Several of Stephen King's books have been adopted into movies including his first novel Carrie other adaptations have included The Body, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and the Green Mile. King’s books are among the best-selling books in the world.
King's father left his family when King as only 2 years of age. Stephen's mother, Ruth Pillsbury King, struggled to make end’s meet as she raised Stephen and his older adopted brother, David. Stephen King began writing at an early age by contributing to his brother’s newspaper "Dave's Rag". At 13, he discovered his dad’s old horror novels and has been hooked on the genre ever since. King received a Bachelor of Science in English and took a job as an English teacher at Hampden Academy. King began his writing career with a novel titled Carrie, after he had thrown it away but his wife Tabitha had convinced him to finish it.
Over the years Stephen King developed into a best selling author producing masterpieces such as The Shining, Night Shift and The Dark Tower series. Stephen King has a unique approach when he begins writing his stories - he doesn’t know how they are going to end. In many of his novels King frequently references previous books, American culture and history. Stephen King sums up his own literary career with the statement that his seven volume "Dark Tower" series serves as the centerpiece to his career.
Many of Stephen King’s fans will notice that the characters in King’s novels become wealthier throughout King’s career. In his early years, the characters started out as minimum job workers, in the 80’s his characters are middle class and now in the 90’s the characters are upper middle class.Stephen has overcome great obstacles in his life. He battled a drinking problem for a decade during the start of his career (Jack Torrence in The Shining is self portrait of himself during this period). After the publication of The Tommyknockers King’s family forced him seek help for his dependency issues. With his family's help he was able to quit all forms of drugs and alcohol. In the summer of 1999 King was hit by a van as he was walking along a roadside. His leg was broken, chipped his spine, split his knee and had broken knees. Stephen incorporated the painful experience of the car accident event into the Dark Tower series. In 1994 he received O. Henry Award for writing "The Man in the Black Suit". In 2001, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by National Book Awards.