Born in Portland, Maine, Stephen King sold his first professional short story in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In 1973, Doubleday & Co. accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities, including many libraries, and have been honoured locally for their philanthropic activities. King presents Doctor Sleep, which revisits the characters of The Shining, including the now middle-aged Dan Torrance who must save a very special 12-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals.