Let’s play a game of word association. Ok, we’ll start: horror writer… Now, if the first author that pops into your head isn’t Stephen King, then either a) you’re obviously far more attractive and erudite than us, or b) you’re lying.
Stephen King is the Big Mac of writers (his words, not ours). Unavoidable – an institution. However, unlike the fast food restaurant, King is actually good for your soul. His prose is witty, profound and, depending on what age you read his books, a master of suspense/bone chillingly scary (delete as appropriate).
But how much do you know about the man behind Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Misery, It, Pet Sematary and much, much more?
What follows are 20 things you probably didn’t know about Stephen King.
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