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Stephen King
Stephen King Title Card.png
Zach Sherwin as Stephen King
Character information
Birth name Stephen Edwin King
Nickname(s) The King of Horror
Richard Bachman
Born September 21, 1947 (age 74)
Portland, Maine
Physical description
Hair Black
Eyes Blue
Based on
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Rap battle information
Appeared in Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe
Vs Edgar Allan Poe
Release date June 2, 2014
Official vote(s) 62% (Old poll from ERB Website)
Location(s) A dark, moonlit forest
"The Masque of the Red Death"
See, I'm the author with the blood and gore lore galore that'll horrify a reader to the core!
— Stephen King

Stephen King battled Edgar Allan Poe in Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe. He was portrayed by Zach Sherwin.

Information on the rapper

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21st, 1947, in Portland, Maine. He is an author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies, and comic books. King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards.

Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine. His most famous stories include The Shining, Misery, Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, It, Christine, The Stand, The Green Mile, and The Dark Tower series. He is frequently considered one of the greatest horror authors of all time.


Verse 1:

Oh, you want to talk shop, you gothed-out fop?

Go back to Hot Topic and shop for a top!

There's a melancholy alcoholic laughingstock

In the King's house; now watch the Castle Rock!

Pouty little poet with an opiate affliction!

I'm a workaholic with a fiction addiction!

I'm making dedicated readers shivery and jittery!

Feel that Rage and Misery!

You better start Running, Man! You're in deep poo, Poe!

I'm a mad dog, fangs ShiningCujo!

Tommyknock you down till you can't Stand up!

You're as soft as Po, the Kung Fu Panda!

Racks on racks 'cause I pen fat stacks of frightening writing; have you seen the pile?

I can even take a break from my routine style!

Crank out a Shawshank or a Green Mile!

Masque of the Red Death? Barely blood curdling.

Pit and the Pendulum? Not even unnerving.

Perving on your first cousin when she's thirteen years old? Now, that's disturbing!

Verse 2:

*sigh* Speaking of bored, you're the worst!

Dropped out of school, but you can't drop a verse!

I could have spent that time better.

In eight bars, I can write a whole best-seller!

I'm so prolific! This sickly goblin won't be bothering me! I'm on a clobbering spree,

And I'll be smacking you with any of the big thick books in my big dick bibliography!

See, I'm the author with the blood and gore lore galore that'll horrify a reader to the core!

Fame? Money? Talent? Success? You'll always have less, never more!


  • The real Stephen King tweeted, "Good news/bad news kind of thing: MR. MERCEDES comes out tomorrow, but I think Poe shut me down in the rap contest. :-("[1]
    • This makes him the second person to have responded to the battle he appeared in through social media, after Donald Trump.
      • This also makes him the seventh person known to have seen their battle.
    • He is the first person that doesn't produce music to make his own rap lines in real life, tweeting:
      • "Listen here, Poe, never seen a rapper as lame as you, I'll fill your Pit and bust your Pendulum, too!"[2]
      • "Mr. Poe, you're boilin' in Hades, while I'm ridin' chill with Mr. Mercedes!"[3]
  • Zach Sherwin mentioned on Twitter that the song playing when he filmed his slow motion dance for King at the end of Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe was "Umbrella" by Rihanna.
  • He is the first non-fictional character to be portrayed by Zach Sherwin since Albert Einstein.
  • He is the fifth rapper whose work is portrayed in another ERB, after William Shakespeare, Stanley Kubrick, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Stan Lee.
    • He is also the second creator to appear in a battle before his work, after Shakespeare.
  • He is mentioned several times by the Joker in The Joker vs Pennywise.