Yes, today is Stephen King's 67th birthday!
The incredible Mr. King was born in Portland, ME. His parents divorced when he was a toddler. Stephen and his older brother lived with their mother after their parents' separation. They lived for a time in Indiana and Connecticut, but his mother eventually moved Stephen and his older brother to Durham, Maine for good.
Stephen married his wife, Tabitha, in January 1971. They survived the early years on his salary as a laborer at an industrial laundry and Tabitha's student loans and savings. The occasional sale of his short stories to men's magazines helped their income as well.
Doubleday & Co. accepted the novel Carrie for publication in the spring of 1973. Major paperback sales of Carrie were enough for Stephen to leave teaching and become a full-time writer. The rest, as they say, is history.
To read his full biography, you can visit his official website here, which is where I garnered the above information.
Upcoming Television Appearances:
Stephen King will appear on the season two opener of Finding Your Roots, which airs on PBS. We've provided you with the preview below.
In honor of the brilliant horror-master's birthday, we're hosting a giveaway in his honor. The giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. The giveaway will end on 9/27 at 11:59 p.m. The prize will be a Stephen King novel valued up to $25 USD.
The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted on 9/28. If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours, then another winner will be randomly chosen in his/her place.