Tabitha and Stephen King Turn Their Home Into Archive and Writers’ Retreat



Earlier this week, the Bangor City Council approved Tabitha and Stephen King’s request to rezone their Victorian castle-like mansion for use as a nonprofit. The spooky couple can now turn their home into an archive and writers’ retreat. Behind the wrought iron gate with winged serpents and monstrosities stands two houses. One of the houses will become the writers’ retreat, while the other will become the archive. I’m hoping the archive will also contain Tabitha’s work as well. It would be a great shame if her work is not included. The archive will be maintained by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

Update from Stephen King:

“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,” Stephen King wrote on Facebook. “The zoning change getting press coverage was the first step. We are one to two years away from an operating retreat. The archives formerly held at the University of Maine will be accessible for restricted visits by appointment only. There will not be a museum and nothing will be open to the public, but the archives will be available to researchers and scholars.”


In a 1983 essay released by the Bangor Historical Society, King wrote that he suspected the home disapproved of him at first.

“The parlor seemed cold in a way that had little to do with temperature,” he wrote. “The cat would not go into that room; the kids avoided it. My oldest son was convinced there were ghosts in the turret towers (that idea was probably more due to the Hardy Boys than to parental influence).”

Fitting for a horror writer, huh?

Tabitha and Stephen King chose Bangor over Portland. Bangor became the inspiration of Derry, Maine and the rest is history.

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