Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. He is the second son of Donald and Nellie King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. As a boy, King found a box of fantasy horror fiction books, that had belonged to his father and he read them all. By the time he was seven, he began writing his own stories. He also enjoyed watching science fiction and monster movies. Stephen's first, Carrie, was a huge success. His most popular novels include: The Shining, Carrie, and IT. The genre of his work is horror because his books feature horrifying events and creatures.