17/30. His short story "The Man in the Black Suit" won an O. Henry Award for Best Short Story in 1996.
18/30. He is an avid Red Sox fan. Before the Sox won the 2004 World Series, he said he wanted his tombstone epitaph to be a single sock and the line "Not In My Lifetime, Not In Yours, Either."
19/30. Often listens to hard rock music during the time he writes to get inspired. He also plays in a rock band himself.
20/30. King is good friends with horror director George A. Romero.
21/30. He wrote reviews of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series for Entertainment Weekly magazine.
22/30. Is a member of a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, which is composed of other writers. Besides King the members include Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, James Luca McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Greg Iles. A "remainder" is a book that has not sold well and has been drastically reduced in price to ensure a quick sale.
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