Early Writing

Stephen Kings

Stephen Kings

Stephen Kings’s submission letter | 1961

In 1961, the submission letter above — written by an aspiring author aged just 14 — arrived at the offices of Spacemen Magazine accompanied by a copy of ‘The Killer’, the polite youngster’s latest short story. Unfortunately for him the magazine’s editor, Forrest Ackerman, didn’t deem the tale worthy of inclusion at that point, and it would be another 33 years before he changed his mind and decided to publish it in issue #202 of another of his magazines: Famous Monsters of Filmland.