The Town Of Castle Rock, Found In Many Stephen King Works, Was Inspired By Which Novel?
Answer: Lord of the Flies
In the Stephen King literary universe, there exists a troubled town called Castle Rock, Maine. The fictional small town is the primary setting of a host of King’s novels including: The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things. It’s also referred to in other works like Pet Sematary, The Stand, It, Gerald’s Game, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and other novels as well as numerous short stories.
Stephen King named the town after the hill-top fort the castaway boys in William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies inhabit. In a rather novel, if you’ll pardon the pun, twist of events, the film and television production company Castle Rock Entertainment was named after the fictional location in the Stephen King universe and, in turn, Castle Rock Entertainment produced the 1990 adaptation of Lord of the Flies–bringing it all full circle.
If you’re curious how a film company ended up named after a fictional town, it was named such by company co-founder and director Rob Reiner in a nod to Stephen King after he found success directing the film Stand by Me (an adaptation of King’s novella The Body).
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