Stalking Stephen King
So when we were noodling ideas on where to go on our summer vacation and we stumbled on Bar Harbor, and I realized that to get to Bar Harbor we'd have to drive through Bangor, Maine, my fascination with Stephen King helped seal the deal. I was introduced to the idea of Maine through the works of Stephen King: Salem's Lot, Carrie, Cujo, Pet Semetary, The Tommyknockers, and of course, It. I think It scared me worse than any other book in my life, and it's actually set in the town of Bangor, masquerading as "Derry."
I was delighted to find out that the Bangor visitors and convention bureau actually sponsors the Tommyknockers and More Bus Tour of Bangor, a tour of some of the places immortalized in King's work - and then was crushed to realize we will be missing the first tour of the season by a scant five days.
Reading this article in Maine Today about Stephen King's Maine, I followed references to Bett's Bookstore in the heart of Bangor, home of a giant collection of King's works and memorabilia. I sent a quick e-mail to the owner briefly outlining my fascination with Stephen King, our upcoming vacation and my disappointment at missing the bus tour. He returned my e-mail the same afternoon, saying he'd be glad to give me a copy of the same map they use for the tour if I'd like to stop by the store.
In my ongoing
So, our trip to Maine will be memorable for many, many reasons. There's a playdate scheduled with an old bloggy friend I can't wait to meet, and the boys' first trip to the ocean (and out of the country, for that matter.) There will definitely be my first-ever visit to Target.
But Stephen King? I've got shivers just thinking about it.