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Author - Stephen King
King's novel, Christine, tells the story of a vintage car which is possessed by supernatural forces.

Author - Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. He wrote as a teenager and had his first publication in 1967 when a short story, The Glass Floor, was included in a magazine. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1970, with a B.A. in English, and soon after began working as a teacher.

King’s first novel Carrie was published in 1974 and others followed including 'Salem's Lot, The Shining and Misery. Thus far King has written 55 novels and 11 collections of short stories. Over 30 of his works (novels and short stories alike) have been made into films. Non-fiction books, e-books and even graphic novels have also come from the pen of this multi award winning author.

Stephen King's vivid imagination has enabled him to sell in excess of 350 million books. See how much you know about the characters and places in his horror, suspense and science fiction writing in this quiz.

1.
What pseudonym did King use in writing the novels The Running Man and Thinner?
Richard Bachman
Richard Jackman
Richard Packman
Richard Rachman
Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the 1992 film version of The Running Man
2.
King's wife is also a novelist. What is her first name?
Tabitha
Tamara
Tamsin
Tara
Tabitha King has written novels, short stories, non-fiction and poetry. She is also known for her philanthropic work and her social activism
3.
King is a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox. What sport do they play?
American football
Baseball
Basketball
Ice hockey
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon features former Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon
4.
Who played the title role in the 1976 film version of Carrie?
Geena Davis
Jodie Foster
Susan Sarandon
Sissy Spacek
Carrie was King's first novel, published in 1974. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards - one for Sissy Spacek and one for Piper Laurie who played her mother
5.
In The Shining, what is the name of the hotel in which Jack Torrance takes the job of caretaker?
Outlook Hotel
Outview Hotel
Overlook Hotel
Overview Hotel
The Shining was King's third novel and was published in 1977. It was later made into a film starring Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
6.
What is the title of King's novel, originally published in serial form, set in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary?
The Dark Mile
The Green Mile
The Last Mile
The Long Mile
The book was made into a film in 1999 starring Tom Hanks. It was nominated for four Academy Awards
7.
From 1966 until 1971 King studied English at which university?
University of Maine
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of Montana
King went to Durham Elementary School and Lisbon Falls High School, both in Maine, USA, before he went to university
8.
What type of car features in the novel Christine?
Buick 6
Buick 8
Ford Mustang
Plymouth Fury
Christine tells the story of a vintage car which is possessed by supernatural forces
9.
What is the name of the small fictional town that features in several of King's novels?
Castle Grove
Castle Park
Castle River
Castle Rock
Castle Rock first appeared in the 1979 novel The Dead Zone. Since then it has featured several times in novels, short stories and novellas
10.
Which fictional ghost town provides the title of King's 1996 novel?
Desperation
Determination
Deviation
Domination
King got the idea from a trip he made to the town of Ruth, Nevada in 1991

 

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