Gerald Winters and Son, new Stephen King-centric bookstore, opens in Bangor

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Gerald Winters and Son, the new bookstore offering rare and signed books, with a specialty in Stephen King, has opened in downtown Bangor.

The shop, located at 48 Main St. and run by Gerald Winters, a recent transplant to Bangor, features an array of rare books, including first editions, limited editions, galleys, proofs and signed copies. Winters specializes in books from King, ranging from first editions of most of King’s books to rare Japanese and European editions, as well as a number of letters from King and other ephemera, like copies of King’s old fan newsletter and an extremely rare action figure modeled on King’s appearance on “The Simpsons.” Winters also does a brisk rare book business online. 

In addition to works from King, Winters deals in works from major fantasy and science fiction authors, including rare and signed books from J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin and J.K. Rowling. He also has a small collection of regularly-priced trade paperbacks from various popular authors, for sale in the Bangor shop.

Regular downtown Bangor visitors have likely noticed Winters’ window display, which has been up for the past month. Winters installed his interpretation of an iconic scene from King’s book “IT,” featuring the storm drain that Pennywise the clown appears to George Denbrough, along with an abandoned bike, a bloody boot and scary hands reaching out to grab the next victim.

In order to achieve the most realistic depiction of the scene, Winters actually contacted Bangor Public Works to find the right storm drain. King modeled the street where George encounters Pennywise on the very real Jackson Street in Bangor — off Union Street, near the Thomas Hill Standpipe. Winters went to where Bangor Public Works stores such items and, after searching through manholes and other supplies, found the exact make and model of the storm drain on Jackson Street. He purchased the storm drain and, with the help of several others, brought the 200-pound piece of metal to his shop, where it’s displayed today.

Gerald Winters and Son is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, like the shop on Facebook. 

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.