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Stand By Me

Chris Chambers

Stephen King

The Body

Rob Reiner

Gordie Lachance

Teddy Duchamp

Vern Tessio

Castle Rock

Ray Brower

Different Seasons

New England

Stephen King Country

George Beahm

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Stephen King Country

by George Beahm.
First published in 1999.

ISBN 0-7624-0456-6 (Paperback, 144 Pages)

One for Stand By Me fans this, as Stephen King expert, George Beahm, journeys around one of America's New England states, Maine, photographing most, if not all, of the local landmarks that have inspired King throughout his esteemed writing career. Such sites have, as a result, appeared, in one form or another in his many of his horror stories and Beahm goes to great lengths to point each of them out.

Towards the end of the book, the author considers the novella The Body, acknowledged as King's most autobiographical work to date.

Most people who know this story came to know it not because of its print publication in Different Seasons but because of Castle Rock's masterful film adaptation, Stand By Me. King and Reiner saw the film together at a public theatre; afterward, Reiner said he could see that King was visibly moved.

As well as a picture of one of Stand By Me's publicity posters there's also a full-page photograph of a railroad trestle at Lisbon Falls - very much like the one near the Back Harlow Road seen in the movie. So much so in fact that one almost expects to see Teddy, Vern, Gordie and Chris walk along it at any moment.

In "The Body," four boys - including the narrator Gordon "Gordie" Lachance - take a trek to see Brower's body and, in doing so, make a journey toward adulthood, from innocence to experience.

After the boys encounter leeches in a pond hugging close to shore - one drawn from King's teen experiences with leeches at Runaround Pond in Durham - the four boys have to travel, by foot, sixteen miles to reach Back Harlow Road, near Royal River (on a real-world map, it is west of Pownal and Durham, with train tracks running parallel to it).

The four finally find Brower's body, but it is anticlimatic. To use an appropriate cliché, it was the journey, not the destination, that was important.

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