By now, everyone knows the name of Stephen King. Usually, people imagine a spooky dude who creeps people out. Whether or not that’s true is up for debate, but he is a prolific author who has written so many books, they could probably reach your ceiling if stacked one on top of the other, and that’s not just because The Stand, IT, and The Dark Tower are massive tomes. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Hollywood mined his books for adaptable material. Because of that, more people have probably seen his movies than read his books. Today, there’s been a bit of a resurgence with his adaptations. With The Dark Tower, IT, Gerald’s Game, and his most recent work, Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King is putting out movies almost as fast as his books. So, who is he, really? Here are 25 Interesting Facts About Stephen King You Probably Didn’t Know.
He and his wife, Tabitha King, own a few radio stations.
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.
He's a huge Boston Red Sox fan.
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.
He threw the first draft of "Carrie" into the trash.
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.
He's written under two pen names: Richard Bachman and John Swithen.
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.
He likes to make cameos in his movie adaptations.
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.
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