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    Stephen King, nicknamed "The King of Horror," was born in Portland, Maine in 1947.  After his parents divorced, his mother became a devoted single mother to King and his adopted older brother, David.  It wasn't until his sophmore year at the University of Maine in Orono that he began writing a weekly column for the school newspaper.  After earning his B.A. in English in 1970, he did not find a teaching job until the fall of 1971 at Hampden Academy.  He met and married his wife Tabitha King while working at the Folger library at the University of Maine.  King had made his first short story sale in 1967 and would continue to submit, successfully, short stories to men's magazines - many of these became part of the collection known as Night Shift.  It would be only two years later that King hit the jackpot.  Carrie was accepted for publication and would make enough money to allow him to leave the teaching profession and venture into full time writing - his passion.  When Carrie was published in 1974 it became a hit and would mark the beginning of the career of one of the most prolific writers in the 20th and 21st Centuries.
    Stephen King does not believe in censorship, however, the death scene of the doctor in the novel Salem's Lot  was cut based on the demands of his editor, Doubleday.  In addition, his novel Rage written under the psuedonym Richard Bachman, was pulled voluntarily by King when this book was found in the possession and locker of two separate school shooters.  King is quoted as saying, "The Carneal incident was enough for me. I asked my publisher to take the damned  thing out of print. They concurred." King went on to describe his feelings on the subject in which he acknowledged the "culpability that cultural or artistic products such as Rage play in influencing individuals, particularly troubled youths, while also declaring that artists and writers can not be denied the æsthetic opportunity to draw upon their own culture—which is suffused with violence."  The novel has not been in print since then, but may be found in libraries.  It is noted that there are a few people on the internet attempting to sell the novels for up to $350.00.  The story can still be found in a compiliation book of four stories in The Bachman Books.  It is interesting that Nancy Garden's book, Endgame is still in print and has not been contested in light of school shootings.

King, Tabitha. " - About the Author." Welcome to 2003. Web. 01 May 2011.

Works Cited for Slides:
"Stephen King - IMDb." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). 2011. Web. 4 May 2011.

 "Christine, Cujo, The Shining, The Dead Zone and Carrie." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb).  2011. Web. 4 May 2011.

Song:  "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult - 1976