Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, which have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. As of 2011, King has written and published 49 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, five non-fiction books, and nine collections of short stories. 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 in 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Misery was surprisingly more horrifying than I expected. Pet Semetery is my favorite so far. its a really, really dark novel that I recommend to any fan of reading. My other favorite is From a Buick 8 but that's because I am a huge Lovecraft fan.
I loved Carrie! It was sooo good! Right now I am currently reading Bags of Bones. His one book Desperation (think thats what it's called) is really creepy! The one with cop who kills the people in the town its SCARY!
As a first novel Carrie is pretty good, though I agree it's not his best. One the recurring blood imagery, he said in On Writing that he didn't intend that (nor does he ever intend to use specific imagery), he just recognizes it at some point during the writing or revising and amplifies it.
On writing is awesome, and all his short stories are really well done. Children of the Corn in particular. His novels, for me anyways, vary from amazing ("Pet Semetary," "IT", "The Shining", "Christine", etc.) to fumbling and kind of poorly thought-out ("Under the Dome", "Lisey's Story", etc.), though I guess even the best writers screw up sometimes.
I read about a year back his book, Full Dark No Stars. He had a short story in there about a turn of the century farmer gone alcoholic due to supernatural events. The way Stephen described the farmer's spiral into depression and the bottle scared the hell out of me.