For the best part of the past half a century, Stephen King has given some of the finest fantasy, horror, sci-fi and suspense novels to the literary world. Fans of the acclaimed author are probably already aware that Maine is the place that he calls home. Many of his tales, and their subsequent cinema and television adaptations, are set to a backdrop of the state’s small towns and their idiosyncrasies. These once unassuming towns are peppered with curious landmarks that inspired King and provide fanatics with the nightmare-including fixes they crave.
This literary journey begins in the city of Bangor, where the Losers Club battled with perhaps the most fearsome clown ever known. It then moves on to explore the Pet Sematary in the serene towns of Orrington, Hancock and Ellsworth. The locations lay scattered around south-central Maine and are comfortable to discover on a self-guided road trip. Or there’s an option to take guided tours with a family of diehard King enthusiasts.