Stephen King didn’t tell his kids bedtime stories; he made them tell him stories.
Stephen King has written a children’s book using a pseudonym and reviewed it as himself.
The Soviet launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, was such a shocking event that at least one theater manager stopped the movie to announce it. The movie was _Earth vs. the Flying Saucers_, and in the audience was a young Stephen King.
Stephen King originally tossed his manuscript for “Carrie” while living in a trailer home with his wife, claiming it was a “loser”. His wife, Tabitha, upon finding it in the garbage and reading it, convinced him to finish it and send it in. It’s the novel that made him famous.
In 1974, Stephen King checked in as the only guest in the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO before it shut down for the winter. He dreamed that night of his three-year old son being chased through the long, empty corridors. He woke up and had the inspiration for The Shining. They play the movie the Shining on one of the channels 24/7 in the hotel now.
Stephen King threw away his original drafts of “Carrie” because he couldn’t write from a woman’s perspective. His wife retrieved them and launched his career.
Stephen King was terrified as a child when he saw the movie Bambi, calling it the first horror movie he saw.
Stephen King wrote “Carrie” on an old typewriter while living in a trailer. He threw away the first 3 pages thinking he had written “the world’s all time loser.” His wife fished the pages out and pushed him to finish it. It turned out to be his first published novel.
As a child, Stephen King apparently witnessed one of his friends being struck and killed by a train, though he has no memory of the event.