'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot

Book - 2011 | Illustrated edition
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Salem's Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course there are tales of strange happenings - but not more than in any other town its size.Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed - nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror .
Publisher: London : 2011. Hodder,
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Edition: Illustrated edition
ISBN: 9781444708141
Branch Call Number: AF KING

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DBRL_MattS May 09, 2018

I'm a sucker for stories about small towns with dark secrets. I'm not a sucker for vampires. Having said that, I enjoyed King's second novel quite a bit. It has several genuinely creepy moments, including an infant vampire and a group of vampire children who take their revenge on an abusive bus driver. I'm having a hard time going to the basement at night now, as I'm sure I'm going to see a pale, undead face peering through a window every time I go down to do a load of laundry. Thanks, Stephen King.

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deebitner
Mar 02, 2018

One of the most interesting things about some of the reading I've been doing lately is noticing the changes in writers over time. It doesn't have to be over as much time as passed for Stephen King between <i>'Salem's Lot</i> and <i>Black House</i> or even <i>The Green Mile</i>, but I did enjoy the very subtle differences and was grateful for the big ones.

Most clearly, the King who wrote the latter books is a lot different than the King who wrote the first. He still talks beer, he still draws good characters. In the case of <i>Lot</i>, though, I never had the feeling that there were characters like the super-literate biker gang or the tough grandmother in him. The closest he comes is Mabel Werts, but the characters in <i>Lot</i> are more coarsely drawn for all their believability. He's still going with schoolteachers and writers, and that's fine! Later on, he'll reach a lot farther.

That said, this is a fantastic vampire story. He takes a lot of the vulnerabilities and abilities from popular culture, but before vampires were tired this was perfectly acceptable. King was never afraid to kill off characters and the bloodbath here is more than figurative. Character after character falls to the evil infesting the town. I think one of the most chilling parts is the one where he describes how the town is dead - it just doesn't know it yet. The breakdown of the police is appalling. It's fantastic.

It's not my favorite King book. But it acquits itself well, especially if you're willing to put yourself back into the 1970s and remember how it was then - and the terror it would have brought at the time. 4 of 5 stars.

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rcschoen
Nov 06, 2017

Really well written - more on the literary side for King. Although i did find there to be far too many characters.

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Spacek76
Apr 26, 2017

One of my favourites. No one else's books capture the history of a place in all it's nostalgia and creep like Stephen King. Great summertime horror for me.

JCLMelodyMK Apr 05, 2017

Not nearly as full of gore as many of the current books are, yet well written and can still make you think about old houses. King even tips his hat to Shirley Jackson using a quote from her book the Haunting of Hill House.( I really liked that one too.)
"'And whatever walked there, walked alone.' You asked what my book was about. Essentially, it’s about the recurrent power of evil.” That seems to sum it all up. I was engaged and interested in the book until the very end.

athompson10 Feb 29, 2016

Classic horror. This was the first Stephen King I read when it was published back in the '70s and I re-read it recently. The story isn't as scary as my old memories made it out to be but it's well told with good development and a dawning sense of creepiness throughout. Nice ending too!

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pea46
Jan 25, 2013

I read this recently, after having read it many years ago - still as good a book as I remembered, though not his best work. I have always thought "The Shining" was his best.

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kittybay
Aug 23, 2012

Not one of his best, but an original vampire novel that's pretty good. I still enjoy his early works much more than his newer (post accident) books. I feel his brush with death (how ironic) has actually erased his true talent.

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Abbess
Aug 20, 2012

Very early King and possibly not his best-written book, but it's one of my favorites of his - and the tv miniseries made from it in the late 1970s ain't bad either! (the newer tv series was tacky and dull IMO)

This book is actually a bit less over-the-top than many of his later books became, it's a really nice "take" on vampires in New England, mixed with life in an incestuous small town in Maine.

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forestofmagic
Nov 19, 2010

I read this book in a few days, and, let me tell you, it was hard to put down. I stayed up late reading it a few nights, and never really found a good place to put in my bookmark. (It was especially hard to stop reading when my teacher would start talking and a vampire was attacking someone...)

Very good descriptions, and very vivid images. These are in no way sparkly "Twilight" vampires. I strongly recommend this if you feel like you're losing your appreciation for the vampire race.

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Sabrina Prem Sep 02, 2010

When an old vampire comes to a small town named Jerusalem's Lot, strange things begin to happen. At night, kids are letting vampires in to their homes and are turning into even more. The town is crawling with vampires until it's left to a young boy and his older friend, an author, to defeat them all and burn down the horrible town for good.

joshcarr Oct 15, 2009

A small New England town is taken over by vampires.

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