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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

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The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.
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Great alternate-history novel. The Nazis win, occupy Britain. Check it out.
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message 1: by Jade

Jade I saw the movie "Misery" but never read the book

message 2: by Essi

Essi Michael Hey there Stephen
You are truly the king :)
Thank you for add me as your friends.
It`s my honor to be in your friends list.
Best regards

Nenia ✨ Literary Garbage Can ✨ Campbell Thanks for accepting my friend request! That totally made my day. :)

I see that you read Shining Girls. That was one of my favorite books from last year. Definitely like the Time Traveler's Wife - if it had been hijacked by Gillian Flynn.

message 4: by Rick

Rick Soper Thank You Sir! Being friends with you here at Goodreads is truly an honor!

sha. {"go book yourself"} thank you for friended me on GR, Mr. King. It's truly an honor and pleasure to me as a Constant Reader.

Rafael Thanks for the add, Mr. King!!

Long days and pleasant nights to you, sir!

Francesca Hile, Mr King, and thanks for the add! You definitely made my day :-)

Thebookaholic1 Such a joy to find you've accepted my virtual friendship. I've been on King reading frenzy for some time and have loved every minute of it, even the scary minutes. Cheering you on from Ohio.

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

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!

message 11: by Beth

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

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 13: by Celeste

Celeste 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!.

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

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

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 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!

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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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 :)

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Lisa Reads & Reviews Thanks for accepting my friend request. You're my writing hero author guy!

message 21: by Jose

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

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

 ♕ ❤  ♕ 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.

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.

message 25: by Sara

Sara Ribeiro Thanks for accepting my friend request :)

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!

message 27: by Mai

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

message 28: by Darren

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

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 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! :)

message 31: by Marko

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

message 32: by Jasmina

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

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)

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 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! :)

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.

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S. Rutherford 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.

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 :)

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.

message 40: by Debbie

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

message 41: by Vane

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

message 42: 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

message 43: 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 44: by C.J.

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

message 45: 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,

message 46: by Paolo

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

message 47: 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 48: 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 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 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).


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