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It's pretty tough to go through life without coming across Stephen King. Even if you haven't read his books, chances are, you've seen one of the movies.
Stephen is the King of Horror and one of the most prolific writers out there. He writes at least two thousand words a day, except on his birthday, the fourth of July, and Christmas. The result? More than fifty books in thirty-five years! And if you think he's all about horror, think again. 'Stand By Me', 'The Green Mile', 'The Shawshank Redemption' - they're all based on Stephen's work, too.
So, how did it all start? Well, as a kid - up in his attic - Stephen found some stories by horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, and he was hooked. He studied English at the University of Maine, and ended up working as a labourer while writing on the side. In 1974, it paid off. 'Carrie' was published. Two years later, Brian De Palma turned it into a movie, and Stephen was on his way. 'The Shining', 'It', 'The Stand', 'Pet Cematary', 'Misery'... The list goes on.
But ten years ago, it almost ended. Stephen was hit by a van, and his recovery was so painful, he said he'd stop writing. But of course, he came back. His latest book is called 'Under the Dome' - and it clocks in at one thousand and seventy-four pages.