The last couple years have been freakishly busy for the man who made you hate clowns, big hotels, and possibly St. Bernards. As if the original adaptations of Stephen King’s stories weren’t frightening enough, Andrés Muschietti retraumatized—I mean reintroduced—us to Pennywise in 2017, Bill Skarsgård freaked us out some more in the Castle Rock series, and, in just a few weeks, we’re about to revisit our fear of pet cemeteries. Aren’t you excited?!
Stephen King has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention lately, and it’s been pretty great for horror film and book fans like myself. Even though the book and 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary scared the absolute bejeezus out of me, I’ll still be buying my ticket on April 5 to see the reboot because I was so impressed with the It remake. I’m sure not all King fans share my excitement, and I personally know a few who weren’t impressed with a non-Tim-Curry Pennywise, but I think we can agree that it does our creepy little hearts good to see the spotlight on such a prolific and interesting author. In fact, that’s one of the many things that makes Stephen King stand out among other writers: the interesting—and bizarre—life he’s led. If you’re more familiar with the stories than the man who wrote them, here are some fun facts about the master of horror!
Stephen King and his wife own a radio station.
Yep! He and his wife, Tabitha, own Zone Radio, a company that heads their three radio stations in Maine. One of them, “WKIT,” plays mostly classic rock and goes by the tagline “Stephen King’s Rock Station.”
He’s a devout Red Sox fan.
This may not be surprising if you’ve ever read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, a story about the former Red Sox pitcher.
He bought the same car that he got hit by.
In 1999, King was struck by a van not far from his summer home in Maine. The accident left him with a collapsed lung and multiple hip and leg fractures. Afterward, King and his lawyer actually bought the van so King could “take a sledgehammer and beat it.”
He almost got arrested at a book signing.
King was once mistaken for a vandal when he was seen signing books during an unannounced trip to a book shop in Australia.
His whole family writes.
King isn’t the only one in his family who writes. His wife and two sons, Joe and Owen, are all published authors.
He almost threw away Carrie.
King originally discarded his first draft of one of his greatest successes. He’d intended Carrie to be a short story, but it was Tabitha who urged him to submit it for publishing.
He doesn’t remember writing Cujo or The Tommyknockers.
King admitted once that his struggle with alcoholism is the reason why he doesn’t have much memory of writing Cujo, The Tommyknockers, and a few other stories he worked on in the eighties.
He holds a Guinness Record.
According to Guinness Superlatives, more of King’s books and stories have been adapted into films than any other author.
He hates Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining.
King had a lot of complaints about Kubrick’s interpretation of the famously chilling story—one being that he thought it was very misogynistic.
These are just a few of the dozens of interesting things to know about Stephen King, so jump on Google and learn more about your favorite horror author. And if I’ve got you stoked on Stephen King now, get a buddy and a ticket to go see Pet Sematary on April 5. Seriously, don’t see it alone.