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 and today is his 69th birthday. Which means that he's been publishing excellent pieces of horror-tinged prose for 43 years and is still going.
Which is pretty incredible. King's writing 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.
Happy Birthday Mr King.
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