Stephen was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Working at nights and on weekends, he continued to write short stories, as well as novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co. accepted the novel Carrie for publication; its sale to paperback provided him with the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He subsequently went on to become one of the world’s most successful authors whose works include well over 50 novels, hundreds of short stories, nonfiction and essays, as well as screenplays. Over 100 of his works have been adapted for film, television, theater and opera. He also plays guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band whose members include a number of distinguished fellow authors. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.