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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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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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