Stephen Edwin Pollock (King) was born on September 21,1941 in Portland, Maine to Nellie Ruth and Donald King. Stephen King’s father left his family when he was only two2. When Stephen was growing up, he lived with his mom and brother, David. Stephen and his family moved around alot when he was younger. They moved from Portland to De Pere, Wisconsin then to Fort Wayne, Indiana and Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen King was eleven11, he and his family moved back to Maine. His mother helped her parents until their deaths. Stephen King is an author of horror, supernatural, fiction, suspense, sci-fi, and fantasy genres. King published his first book, Carrie, in 1974. When he started publishing books, authors were only allowed to publish one book a year so he used a pen name, Richard Bushman, so he could publish another book that year. The next year he published his book Salem’s Lot. More than 350 million copies of Stephen King’s books have been sold. He has written around 200 stories. Many of which are just short stories. He has written and published fifty-four54 novels, including It (1986), Pet CSematary (1983), The Stand (1978) and Insomnia (1994). Stephen King got married to Tabitha Spruce on January 2, 1971. They had their first daughter, Naomi King on June 1, 1970. They had their second child, Joseph King, on June 4, 1972. They had their third and final child, Owen King, on February 21, 1977. After they had Owen they lived Bangor, Maine for all of Owen’s life. Stephen King and Tabitha King still live in Bangor, Maine. When Stephen King was about twelve12 years old, he was out playing with his best friend on some railroad tracks. While they were playing a train came by and hit Stephen’s bestfriend, killing him. The weird part of this is, Stephen has no recollection of that ever happening. In fact, he stated that he didn’t even know his best friend was dead until he saw his picture in the obituary. Many commentators suggested that this event is the inspiration for many of King’s darker stories. There has been much controversy over Stephen KIng’s books. Saying they’re “to deep” or “too scary”. But, Stephen King has many fans. His books are very popular, each book getting up to four4 million copies sold. His book Carrie got around 30,000 copies sold in the first year of its publication. Stephen King’s stories are just as controversial as they are loved by many people.