Interesting Facts About Stephen King You Probably Didn’t Know

1. He and his wife, Tabitha King, own a few radio stations.

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Stephen King is a big fan of Rock N’Roll. He and his wif own three radio stations in Bangor, Maine. WKIT-FM, a rock station, WZLO-FM, & WZON-AM which is all under “The Zone Corporation” name.

2. He’s a huge Boston Red Sox fan.

red soxSource: http://www.bostonspastime.com/stories/faithful.html

Stephen King is a huge fan of baseball and the Boston Red Sox. He’s such a big fan that he co-wrote a book with Stewart O’Nan, chronicling the 2004 season.

3. He threw the first draft of “Carrie” into the trash.

carrieSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53235/how-stephen-kings-wife-saved-carrie-and-launched-his-career

Before Stephen King was a world-famous author, he was a struggling, and broke, writer merely trying to get published in short story magazines. When he worked on the manuscript for “Carrie,” he threw it in the trash; fortunately for everyone, his wife Tabitha pulled it out, read it, and encouraged him to finish it. It eventually became his first published novel and a huge hit.

4. He’s written under two pen names: Richard Bachman and John Swithen.

BachmanbooksSource: http://stephenking.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Pseudonyms

In order to publish more novels a year, Stephen King started using a pen name. He published seven novels under the name Richard Bachman and one short story under John Swithen. Eventually, his fans started to figure out King was writing under the name Richard Bachman. After that, he stopped using the name.

5. He likes to make cameos in his movie adaptations.

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Many of Stephen King’s works have been adapted to screen, and he’s not shy about appearing in them. He’s made at least 14 cameos in both the television and movie adaptations.

6. The Dark Tower series connects all of Stephen King’s books.

stephen kingSource: http://stephenking.com/darktower/connections/

Stephen King fans know all of his works are somehow connected. While characters from other books appear in some of his others, The Dark Tower series is the saga of books which connect the entire underlying universe together.

7. He’s sold over 350 million copies of his books.

stephen king booksSource: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/meet-the-elite-group-of-authors-who-sell-100-million-books-or-350-million/2016/12/20/db3c6a66-bb0f-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.bea1ee9f3719

Stephen King has been called “The Master of Horror,” and there are hard numbers to back it up. He’s sold 350 million copies of his books.

8. Alice Cooper was going to play Pennywise.

alice cooperSource: http://horrorfreaknews.com/13-facts-probably-didnt-know-pennywise

In the original TV mini-series of “IT,” everyone knows Tim Curry played the evil and malevolent monster “Pennywise.” However, before Curry, Alice Cooper was in the running to play the character.

9. He’s written 48 novels, 84 short stories, and 16 novellas.

stephen king speakingSource: http://stephenking.wikia.com/wiki/Stephen_King%27s_bibliography

Calling Stephen King an avid writer might be understating things. Since his first published novel, he’s written 48 novels, 84 short stories, and 16 novellas. He keeps writing today, publishing at least one book a year.

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In the 1980’s, when he was one of the hottest writers around, Stephen King’s addictions almost killed him. He used drugs and alcohol to escape his troubling past as a child, but eventually, it all caught up with him. His wife Tabitha and his family organized an intervention which was a big wake-up call, but he still struggled to get off the drugs.

11. He has a fear of flying.

flyingSource: http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/the-king-of-horror-who-lives-in-fear-26550788.html

Turns out, “The Master of Horror” has many fears; among them, he’s afraid of flying. He’s also afraid of writer’s block.

12. He tries to write a minimum of 2,000 words a day.

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In order to write all those books, Stephen King makes a goal to write a minimum of 2,000 words a day. At that pace, he could finish a novel in a couple of months, depending on how big it is, of course.1313

13. He and John Mellencamp wrote a musical.

ghost brothersSource: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/theater/ghost-brothers-of-darkland-county-from-stephen-king-and-john-mellencamp.html?mcubz=0

Stephen King doesn’t just write books. He’s collaborated with John Mellencamp to write the musical, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t very well-received.

14. He was inspired to write by H.P. Lovecraft’s “Lurker in the Shadows.”

HP LovecraftSource: https://www.americanheritage.com/content/man-who-can-scare-stephen-king

Stephen King started writing after he read the book Lurker in the Shadows by H.P. Lovecraft. That actually explains a lot.

michael jacksonSource: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/michael-jackson-and-stephen-king-made-a-film-about-ghosts-and-it-tanked-hard

Not many know Michael Jackson and Stephen King teamed up to create a short music video to top Jackson’s “Thriller.” It’s probably because their short film “Ghosts” was so bad, it was instantly forgotten and buried.

 

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