King was born September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine.
His father, Donald Edwin King, was born circa 1913 in Peru, Indiana, and was a merchant seaman.
He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections.
Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.
King compares his uncle's successfully dowsing for water using the bough of an apple branch with the sudden realization of what he wanted to do for a living.
That inspiration occurred while browsing through an attic with his elder brother, when King uncovered a paperback version of an H. Lovecraft collection of short stories he remembers as The Lurker in the Shadows, that had belonged to his father.
When Donald was born, his surname was Pollock, but as an adult, he used the surname King.
When Stephen King was two years old, his father left the family under the pretense of "going to buy a pack of cigarettes", leaving his mother to raise Stephen and his older brother, David, by herself, sometimes under great financial strain.The Fogler Library at the University of Maine now holds many of King's papers.After leaving the university, King earned a certificate to teach high school but, unable to find a teaching post immediately, initially supplemented his laboring wage by selling short stories to men's magazines such as Cavalier.That story was published the following year in a revised form as "In a Half-World of Terror" in another fanzine, Stories of Suspense, edited by Marv Wolfman.From 1966, King studied at the University of Maine, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He wrote a column, Steve King's Garbage Truck, for the student newspaper, The Maine Campus and participated in a writing workshop organized by Burton Hatlen.We bring together tall-dating minded singles from USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Europe and more.