Stephen King's Spooky Maine Home Will Become an Archive and a Writer's Retreat
The author and his wife will no longer live at the residence, which will now host all of King's literary inspirations accumlated over his illustrious career.
UPDATE: After an overwhelming amount of literature fans and horror fanatics alike responded to his announcement, Stephen King himself has taken to his personal Facebook page to set the record straight on plans for his Bangor, Maine home. Original reports suggested that the author would throw open the doors to his historic (and appropriately spooky) two-story home to the public, creating a museum that would house King's literary archives as well as a writer's retreat. It appears, however, that King's home will remain closed to the public—though, writers will still get to stay nearby.
"There's been a lot of recent press—and some misinformation—about what's going on with the house at 47 West Broadway in Bangor," King wrote in a Facebook post, published on October 18. "We are in the very beginning of planning the writers' retreat at the house next door, providing housing for up to five writers in residence at a time... We are 1 to 2 years away from an operating retreat."
Diehard fans of King's works, which includes iconic horror titles like 1977's The Shining and 1986's IT, won't exactly be able to waltz into the writer's home to view the writer's archives. According to King, the archives—which were formally held at the University of Maine in Orono—will only be made available by appointment only, and will be kept safe in King's house in the future. "There will not be a museum and nothing will be open to the public, but the archives will be available to researchers and scholars," he shared.
King, 72, and his wife, Tabitha, 70, had made the request in order to turn the property in Bangor, Maine, into a museum that will house an archive of King's work—which is currently held at his alma mater, the University of Maine—as well as serve as a writer's retreat for up to five writers at a time.
The chosen writers will live in a guest house next door that King purchased in 2004, according to CBS, and people will have to schedule appointments to see materials in the archives.
"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," City Councilor Ben Sprague told Rolling Stone. "Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community."
With a towering wrought-iron fence—detailed with spiders and bat-winged creatures—the large estate has become a hot spot for King fans over the years. Many often stop by to snap a picture of the mysterious residence.
In a 1983 essay, King explained that the idea for It began brewing when he first moved into the home in Bangor.
"I had a very long book in mind, a book which I hoped would deal with the way myths and dreams and stories—stories, most of all—become a part of the everyday life of a small American city," he wrote.
The book takes place in the fictional Maine town of Derry that appears in many of King's other books, and is based on Bangor.
King and his wife will no longer live at the residence, opting to stay at their second home in Florida where they enjoy more privacy, Warren Silver, their attorney told CBS.