Widely regarded as one of the most famous and successful horror writers as well as a New York Times-bestselling novelist of all time, Stephen King (also known as pen name Richard Bachman) is noted for his excellence in contemporary horror, fantasy and science fiction. His books have sold over 350 million copies worldwide, many of which have been adapted into numerous successful films. Throughout his career of writing, he has also received awards and prizes for his contribution to literature, among which the most notable is the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, awarded in 2003 in addition to the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004) and the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007).
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, U.S to his father Donald Edwin King and his wife Nellie Ruth. His first story was published in Startling Mystery Stories while he was in college. He once took a job in a laundry, worked as an English teacher at Hampden Academy. Stephen King caught his first big break through his first novel Carrie which became a huge success, followed by popular ones including Salem's Lot (1975), The Shining (1976), Firestarter (1980), Cujo (1981), etc.
King now has a happy family with his novelist wife Tabitha with 3 children Naomi Rachel, Joseph Hillstrom and Owen Phillip together with four grandchildren.