'I'm afraid of everything.' Stephen King Since Stephen King's wife fished his first novel Carrie out of the waste paper basket, King has written more than 50 books, selling 300 million copies worldwide. Here, for the first time, is the ultimate biography of this prolific and widely-loved writer. Lisa Rogak has interviewed friends, relatives and stars who know King in order to fully uncover the story behind King's childhood through to his becoming a successful writer, and beyond. She follows the effects of abandonment by his father at an early age ('We were ashamed not to have a father'), and his mum giving him a nickel for every story he wrote. At the age of four he saw a neighbouring boy get hit by a freight train. At 13, he was sent to his grandmother's room to wake her but instead found her cold, lifeless body. His local Bookmobile which visited every week allowed him to take out Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft and he ran through the classics of horror. Haunted Heart is the story of one of the greatest horror writers, and his trials both as a young boy and, now 70, an ageing citizen. It covers everything from his love of buying scratch cards to the real-life stories and events that have provided the backdrop to many of his novels. Lisa Rogak is the co-author of Barack Obama: In His Own Words, The Man Behind The Da Vinci Code: An unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown amongst many other titles. Her works have been reviewed and otherwise mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Family Circle, and hundreds of other publications. She lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire.