King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second
of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first
professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery
In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school
English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school
in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends,
he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.
In the spring of 1973,
his novel Carrie was accepted for publication, providing him
the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since
published over 40 books and has become one of the world's
most successful writers.
Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They
are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries
and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.