Stephen King was born on September 21st, 1941, in Portland, Maine. He graduated from University of Maine and later worked as a teacher while he was becoming a writer. He was also published books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. King's first horror novel was ''Carrie'', which was a huge success. Over the years, Stephen King has become known for titles that are both commercially succesfull and sometimes critically acclaimed. His books have sold more than 350 million of copies wolrdwide and they have been adapted into numerous fantastic films.
King stayed close to home for college, attending the University of Maine, at Oronto. There he wrote for school's newspaper and served in its students government. While he was at school, he published his first short, which appeared in ''Startling Mystery Stories''.