When he was a child, Stephen King witnessed one of his friends being killed by a train, though he has no memory of the event. His family told him that after leaving to go play with the boy, King returned, speechless and in shock. Only later did the family learn of the friend’s death.

How Stephen King’s Childhood Inspired Stand by Me

Author Stephen King was born in September, 1947 in Portland, Maine. His father deserted the family when he was two, leaving his mother to raise him and his older brother David by herself, sometimes under great financial difficulties. Though for several years she kept the family on the move to find work, they returned to Durham, Maine when King was 11, where Ruth King’s siblings paid her to care for her parents until their death. In Durham, for the fifth and sixth grade, King attended a one-room schoolhouse with four other children — the kids who would inspire the characters in Stand by Me. “There’s a lot of stuff in ‘The Body’ that’s just simply history that’s been tarted up a little bit,” said King.

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Source: https://www.amc.com/talk/2008/06/stand-by-me-stephen-king