The Home That Inspired Stephen King's Pet Sematary Is Up for Sale

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In 1979, while teaching at the University of Maine at Orono, Stephen King rented a home in the tiny town of Orrington. The four-bedroom house sat next to a busy road, and many a neighborhood pet—including a cat that belonged to King’s daughter Naomi—had met an untimely fate on its asphalt. The animals were interred in a pet cemetery in the woods behind King's rental.

These grisly accidents inspired King's seminal 1983 novel Pet Sematary—and now, the A.V. Club reports that the home is up for sale, with an asking price of $255,000.

The historic 113-year-old house sits on three acres of land and comes with amenities including two large, sunlit porches; a wood-burning stove in the kitchen; and a multi-car garage with a separate room that could be converted into an apartment.

You can check out some photos of the Pet Sematary home below—but if you end up purchasing it, consider making Fluffy and Fido indoor pets.

 The Orrington, Maine home that inspired author Stephen King’s famed novel 'Pet Sematary’ is up for sale.
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 The Orrington, Maine home that inspired author Stephen King’s famed novel 'Pet Sematary’ is up for sale.
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 The Orrington, Maine home that inspired author Stephen King’s famed novel 'Pet Sematary’ is up for sale.
Zillow

 The Orrington, Maine home that inspired author Stephen King’s famed novel 'Pet Sematary’ is up for sale.
Zillow

 The Orrington, Maine home that inspired author Stephen King’s famed novel 'Pet Sematary’ is up for sale.
Zillow

 The Orrington, Maine home that inspired author Stephen King’s famed novel 'Pet Sematary’ is up for sale.
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[h/t The A.V. Club]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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