The King and I
But when I say I grew up in the shadow of Stephen King, I mean something more. During my lifetime Stephen King redefined the state of Maine. It went from being one sort of place before he started writing his bestsellers, and then slowly - novel by novel - it became something altogether different. Because of books written by Stephen King, Maine became world-famous for being scary. We forget about it now, but before Carrie, not a lot of people in Munich or Hong Kong or Rio had even heard of Maine. These days, you travel in Europe and someone asks you where you're from, and you say, "Maine," you're apt to get this for a response: "I know Maine! It's where Cujo's from, yes?" In fact, I heard these very words once in Brussels.
So in a manner of speaking you can say that the Maine tourists come to see wouldn't exist without Stephen King. In the August issue of Down East we decided to pay homage to his enduring impact. We can only hope he forgives us.
Ed in Chief, fanboy
You won't find this town in any Maine guidebook, but it's just the sort of place
tourists are dying to visit. With apologies to the King of Horror.
Chris Van Dusen