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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 King who is mainly known for his novels has broadened his horizons to different types of writings such as movie scripts nonfiction autobiographies childrens books and short stories Kings works are so powerful because he uses his experience and observations from his everyday life gives them his unique twist 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 indirect 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 While young Stephen King and his family moved around the North Eastern and Central United States 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
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