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Five fun facts about Stephen King

Updated on August 18, 2013

Yep, okay, I hold my hands up, I am a Stephen King fan.

It all started when, way back in 1988, someone loaned me a copy of Pet Sematary. I was always a bit of a horror fan - Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, basically anything with vampires, foggy cemeteries and creepy Gothic castles - but this book had me hooked. After I'd finished it, I read everything he'd written like a person starving for horror. Which I guess I was.

After this, I was mad for anything horror related. Edgar Allan Poe. Bram Stoker. Clive Barker. H.P. Lovecraft (hm, not so much, mainly because he could not write dialogue to save himself), Dean Koontz.

Back to Stephen King. My favourite KIng novel? Salem's Lot. No, wait, IT. No, wait, The Tommyknockers. No, wait, Bag of Bones. Okay, I give up.

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So what kind of stories does Stephen King write?

Not just horror, but he does specialise in it.

Salem's Lot has vampires (OMG!!!! I love fangers!). IT has a murderous clown (OMG!!!! Aren't all clowns murderous?) The Tommyknockers has aliens (I'm open to that). Bag of Bones has - actually I'm not going to give that one away.

Then there's the apocalypse (The Stand). And the apocalypse (Cell). And the killer car (Christine). What about a haunted hotel (The Shining)?

What about a whole bunch of short horror stories (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Four Past Midnight, or Nightshift)?

Perhaps a special place to bury your dead pet: "Sometimes they come back." Speaking of pets, let's not forget Cujo.

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.

— Stephen King

Here we go with our Stephen King facts!

1. Once, when asked what inspired him to write horror, Stephen King said, 'I have the heart of a small boy. And I keep it in a jar on my desk'.

2. The novelist Joe Hill is Stephen KIng's elder son. His younger son, Owen, is also a novelist.

3. Stephen King is a fanatical Boston Red Sox fan. "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" features retired Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon as the main character's imaginary companion.

4. Many of Stephen King's stories are set in the fictional towns of Castle Rock and Derry. There's a clown to watch out for in Derry. There's lots of stuff to watch out for in Castle Rock.

Where's 5? Carry on!

Check these out

Some King scaries, some King intrigues, a Joe Hill scary.

The Shining
The Shining

An odd little boy and an even odder dad.

 
Misery
Misery

His biggest fan!

 
Haven: Season 1
Haven: Season 1

This series is based on The Colorado Kid.

 
Haven (2010) - Season 02
Haven (2010) - Season 02

More strange goings-on in the picturesque little town of Haven, Maine.

 
NOS4A2: A Novel
NOS4A2: A Novel

Don't try to spell it in your head, just say it out loud.

 

Stephen King talks about Under the Dome

I read this novel, which is bigger than a house brick, over one weekend.

A little light reading for a dark night when you're home alone

Under the Dome: A Novel
Under the Dome: A Novel

People in this glass house can throw all the stones they like and it won't make a bit of difference.

 
The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition
The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition

Can the human race learn from its mistakes? We don't know.

 
It
It

"He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts". Okaaay!

 

Home sweet home

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This is the home of Stephen King and his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine. They also have homes in Lovell, Maine, and Sarasota, Florida.

This is a beautiful house but check out the gates. They have bats!

Here's fun fact (not fun for Mr King) number 5:

In 1999 Stephen King was walking along the side of the road near his home in Lovell, when he was struck by a minivan.

His injuries kept him in hospital for a month. The bones in his right leg were so seriously shattered that at first amputation was considered, but doctors managed to save it.

He endured five operations in ten days and considerable physical therapy, but was in such physical pain that he could sit for only forty minutes at a time, which made writing difficult. This is when he began On Writing.

While he was incapacitated his wife redesigned his studio, and when he saw the space where all his books and belongings had been he had an image of what his writing space would look like when he died. This inspired the novel Lisey's Story, about the widow of a famous novelist.

Then he tried something new. - That worked too.

If fantasy fiction is your thing, try this on for size.

The Dark Tower Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
The Dark Tower Boxed Set (Books 1-4)

Come and meet the Gunslinger!

 

On writing

If I could have any guests I wanted over for dinner one night, Stephen King would be on the list. The next best thing to having a chat with him is this book. Sit down with it and hear what he has to say.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

This is my favourite book about the writing process. I often dip into it.

 

Let me know what you think

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    • Yvette Munro profile image

      Yvette Munro 

      4 years ago

      I'm not such a big horror fan, but I love something a little different like Haven and Under the Dome. Thanks for a great lens.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I agree, his writing can be patchy and repetitive, and I know his tricks very well. Maybe he's not one of the greatest writers of the century but one of the greatest storytellers. Thanks for commenting.

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      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @sousababy: I've never thought of that before!

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      He's an incredibly talented writer - I just wonder if HE gets nightmares.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I spent some time with horror (reading and writing) too, but Barker (especially Books of Blood) is still my favorite. Maybe I can add my personal recommendation? Look for King's short stories from his earlier years! Reading his novels I can see some routine tricks, sometimes he is a bit predictable and sometimes his novels don't keep the pace up to 100 percent. Maybe this is not fair to say about one of the greatest writers of the century, but if you read few of his short stories, you'll know what I mean.

      Thanks for this lovely presentation. I thought I know all about King, but you managed to find few surprising facts:)

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @lgOlson: Bag of Bones is great. I think I might read it again now.

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      L Olson 

      4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I love his writing. I had not read any of his books in years, then picked up Bag of Bones and have just started reading it..didn't take more than a page to release a big sigh, remembering again how good a writer he is.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @DebMartin: Me too!

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      DebMartin 

      4 years ago

      I love Stephen King!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: You're right, it is!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    • RHKnight profile image

      RHKnight 

      4 years ago

      What a neat lens. I like your style.

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      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      I love his work and this is the perfect time of year to enjoy it.

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      Gloria Freeman 

      4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like his book too, They are a great read.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @smine27: Being scared silly is the point :D I was awake all night after reading Salem's Lot. Fantastic.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @tonyleather: Yes it is. Thanks for commenting.

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      His book - On Writing - is a must-read for any writer!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I've read a few of his books and although they are good, they just scare me silly! I remember I had a hard time turning the pages of Pet Cemetery.

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      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      I'm just not into that type of writing, no matter how successful he is. One of his movies was enough for me.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @KateFeredayEshete: Take heart, you're not alone! My mother hasn't read any :)

      I hope you enjoy 'On Writing'. Thanks for your comments. They're much appreciated.

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 

      4 years ago from Ethiopia

      Am I the only person on the planet who hasn't read a Stephen King novel? Well, it looks as though I'd better get started or I'll be left behind with the dinosaurs. Actually, I have just begun reading 'On Writing'. Thanks for an interesting lens.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      4 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: Thanks! It was fun writing it.

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      FrancesWrites 

      4 years ago

      @tvyps: That's a cool story!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: You're right, the movies don't come close. He's a great storyteller.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      My first book that I read of Stephen King was the hard cover full uncut version of The Stand. What an amazing book to start with, of course I was hooked!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, The Stand is very powerful. When I'd finished it I had to read it again.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I forgot to add, that I found all of his movies although ok, will never even come close to the book version, but then I guess that is true of most. The depth at which he reaches his reader through words on paper is indescribable.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Yes, he was a bit of an ebook pioneer.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I really enjoyed listening to Stephen King as featured here. I remember reading my first Stephen King book. It terrified me. This is not a genre I can handle too well, though I very much appreciate King's talent and success. I also appreciate how he rattled the publishing world by offering one of the very first straight to the readers books (no real middle man in terms of a publishing house). And now it's a revolution.

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      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: They are! That's why I like them!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      his stories are scary!!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @steadytracker lm: I agree, the women are great.

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      I love watching Steven King's movies and trying to spot his cameo appearances in them

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @MBurgess: I was blown away by The Stand and re-read it about a week later. I haven't read it in a while though so now I really want to.

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I loved reading "The Stand" so much I reread it 2 days later and re-read it every few years. All of his books are great collectibles. Thanks for sharing about this odd but wonderful author!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I enjoyed Stephen King when I was a younger reader and used to read every book that he wrote.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @EzLoanLookUp LM: Thanks! Love him!

    • EzLoanLookUp LM profile image

      EzLoanLookUp LM 

      5 years ago

      Great lens on one of my favorite authors!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @tvyps: Ha ha!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Meganhere: "We're all floating down here!"

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @tvyps: Wow! Pretty cool! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I have 2 books that he personally signed for me. He is a very nice man. When I was coming home from Desert Storm, we landed in Bangor Maine. Someone at the airport told me that another soldier, who was a King fan was in the bar and had missed his flight, dooming him to sleep in the airport. Someone in the bar, who knew Stephen and he showed up and took the soldier to his home to sleep the night at his home. Wouldn't that have been fun? Nice lens!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Yes, I like Full Dark No Stars too.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love many of King's books but love On Writing best! Full Dark No Stars is my favorite book of his.

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      NoYouAreNot 

      5 years ago

      (Fun) fact #5 wouldn't be fun for me either -- and I'm referring to the redesigning of the studio during one's absence! ;-)

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      LorLinda 

      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      I am a fan of Steven King. He is a very talented writer, great topic thanks for sharing it.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @sybil watson: Yeah, clowns. Aaagh!

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      Evil clowns scare me more than vampires, ghosts, or zombies! I still shudder when I walk by a sewer grate. This is a fabulous tribute to a great author and it reminds me how much I love horror novels too.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: Here's a bonus fact: the family in the film version of Pet Sematary have a British shorthair just like the one in your lens!

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      FrancesWrites 

      5 years ago

      I like the idea of having Stephen King feature in your dinner guests of choice :) Good call. I knew only one of your facts - that Joe Hill is his son.

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