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The 50 Coolest Fictional Cities

26. Castle Rock, Maine

First Appeared: The Dead Zone (1979)
Founding Father: Stephen King
Notable Residents: Johnny Smith, Cujo, Thad Beaumont, Sheriff Alan Pangborn, Polly Chalmers

As his career has progressed, Stephen King has obsessively knit together most of the fictional places spread across his prolific output. Castle Rock, though, remains a central point, a capitol, if you will, among the terrible places King's characters find themselves battling in. A small town packed with secrets, Castle Rock has been the setting for The Dead Zone, Cujo, and Needful Things, as well a number of short stories. It first appeared on screen in the adaptation of King's masterful novella "The Body"; you know it as Stand By Me.

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