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Stephen King’s Spooky Home in Maine Is Being Turned Into a Museum

It's located in the same town that inspired It.

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The very home where Stephen King wrote the famous tale of It (and the home where he and his wife, Tabitha King, also raised their children) will now officially be made into a museum honoring the author and his work. It will also be used as a writers' retreat, so aspiring horror novelists can soak in all the spooky vibes of the mansion in Bangor, Maine.

On Wednesday, the Bangor City Council approved King and his wife's request to rezone the home as a nonprofit so that they could use it to house all of King's archives, and allow up to five writers to stay there for retreats.

“The King Family has been wonderful to the City of Bangor over time and have donated literally millions of dollars to various causes in the community,” one of the city councilors, Ben Sprague, told Rolling Stone. “Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community.”

King's archives were formerly held at the University of Maine, the writer's alma mater, and will now be moved to the Bangor home. Writers, scholars, and Stephen King fanatics will now be able request to see these materials—but only by appointment.

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

While Stephen King's mansion does attract a lot of tourists, it'll not be put to good use—and might even inspire the next hit horror novel.


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