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Stephen King is one of the worlds best horror fiction writers sice Edgar Allan PoeHe is the author of more than thirty worldwide best-sellersThis is the story of his life and what he wrote Stephen Edwin King was born in PortlandMaine in 1947He is the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury KingAfter his parents seperated when Stephen was a toddlerhe and his brotherDavidwere raised by his motherParts of his childhood were spent in Fort WayneIndianawhere his fathers family was at the timeand in StratfordConneticutStephen and his brother paid frequent visits to members of his mothers family in MaldenMassachusettand PownalMaineWhen Stephen was elevenhis mother brought her children back to DurhamMainefor goodStephen attended the grammar school in Durham and then Lisbon Falls High schoolgraduating in 1966From his sophmore year at the University of Maine at Oronohe wrote a weekly column for the school newspaperThe Maine CampusHe was also active in student politicsserving as a member of the student senateHe graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970with a BS in English and qualified to teach on the High school levelHe and Tabitha Spruce married in January of 1971He met Tabitha in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University of Maine at Oronowhere they both worked as studentsAs Stephen was unable to find Placement as a teacher immediatlythe kings lived on his earnings as a laborer on an industrial laundryand her student loan and savingswith an occasional boost from a short story sale to mens magazinesStephen made his first short story sale to a mass market mens magazine shortly after his graduation from the UniversityThroughout the early years of his marriagehe continued to sell stories to mens magazinesMany of these were later gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologiesIn the fall of 1971Stephen began teaching High school English classes at Hampden academythe public High school in HampdenMaineWriting in the evenings and on the weekendshe continued to produce short
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