Stephen Edwin King is an American author of suspense, horror, sci-fi and fantasy books. He was born September 21, 1947, to Donald and Ruth King, who were living in Portland, Maine at the time. The young couple had been told they would never be able to have children of their own; two years before Stephen being born, they had adopted a son, David King [ CITATION Blo02 l 1033 ]. .
Stephen never got to know his father; in 1949, when Stephen was only two years old, his father walked out of the house and never came back. Donald, who had served in the merchant marines, was a well-liked vacuum salesman. One day he went to the grocery store for a pack of cigarettes and never came home. King's mother, Ruth, struggled after his father deserted them. She had two young boys to take care of and little money. For the next few years, King and his brother David moved around the country staying with relatives. They lived in Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, and Connecticut. .
Ruth worked many part-time jobs to support her two sons. She was a laundry presser, a donut maker, a store clerk, a housekeeper, and a pianist. Ruth supported her children financially anyway she could and not only that, she had passed on her love of books to Stephen. He would read comic books when he was sick in bed to pass the time; he was sick a lot with tonsillitis and ear infections. His mother encouraged him to start writing his stories instead of copying the ones he was reading. The first book he wrote when he was six was a four page penciled story about a bunny that could drive a car. A year later Ruth introduced King to horror novels, and he also experienced his first horror movie. His mother took him on her date to see The Creature from the Black Lagoon. .
In 1958, King, who was 11, moved to the small town of Durham, Maine. Ruth had moved her boys there so she could take care of her elderly parents. They rented a two-story house whose well was constantly drying up.