Stephen King

Stephen King

He hails from Scottish-Irish ancestry and stands 6’4″. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine and has his teaching license to teach high school level classes.

He and his wife Tabitha live in Maine and Florida, supporting various charitable causes with three children; Naomi Rachel, Joe Hill, and Owen Phillip.

Early Life and Education

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine and attended Durham Elementary and Lisbon Falls High Schools before earning a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Maine at Orono where he participated in both its Dramatic Society and student newspaper activities.

After graduating, he taught at Hampden Academy and met Tabitha Spruce while working in the library at University of Maine; they married shortly thereafter in January 1971. His first professional short story sale (‘The Glass Floor’) appeared in Startling Mystery Stories magazine in 1967; subsequent sales to men’s magazines would eventually form part of Night Shift collection.

Carrie was released for publication in 1974 and Salem’s Lot was published the next year. By 1975 the Kings had relocated to Lakes Region of western Maine where Stephen completed writing The Stand and Dead Zone.

Professional Career

Stephen King launched his professional writing career in 1967 with the sale of a short story to Startling Mystery Stories and has continued to sell stories throughout his marriage and early years, many later collected in Night Shift. In 1973 he started work on Carrie which he finished by 1974 and published through Doubleday; Carrie went on to win the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters award three years later and has also inspired various film adaptations including 1982’s Poltergeist adaptation. Together he and Tabitha live both states actively contributing both locally and nationally through their respective charities.

He and his son Owen reside in Maine and he’s often found attending local sporting events and theatrical productions – most recently appearing as a cameo character in George Romero’s Creepshow!

Personal Life

After graduating from Lisbon Falls High School, King attended the University of Maine in Orono to study to be a teacher. There, he wrote weekly columns for their student newspaper while becoming involved with campus activism against war.

Stephen sold his debut short story (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 and made additional sales to men’s magazines over time. In January 1971 he married Tabitha Spruce; although they experienced financial strain they managed to make ends meet with Stephen’s earnings as a laundry worker, Tabitha’s teaching salary and student loans alongside Stephen’s novels sales.

The Kings have raised three children – Naomi Rachel, Joe Hill and Owen Phillip – and are active contributors to local charities. They split their time between Maine and Florida homes.

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