'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot

Book - 1975
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Stephen King's second novel, the classic vampire bestseller 'SALEM'S LOT , tells the story of evil in small-town America.
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'Salem's Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in 'salem's Lot was a summer of homecoming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to 'salem's Lot hoping to cast out his own devils and found instead a new, unspeakable horror.
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A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.
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All would be changed forever: Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of 'Salem's Lot.
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This is a rare novel, almost hypnotic in its unyielding suspense, which builds to a climax of classic terror. You will not forget the town of 'salem's Lot nor any of the people who used to live here.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1975
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385007511
0385007515
Branch Call Number: KING S
Fiction
PZ4.K5227 Sal
Characteristics: 439 p. ; 22 cm

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


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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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MicheleDPlessner
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.

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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.

Sabrina Prem Sep 02, 2010

King really captures the frightening sense of the word 'Vampire'

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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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Jun 18, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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