Stephen King House
West Broadway and 13th Street
The master of horror lives in Bangor Maine. You know who that is: Stephen King, famous author of the world’s spookiest novels.
His house looks just like you’d expect. Black wrought-iron bat-winged fences with spider webs and three headed reptiles stand guard as does the neighbor’s black cat, Monty. The building, painted blood red with white trim is easily found. Adoring fans may flock to the site, but King never invites them inside.
The Victorian house, built in 1858, has been home to the King family, Stephen, Tabitha, and their children since 1980.
The Maine native churns out the most frightening books ever written. Never read one on a stormy dark night; You’ll jump out of your skin when anything goes bump in the night.
King admits that even he’s scared by his own “Pet Sematary.”
This terrifying novel is based on the real Bangor Mount Hope Cemetery. Two fictional cemeteries appear in the “Pet Sematary.” One is where children bury their dead pets. The other, the “real cemetery,” was supposedly an old Native American burial ground. The novel tells of rumors that animals buried here come back to life.
A new family moves to Ludlow, and their daughter’s cat, Church, is hit and killed by a car. A local man tells her father that he should bury the animal in the “real” one. The dead cat does return acting strangely. Terror, mayhem, grisly murders and zombies follow quickly, too quickly.
With its dark, sinister ending, horror fans gobbled up the book. Watch a trailer of the film here: https://youtu.be/jpjpUOXQZac
Most of Stephen King’s novels use Maine towns as inspirations. Bangor landmarks motivating King include:
The Thomas Hill Standpipe for “It”
The Waterworks for “Graveyard Shift”
Bangor Opera House for “Firestarter”
Dysarts’s Truck Stop and Restaurant for “Trucks”
Stephen King is a big man: 6′ 4″ and 220 lbs. His size didn’t make a difference when, in 1999, a car struck and critically injured him. He nearly stopped writing because of pain.
In 2010, King talked about how the accident changed his life and his writing. Video and transcript are at:
He also beat alcohol and drug addictions which nearly destroyed his life.
King worked as a college professor in 1978. He soon after wrote his classic non-fiction book “Danse Macabre.” King discusses how horror is portrayed in books, films, radio, and comics.
Bangor holds its rightful place in records of horrific murders. The notorious unsolved killing of a housekeeper at the Hotel Bangor House in 1965 leads the pack.
The killer, never found, brutally strangled poor Effie MacDonald with nylon stockings, wrapped tightly around her neck. Immediately, Bangor policed worried that this crime might be tied to the horrific Boston Strangler murders. Investigators dropped this theory when not enough evidence surfaced.
You may often encounter Bangor ghosts. Eerie sightings are part of the town’s history and culture. Locals insist spirits haunts the 1936 Thomas Hill House, site of today’s Bangor Historical Society and local museum.
If you plan on traveling to Bangor, please consider the Ghost Tours.
There’s also an active Bangor Ghost Hunters Association which investigates paranormal happenings. Association Director Harold Murray, an ordained minister, carries the bible and holy water just in case. But he also uses the latest paranormal technology.
Murray describes how the transparent head of a young boy came through a wall. The recorded video confirmed the ghost sighting.
One traveling businessman reports feeling watched and hearing footsteps on the hotel roof. Finally, after being nearly scared to death, he felt someone or something pull his blanket away and gently touch him.
In another part of Bangor, a couple claims their door opened and closed, and lights went on and off, all without help. They tell of a weird green mist bubbling up from the street. A ghostly young girl bounces a ball up and down the halls.
Bangor students say ghouls with red eyes appear in the local forest along with a big foot type creature. Visitors to Acadia Hospital, now abandoned, reported seeing a male ghost in a white doctor’s coat come out of an elevator and then disappear into a wall. Could it be the doctor who hanged himself in the Bangor hospital’s basement?
Stephen King declared, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and, sometimes, they win.”