10 things to know about King of Horror, Stephen King

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The King of Horror, Stephen King —who has a knack of making ordinary items frightening and has a haunting literary empire — turned 68 Monday.

King began writing about the scary and supernatural at an early age, selling stories to his friends in school. He was eventually forced by a teacher to return the profits.

Since then, he has published 54 novels and countless short stories, with over 350 million copies of his work being sold.

In honor of his birthday, here are 10 things fans should know about the author:

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! Although I was born in 1947, I’m gonna party like it’s 1999!

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 21, 2015

10. King suffers from triskaidekaphobia.

He may be a master at scaring others but the number 13 terrifies King.

The paranoia is so intense that King even avoids multiples of the…

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