In what country does "The Man in the Black Suit" by Stephen King take place?

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 "The Man in the Black Suit" is a short story by Stephen King that originally appeared in an October 1994 issue of The New Yorker magazine. The story is told from the point of view of Gary, now 90 years old and living in a nursing home, recollecting a terrifying experience he had as a nine-year-old child. His brother had died a few months before the episode recounted in the story from a bee sting. Gary drowses off while fishing and awakes to find a bee on his nose and is terrified that it might kill him. The Devil appears (the "man in the black suit" of the title) and kills the bee but then terrorizes the young child, who eventually runs away and grows up.

The setting is a farmhouse in a rural area near a stream and forest, outside the town of Motton, Maine in the United States. The year in which the young boy meets the strange man is 1914. 

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