When he was a child, Stephen King witnessed one of his friends being killed by a train, though he has no memory of the event. His family told him that after leaving to go play with the boy, King returned, speechless and in shock. Only later did the family learn of the friend’s death.
Before becoming an iconic thriller, Stephen King’s first novel “Carrie” was rejected by 30 publishers, causing him to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife retrieved it and urged him to resubmit it.
Stephen King’s ‘It’ clown appears every 27 years. The original movie aired in 1990. The new remake airs in 2017.
Stephen King donated so much money to help build a baseball field in Maine that the locals affectionately call it “Field of Screams”.
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.