ABOUT THE BOOK:
'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
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... home-coming found instead a new unspeakable horror. and
A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm
All would be changed forever—Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who
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'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King is a 2011 Anchor Books publication.
I read a decent amount of horror novels when I was a teenager. My first introduction to Stephen King was with ‘Carrie’. But it was the heyday of pulp horror novels, with lots of books to choose from out there and long story short, I never got around to reading this book until the early eighties. I had read other King books by that time, and if memory serves, I’d watched the made for TV movie before I read this book. Eventually, I got around to getting a paperback copy of the book, and while I’m sure it would have given me a few restless nights under ordinary circumstances, I had a unique, humorous and unforgettable experience while reading this book, which was truly nightmarish-
I was only a little way into the book, when my roommate invited me to stay at her parents’ house one weekend. Apparently, her family had just purchased a fixer upper
When I joined Goodreads, I automatically slapped a five- star rating on the book, but I have only read it the one time. With Halloween approaching, I was in the mood for an old-school horror novel, one from ‘my era’. Several books were up for consideration, and this was one of them. Remembering my experience while reading the book, grinning at how scared silly, I’d been, I had to wonder if the book would have the same atmosphere now… or if I would find it dated, and maybe even a little cheesy? So, I decided to find out. Thankfully, my library had a copy of the book and Scribd came through with the audio- something I thought might be fun to try.
The book gets off to a good start and as the story progressed, my memory kicked in and many details I’d long forgotten started to come back to me. King follows the traditional vampire lore in the novel. An old house, rumored to be haunted is purchased by a wealthy man, whose assistant
But I miss the time-honored folklore of bloodsucking vampires, the scary
This second reading of the book was a different experience, of course. Although I had both an e book and the audio version, the story was a bit too long and lost momentum on several occasions. Of course, a book written back in 1975 will have some references that are dated now, but by no means was the book cheesy. The story is as atmospheric as I recall and stands the test of time- and yes, it still scared the crap out me!! 😨😓😱
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.
I read this book when I was in high school and visiting my sister, who lived in a trailer in nowhere, Iowa. It took me until the middle of the book to realize what was going on! (And I loved vampire novels!) Loved how he kept me in suspense until that point. Didn't see the movie until many years later, and it didn't impress me nearly as much, but still loved the book, because, well, Stephen King! Thinking I should revisit it after all these years.ReplyDelete
Reading a second time, I see how clever King was with the pacing. It is still creepy, despite its age. Thank you for dropping by The Book Review! 🎃Delete