Photo Courtesy of the Sun JournalTalk Stephen King posted about this first and I thought it was too good to not link to here.

I even liked his idea for a title.

Mark LaFlamme at the Sun Journal writes about the real places and people mentioned in King Books.

Somewhere amid this cluster of storefronts, beneath the old mill building that looms like a bully, I should find a time machine that exists in the pantry of a diner. I know it's here because I've been reading Stephen King's newest novel "11/22/63" and so many things from the book have already proven to exist in the real world.

Like the Kennebec Fruit Company, known locally as The Moxie Store. Like Frank Anicetti, the store proprietor who sits on a bar stool waiting for a friend – or more recently, strangers – to come by.

About a week ago, Frank Anicetti became unequivocally the coolest person I know. Not because of the stories he tells or the Moxie memorabilia he sells at his store, but because he appears – as himself, mind you – in King's latest novel.

"The proprietor of the Fruit Company," King writes at the start of the book, "an elderly sweet-natured man named Frank Anicetti, had once told me the world's population divided naturally (and probably by genetic inheritance) into two groups: the tiny but blessed elect who prized Moxie above all other potables . . . and everybody else."

I found Frank Anicetti and discovered him to be all of those things. And if he is real, then maybe the time machine is, too. And so I find myself once more prowling the landscape of a Stephen King novel in search of that weird place where fiction and the real world blend so beautifully.

Great article with lots of facts about the real and not real places in Maine highlighted in Stephen King books.

Check it out here.

 

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