(RNN) - The home where Stephen King was living when he was inspired to write one of his famous horror novels is now for sale for $255,000.
Zillow.com describes the 4-bedroom, 3-bath home in Orrington, Maine, as a 113-year-old historic charmer" on three acres of property. It includes "wood floors, a country kitchen with butler's pantry, "potting room" porch, luminous all-season sun porch, and beautiful and bright formal dining and living rooms."
King was living in that home while serving as writer-in-residence at the University of Maine in early 1979 when his daughter Naomi's pet cat, Smucky, was hit by a truck and died.
King buried the cat in an informal pet cemetery in the woods, and then had to explain the loss to his daughter.
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The idea for the novel came to King three days after the cat's death as he was ruminating about life and death.
King explained on his website:
"I can remember crossing the road, and thinking that the cat had been killed in the road. And (I thought) what if a kid died in that road? And we had had this experience with Owen running toward the road, where I had just grabbed him and pulled him back. And the two things just came together - on one side of this two-lane highway was the idea of what if the cat came back, and on the other side of the highway was what if the kid came back - so that when I reached the other side, I had been galvanized by the idea, but not in any melodramatic way. I knew immediately that it was a novel."
In the novel, Dr. Louis Creed discovers something sinister in the woods of rural Maine after he buries the family cat. Long story short: Sometimes dead things don't stay dead.
The current owners, Lin and Loe Dosen, inherited the home recently and want to sell it so they can move to Tennessee, the Bangor Daily News said.
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