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Stephen King

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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a ne...more


On November 11th, Stephen will embark on a six-city book tour to promote the release of Revival. The tour begins in New York City and continues through Washington DC, Kansas City, Wichita, Austin and South Portland. Further details regarding the itinerary will be posted on September 15th. Be sure to check back then for updated information regarding the events, venues and times.


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message 58: by Michael

Michael Mullen Thank you for your kind friendship acceptance. Your work inspires me endlessly.


message 57: by Aloy

Aloy Stephen King = THE KING


message 56: by Antuan

Antuan Vance Thank you for accepting my request. It made my day. You are my favorite author. You have been an inspiration.


Gayathri Baskaran Thanks for accepting my request. My best birthday gift this year is friendship with my favourite author.


message 54: by Sharon

Sharon Finally able to put an advanced hold on Mr. Mercedes with my library. Cannot wait to read it!


message 53: by Bonnie

Bonnie Domrois Thank you Mr. King for accepting my friend request. I look forward to discussing all things literary with a fellow bibliophile.


message 52: by Heather

Heather Walsh Hi Stephen,

I am honored that you accepted my friend request. I'm reading On Writing for the third time. Hands down my favorite book on writing after Elements of Style (but I think you'll forgive me for putting that one first).

-Heather


message 51: by Jovi

Jovi Hello! :) Thank you for accepting my request. Like the rest of your followers, I, too, am a fan since HS after reading "Needful Things". Getting hooked in your books made me write books for my own pleasure. I did two and, I suspect, will remain unpublished. "One day", I keep telling myself :)

I sometimes muse over the possibility of you working with John Ajvide Lindqvist one day. That may be a long shot, but a girl can dream, right? ;)

Stay safe always! :)


message 50: by Nayeomi

Nayeomi Thank you Stephen King for accepting my friend request. A long time ago, a gangly 14 year old me picked up your book IT and haven't been the same ever since. If i could produce a quarter for all the nightmares your books gave me! But i still keep reading them.

I am very much honored, sir. Looking forward to meeting you someday and shaking your hand. And ask for a book sign of course. Well, duh. :)


message 49: by Demy

Demy Smile Thank you for accepting my friend request, mr. King. I really, REALLY appreciate it. Really big fan of yours :) Just keep writing. You do it shockingly good.


message 48: by Camila

Camila Hey Stephen, thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I really enjoy The Shinning and Pet Sematary so much and hoping to read the rest. i am a big fan.
- Camila from Mexico City ;D


message 47: by Paolo

Paolo Hey Stephen, thank you for accepting my friend request! So happy.
-CR from Mexico City


message 46: by James

James Lawless Thanks for accepting my friend request Stephen. I just finished your book On Writing which I enjoyed; particularly hilarious -- the scene about the the wild feminist lesbian.
Best wishes,
james
www.jameslawless.net


message 45: by C.J.

C.J. Anderson Thank you for all that you do. Carrie is on my reading list next.


message 44: by Gillian

Gillian Thanks for excepting my friends request. I've read and loved loads of your books. The Shining was the first one of your books that I read many years ago, I've been a big fan of horror ever since.

I've read one of your Son's books as well, he is also a very talented author. It must run in your family! :)


message 43: by Karen

Karen Malena Thank you kindly for accepting my friend request! You are a teacher to me, the greatest storyteller, and now, a friend on Goodreads. Karen Malena, Monroeville, PA


Alexandar Tomov Thanks for accepting my friend request Mr. King, I really appreciate!

Best regards: A. Tomov - junior


message 41: by Vanessa

Vanessa Thanks for accepting my friend request.
I´m so happy !
Grettings from Peru ;)


message 40: by Debbie

Debbie Thank you for adding me as a friend! I am so thrilled. I love reading your books.


message 39: by Mike

Mike Marsbergen Thanks for adding me as a friend! You're an absolute inspiration. The way you weave your 'world' and have it all connect-- it changed how I approach my own writing. Thank you, and I hope you continue to write stories for many more years.


ManaChelle Thank you for accepting my friend request! Is it lame that I got really excited to see that I was like # 2 thousand something?!
You're work is Amazing. Top 5 favorite author. I know when one of your books come out I'm not going to be disappointed . Also, I know I probably won't sleep till the book is done..but, it's always worth it :)
Amanda


message 37: by Kitty

Kitty Felone Thank you for accepting my friend request. :) You have always been, and will always be, my idol (no seriously!). I have never found someone to be considered my idol until I first picked up Carrie in school. From then on, you've been my guy.

I've read your book On Writing, and even though I loved the story of Carrie, On Writing has got to be my favorite of them all--purely because of the knowledge you instilled within it. Learning about your background has made me feel more comfortable with mine (we share a very similar history with writing). Everything you've taught, I've taken to heart. My copy looks worse than any textbook I've ever owned because of all the highlighting, marginal notes, and dog ears I've done to it, but it just goes to show how strongly I find your word on the craft.


message 36: by Denise

Denise Thank you for adding me to your friends. I love your writing, especially the way you write about young people growing up. You are the best.


message 35: by Constanza (last edited Apr 09, 2014 02:19PM)

Constanza Thank you for accepting my friend request and for all the wonderful stories you've giving us through the years! greetings from Chile! :)


Ann Marie Oh my gosh I'm so star struck! Thank you for accepting my friend request!

I just want to say that I sold 'On Writing' to a whole lineup of people at a coffee shop as I laughed my ass off while reading it at a nearby table. So great! Thank you!


message 33: by Tamás (last edited Apr 09, 2014 01:28PM)

Tamás The usual "thanks for accepting the friend request", but a little more too:

Your books got me into reading, when I was something like 10 years old. I'm on a mission to read everything you ever published, and I'm crazy with anticipation for every new book you announce. "On Writing" was a great insight, and helped me a lot...
You are my idol. (Well, one of my idols, anyway... :D But there aren't a lot. :D)


message 32: by Jasmina

Jasmina Thanks for accepting my friend request!
Woohoo, you're the best. <3
Greetings from Croatia!


message 31: by Marko

Marko Rančić Thank you for accepting my friend request, Mr. King! Greetings from Serbia!!!


message 30: by Vanessa

Vanessa If this is the real Stephen King, then I am over the moon that you accepted my friend request :D This is so awesome! :)


Christopher Mechling Dear Mr. King,

Thanks for choosing to be my friend on Goodreads. You've accomplished so much as an author, and it's an honor for me, as a debut author, to connect with you this way.

Best Regards
Christopher Mechling


message 28: by Darren

Darren Thank you for accepting my friend request. You made my day!


message 27: by Mai

Mai AbdelWahab thanx for accepting my request , greetings from Egypt ^_^


message 26: by JP

JP Mac Appreciate your accepting my friend request. Your work has had a huge influence on me.

Plus we share a mutual acquaintance in Greg Shepherd who used to work at ABC. After your accident, he said ABC wanted to send you some horror movies and asked me for recommendations. I think I suggested, among others, "Curse of the Demon" and "The Cat People."

All the best!


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Sara Ribeiro Thanks for accepting my friend request :)


message 24: by Sarah

Sarah Thank you for accepting, made my day! :) Hope you're well. I haven't seen the lights on at your house much lately when I drive by; you must still be in Florida.


 ♕ ❤  ♕ Princess pink diamonds posh bird LINZY.x.♕ ❤ ♕ Thank you Stephen,It's an honour to be your friend.I'm writing my first book,a drama,and my dream is to be as famous as you one day.
You're the greatest and your surname king does you justice.I re-watched 'Misery" for the umpteenth time as I watch and read them all.
Have a great day.
Princess.:0)


László Mr. King, thanks for the friend request acception! I turly respect this moment. :)


message 21: by Jose

Jose Thank you for accepting my friend request! You made my day! :D


message 20: by Chance

Chance Maree Thanks for accepting my friend request. You're my writing hero author guy!


Derrolyn Anderson Thanks for friending.
I could start gushing about how much your books have meant to me throughout my reading life, but you've already heard that a million times. You made my day :)


message 18: by Aric (last edited Mar 22, 2014 08:06PM)

Aric Cushing I loved this book. It was very difficult to stop reading between my Le Bistro, automatic pet feeder meals. Very, very difficult. It didn't have that amazing lead character (like in Cujo), but I like this even better. Mr. King, can't you write a sequel, like you did with The Shining? Everyone seems to love sequels these days, even pugs. Very few novels can keep me from my meals, but this one, unlike others, did.
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message 17: by Elena

Elena You've been a good friend to me for going on 30 years, you just didn't really know about it:)
Thanks for accepting my friend request, made my day!


Konstance When I found out that you've accepted my friend request last night, my mouth was hanging open for more than a minute and a half, and I was uttering odd sounds as if I had fish bone stuck in my throat or something. Thank you, Steve (Can I call you Steve?), for accepting my friend request! God bless you!


message 15: by J.

J. Wickham Mr. King, thank you for your recent addition (me!) - it's an honor!

I never knew that you'd spent time in Fort Wayne; my family is from there and I spent many an hour at beautiful Lindenwood, writing the first pages of my book (during the daylight hours of course).

Keep up the great work!

J C Wickham


Dimitris Tso Thanks for accepting my friend request.
Keep on the great work.
Greetings from Greece!
Your #1 fan (haha),
Dimitris.


AzulCeleste Thank you so much for accepting my friend request!
Your stories are amazing !. I'm from Venezuela and is too difficult find your books in my country :( so I hope you to adopt me *-*(just kidding XD)

Long Days and Pleasant Nights to you!.


Deborah Farrow Thank you for accepting my friend request. I have been a fan of yours since I started reading.I didn't know that you would be so accessible to everyone. I'm from Vermont, so I love reading about the Northeast. It makes for a very enjoyable read, when I can relate to the area.


message 11: by Beth

Beth Thank you for accepting my friend request!! I love reading your stories! Keep up the good work!


message 10: by Maga

Maga Gaudino My goodness! :) Thank you so much for accepting me, I find it beautiful that you decided to be so 'accessible' to fans, even if it's via this site, so once more, thanks :) such an honor that you made a simple click on my invite, really made my day!
Bless you!


Malina Wow! Thanks for accepting the friend request, you made my day!!
You are absolutely amazing


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