Why Is Stephen King On My Couch?

Stephen King, Maine, writing, horror, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’ve lived in Maine for a delightful thirteen years now, Modern Philosophers, and The House on the Hill is strategically located only a few miles from Stephen King’s stately, easily recognizable mansion.

Yet I’ve never once run into Maine’s most famous resident, who happens to be one of my favorite authors.

And I’m kinda pissed about it!

Most people I know here have a story about running into King at some point around town.  He used to be just a regular guy you’d bump into at the grocery store, or nod to at a sporting event.

I’m pretty sure everyone I know in Maine used to go trick or treating at his house, where he and his wife would hand out king size candy bars.

But nothing for me.  I got a rock in the Stephen King department.

Back in the old days, when I was an innocent newlywed, J and I spent out honeymoon in Maine.  It was our first trip to our future home, and one of the stops on our whirlwind romantic tour was Stephen King’s house.  There was even a photo in our wedding album of me smiling brightly in front of the famous spooky wrought iron gates.

Yes, I was that much of a geek even then.

No, I did not see Stephen King on that visit, either.

Since it's King's house, do that make it a castle?This is why it came as a total shock when I entered the living room yesterday morning and discovered the man himself sitting on my couch.

He appeared to be quite comfortable and there was no sign of forced entry.

Perhaps my frequent house guest, The Devil, had given him a key.  All I know is that Stephen King was sitting on my couch, watching my TV, and acting like this was all completely normal.

It was pretty much like something out of one of his short stories, which made me suddenly fear for my life.

Luckily, I was in no real danger because it all turned out to be a dream.  Even in my subconscious, I still don’t get to spend any time with the man.

What the hell is that about?

I’ve been having some very weird dreams lately.  I blame that on the heat, my total exhaustion from working so many hours of overtime, and the stress that has my mind racing and my heart off kilter.

Why Stephen King, though?  Maybe it has to do with my working harder on my writing lately.  Perhaps it’s because I just started a new book by him…The Long Walk.

The Long Walk. I recommend it.Have you read it?  It’s pulled me right in and has my creative juices flowing.  Just this afternoon, in fact, I hastily scribbled down an idea for a new screenplay.

I’d much prefer to burn brain cells creatively while working on a new story idea, instead of simply wasting them on endless hours of mindless office work.

I’m still not sure what the hell Stephen King was doing on my couch, but my weary mind certainly welcomed the distraction.

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About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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14 Responses to Why Is Stephen King On My Couch?

  1. amommasview says:

    I will put it on my reading list…

  2. amommasview says:

    Not sure though, if I really want to read it… knowing Stephen Kind… It will give me nightmares…

  3. lindahobden says:

    Oh yes, I’m a bigfan of Stephen King & I’ll add The Long Walk to my reading list. 😊 Must admit, I rarely recognise famous people and can chat away without giving a hint of recognition…. 😳

  4. LucyJartz says:

    My dad has a Stephen King story, and a book club subscription that I am too lighthearted to read, but all I have is a picture of the gates in my album too. Ah Maine, where famous people can be so at home that you don’t even realize you met them. “What? Is that Stephen King in a flannel shirt and a flap eared hat? Nah, couldn’t be. Must be a tourist.”

  5. Jennifer says:

    I used to read Stephen in my 20’s and I’d stay up all night long reading one of his novels. Kind of freaky to be reading The Stand at 3am in the morning and all of a sudden get the sniffles. Gives me nightmares now.

  6. Aleksandra says:

    I love the Long Walk. Although to be honest among the 50+ books by uncle Steve there are more likes then dislikes, so it is really not saying much 😉

  7. Crimson says:

    The Long Walk is a very good story but it’s also depressing and sad, mainly because it’s all children on the walk. It’s kind of like an older version of the Hunger Games, no? It has that feel to it. Either way, like all of his works, a great read.

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