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Newspapers reported that he has bought the van that hit him on June; he plans to hammer it to pieces on the anniversary of the accident. [September 1999]

King was accidentally hit in the back by a minivan while walking on Route 5 near North Lovell, Maine. He suffered a broken leg, a bruised lung and a head laceration. The driver of the van was distracted by his dog. King was found lying in a depression about 14 feet off the road and appeared to have been thrown by the collision. The van's windshield was broken and the right front corner of the car was crunched in from the impact of striking King. [June 1999]

Revealed that he is suffering from macular degeneration, a currently incurable condition which will most likely lead to blindness. [May 1999]

Estimated annual salary is $40 million. [May 1999]

HBO paid $1.5 million for the rights to the novel "Rose Madder". [October 1996]

Has never censored his own work. The death of Dr. Jimmy Cody in "Salem's Lot" was cut due to the demands of the editor at Doubleday, which King acquiesced to because his career was still in its infancy.

King published seven novels ("Rage", "The Long Walk", "Roadwork", "The Running Man", "Thinner", "The Regulators" and "Blaze") under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Portions of King's writings from when he was 9 years old appears in the 1993 book, "First Words", edited by Paul Mandelbaum, available from Algonquin books.

Supposedly created his pseudonym Richard Bachman by reading a novel by Donald E. Westlake, whose pseudonym is Richard Stark, while listening to Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

It is falsely rumored that he will not sign autographs because of superstition. Actually, he doesn't sign them because he hates the idolatry of celebrities (he also will not endorse an official fan club for the same reason). He will sign autographs now only at book signings, according to his official website. Another rumor (perhaps started by King) claims that, if sent a book to sign, he will burn it and return the ashes. This is also untrue and was debunked by his official website.

Met his wife Tabitha King while the two were working at the Fogler Library as students at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

Used to work for a dry cleaner before publishing his first novel.

His daughter Naomi wed her 54-year-old lesbian partner Thandeka (who is a theological school teacher) in Nashville, Tennessee. [June 2000]

Bryan Smith, the driver of the van that hit King, dies. King said in a statement, "I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Bryan Smith.The death of a 43-year-old man can only be termed untimely.". [September 2000]

Scored in the 1300s on the SAT.

Children: Naomi Rachel (b. 1970), Joseph Hillstrom (b. June 4, 1972) and Owen Phillip (b. February 21, 1977).

Wrote "The Running Man", a 304-page novel, in only ten days.

Owns three radio stations in Maine (one has been named AP Station of the Year more than once) Online at zoneradio.com

Certified by Guinness Superlatives (the "Book of World Records" group) as having the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author.

In 1992 he and wife Tabitha King gave a donation to build Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Maine. The only condition Stephen had was that the score board would be placed such that he could see it from his house while working. In August of 2002 he threw the first pitch at the opening of the Senior League Baseball World Series. The Kings were honored for their generosity with an inscribed stone monument shaped like a home plate.

Contributed a short monologue to two versions of the Blue Öyster Cult song "Astronomy" (from the out-of-print "Imaginos" album) on a promotional CD single.

His short story "The Man in the Black Suit" won an O. Henry Award for Best Short Story in 1996.

Underwent surgery to remove scar tissue and fluid from his lungs from a bout of pneumonia. [November 2003]

Once said that his favorite personal horror movie was Tourist Trap (1979), and his favorite film is Of Unknown Origin (1983).

Dogs are often described as monsters or -- the opposite -- victims in his books and films (like Cujo (1983) or Pet Sematary (1989)).

He is an avid Red Sox fan. Before the Sox won the 2004 World Series, he said he wanted his tombstone epitaph to be a single sock and the line "Not In My Lifetime, Not In Yours, Either."

He is the most successful American writer in history.

Often listens to hard rock music during the time he writes to get inspired. He also plays in a rock band himself.

A recovering alcoholic, King noted in his book "On Writing" that he was drunk virtually the whole time of writing the book "Cujo" and to this day barely remembers writing any of it.

In the 1980s he was battling a cocaine addiction. At one time his wife organized a group of family and friends and confronted him. She dumped onto the floor his trashcan, which included beer cans, cigarette butts, cough and cold medicines and various drug paraphernalia. Her message to him was: "Get help or get out. We love you, but we don't want to witness your suicide." He got help and was able to become clean and sober.

Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 134, pages 256-271. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

Is good friends with horror director George A. Romero.

He belongs to an all-writer rock band called The Rock Bottom Remainders with other such writers as Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Roy Blount Jr., and James Luca McBride. Their motto is, according to Barry, "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels".

A huge fan of Ramones, King penned the liner notes to the 2002 Ramones tribute album, "We're A Happy Family.".

Writes reviews of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series for Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Is an avid AC/DC fan.

The fictional town of Castle Rock is located in Maine. Stand by Me (1986), accidentally set it in Oregon. This is because the original story, "The Body," only mentions that Castle Rock is near Portland, without identifying which state. It is only identified as being in Maine in his other stories. The only clues in "The Body" that it takes place in Maine is the fact that the local radio stations begin with W, which, with only a few exceptions, applies only to stations east of the Mississippi River.

Many of his stories take place in or near the fictional small town of Castle Rock, Maine. The first film to be based on a Castle Rock story was The Dead Zone (1983). Director Rob Reiner subsequently named his production company Castle Rock Entertainment.

In 1988 he was offered the chance to write and direct A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989).

Was such a fan of the film 28 Days Later... (2002) that he bought out an entire showing of the film in New York City.

Son Joseph Hillstrom King is also a novelist. He spent the past several years writing under the pen name Joe Hill, the name of a labor leader who is also his namesake.

Fan of B-Movie Scream Queen Linnea Quigley.

Cites Sir William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies as a major influence on him. One of the chapters in that book was "Castle Rock," which later became the name of a fictional town in several of King's stories.

Worked as an English teacher before becoming a professional writer. Many of his characters are also teachers.

In his book "On Writing", he states that as punishment for making fun of Ellen Margitan, the vice principal of Lisbon High, he is sent to the offices of the Lisbon Enterprise to work with the editor, John Gould which he states is not "the" John Gould. In fact, it was "the" John Gould, famous Maine humorist and it was John Gould that helped King develop into a writer that people wanted to read.

He's a huge fan of the hit ABC TV show Lost (2004), which often makes references to his works. He even trusted J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof to adapt the "Dark Tower" series into a film series.

After watching the first cut of Rob Reiner 's Stand by Me (1986), he was said to be crying and stated it was the closest adaptation to one of his novels he'd ever seen.

A fan of J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter novels.

Controversially, King once wrote a complimentary "Blurb" for the back cover of L. Ron Hubbard's book "Fear".

When it was discovered in 1985 that he and Richard Bachman were one and the same, he retired the use of that name. He resurrected Bachman about a decade later, using the name as the author of The Regulators, a companion piece to his own novel Desperation. Since then, he has issued other new novels using the name Bachman, with the dust jackets jokingly claiming the books to have been a posthumous discovery by Bachman's widow. Bachman is said to have died in 1985 from "Cancer of the Pseudonym".

Adaptations of his work have featured two generations of Sheens and Sutherlands. Kiefer Sutherland appeared in Stand by Me (1986), while Donald Sutherland appeared in Salem's Lot (2004). Martin Sheen and Ramon Estevez both appeared in The Dead Zone (1983) and Emilio Estevez appeared in Maximum Overdrive (1986).

Will allow aspiring film-makers to purchase the film rights to any of his short stories (and only short-stories, not novels) for a dollar. The resulting films are sent directly to him and, if he enjoys them, placed on a shelf marked "Dollar-Babies.".

His novels are frequently adapted to the screen by Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, and Rob Reiner.

In 2009 he fulfilled a lifetime ambition, expressed in Salem's Lot, of being interviewed in Playboy Magazine. The Magazine also published a poem by King, entitled "The Bone Church", which featured the immortal line "And balls to your grinning face!".

His characters frequently meet other characters from other Stephen King books. In Tommyknockers, for example, poet Jim Gardner encounters Jack, from The Talisman, on a beach.

The description of the character Ben Mears, in Salem's Lot, is taken from King himself.

As a little boy he had a recurring nightmare in which he entered a room and saw a suicide victim hanging from the ceiling. He later incorporated this scene into an early book, Salem's Lot.

Several actors have made multiple appearances in television and film adaptations of King's work. Ed Harris was in Needful Things (1993) as well as The Stand (1994) and a segment of Creepshow (1982). His wife, Amy Madigan, appeared in The Dark Half (1993), which also featured his Needful Things character. John Cusack made a brief appearance in Stand by Me (1986) and later starred in 1408 (2007). Kathy Bates starred in Misery (1990) and Dolores Claiborne (1995) and later had a cameo in The Stand (1994). Gary Sinise starred in The Stand (1994) and had a cameo in The Green Mile (1999). David Morse played Brutal in The Green Mile (1999) and also played Adult Bobby Garfield in Hearts in Atlantis (2001) as well Capt. Brian Engle in The Langoliers (1995). Rob Lowe had major roles in both The Stand (1994) and TBS' of Salem's Lot (2004). Timothy Hutton starred in The Dark Half (1993) and also in Secret Window (2004). Thomas Jane starred in The Mist (2007) and Dreamcatcher (2007) alongside Morgan Freeman, who was also in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Both Jeffrey DeMunn and William Sadler were in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007). Harry Dean Stanton appears in Christine (1983) and has a cameo in The Green Mile (1999). J.T. Walsh has a cameo in Misery (1990) and appears in Needful Things (1993). James Cromwell appeared in The Green Mile (1999) and 'Salem's Lot (2004)(TV)' the previous version of which featured his wife, Julie Cobb. Miguel Ferrer appeared in The Stand (1994), 'The Shining (1997)(TV)', and 'The Night Flier (1997)(TV)'.

Famously disliked Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), which was adapted from his novel of the same name. King was opposed to the casting of Jack Nicholson who, in his opinion, did not accurately portray the gradual descent into madness that the book had described. He also lamented that many story elements, some of them autobiographical and important to King, had not been included, such as alcoholism and his father issue. King therefore produced a mini series of The Shining (1997) that follows his novel more closely, but is generally regarded as inferior to Kubrick's interpretation.

His novel Misery is about a writer with a recurring character in a long series of books, who is in a serious car accident after finishing the last book in the series. King was himself in the middle of an ongoing series; The Dark Tower; when he was hit by a truck in 1999. Surviving that accident is what ultimately prompted him to finish the series. He has recently decided to write one more book in the series, to be entitled The Wind in the Keyhole, due for a 2012 release. In Misery, the writer also decides to continue writing his series after surviving his encounter with an obsessed fan.

In 2011, his fondness for the Harry Potter books came full circle, when it was announced that Potter director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves would be making a new adaptation of his novel The Stand.

His memoir "On Writing" has been praised by Roger Ebert as the most useful and insightful book about writing since The Elements of Style.

A rumor circulated for years that he did not want to complete his novel "Pet Sematary" as it frightened him to do any writing for it. King or Doubleday (the publisher) may have started the story and while not exactly true it is partially based in fact. King fell into a depression while writing it and had no desire to complete it while feeling the strong melancholy.

Suicides have occurred in three of the houses the King family have lived in.

The first author to have three simultaneous titles on the publishers weekly list: Firestarter, The Dead Zone, and The Shining.

In October 1995, King broke his own record by having four books hit the NY Times bestseller list: Skeleton Crew, Thinner, The Talisman, and The Bachman Books.

All three of his children as well as his wife have followed his footsteps into writing.

Writes three drafts for every book.

His favourite way of relaxing is to take a bath while smoking a cigarette, and listen to a Red Sox game on the radio, propped on the sink. He would also drink a beer during the days when he was an alcoholic.

King played guitar (badly) in a high school band. He would often change the lyrics into something gross (but funny) on the spot.

In later years, movie studios and production companies snapped up the film rights for King novels before the books saw print, e.g. Delores Claiborne.

King writes for 3-4 hours a day. He used to write 2000-3000 words a day, now he can only manage 1000.

King once flew on a plane that ran into turbulence. The oxygen mask came out, and his seat was ripped from the floor and he landed on his side, still strapped in. It was a while before he could get on a plane again.

Against abortion because he likens it to abandonment, something his father did to him when he was a child.

Never answers his own phone.

He will never co-author a book with his wife, because he feels that if they ever did, it would lead to divorce court.

In 1993, King played with the Rock Bottom Remainders to sell-out arenas.

King has a deal with Castle Rock; they can have his work for a dollar, but he gets script approval, he approves the director, cast approval, and he can pull the plug anytime, no matter how much money was spent. He gets 5% of every dollar, so in the case of The Green Mile (1999), he made 25 million dollars.

King gets depressed when people say The Stand is his best book because that was written three decades ago and implies he hasn't written anything as good since.

When King was hit by a van in 1999, he was lucky not to have been killed outright. While in recovery, one of his lungs had collapsed, he had four broken ribs, a gash to the head that needed 20 stitches and his spine was chipped in eight places. His right leg almost had to be amputated but doctors managed to save it. The only thing undamaged in the accident were the lenses in King's glasses; he later replaced the frame.

During King's recovery after being knocked down by a van in 1999, he was appalled when he was hooked up to a morphine drip, what with his former past as a drug addict. He didn't become re-addicted by doctors keeping him below the recommended dose. He could feel the craving bubbling to the surface, but this time experience prepared him to recognize the danger signs. By the time he came home, he had lost 40 pounds. None of the nurses cracked any "Misery" jokes but he said he would have appreciated the dark irony. He could only write for up to an hour and a half every day, so he spent the Winter in Florida; the warm weather would aid his recovery. He still needs to walk with a cane though. After accepting a literary award in 2003, he had a relapse and had to spend another month in hospital. He weighed 160 pounds and nearly died. Tabitha took the opportunity to refurbish his office.

The one thing King is reluctant to write is an autobiography. The nearest he's ever come to that is the CV section of his non-fictional book On Writing.

Has a fear of therapists. He had to conquer that fear during the worst stages of his alcoholism and drug addiction.

Has a fear of flying. He once suffered an injury on an airplane when it flew into turbulence, which no doubt exacerbated his fear.

Hates being famous. He's also uncomfortable in large crowds.

Since the publication of Carrie in 1974, his books have never been out of print; a rare feat for an author.

Repeated the first grade because of frequent absences.

On the night King's mother died, his son had a terrible choking fit at home. He's had a fear of choking ever since. His mother's death drove him further into drink.

Because The Shining came from a very personal place, King managed to write the book very quickly. The subject matter hit so close to King that he took time out from it to work on his next novel, The Stand.

King invented the pseudonym Richard Bachman to see if he could market books without the attachment of his more famous name.

King used to listen to rock and roll when drafting a novel; now he doesn't need to.

Not long after 9/11, someone left a package on King's doorstep. The bomb squad were called in and incinerated it. It turns out it was King's novel, It.

King has a library made up of 17,000 books; he's read them all except for any new additions.

A big fan of detective stories.

The first American to win the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association.

When touring with the Rock Bottom Remainders, they needed extra security because of King's presence.

Before he wrote Carrie (his first published novel), King wrote a few practice novels first under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. He called them "trunk novels".

Regularly listens to audiobooks, because he believes no book exists until its done in audio.

King owns two neighboring houses in Bangor. He wanted to build an underground tunnel with a trolley you could ride between them. When asked why, he replied, "because I can".

Read many stories about people being buried alive.

He'd like to direct a film now that he's totally sober.

Would like to write a novel about the thing that scares him the most, spiders.

Hit the No 1 bestseller list 36 times, and is still disappointed when he doesn't.

King suffers from insomnia and later wrote a book about it.

Does some of his book tours on motorbike.

The one question King hates to be asked more than any other by the fans is "Where do you get your ideas?".

By 1987, the King family lived in a 24-room restored Victorian mansion.

King is critical of people who write about Maine and didn't grow up there.

Bryan Smith, the van driver who hit King in 1999, had a history of driving offenses and his license had been suspended three times by the time of the accident. He was indicted for aggravated assault and driving to endanger. He later died of a drug overdose.

Has a fear of the number 13, which is called triskaidekaphobia.

Prefers to be called Steve.

Had the idea for the Dark Tower series before he was an established author.

Suffers from high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums. These spared him from being drafted into Vietnam.

King's first novel Getting It On was sent to an editor and then sent back for revisions four times. In the end it was still rejected, but it taught him much about the editing process. His second attempt The Long Walk failed as well. It wasn't until his third novel, Carrie, that he finally got a book published.

People will often camp outside King's house to get a view of the great author. A man named Erik Keene broke in April 20, 1991 at 6:00am. He threatened Tabitha with a bomb, claiming King stole the idea for Misery from Keene's aunt. She ran to a neighbour and called the police. They found Keene in the attic and the bomb was a dud. He was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in jail before he was extradited to Texas for a parole violation. The King's increased security by extending a wrought-iron fence around the yard gates with access codes as well as CCTV.

King is down to three cigarettes a day. He's kicked alcohol, cocaine, painkillers, but he's still addicted to work and goes into similar withdrawal when he's not working.

A huge fan of author Neil Gaiman.

Is an avid comic book fan.

Has named J.K. Rowling as his favourite author.

Has declared that this will be his last year of writing novels. His books will be published for the next few years, but he has vowed to quit the job in numerous publications on numerous occasions. [2002]

Teaches a course as part of the Writers in Paradise Winter Term at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. [January 2006]

Has denied rumors of retirement saying that "The Dark Tower" series made him want to retire but he loves writing and cannot retire. Is preparing to release a new novel "The Colorado Kid" in October 2005. [March 2005]

Writing a column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly magazine called "The Pop of King". [July 2003]

Father of Joe Hill.

Father of Owen King.

Fellow author Neil Gaiman is a big fan of King.

The recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters.

In his novel Doctor Sleep, he uses the line "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world"; Rebecca De Mornay was the star of the movie of the same name and played Wendy Torrance in the miniseries version of King's The Shining (1997).

King writes his fear of flying into some of his stories, Eg The Langoliers.

Owns a Winter home in Florida.

Grew up in Portland, Maine.

King mentions The Simpsons (1989) in Doctor Sleep. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) did a parody of The Shining (1980).

When writing Doctor Sleep, King had to be reminded of things from The Shining he'd forgotten.

King novels are criticized for having a lot of swearing. This is commented on ironically by King himself in Misery and The Tommyknockers.

King has never understood why people find The Shining (1980) so scary.

King wrote the dedication to Doctor Sleep in Bangor, Maine where he lives.

King has written very few sequels in his career.

When King wrote The Shining, the lead character was struggling with alcoholism just as King was at the time. But King didn't know about AA so Jack Torrance didn't go, but when King wrote the book as a miniseries, he did go.

Claimed that he realized he was an alcoholic when he began to save bottles for recycling. The piles of empty bottles made clear how much he drank regularly.

His ancestry includes English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish and Welsh.

One of the only times he has scared himself with his own writing is when Patrick Hockstetter of "It" gets trapped in a refrigerator with leeches.

He has has said that Lisey's Story is his favorite of his own novels.

Has the distinct privilege of being blocked by President Donald Trump on his Twitter account [2017].

Started writing Misery in a London Hotel, using a desk that used to belong to Rudyard Kipling, at which Rudyard Kipling died.

One compiler noted that Stephen King had saved news stories about "Walk Ins"(Suggesting some writers may experience Involuntary "Channeled" Writing).

Preston Max Allen and his musical, "Carrie 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Parody)," at the Underscore Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, was nominated for a 2018 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for New Musical.