Skip To Content

    Stephen King Is Turning His Iconic House Into A Writers' Retreat And Archive

    You could write the next great horror novel in his home...

    If you're a Stephen King fan you may be familiar with the famous Victorian mansion he calls home.

    Robert F. Bukaty / ASSOCIATED PRESS

    YES, it's surrounded by a very unique and VERY cool spiderweb and bat fence!!!

    For several decades, King and his wife Tabitha raised a family here. It's also where he wrote so many of his iconic novels. But lately, The Kings haven't really been living there.

    Ted Thai / Getty Images, Ted Thai / The LIFE Picture Collection / Via Getty

    According to New England Cable News, the Kings have spent most of their time at homes in Florida, Oxford County, Maine, and on the road in more recent years for more privacy.

    So, they're converting their Bangor property (which includes an equally beautiful Victorian home next door) into a non-profit center.

    Google Maps

    On Wednesday, the Kings' request was unanimously approved by the city.

    The non-profit center will house an archive of King's work...

    Peter Jones / Getty Images, Doubleday

    The archives will include ones formerly held at King's alma mater, the University of Maine. Visitors will be able to request these by appointment.

    ...and it will also serve as a retreat where up to five writers would be housed at a time.

    Google Maps

    The writers will be housed in the residence next door (the smaller, white, Victorian house).

    Bangor's planning officer, David Gould explained, the Kings "did not want the house to become a Dollywood or some kind of tourist attraction."

    And, according to locals, it's all good.

    "I think it's great [...] Steve and Tabitha have been so generous, not only to Bangor, but to the whole state. I mean, we have a swimming pool over there that's world-class that they built, the ball field... They do it from the heart, and they're not looking for publicity about it," said Stu Tinker, lifelong resident of Bangor and operator of the local SKTours.

    “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," City councilor Ben Sprague told Rolling Stone.

    You may not get a chance to hang out with King himself, but if you're lucky, maybe you'll get a chance to create the next horror masterpiece in his very home.

    Columbia Pictures