American horror and suspense writer, Stephen King, was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, after which he unsuccessfully tried to become a teacher. King worked odd jobs to support his passion for writing, until his fourth novel Carrie was published and became immensely successful. So much so, that it warranted a film adaptation in 1976 starring Sissy Spacek.
Stephen King has published 50 novels which have sold over 350 million copies around the world. Many of his horror and science fiction works have been adapted for film, television, and comic books including: The Shining, Cujo, and It. One of the most successful horror writers of all time, Stephen King has collected many awards over the years such as Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, O. Henry Awards and more.
Happy Birthday Stephen King!