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Stephen King is a New York Times-bestselling novelist who made his name in the horror and fantasy genres. Much of his work has been adapted into films.
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While vacationing in snowbound Colorado, King and his wife stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, and found inspiration for the fictional Overlook Hotel and the trapped family in "The Shining."
At his new home in Maine, Stephen King discovered that living close to the road can be dangerous for family pets. The discovery was the basis for the novel "Pet Semetery."
While attending college in Maine, Stephen King protested the war in Vietnam and had his first work published in a mystery magazine.
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For much his career, King wrote novels and stories at a breakneck speed. He published several books per year for much of the 1980s and '90s. As with his earlier works,
his compelling and thrilling tales continued to be used as the basis of numerous feature and television films. Actress Kathy Bates and actor James Caan starred in the critically and commercially successful adaptation of Misery in 1990. Four years later, The Shawshank Redemption, based on one of his stories, became another smash hit.
King continued to produce fascinating works. He has worked in television, writing for The Dead Zone series (based on his own novel) and for Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital series, amongst other projects. King has remained one of the most popular writers with his later work. In 2011, he published 11/22/63, a novel involving time travel as part of an effort to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. King also wrote the novel Joyland (2013), a pulp-fiction style thriller that takes readers on a journey to uncovering who's behind an unsolved murder. He also surprised audiences by releasing Doctor Sleep, a sequel to his popular sophomore novel The Shining, in 2013. The novel became No. 1 on the New York Times best seller list in October 2013.
King and his novelist wife divide their time between Florida and Maine. They have three children: Naomi Rachel, a reverend; Joseph Hillstrom, who writes under the pen name Joe Hill and is a lauded horror-fiction writer in his own right; and Owen Phillip, whose first collection of stories was published in 2005.
Outside of writing, King is a music fan. He even sometimes plays guitar and sings in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders with fellow literary stars Dave Barry and Amy Tan. The group has performed a number of times over the years to raise money for charity.
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