Castle Rock (Stephen King)

Castle Rock (Stephen King)

Castle Rock (Stephen King)

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Castle Rock, Maine is part of Stephen King’s fictional Maine topography, and as such serves as the setting for a number of his novels, novellas, and short stories. Built similarly to the prototypical King town of Jerusalem's Lot (featured in the novel 'Salem's Lot) and the town of Derry (featured in the novel It, Insomnia, and Dreamcatcher), Castle Rock is a typical small New England town with several dark secrets.

Castle Rock first appeared in the novel The Dead Zone, and has been used in several other King works since (see list below). King originally intended to stop using Castle Rock as the setting of his works after the novel Needful Things, although this was followed by an epilogue in the short story It Grows On You. Castle Rock was later mentioned in works such as Riding the Bullet and as part of the setting for Bag Of Bones.

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Population of Castle Rock was 1280 by 1959 and around 1500 as of its final chronological appearance in Needful Things. In Creepshow (1982), there is a sign at the end of "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" that puts Portland at 37 miles, and Boston at 188 miles (it should be noted, though, that "Weeds," the previously written short story on which "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" was based, was actually set in New Hampshire in King's original story). Geographically this puts Castle Rock in the northern hemisphere of a 37-mile radius from Portland, Maine. This could include places such...
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