Stephen King, born in 1947, is an American writer and screenwriter, one of the most famous authors of horror, of the 20th and 21st centuries.
A very prolific writer, during his career which began in 1974 with Carrie, he published over eighty works, also under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, including novels and anthologies of short stories, which often entered the best seller rankings and sold over 500 million copies.
Many of his stories have had film or television adaptations, also directed by great authors such as Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg and George A. Romero. Few literary authors, aside from Shakespeare, Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle, have had a comparable number of adaptations of their works.
Thanks to his enormous popular success and his extraordinary ability to describe childhood in his novels, he has been compared to Charles Dickens, a comparison which he himself, in the preface to The Green Mile, published in installments in the style of Dickens, made argued to be more appropriate for authors such as John Irving or Salman Rushdie. He is part of the musical group, made up entirely of writers, called Rock Bottom Remainders.