobiographical work Danse Macabre Stephen King recalls how his family life was altered After my father took off my mother struggled and then landed on her feet My brother and I didnt see a great deal of her over the next nine years She worked a succession of continuous low paying jobs Stephens first outlooks on life were influenced by his older brother and what he figured out on his own When he was seven years old they moved to Stratford Connecticut Here is where King got his first exposure to horror One evening he listened to the radio adaptation of Ray Bradburys 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 Beaham 16 Stephen Kings 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 Beaham 17 Kings fascination with horror early on continued and was pushed along only a couple
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