Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.
King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, his novella The Way Station was a Nebula Award novelette nominee, and his short story “The Man in the Black Suit” received the O. Henry Award.
1. THE TRUST OF THE INNOCENT IS THE LIAR’S MOST USEFUL TOOL.
2. GET BUSY LIVING, OR GET BUSY DYING.
3. GOD IS CRUEL. SOMETIMES HE MAKES YOU LIVE.
4. I AM THE LITERARY EQUIVALENT OF A BIG MAC AND FRIES.
5. AND IN REAL LIFE ENDINGS AREN’T ALWAYS NEAT, WHETHER THEY’RE HAPPY ENDINGS, OR WHETHER THEY’RE SAD ENDINGS.
6. FRENCH IS THE LANGUAGE THAT TURNS DIRT INTO ROMANCE.
7. LIFE IS LIKE A WHEEL. SOONER OR LATER, IT ALWAYS COME AROUND TO WHERE YOU STARTED AGAIN.
8. I THINK THERE OUGHT TO BE SOME SERIOUS DISCUSSION BY SMART PEOPLE, REALLY SMART PEOPLE, ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT PROLIFERATION OF THINGS LIKE THE SMOKING GUN AND TMZ AND YOUTUBE AND THE WHOLE CELEBRITY CULTURE IS HEALTHY.
9. PEOPLE THINK THAT I MUST BE A VERY STRANGE PERSON. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. I HAVE THE HEART OF A SMALL BOY. IT IS IN A GLASS JAR ON MY DESK.
10. A LOT OF US GROW UP AND WE GROW OUT OF THE LITERAL INTERPRETATION THAT WE GET WHEN WE’RE CHILDREN, BUT WE BEAR THE SCARS ALL OUR LIFE. WHETHER THEY’RE SCARS OF BEAUTY OR SCARS OF UGLINESS, IT’S PRETTY MUCH IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.
11. EVERY BOOK YOU PICK UP HAS ITS OWN LESSON OR LESSONS, AND QUITE OFTEN THE BAD BOOKS HAVE MORE TO TEACH THAN THE GOOD ONES.
12. FICTION IS THE TRUTH INSIDE THE LIE.
13. I LOVE CRIME, I LOVE MYSTERIES, AND I LOVE GHOSTS.
14. TALENT IN CHEAPER THAN TABLE SALT. WHAT SEPARATES THE TALENTED INDIVIDUAL FROM THE SUCCESSFUL ONE IS A LOT OF HARD WORK.
15. ONLY ENEMIES SPEAK THE TRUTH; FRIENDS AND LOVERS LIE ENDLESSLY, CAUGHT IN THE WEB OF DUTY.
16. PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHY I DO THIS, WHY I WRITE SUCH GROSS STUFF. I LIKE TO TELL THEM I HAVE THE HEART OF A SMALL BOY… AND I KEEP IT IN A JAR ON MY DESK.
17. I WATCHED TITANIC WHEN I GOT BACK HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL, AND CRIED. I KNEW THAT MY IQ HAD BEEN DAMAGED.
18. THE PLACE WHERE YOU MADE YOUR STAND NEVER MATTERED. ONLY THAT YOU WERE THERE… AND STILL ON YOUR FEET.
19. IT’S BETTER TO BE GOOD THAN EVIL, BUT ONE ACHIEVES GOODNESS AT A TERRIFIC COST.
20. YOU CAN’T DENY LAUGHTER; WHEN IT COMES, IT PLOPS DOWN IN YOUR FAVORITE CHAIR AND STAYS AS LONG AS IT WANTS.
21. THE DEVIL’S VOICE IS SWEET TO HEAR.
22. IT’S A MYSTERY. THAT’S THE FIRST THING THAT INTERESTS ME ABOUT THE IDEA OF GOD. IF THERE IS ONE, IT’S MYSTERIOUS AND POWERFUL AND AWESOME TO EVEN CONSIDER THE CONCEPT, AND YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.
23. WE MAKE UP HORRORS TO HELP US COPE WITH THE REAL ONES.\
24. YOU HAVE TO STAY FAITHFUL TO WHAT YOU’RE WORKING ON.
25. WHEN ASKED, ‘HOW DO YOU WRITE?’ I INVARIABLY ANSWER, ‘ONE WORD AT A TIME.’
26. I GUESS WHEN YOU TURN OFF THE MAIN ROAD, YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO SEE SOME FUNNY HOUSES.
27. IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO READ, YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR THE TOOLS TO WRITE.
28. EACH LIFE MAKES ITS OWN IMMITATION OF IMMORTALITY.
29. LET’S FACE IT. NO KID IN HIGH SCHOOL FEELS AS THOUGH THEY FIT IN.
30. YOU SEE SOMETHING, THEN IT CLICKS WITH SOMETHING ELSE, AND IT WILL MAKE A STORY. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.