Undead cats, rabid dogs and ghosts: Why Buzzfeed thinks Maine is the world’s scariest place

Stephen King, holding a glass dome in promotion of the second season of the CBS television show based on his novel, "Under the Dome." The new season premieres on June 30. (CBS photo distributed by MCT)

Stephen King, holding a glass dome in promotion of the second season of the CBS television show based on his novel, “Under the Dome.” The new season premieres on June 30. (CBS photo distributed by MCT)

This is mostly Stephen King’s fault.

Buzzfeed posted its latest listicle about Maine on Wednesday, this time steering clear of all the celebratory “great ocean views” and “delicious seafood” items that usually mark a good pandering Maine listicle.

This one is titled: “13 Reasons Maine is the Scariest Place in the World.”

To help reinforce this designation, I just reported yesterday that the Jason Voorhees from the first “Friday the 13th” movie is coming to Portland next month.

Paul Doiron (BDN file photo by John Holyoke)

Paul Doiron (BDN file photo by John Holyoke)

Tip of the cap to BDN newsroom leader Anthony Ronzio for pointing this one out to me, and to thriller writer Paul Doiron, who apparently crafted this piece for Buzzfeed and with whom I’ve actually talked at length about Maine’s unique place in the world of spooky pop fiction.

To flesh out Maine’s scariness, Doiron devotes four of the 13 reasons listed to bestselling horror writer Stephen King:

  • No. 2: Maine vampires aren’t sexy vampires (which is illustrated by an ugly fanged ghoul from King’s 1975 novel “‘Salem’s Lot”).
  • No. 3: You wouldn’t want to pet their dogs (which is illustrated by a gif of the violent, rabid dog Cujo from King’s 1981 novel of the same name)…
  • No. 4: Or their cats (which is illustrated by a hissing back-from-the-dead cat from King’s 1983 novel “Pet Sematary”).
  • And No. 12: Stephen King himself.

Also making an appearance on the list is Casper the Friendly Ghost, who haunted a home in Friendship, Maine, in that fictional world.

(Courtesy MacMillan Publishers)

(Courtesy MacMillan Publishers)

Paul didn’t make any direct mention of Maine as the setting for ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” in which an evil witch takes refuge in the fictional town of Storybrooke as the community’s mayor in disguise.

But he does have some humorously scary takes on some of Maine’s other iconic features, such as our lobsters, weather and rocky shore. Click here for the full list.

If I were to offer some friendly amendments to Paul’s list, I’d suggest Maine’s unusually high number of UFO sightings and local Bigfoot mythology.

I’d be a poor sport about this whole thing if I didn’t mention here that Paul’s latest novel, “The Bone Orchard,” goes up for sale on July 15. If the Buzzfeed rankings had been expanded to 20 or had Paul been a little less humble, there could’ve been an argument for a few more mentions of his own spine-tingling Maine twists in the list.