Owen King

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Owen King
BornOwen Philip King
(1977-02-21) February 21, 1977 (age 42)
Kelly Braffet (m. 2007)
RelativesStephen King (father)
Tabitha King (mother)
Joe King (brother)
Naomi King (sister)

Owen Philip King (born February 21, 1977) is an American author and the younger son of authors Stephen and Tabitha King.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

King was born in 1977 in Maine, to parents Tabitha and Stephen King.[3] He has two older siblings, Naomi King and Joseph Hillstrom King. He was raised in Bangor, Maine, showing an interest in writing during high school.[4] King attended Vassar College and Columbia University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.[5]

King published his first book, We’re All in This Together, a collection of three short stories and a novella, in 2005. His short fiction has been published in various journals, such as One Story and Prairie Schooner.[6] His debut novel, Double Feature, was published in 2013.

His newest work is a collaboration with his father, Stephen King, entitled Sleeping Beauties. It was published in September 2017 and is set in a women's prison in West Virginia.[7] King is also working with filmmaker Josh Boone on adapting the Clive Barker novel The Great and Secret Show for television.[8]


The reception for King's collection We're All in This Together was positive, with both the Los Angeles Times and Independent giving it positive reviews.[9][10]

King's first full-length novel, Double Feature, was called "overwritten" in a review in The New York Times.[11]

King's graphic novel Intro to Alien Invasion received mixed reception, with Publishers Weekly pointing out the comic's inability to consistently transcend its "B movie source material,"[12] while Booklist called the spoofing of B-list material "highly successful".[13]

Personal life[edit]

King is married to writer Kelly Braffet (born 1976) and lives in New Paltz, New York.[14]



Collections and novels

  • We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories (July 5, 2005)
    • "We're All in This Together"
    • "Frozen Animals"
    • "Wonders"
    • "Snake"
    • "My Second Wife"
  • Double Feature (March 19, 2013)
  • Sleeping Beauties (September 22, 2017), co-written with Stephen King


  • Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories (July 15, 2008)
  • "The Meerkat"

Graphic novel

  • Intro to Alien Invasion (September 15, 2015), co-written with Mark Jude Poirier, drawings by Nancy Ahn

Anthology contributions

  • Bottom of the Ninth: Great Contemporary Baseball Stories edited by John McNally (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003)
  • "Wonders"
  • When I Was A Loser edited by John McNally (Free Press, 2007)
  • "Sports"
  • HANG THE DJ: An Alternative Book of Music Lists edited by Angus Cargill (Faber & Faber, 2008)
  • "Spit it Out! The Top Ten Stutter Songs"
  • The Late American Novel: Writers On The Future Of Books edited by Jeff Martin & C. Max Magee (Soft Skull, 2011)
  • "Not Quite as Dire as Having Your Spine Ripped Out, But…"
  • Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on their Unshakeable Love for New York edited by Sari Botton (Touchstone, 2014)
  • "Hot Time in the Old Town"
  • The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages edited by Andrew Blauner (Simon & Schuster, November 10, 2015)
  • "Never Quite As Simple: On Luke 2:19"
  • Detours edited by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance Publications, December 31, 2015)
  • "The Curator"

Short Stories

  • "My Second Wife" (2001), The Bellingham Review #48, Spring 2001
  • "Wonders" (2002), Book Magazine #22, May/June 2002
  • "Frozen Animals" (2003), Harper Palate, Vol. 3 #1, Summer 2003
  • "The Cure" (2006), One Story #85, Dec. 20, 2006
  • "Nothing is in Bad Taste" (2008), Subtropics #5, Winter/Spring 2008
  • "Home Brew" (2011), Prairie Schooner, Vol. 85 #2, Summer 2011
  • "The Idiot's Ghost" (2011), The Fairy Tale Review #7, The Brown Issue
  • "The Curator" (2014), Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #31, Dec. 2014
  • "Confederate Wall" (2015), Subtropics Issue 19, Spring/Summer 2015
  • “Positive Comments” (2018), Ploughshares/Emerson College, Kindle Single


  • 25 Years in the Word Mines: The Best of Graham Joyce by Graham Joyce (PS Publishing, September 2014)
  • Foreword by Owen King
  • The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker (Gauntlet Press, 2016)
  • Introduction by Owen King
  • The Devil's Own Work by Alan Judd (Valancourt Books, January 6, 2015)
  • Introduction by Owen King

Web Articles

  • "Singing Along To A Murderous Threat, NPR song of the day: “You Rascal You” by Hanni El Khatib" (12/15/2011)
  • "A Gallery of Drama, NPR song of the day: “Change the Sheets” by Kathleen Edwards" (2/3/2012)
  • "Tear For Tear, Without Peer, NPR song of the day: “Look the Other Way” by Justin Townes Earle" (4/17/2012)
  • "Interview with Tom Bissell" (4/17/2012) The Rumpus
  • "The Biggest Thing Ever, an excerpt from Double Feature" (12/3/2012) Guernica
  • "Interview with Erin McKeown" (2/15/2013) The Rumpus
  • "Book Notes: Double Feature" (3/19/2013) Largehearted Boy
  • "Role Remix: Steve Buscemi” (3/19/2013) Grantland
  • "(Title, If Any)” (4/1/2013) The Weeklings
  • "Best Guess: Owen King interprets the Exhibit Song Book, an exchange with singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs" (7/11/2013)
  • "Interview with Peter Squires" (7/25/2013) The Rumpus
  • "Matters of Faint Import, Vol. 1: “The Dress Code of Mumford & Sons" (9/24/2013) The Weeklings
(w/James Jackson Toth, Elizabeth Nelson Bracy, and Timothy Bracy)
  • "Review of People Park by Pasha Malla" (11/4/2013) Publishers Weekly
  • "Matters of Faint Import, Vol. 2: “Holiday Special” (12/24/2013) The Weeklings
(w/James Jackson Toth, Elizabeth Nelson Bracy, and Timothy Bracy)
  • "The Heiress, Review of Havisham by Ronald Frame" (1/1/2014) Los Angeles Review of Books
  • "Director’s Cut, Review of Mount Terminus by David Grand" (4/27/2014) The New York Times Book Review
  • "Nine Librarian-Approved Headlines For The Rest Of The Season" (7/18/2014) Just A Bit Outside
  • "Baseball’s Greatest Hit" (7/29/2014) Just A Bit Outside
  • "Spinners 5, Gades 0" (9/4/2014) Just A Bit Outside
  • "No, Pitchers Don’t Have To Look Like Pitchers" (4/7/2015) Just A Bit Outside
  • "JABO Book Club: Alison Gordon’s Foul Balls, A Conversation with Rob Neyer" (5/8/2015) Just A Bit Outside
  • "Baseball Language and The Players" (5/26/2015) Just A Bit Outside
  • "Big Brother: A Conversation with Andrew Ervin" (6/3/2015) The Brooklyn Rail


  1. ^ McGee, Celia (June 19, 2005). "Owen King, son of that horror master, is lighting up his own world of fiction". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ Keyes, Bob (July 24, 2005). "For Owen King, writing fiction is the family business". Maine Sunday Telegram. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ Catherine Shoard, "As I See It," Sunday Telegraph, May 21, 2006, LexisNexis.
  4. ^ Sachs, Andrea (7 July 2005). "Galley Girl: The Son Also Rises". Time Magazine. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b Vincent, Bev. "Onyx interviews: Owen King". Onyx. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Das Handicap des Owen King". Die Welt. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. ^ Fire, Larry (June 14, 2016). "Sleeping Beauties; A New Book by Stephen & Owen King Due in 2017". The Fire Wire. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  8. ^ "From All We Had to X-Men: Josh Boone, a Busy Man". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  9. ^ Harkavy, Jerry (August 17, 2005). "He's mapping out his own kingdom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  10. ^ Freeman, John (25 May 2006). "We're All in This Together, by Owen King". The Independent. London. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  11. ^ Thomson, David (April 13, 2016). "'Double Feature', by Owen King". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Comic Books Review: Intro to Alien Invasion". Publishers Weekly. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Intro to Alien Invasion". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  14. ^ Website of Kelly Braffet
  15. ^ "Owen King wins Fink Award; Scott Brown wins Graduate Teaching Associate Award". 23 April 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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