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Stephen King’s Maine

Stephen King is synonymous with the Pine Tree State. The best-selling author, 73, has lived in the land of lobsters and lighthouses nearly his entire life, using the chilly surroundings as inspiration to build a literary universe. Several small towns in central Maine serve as the real-life backdrops for such famously inhospitable fictional settings as Castle Rock and Derry, which feature in his most famous novels—from It to Pet Sematary—and their onscreen adaptations. So come, take a tour of Uncle Stevie’s famous New England haunts—if you dare.

1. Banngor

King moved with his family to Bangor in 1979—and, giving it the fictional name Derry, he’s used the setting for many of his tales, including It (1986) and the 1994 novel Insomnia. The two locales share many landmarks, such as the giant Paul Bunyan statue possessed by the supernatural clown Pennywise. King still owns a home (pictured) in Bangor—and in 2019 he began converting the neighboring house into a writers’ retreat.

2. Durham

The author spent much of his childhood here, fueling his obsession with small-town America. Durham is located in the same geographical area as Castle Rock, the fictional backdrop of the Hulu show of the same name, as well as the books The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and The Body, later adapted into the movie Stand by Me—which, ironically, was filmed mostly in Oregon.

3. Thomaston

In the Stephen King universe, the Shawshank State Prison is Maine’s largest penitentiary, seen in all its brutal glory in the short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The real-life building (pictured) was demolished in 2002, but fans can visit the nearby Maine State Prison Showroom, which sells souvenirs produced by inmates—including Shawshank-themed hoodies.

4. Orrington

Before moving to Bangor, the King family lived next to this town’s pet cemetery—King was inspired to write the terrifying 1983 book Pet Sematary after the death of his daughter’s cat Smucky. “That night, after we buried [Smucky], we heard [my daughter] out in the garage…shouting, ‘God can’t have my cat, that cat is my cat!’” King told EW in 2019. “And I put all that in the book. Everything in the book, up to the point of the supernatural stuff, is true.”

5. Orono

Orono is home to the picturesque University of Maine, where King studied English in the late ’60s and served as writer in residence in 1978. (He also wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper and even met his future wife, Tabitha, in the library.) In Sematary, doctor Louis Creed (played by Jason Clarke in the 2019 film) is appointed director of the university’s campus health service, but moves his doomed family from Chicago to a house near Ludlow, a tiny town 100 miles north.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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A Colorfully Illustrated Map That Celebrates the Magic of Children’s Books With 50 Classic Titles

The creative people at Dorothy have released the “Children’s Book Map”, a very colorful print that celebrates the magic of children’s literature. This 50cm x70cm (19.6″x 27.5″) poster incorporates such iconic titles as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Harry Potter”, “Fantastic Mr Fox”, “If I Ran the Circus”, “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”, “Anne of Green Gables”, “Black Beauty” and “Where the Wild Things Are” and features illustrations by Tracy Worrall.

Order HERE for $£25.00.

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The United States of Movies — 51 Iconic Films

Movies have touched almost every aspect of the American experience — and just about every square inch of land. Entertainment Weekly picks the one film that best captures the spirit and story of each state.

Check out the list HERE.

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Walt Disney’s First Hand-Drawn Map of Disneyland To be Auctioned

Though dozens of Disneyland attractions that were in the original park have since been torn down or replaced, there are some still standing today that were a part of Walt Disney’s vision from the very beginning.

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors and became Walt Disney’s first theme park dream-come-true. But before that day could come, Walt needed investors.

The New York Times reported that a hand-drawn map, created by Walt himself and a friend named Herb Ryman, was completed “over one rushed weekend in September 1953 as part of a frantic effort to secure funding to build Disneyland.”

Now that map – the first piece of paper that shows Walt’s vision for Disneyland – is going to be auctioned off to one serious Disney fan.

Van Eaton Galleries will auction the map in June and its value is currently estimated at $750,000 to $1 million,

Take a closer look at the map HERE.

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Maps of The Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years From California to Shanghai

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It all started with a map. . . . Maps of the Disney Parks are more than just atlases used by guests to find their way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. They are snapshots of a place and time, relics treasured by collectors, and gorgeous pieces of artwork.

In fact, it was a map-imagined by Walt Disney and drawn by Herbert Ryman-that was used to sell the idea of Disneyland to investors. Unfold this book bursting with beautiful maps from when the very first Disney Park opened in 1955 right up to today.

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Discover details on how and why the domestic and international parks have changed over time, and enjoy six decades worth of skillful creativity. The 144 page hardcover book, Maps of The Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years From California to Shanghai will be available on October 18, 2016

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Plotted: A Literary Atlas By Andrew DeGraff

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Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew DeGraff ($25) is an incredibly wide-ranging collection of maps — all inspired by literary classics!

The book offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds. DeGraff’s stunningly detailed artwork takes readers deep into the landscapes from The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down, A Christmas Carol, and more. Sure to reignite a love for old favorites and spark fresh interest in more recent works as well, Plotted provides a unique new way of appreciating the lands of the human imagination.

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The 128 page hardcover will be released in October!

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This Map Shows How All The Future Marvel Movies Are Connected

There are plenty more Marvel superhero film to come. Disney and Marvel are releasing 19 movies and TV shows between now and 2019, and they are all interconnected. All these titles are building up to Avengers: Infinity Wars, Parts I and II, out in 2018 and 2019. These films will focus on the villain Thanos, who will try to gather six powerful gems called Infinity Stones to create an Infinity Gauntlet with the power to destroy the universe.

The Avengers (and probably some other heroes, like Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange) will have to stop him.

See how the heroes and villains connect to one another with this helpful guide courtesy of TIME.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Charts By Anthony Petrie Opening On January 9, 2015

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Charts by Anthony Petrie opens from 7-10 PM January 9, 2015 at Gallery 1988 West, 7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles CA. The gallery show features  fantastic maps and charts based on popular films and pop culture.

Charts will be on display through January 24, 2015 and all remaining prints will go on sale January 10, 2015 at www.gallery1988.com.

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Navdy

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Navdy ($300) is a head-up display (HUD) that allows drivers to use turn-by-turn navigation, make calls, and use smartphone apps, all without taking their eyes off the road. The Navdy display mounts atop the driver’s side dashboard and projects an image on a 5.1-inch transparent display.

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The driver interacts with Navdy through voice and gesture commands. Navdy is currently available for pre-order, and is scheduled to ship in early 2015.

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The Nerdiest States In America

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There’s a lot to consider when choosing which state to live in. Will the locals trade Pokemon cards with you? Will you be mocked for LARPing in the park? Will you meet others who enjoy dressing up like Star Wars characters? For those who harbor interests considered nerdy or geekish, not all states are created equal.

Estatelycrunched the numbers to determine which U.S. states have the most nerds per capita and you can check out their findings HERE.

Did your State make the list? Do you think they got it right?

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