Stephen King, like many of his most famous stories, is steeped in the essence of Maine. The bestselling author was raised in Maine, and has spent most of his adult life in the state; he currently resides in Bangor. Maine is also the state wherein fans of film and literature can find the fictional city of Castle Rock, a popular setting for many of King’s most enduring stories. Castle Rock, and the connections between various books and characters, will be explored in an upcoming Hulu series helmed by J.J. Abrams.
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Travel site GoWorldTravel.com has plenty of suggestion for Maine vacationers looking for the Stephen King experience. From the author’s birth-town to various lodges and inns where he worked as a dishwasher in his youth, they will direct you to a plethora of sights related to the master fear practitioner. One location, however, will be of particular interest to fans of The Mist, both Stephen King’s novella and the 2007 movie directed by Frank Darabont:
The Food City supermarket, in a little mall at 119 Main Street [in Bridgton], is a dead ringer for the grocery store in King’s surreal novella The Mist. A trip King made to a grocery store following a storm generated the idea for the novella.
Check out pictures of both below and I think you’ll agree: The similarities are undeniable. Hopefully you won’t encounter any Lovecraftian monstrosities or religious zealots demanding “expiation” in the aisles!
In 2007’s The Mist (Official Synopsis): After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.
The Mist has also been adapted into a TV series, set to begin airing sometime in 2017 on SpikeTV.
And a big “Thank You” goes out to by Twitter friend @bijancbayne for putting this item on my radar!