75 Facts About Stephen King For His 75th Birthday

Prolific horror legend Stephen King turns 75 today. If he’s given to reflecting on his legacy, he should set aside some time. Beginning with 1974’s Carrie, King has written over 80 books and it’s estimated that more than 1 billion of his books are in circulation, including classics like IT, The Shining, The Stand, and his magnum opus, The Dark Tower series.

For more on these works and King himself, check out this compendium of facts and trivia about the 20th century’s biggest literary sensation.

Here is one of the fun facts…

Stephen King regularly sells the rights to his short stories for $1.

If you’re a budding filmmaker and want to adapt a King short story without trying to make a commercial profit, the author might make a deal with you for just $1. That’s how much King charges for what he dubbed his “dollar babies” in an effort to give a break to young talent.

Among those who have taken King up on his offer is Frank Darabont, who adapted King’s story “The Woman in the Room” in 1983. Darabont later wrote and directed 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption, based on a King novella.

Reprinted from Mental Floss: LINK

Published by Larry Fire

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