The master of horror but equally adept in other genres, Stephen King has written 54 novels and 200 short stories in his long and distinguished career, selling over 350 million copies of his books in the process. Born in Portland, Maine (a location that appears in many of his novels) on 21 September, 1947, Stephen King’s first published book was Carrie. Adapted into an iconic film starring Sissy Spacek, it brought Stephen King to the public’s attention.
Many other Stephen King books have been adapted into films and TV specials including The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, Stand By Me and It. In fact, Stephen has had more books adapted than any other living author. From a young age, Stephen was fascinated with horror and holds H.P. Lovecraft’s The Lurker of the Threshold as one of his main inspirations. He has a fear of the number 13 and is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Chester's Mill in Maine is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field, meaning no one can get in and no one can get out. The rules of society are changed as food, electricity and water begin to run short and the community begins to crumble. As a new sinister social order develops, Iraq veteran Dale Barbara teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption engulfing the town, while also attempting to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late. Under the Dome is a startling psychological novel full of intrigue and suspense from Stephen King, one of the bestselling authors of all time and the man behind the likes of The Shawshank Redemption, Misery and The Green Mile.