The home of authors Stephen and Tabitha King at 47 West Broadway in Bangor, Maine, will soon become a museum and writers’ retreat Rolling Stone is reporting this morning.
Last night the Bangor city council approved a re-zoning measure that would allow for the home to take on its new mission. The request was made by the Kings.
It will include an archive of the author’s work which can be visited by appointment only and will also house up to five writers at a time who are looking for a writing space. The Kings were not present during the meeting. The two have spent most of their time in recent years touring or in one of their other two residences.
The house has become a sort of tourist destination over the years with fans posing outside the home for pictures with the large red manor looming in the background.
Though he had several short stories included in various publications before then, his first real break came with Carrie in 1974. King has told the story many times about how his wife dug the novel out of the trash can, read it, and convinced him that he must finish it. Can you imagine that novel never seeing the light of day?!
Since then, Stephen King has published over 60 novels and hundreds of short stories and essays as well as several nonfiction books in his long and distinguished writing career.
Many of those stories were set in Derry, Maine, a fictional town that he created based on Bangor.
There is no word yet on exactly how writers can apply/take part in the retreat, but it’s something we will be keeping an eye on here at iHorror!
On Friday, October 18, Stephen King clarified the information about the archive and writers’s retreat, clarifying that the writer’s retreat would be the house next door, not his actual home. You can read his full post below.