Maine is the horror capital of the world.
Don’t think so? Clearly you haven’t devoured a Stephen King novel, seen a King feature film nor watched any of the Maine based horror master’s frightfully fun TV mini-series. True, not every single story is set in Maine, but many are not only based directly in Maine, but there’s often some reference to the New England state.
His childhood home no doubt inspired King as upbringing has an influence on every writer. Even so, when you think of Maine, you may dreamily imagine the beautiful open countryside, or the tasty bottled water. Poland Spring which is bottled there and sold along with the catchy tagline – Poland Spring, What It Means To Be From Maine. It’s certainly something most Americans are familiar with about the state. Often Stephen King will set a story in the fictional town of Derry or Castle Rock – so even when King does base a story in Maine, he’s doing it with a fictional flair.
For over three decades, Stephen King’s masterful writing of horror, fantasy and shocking science fiction thrillers has earned him the rightful title of Horror King. Although he sets his fictional horror romps in Maine, the state boasts its own share of real ghost stories to shiver our collective spines. Here’s just a few.
The York Witch Project
York – Old York Cemetery
Mary Miller Jason by all local accounts was a witch. Ever since passing on in 1774, she’s been haunting the Old York Cemetery. Famous as a skilled herbalist and dealing in the powerful rights of spiritual and demonic exorcism, Mary’s familiars are black crows and they can be seen to gather around her gravestone regularly.
(Source: Schulte, Ghosts..Coast of Maine, p. 143.)
Richard “Crazy Eye” Stonewall
Scarborough – Massacre Pond (formerly Black Point)
This is a vengeful ghost. Richard “Crazy Eye” Stonewall reportedly joined the military after his wife and infant son were murdered by Indians. Seeking to avenge their deaths, he supposedly killed every Indian he encountered. He died in 1697, yet his bloody apparition is sometimes still seen at Massacre Pond where he was buried.
(Source: Schulte, Ghosts..Coast of Maine, p. 125.)
Soldier Who Never Made It To Vietnam
Rockland – former location of Jewell’s Boutique
George Golden, according to local legends was tragically killed in an auto accident en route to military service in Vietnam. Now, he reportedly haunts this shop which was once a funeral home. It’s said that he moves things around constantly, engaging in classic poltergeist type behavior.
(Source of Boutique legend: Schulte, Ghosts..Coast of Maine, p. 15.)
Girl Picking Flowers
Lincolnville – Mt. Megunticook Trail
A transparent figure of 13-year-old Sarah Whitesell can be seen at the mountaintop of “Maiden’s Cliff”, the place she tragically plunged to her death while picking flowers in May 1965. The height of her ghostly visits was reported in the 1930’s to 1940’s, with her most recent documented sighting in 1976.
(Source: Schulte, Ghosts..Coast of Maine, p. 21.)
Bucksport – Cemetery
Locals tell of a young woman who was decapitated in the 1960’s, with her head then cruelly and unceremoniously tossed into a reservoir. The woman’s body was never recovered, so it was thought the sea claimed it. Now on especially foggy evenings, many people witness the headless ghost of a woman walking the road, in search of her lost head.