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Stephen King to Turn Own Mansion into Archive and Retreat

Are you a writer looking for a scenic space to focus in on your work? Or perhaps you’re just looking for some spooky sight-seeing opportunities? Well, look no further!

If you are a scholar or a researcher you will soon be able to cruise through Stephen King’s own mansion located in Bangor, Maine.


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The mansion itself is a sight to see even without knowledge of its previous tenets, as the gates are decorated with spiderwebs and winged creatures, making it appear as if the home sprouted straight out of a scary story.



The horror author himself is unlikely to be present, stating that the home is meant to serve as both a retreat and an archive themed around King’s many works.

Rolling Stone reported that on October 16th King and his wife, Tabitha, received approval from the Bangor City Council to rezone their home as a non-profit. The mansion itself will function as a display of sorts, while the guest house behind the mansion will serve as a quiet retreat that can be used by up to five writers at a time.


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The Bangor City Council voted unanimously in favor of this change, as the house had already been attracting tourists. Tourism has been especially amped up in recent years with the success of the It movies, based on King’s work by the same name. Derry, the town where Pennywise wreaks havoc, is based on Bangor (at least aesthetically, I can’t personally prove that Bangor is full of blood-thirsty clowns).

King, along with city officials, hope that this change will be a way to better organize the attention that the site has already attracted.


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However, fans should be aware that entry beyond the home’s wrought iron gates is fairly exclusive. On Facebook, King stated:

“The archives formerly held at the University of Maine will be accessible for restricted visits by appointment only. There will not be a museum and nothing will be open to the public, but the archives will be available to researchers and scholars.”



David Gould, a Bangor planning officer, told New England Cable News, “[The Kings] did not want the house to become a Dollywood or some kind of tourist attraction, that would bring all sorts of people to the neighborhood, and they have other neighbors that live there.”

King also informed fans that it will take at least two years until the mansion is a fully functional archive, so mark your calendars for Halloween 2021!

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