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Meet the Folks Behind the Tour

Penney, Jamie, and Stu Tinker are lifelong residents of Bangor, Maine. They owned and operated Betts Bookstore for 20 years, where they specialized in Stephen King books and memorabilia. The family’s knowledge of the King world in and around “Derry” is second to none.

a man sitting on a bench in front of a statueWe have been Stephen King Fans since 1974 when Carrie was first published and have remained so ever since. In 1990, we bought Betts Bookstore and always kept a complete catalog of both Stephen and Tabitha’s works in stock in hardcover and paperback for 20 years. Because of the help that the Kings gave us, we became well known throughout the world as the place to go to for Stephen King items. During the last 9 years that we owned the store, we were 100% Stephen King. After selling the store, we decided to do Stephen King Tours here in “Derry”, something we had done for the SKEMERs originally years ago, and it has become a tremendous hit. We’ve met people from all over the world, all brought together by the love and enjoyment of Steve’s stories.

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