'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot

Book - 2011
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Random House, Inc.

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

Baker & Taylor
The author's classic novel about vampires in in small-town America is offered in a new edition, with this terrifying novel now accompanied by previously unpublished material from the author's archive, two short stories and eerie photographs that bring his fictional darkness and evil to vivid life. Reprint.

& Taylor

When a writer returns to his Maine home town, he discovers that the peaceful hamlet is being overrun by vampires and sets out to curb this ancient evil before it can spread.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2011
Edition: First Anchor Books mass-market edition
ISBN: 9780307743671
Branch Call Number: FIC King, S 2011
Characteristics: 653 pages ; 18 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.4 23.0 18946


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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.

Nov 06, 2017

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

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.

Karen_Weber Oct 31, 2016

CLASSIC twentieth century horror, Stephen King had me at "Boo" on this one. It has everything the modern horror reader loves...vampires, a mystery, kids getting involved in the heroics and the horror. I read it as a kid, and I was convinced that one "Mr. Barlow" lived in my closet for a year or so. This title is King at his finest. Read it! Read it! Read it!

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!

Feb 13, 2013

This was the first book by Stephen King that I read. I was enraptured with his writing right away and finished the book believing vampires were real. It was the start of a love affair with his books. I can't get enough.

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.

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.

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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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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