You know Stephen King as the master of horror, a writer whose work is synonymous with fear, and the brain behind chilling books like It, The Shining, and Pet Sematary - but what drives King to create such terrifying tales? Any Stephen King trivia buff will tell you the key to his craft can be found by looking to his childhood. King grew up with his mother and brother - his father split shortly after his birth - and his life didn’t get more peachy as he matured.
Aside from the normal hardships many single-parent families endure, King’s young life was full of horrific events that informed many of his stories. He witnessed the passing of one of his friends and lived through several other harrowing events. King has said he doesn’t believe the grim facts about his upbringing have anything to with his stories, but it’s arguable his childhood formed the basis for much of his work.
As A Child King Saw A Friend Get Hit By A Train - But Doesn't RememberPhoto: Stand By Me/Columbia
King's Father Abandoned Their Family When King Was Two Years Old
He Started Writing When He Was Six Or Seven Years OldPhoto: MW Publications
He Had A Terrifying Babysitter