Horror author has taken to Twitter and gleaned 55,000 followers in three hours but can't find anything to say.
The 66-year-old best-selling horror author can now be followed at the account @StephenKing.
An assistant to King, Marsha DeFilippo, confirmed that King's account was authentic and said that his publisher, Scribner, had encouraged him to go on Twitter.
King has long been open to e-books and other digital innovations but had resisted Twitter until now.
His first tweet read: "My first tweet. No longer a virgin. Be gentle!."
It was followed two hours later by: "On Twitter at last, and can't think of a thing to say. Some writer I turned out to be."