Tabitha King

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Tabitha King was born on March 24, 1949 and is an American author and activist. Tabitha attended the University of Maine, where she met Stephen King through her work-study job in the Raymond H. Fogler Library. They married on January 7, 1971. Tabitha’s first child, Naomi Rachel King, was born in 1970. She gave birth to Joseph Hillstrom King in 1972 and Owen Phillip King in 1977.

Tabitha King’s first novel, “Small World”, was published in 1981 by Signet Books. She has published eight novels and two works of non-fiction. In 2006 she published “Candles Burning” through Berkley Books. The book was predominantly written by Michael McDowell, with the McDowell family requesting that Tabitha finish the work.

Tabitha has served on several boards and committees, such as the Bangor Public Library board. She served on the board of the Maine Public Broadcasting System until 1994, and has received a Constance Carlson award for her work with literacy for the state of Maine. She currently serves as vice president of WZON, WZLO, and WKIT, as well as in the administration of two family philanthropic foundations, including the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

Awards and recognition

  • Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters, University of Maine in Orono (May 1987)
  • Dowd Achievement Award (1992)
  • Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize (1998)
  • Bibliography


  • (1981) Small World
  • (1983) Caretakers *
  • (1985) The Trap (also published as Wolves at the Door) *
  • (1988) Pearl *
  • (1993) One on One *
  • (1994) The Book of Reuben *
  • (1997) Survivor
  • (2006) Candles Burning (with Michael McDowell)
  • Entries marked with an asterisk are set in King’s fictional community of Nodd’s Ridge.


  • The Sky in the Water
  • The Devil’s Only Friend
  • Nonfiction

  • (1994) Playing Like a Girl; Cindy Blodgett and the Lawrence Bulldogs Season of 93-94
  • (1994) Mid-life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude
    • Written by all of the Rock Bottom Remainders with photos by Tabitha King

    Short Stories

  • (1981) The Blue Chair
  • (1998) Djinn and Tonic
  • (2002) The Woman’s Room
  • Poetry

  • (1967) A Gradual Canticle for Augustine
  • (1967) Elegy for Ike
  • (1968) Note 1 from Herodotus
  • (1970) Nonsong
  • (1971) The Last Vampire: A Baroque Fugue
  • Contributions and compilations

  • Murderess Ink: The Better Half of the Mystery, Dilys Winn, ed., Bell, 1979
  • Shadows, Volume 4, C. L. Grant, ed., Doubleday, 1981
  • Midlife Confidential, ed. David Marsh et al., photographs by Tabitha King, Viking Penguin, 1994
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