Legendary horror writer Stephen King recently announced that he will be opening up his property to his fellow writers and literary scholars.
King’s home in Bangor, Maine has become something of a tourist hotspot since it served as the inspiration for the town in the “It” novel. Visitors often take photos outside of his red house and its wrought-iron gates—but now, the estate will reportedly be used to house all of his literary archives.
The Bangor City Council recently approved a re-zoning request from King and his wife to officially designate the house as a nonprofit space for the archives, which—up until now—have been kept at the University of Maine. The archives will be made available to scholars and researchers by appointment only.
Not only that, King made a Facebook post about his plans to transform the house next door to his home on 47 West Broadway into a writer’s retreat.
“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,” says King. “The zoning change getting press coverage was the first step. We are 1 to 2 years away from an operating retreat.”
Though King and his wife do not often spend time at their Bangor home, the city council has been eager to accommodate the family’s intentions for the property.
City Councilor Ben Sprague told Rolling Stone: “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. Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community.”
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