Dubbed the King of Horror, American author Stephen King has kept his readers on the edge of their seats since he first began getting published. If you haven’t read any of his stories, chances are you’ve seen at least one of the 200 films adapted from his works. Throughout his career, he’s managed to sell more than 350 million copies of his writings and has received countless accolades for his impact on literature and his consistency throughout the decades. Clearly a man with a fascinating mind, take a more in-depth look into the life of Stephen King to learn about what makes him tick and how he grew to become such an accomplished writer.
Can you guess which one of his works was based on a real-life event?
He Almost Didn’t Finish Carrie
Early in his career, Stephen King was struggling as a relatively unknown author. With no published books and little money, he was barely supporting himself trying to get published in short story magazines. During that time, he had also begun work on his manuscript for the novel Carrie.
Only part of the way through, he became frustrated and ended up throwing the entire thing in the trash. Luckily, his wife Tabitha retrieved it from the garbage and encouraged him to finish it. Carrie would go on to become his first published novel and a massive hit.