This gallery features photos of a young Stephen King, including a picture of him when he was a kid, as well as his high school yearbook photo. Born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, his father was a merchant seaman who changed his last name from Pollock to King. His father went out for a pack of cigarettes when Stephen was two years old and never returned, leaving his mother to raise him and his older adopted brother David. After moving several times when he was a child, they finally returned to Durham, Maine so his mother could care for her elderly parents. She became a caregiver at a residential facility for the mentally challenged. Stephen was raised in a Methodist home, a religion he still continues to practice. When he was a child, King witnessed a friend being hit and killed by a train. He had no recollection of the memory, but returned home in shock, unable to talk. Some psychologists believe this event may have shaped some of his darker works. King is one of the most awarded authors of this generation; many of his works have become blockbuster films. He has written many novels, including: Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, Creepshow, Pet Cemetery, and the Dark Tower series.