Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the best known American writers still
pumping out new work. His bone-chilling tales of horror appeal to a wide
audience of followers who buy their reading material at newsstands and
department stores across the country. Due to his popularity, King has
also been the subject of numerous rumors and misconceptions. In an attempt
to clear things up, the ApeSheet presents some surprising facts that may
shock even the most ardent fans.
- King began writing as a young child. He was inspired by Hugh Lofting's
Dr. Doolittle books. Contrary to other reports, the first word he wrote
at the age of four was not "spooky." It was actually "dooky,"
spelled with the "y" instead of the "ie."
- After graduating from college with a degree in English, King was supposed
to go into the military to fight in the Vietnam War. But he was declared
ineligible on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet,
punctured eardrums and general creepiness.
- King met his wife Tabitha in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the
University of Maine at Orono when both reached for the same copy of
The Joy of Sex.
- King wrote several books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Other
pen names that he has used over the years include Dean R. Koontz, V.C.
Andrews and Jackie Collins.
- King's on-line novel The Plant was not discontinued due
to a lack of interest. Rather, his AOL server kept crashing when he
attempted to upload new chapters, and neither Verizon's DSL service
nor Time Warner's Roadrunner are available in his area.
- King's first novel Carrie is not based on his date for
the high school prom. King did not have a date.
- His middle name is Edwin.
- King is of Scottish descent and stands over 6-feet tall and
weighs more than 200 pounds. He does not have a thyroid problem.
- Like his character in The Dark Half, King prefers to write
his novels longhand using a #2 pencil and steno pad. He also prefers
boxers to briefs.
- The original version of The Stand is much longer than its first
release. His wife never got past the fourth chapter, but she really
liked the TV mini-series.
- The character of Randall Flagg was not inspired by any political or
religious leader. He was based on the kid who used to take King's