There's something magical about being where you know the greats have been. Writing in the place where the people that inspired you once wrote. Now, you can travel to Bangor, Maine, and sit inside Stephen King's (haunted) house -- and write!
The Bangor City Council unanimously approved Friday a request by King and his wife to rezone their home as a non-profit. This would allow them to house an archive of King’s work and up to five writers at a time. So, basically there is a Stephen King Museum you can live and write in.
By appointment only, obviously.
“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.”
Those of you who are fans of King's work will recognize Bangor as inspiration for Derry, Maine, where King set It.
On his Facebook page, King himself shared more details about the retreat. He wrote:
“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. The zoning change getting press coverage was the first step. We are one to two years away from an operating retreat. 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.”
Once they share the process for how to book your stay (and best practices to avoid the Old Lady in the tub from Room 237), we will let you know.