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'Salem's Lot ✸ [PDF] ✈ 'Salem's Lot By Stephen King ✴ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Thousands of miles away from the small township of Salem s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree lined streets They must return to Sale Thousands of miles away from the small township of Salem s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree lined streets They must return to Salem s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.


10 thoughts on “'Salem's Lot

  1. Kat Kat says:

    so i DID like this, and i don t really have anything cool or fun to say about it for a review but i just realized that i forgot to mention the boob euphemism of choice for this book was JAHOOBIES i just wanted you all to know that.ok bye4 12


  2. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    There was a time once when vampires were ruthless predators and not the misunderstood brooding and essentially harmless creatures Ahhhh, good old scary times Vampire stories have been around for a long time after all, people love a good scare, and what isterrifying than a monster showing up at night and sucking the life essence out of you But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it How Simply using the winning formula that he continues There was a time once when vampires were ruthless predators and not the misunderstood brooding and essentially harmless creatures Ahhhh, good old scary times Vampire stories have been around for a long time after all, people love a good scare, and what isterrifying than a monster showing up at night and sucking the life essence out of you But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it How Simply using the winning formula that he continues to employ in the vast majority of his work In addition to showing us the monsters of the night, he also brings into the picture the monsters and the darkness that are already with us, that live in the deep dark recesses of everyone s soulThe town knew about darkness The town has its secrets, and keeps them well The town cares for devil s work nothan it cares for God s or man s It knew darkness And darkness was enough. The eponymous Salem s Lot is a small town in Maine, and it is not a stranger to secrets and darkness It s quaint and pastoral on the surface, but once you look deeper you are bound to discover what lurks behind its respectable surface And trust me, that s the discoveries that you can easily go without for the darkness of the human soul as presented by Stephen King beats everything that any monster or boogeyman can ever send your way The small town of Salem s Lot can boast your usual lies, bullying, corruption, and prejudice and spices it up with well hidden child abuse, violence, and murders Not so quaint, is it It is this portrayal of everyday people s secrets, of the towns being almost like living breathing organisms that is one of the big reasons why I am a huge fan of Stephen King s works.From the very first pages of the novel we know that some terrible fate made Salem s Lot a ghost town with apparently only a couple of survivors It doesn t take the reader long to realize, as we go back in time to see how the events unfolded, that the mysterious menacing Marsten House welcomed new evil that tends to lurk at night, floating past your hopefully, tightly shut windows The story itself is rather straightforward, steadily moving along to its almost conclusion that we have glimpsed in the first few pages, and we watch with bated breath as our bunch of good guys Ben, Mark, Susan, Matt are trying to take on the supernatural horror Oh, and did I forget Father Callahan view spoiler A high five from the Dark Tower universe, Father hide spoiler King is excellent with the plotting and the pacing since this was only his second novel, he was still a stranger to writing larger than life brick sized tomes The story never lags, the suspense and sense of foreboding are rampant, and there are quite a few truly nailbiting situations Nothing distracts the reader from the vampire story unfolding on the background of small town horrors There are no heavy handed lessons to be learned, no deep morals to take out of the story all we get is a thrilling and quite scary ride that may make you a sleep with a light on, and b be very careful about who you invite into your home 5 stars


  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    4.5 starsI feel like there has been a lot of debate over Stephen King s last few books about what genre he might be considered any Mystery, sci fi, fantasy, general fiction, etc etc etc you just don t hear Stephen King horror all that much any Well, if you want to get back to the roots, Salem s Lot is pure, raw, old school Stephen King horror at its finest I am doing a re read of most of Stephen King s books chronologically and Salem s Lot was the next after Carrie I read it or 4.5 starsI feel like there has been a lot of debate over Stephen King s last few books about what genre he might be considered any Mystery, sci fi, fantasy, general fiction, etc etc etc you just don t hear Stephen King horror all that much any Well, if you want to get back to the roots, Salem s Lot is pure, raw, old school Stephen King horror at its finest I am doing a re read of most of Stephen King s books chronologically and Salem s Lot was the next after Carrie I read it originally sometime back in the 90s I am so glad I did because, honestly, I don t remember any of it Salem s Lot is a vampire story influenced by vampire fiction, like Stoker s Dracula, as well as vampire horror flicks The influence of both these mediums is very evident, while at the same time King crafts a new, unique, and terrifying vampire story of his own If you are a fan of the original, raw, pure evil vampire not ones that sparkle , you need to make sure and read this book Those of you out there who have heard about King, haven t read him before, and are wondering where to start, this would be a great place to do so I think many would agree that this is up there with King s horror fiction at its best


  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    Well this is annoying times two I just wrote a review and lost it, and then there s the other issue.What other issue Oh, the one where my 14 year old self of infinite wisdom and experience remembered a boring tale lacking truly epic blood and guts from what should be a vampire tale in a small town If that 14 year old could have had his way, then 80% of the novel would have been excised for being too character driven, too focused on hundreds of characters only set up to be knocked down in gru Well this is annoying times two I just wrote a review and lost it, and then there s the other issue.What other issue Oh, the one where my 14 year old self of infinite wisdom and experience remembered a boring tale lacking truly epic blood and guts from what should be a vampire tale in a small town If that 14 year old could have had his way, then 80% of the novel would have been excised for being too character driven, too focused on hundreds of characters only set up to be knocked down in gruesome death or undeath , and too detail driven and poorly paced for a thriller Damn, I was a dipshit I m not saying that I m no longer a dipshit, mind you, just that I think that kid was a real idiot I mean, I d only been reading anything at all for less than a year and 8 months of that was focused on learning how to read Of course I was going to be influencedby the all the slasher movies rather than novel construction I even watched the crapfest that I considered the made for tv movie based on this book, and I think I might have been a little too harsh on it, too.So flash forward to now, when I jump up the rating from a scathing 3 stars to a full blown 5, an adult reading an adult novel of suspense, emotionally invested characters, subtle humor,high brow words than I remember Stephen King usually using in his novels, and beautifully crafted passages of hometown life falling into what might as well have been a modern retelling of a medieval town falling under the spell of the Black Plague, with all the horror and sadness and superstition that entails.This novel was gripping and intense to my adult sensibilities Do I feel like a fool for my old memories Yes Am I embarrassed Yes Am I absolutely impressed and amazed that the very first trash novelist I got into as a kid actually turned out to be a consummate master of the writing craft Yes.All the things I hated as a kid happen to be the things I love the most, here The characters were absolutely gorgeous I fell into them, and later, I fell into love with the whole town The fact that it had a cancer that was eating away at it from the inside, slowly, was only a tension driver This may be a vampire novel, but it is really a tragedy, through and through We expect to love and lose our loved ones, and this is the true horror Not just the eyes like stars or the breath that smells of pure putrescence or the image of a supernatural horror that no longer needs keys because, now, the dead can squeeze between door jams Of course, Part 3 was all action all the time, with the stakes as high as it can be It was all for the sake of pure survival But Part 1 the get to know you and Part 2 something isn t right were some of the best readings of Stephen King, like, ever Believe me, he has a personal formula when it comes to his writing, but I know of no one who s able to pull off exactly what he pulls off He makes everyone so damn real to me Fun fact There s a dead John Snow who knows nothing in this novel Isn t that fun So, I ve eaten crow and said that I m sorry for being an childhood idiot, but what I really mean is that There Are No Sparkles This is a novel of horrible anticipation and and deep sadness, of exciting vampire hunting with truly intelligent foes There are no levelled up vamps or long antihero arcs or Master Vampire Hunters And best of all, there are no werewolves.There is, however, a sense of reality and loss and fear, and if you are missing a huge dose of that in your life, if only to hold up as a mirror to your own life to say that things aren t so bad with you, then you really ought to jump out there and pick up a copy I can t believe this is only SK s second novel Wow


  5. Char Char says:

    1.24.19 I just finished my third read of SALEM S LOT, this time via audiobook The narrator, Ron McClarty worked well for me and I found this tale as satisfying as it ever was 11.1.2014 Original review I just finished a re read of this book with the Horror Aficionados group here at Goodreads I m so glad that I participated Remember little Danny Glick I first read this book in junior high or high school It s been about 30 years since then, unfortunately I ve read The Stand and IT a couple o 1.24.19 I just finished my third read of SALEM S LOT, this time via audiobook The narrator, Ron McClarty worked well for me and I found this tale as satisfying as it ever was 11.1.2014 Original review I just finished a re read of this book with the Horror Aficionados group here at Goodreads I m so glad that I participated Remember little Danny Glick I first read this book in junior high or high school It s been about 30 years since then, unfortunately I ve read The Stand and IT a couple of times each, but I never did pick this one up again Finally, that has been rectified and what a payoff I forgot how well this story wrapped its arms around the reader and refused to let them go We meander through the town, meeting its residents and learning about their daily lives I think Stephen King excels at this, mostly because you can tell he knows what he s talking about We focus our attentions on a few different characters some strong, some weak but they re all human with characteristics, both good and bad, that we recognize Quote The town cares for devil s work nothan it cares for God s or man s It knew darkness And darkness was enough I feel that s all I need to say I have nothing new to bring to a review of a book that has thousands of reviews already If you haven t read this tale, you should


  6. Lyn Lyn says:

    Vampires.Years after I first read it, I can truthfully say that this is still on a short list of scariest books I have ever read King at his best An American re telling of Dracula, King stays close to the vampire myth but with some of his own storytelling thrown in and some subtle changes that make for an original novel I cannot help but think that Barlow helped to usher in a new generation of vampire literature, of which we have now been inundated for the past few years Vampires.Years after I first read it, I can truthfully say that this is still on a short list of scariest books I have ever read King at his best An American re telling of Dracula, King stays close to the vampire myth but with some of his own storytelling thrown in and some subtle changes that make for an original novel I cannot help but think that Barlow helped to usher in a new generation of vampire literature, of which we have now been inundated for the past few years


  7. Julie Julie says:

    Salem s Lot by Stephen King is a 2011 Anchor Books publication Originally published in 1975 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 re Salem s Lot by Stephen King is a 2011 Anchor Books publication Originally published in 1975 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 Victorian and were eager to show off their latest renovations As it turns out, the house was located out in the middle of nowhere, which is great, during the daylight hours My room was on the top floor, and as always, even way back then, I d packed a paperback with me As everyone settled in for the night, the quiet, the inky, pitch black dark, an unfamiliar house, out in the middle of nowhere and reading Salem s Lot, by Stephen King, made for a sleepless night spent tossing and turning and jumping at every little sound I kept imagining Danny Glick floating outside one of those second story windows This book scared the crap out of me And I loved it 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 audio is read by Ron McLarty, a veteran narrator 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, rud to be haunted is purchased by a wealthy man, whose assistant is seen a lotoften than the owner Meanwhile, a boy goes missing, then his brother comes down with strange anemia like symptoms and pretty soon, the entire town is gripped in terror Crucifix s, stakes through the heart, and all the customary vampire traditions apply here For its time this was a gripping, updated spin on the conventional vampire tale Through the years, vampires have morphed into something less confined, with the power to enjoy light and withstand the sight of a crucifix and some of them even sparkle But I miss the time honored folklore of bloodsucking vampires, the scary undead creatures who never age, kill indiscriminately, can t walk around in the daylight, and can only be conquered by beheading them and driving a stake through the heart King s vampires areruthless and are in no way conflicted or remorseful They are pure evil 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 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 4.5 stars


  8. Delee Delee says:

    I was a bit of a wimp before I entered my teen yearsso I stayed away from anything vampire My first vampire experience was Love at First Bite, and not knowing it was a comedy yes, it was before you could Google I put on a brave face for the friend that invited me and entered the movie theater terrified by what I would see Luckily the evenly tanned George Hamilton awaited mealong with some mighty impressive disco dancing The scary blood suckers would have to wait to frighten me Next I was a bit of a wimp before I entered my teen yearsso I stayed away from anything vampire My first vampire experience was Love at First Bite, and not knowing it was a comedy yes, it was before you could Google I put on a brave face for the friend that invited me and entered the movie theater terrified by what I would see Luckily the evenly tanned George Hamilton awaited mealong with some mighty impressive disco dancing The scary blood suckers would have to wait to frighten me Next was Fright Nightagain not so scary I would have welcomed Christopher Sarandon nibbling at my neck for all eternity A year later I was hooked on Interview with a Vampire s beautiful and tragic characters.but nothing to panic about yetEnter into my life the book SALEM S LOT Now these were vampires that kept me awake at night pulling my covers up just under my nose Not that flimsy cotton sheets would be enough to protect me from impending doooooooooooombut so far no blood has been spilled Knock on wooden cross.Writer Ben Mears has come back home to Jerusalem s Lot after twenty five years, to write a book and face his fearsThe Marsten House, an abandoned house that has haunted Ben since he was a child has recently been purchased by a Kurt Barlow and Ben is curious about both house and owner.but as he settles into town one boy goes missing and another turns up deador undead should I say.Hands down my favorite Stephen King and no matter how many newer, shinier, sparkly vampires come along to try to tempt me none can compare to SALEM S LOT


  9. Mary Mary says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I hate vampires I hate them and I hate books about them I hate the way they re romanticized and sexualized and just generally presented in modern fiction That s why I loved this book King doesn t shy away from the fact that vampires are creatures of horror and he presents them as such They are vile, violent, and everywhere, and that s the way I like them.The characters pitted against them, particularly the priest, are compelling and almost too human to face the vampires And, in the end, th I hate vampires I hate them and I hate books about them I hate the way they re romanticized and sexualized and just generally presented in modern fiction That s why I loved this book King doesn t shy away from the fact that vampires are creatures of horror and he presents them as such They are vile, violent, and everywhere, and that s the way I like them.The characters pitted against them, particularly the priest, are compelling and almost too human to face the vampires And, in the end, they don t actually triumph They escape but that s about it It s tragic and horrible and the perfect vampire book


  10. Justin Justin says:

    Hey I m not a vampire fan, okay I mean, I am cool with scary books, and I read scary books, but vampiresThey re just not really my thing If I had to power rank my favorite types of horror novels, and I can t imagine a time where I would have to do that, except now, obviouslyVampires would be near the bottom of the list Vampires would be one or two spots above werewolves Werewolves are stupid, and so are books about them Werewolves, give me a break Now, I am a Stephen King fan Not al Hey I m not a vampire fan, okay I mean, I am cool with scary books, and I read scary books, but vampiresThey re just not really my thing If I had to power rank my favorite types of horror novels, and I can t imagine a time where I would have to do that, except now, obviouslyVampires would be near the bottom of the list Vampires would be one or two spots above werewolves Werewolves are stupid, and so are books about them Werewolves, give me a break Now, I am a Stephen King fan Not all the time, but his early stuff especially This is his second book And in his second book Stephen King wrote a story about vampires Thank God he didn t write a story about werewolves for his second book If he did that, he would probably not even be a thing today He would have probably had to stop being a writer and get a job doing something else Selling insurance or Lyft or something Anyway, I m not giving this story four stars because of the vampires I m giving this book four stars because he managed to take something I m not really crazy about, namely vampires, and built a pretty fantastic story He best parts of Salem s Lot have very little to do with vampires anyway After writing Carrie, King added a lotpages to his next book, and he really takes his time with this one There are whole chapters called The Lot, and they are about the town and the people in it, and those are some of the best chapters in the book King creates this amazing world set into a small town with characters who inhabit it and have meaning and importance Even the minor characters get their moments to shine and breathe a little bit King spends pages just talking about the Lot and how it came to be, how it s changed, what kind of people live there and why and vampires The terror builds slowly You know what s happening You know where the story is going But in the end it goes there and then way, way past what you think, and oh man I think in every King review I write I say this I say something along the lines of King being a better writer than a horror writer He s at his best when he isn t trying to scare you I always say that, and I still agree with myself HoweverIn this book he excels at both He takes the time to build up the horror and suspense in the first half, and the second half really pays off Even with vampires Hopefully, you ve read this before If not, read it in October Or now Or whenever Don t read it even You should read it, but not reading it is your choice It s not the right choice, but it s yours You get to make it However, and this is my last however and the last thing I m going to writeHowever oopsIf you don t read this, and you read a book about werewolves, and I can make an exception for Book 5 of the Dark Tower series It has wolves in the title, so it s fine That s the only exception If you do that, we can t be friends I m sorry We can be friends It s fine We shouldn t be, but let s be friends anyway Choices are great, aren t they Good night guys


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10 thoughts on “'Salem's Lot

  1. Kat Kat says:

    so i DID like this, and i don t really have anything cool or fun to say about it for a review but i just realized that i forgot to mention the boob euphemism of choice for this book was JAHOOBIES i just wanted you all to know that.ok bye4 12

  2. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    There was a time once when vampires were ruthless predators and not the misunderstood brooding and essentially harmless creatures Ahhhh, good old scary times Vampire stories have been around for a long time after all, people love a good scare, and what isterrifying than a monster showing up at night and sucking the life essence out of you But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it How Simply using the winning formula that he continues There was a time once when vampires were ruthless predators and not the misunderstood brooding and essentially harmless creatures Ahhhh, good old scary times Vampire stories have been around for a long time after all, people love a good scare, and what isterrifying than a monster showing up at night and sucking the life essence out of you But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it How Simply using the winning formula that he continues to employ in the vast majority of his work In addition to showing us the monsters of the night, he also brings into the picture the monsters and the darkness that are already with us, that live in the deep dark recesses of everyone s soulThe town knew about darkness The town has its secrets, and keeps them well The town cares for devil s work nothan it cares for God s or man s It knew darkness And darkness was enough. The eponymous Salem s Lot is a small town in Maine, and it is not a stranger to secrets and darkness It s quaint and pastoral on the surface, but once you look deeper you are bound to discover what lurks behind its respectable surface And trust me, that s the discoveries that you can easily go without for the darkness of the human soul as presented by Stephen King beats everything that any monster or boogeyman can ever send your way The small town of Salem s Lot can boast your usual lies, bullying, corruption, and prejudice and spices it up with well hidden child abuse, violence, and murders Not so quaint, is it It is this portrayal of everyday people s secrets, of the towns being almost like living breathing organisms that is one of the big reasons why I am a huge fan of Stephen King s works.From the very first pages of the novel we know that some terrible fate made Salem s Lot a ghost town with apparently only a couple of survivors It doesn t take the reader long to realize, as we go back in time to see how the events unfolded, that the mysterious menacing Marsten House welcomed new evil that tends to lurk at night, floating past your hopefully, tightly shut windows The story itself is rather straightforward, steadily moving along to its almost conclusion that we have glimpsed in the first few pages, and we watch with bated breath as our bunch of good guys Ben, Mark, Susan, Matt are trying to take on the supernatural horror Oh, and did I forget Father Callahan view spoiler A high five from the Dark Tower universe, Father hide spoiler King is excellent with the plotting and the pacing since this was only his second novel, he was still a stranger to writing larger than life brick sized tomes The story never lags, the suspense and sense of foreboding are rampant, and there are quite a few truly nailbiting situations Nothing distracts the reader from the vampire story unfolding on the background of small town horrors There are no heavy handed lessons to be learned, no deep morals to take out of the story all we get is a thrilling and quite scary ride that may make you a sleep with a light on, and b be very careful about who you invite into your home 5 stars

  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    4.5 starsI feel like there has been a lot of debate over Stephen King s last few books about what genre he might be considered any Mystery, sci fi, fantasy, general fiction, etc etc etc you just don t hear Stephen King horror all that much any Well, if you want to get back to the roots, Salem s Lot is pure, raw, old school Stephen King horror at its finest I am doing a re read of most of Stephen King s books chronologically and Salem s Lot was the next after Carrie I read it or 4.5 starsI feel like there has been a lot of debate over Stephen King s last few books about what genre he might be considered any Mystery, sci fi, fantasy, general fiction, etc etc etc you just don t hear Stephen King horror all that much any Well, if you want to get back to the roots, Salem s Lot is pure, raw, old school Stephen King horror at its finest I am doing a re read of most of Stephen King s books chronologically and Salem s Lot was the next after Carrie I read it originally sometime back in the 90s I am so glad I did because, honestly, I don t remember any of it Salem s Lot is a vampire story influenced by vampire fiction, like Stoker s Dracula, as well as vampire horror flicks The influence of both these mediums is very evident, while at the same time King crafts a new, unique, and terrifying vampire story of his own If you are a fan of the original, raw, pure evil vampire not ones that sparkle , you need to make sure and read this book Those of you out there who have heard about King, haven t read him before, and are wondering where to start, this would be a great place to do so I think many would agree that this is up there with King s horror fiction at its best

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    Well this is annoying times two I just wrote a review and lost it, and then there s the other issue.What other issue Oh, the one where my 14 year old self of infinite wisdom and experience remembered a boring tale lacking truly epic blood and guts from what should be a vampire tale in a small town If that 14 year old could have had his way, then 80% of the novel would have been excised for being too character driven, too focused on hundreds of characters only set up to be knocked down in gru Well this is annoying times two I just wrote a review and lost it, and then there s the other issue.What other issue Oh, the one where my 14 year old self of infinite wisdom and experience remembered a boring tale lacking truly epic blood and guts from what should be a vampire tale in a small town If that 14 year old could have had his way, then 80% of the novel would have been excised for being too character driven, too focused on hundreds of characters only set up to be knocked down in gruesome death or undeath , and too detail driven and poorly paced for a thriller Damn, I was a dipshit I m not saying that I m no longer a dipshit, mind you, just that I think that kid was a real idiot I mean, I d only been reading anything at all for less than a year and 8 months of that was focused on learning how to read Of course I was going to be influencedby the all the slasher movies rather than novel construction I even watched the crapfest that I considered the made for tv movie based on this book, and I think I might have been a little too harsh on it, too.So flash forward to now, when I jump up the rating from a scathing 3 stars to a full blown 5, an adult reading an adult novel of suspense, emotionally invested characters, subtle humor,high brow words than I remember Stephen King usually using in his novels, and beautifully crafted passages of hometown life falling into what might as well have been a modern retelling of a medieval town falling under the spell of the Black Plague, with all the horror and sadness and superstition that entails.This novel was gripping and intense to my adult sensibilities Do I feel like a fool for my old memories Yes Am I embarrassed Yes Am I absolutely impressed and amazed that the very first trash novelist I got into as a kid actually turned out to be a consummate master of the writing craft Yes.All the things I hated as a kid happen to be the things I love the most, here The characters were absolutely gorgeous I fell into them, and later, I fell into love with the whole town The fact that it had a cancer that was eating away at it from the inside, slowly, was only a tension driver This may be a vampire novel, but it is really a tragedy, through and through We expect to love and lose our loved ones, and this is the true horror Not just the eyes like stars or the breath that smells of pure putrescence or the image of a supernatural horror that no longer needs keys because, now, the dead can squeeze between door jams Of course, Part 3 was all action all the time, with the stakes as high as it can be It was all for the sake of pure survival But Part 1 the get to know you and Part 2 something isn t right were some of the best readings of Stephen King, like, ever Believe me, he has a personal formula when it comes to his writing, but I know of no one who s able to pull off exactly what he pulls off He makes everyone so damn real to me Fun fact There s a dead John Snow who knows nothing in this novel Isn t that fun So, I ve eaten crow and said that I m sorry for being an childhood idiot, but what I really mean is that There Are No Sparkles This is a novel of horrible anticipation and and deep sadness, of exciting vampire hunting with truly intelligent foes There are no levelled up vamps or long antihero arcs or Master Vampire Hunters And best of all, there are no werewolves.There is, however, a sense of reality and loss and fear, and if you are missing a huge dose of that in your life, if only to hold up as a mirror to your own life to say that things aren t so bad with you, then you really ought to jump out there and pick up a copy I can t believe this is only SK s second novel Wow

  5. Char Char says:

    1.24.19 I just finished my third read of SALEM S LOT, this time via audiobook The narrator, Ron McClarty worked well for me and I found this tale as satisfying as it ever was 11.1.2014 Original review I just finished a re read of this book with the Horror Aficionados group here at Goodreads I m so glad that I participated Remember little Danny Glick I first read this book in junior high or high school It s been about 30 years since then, unfortunately I ve read The Stand and IT a couple o 1.24.19 I just finished my third read of SALEM S LOT, this time via audiobook The narrator, Ron McClarty worked well for me and I found this tale as satisfying as it ever was 11.1.2014 Original review I just finished a re read of this book with the Horror Aficionados group here at Goodreads I m so glad that I participated Remember little Danny Glick I first read this book in junior high or high school It s been about 30 years since then, unfortunately I ve read The Stand and IT a couple of times each, but I never did pick this one up again Finally, that has been rectified and what a payoff I forgot how well this story wrapped its arms around the reader and refused to let them go We meander through the town, meeting its residents and learning about their daily lives I think Stephen King excels at this, mostly because you can tell he knows what he s talking about We focus our attentions on a few different characters some strong, some weak but they re all human with characteristics, both good and bad, that we recognize Quote The town cares for devil s work nothan it cares for God s or man s It knew darkness And darkness was enough I feel that s all I need to say I have nothing new to bring to a review of a book that has thousands of reviews already If you haven t read this tale, you should

  6. Lyn Lyn says:

    Vampires.Years after I first read it, I can truthfully say that this is still on a short list of scariest books I have ever read King at his best An American re telling of Dracula, King stays close to the vampire myth but with some of his own storytelling thrown in and some subtle changes that make for an original novel I cannot help but think that Barlow helped to usher in a new generation of vampire literature, of which we have now been inundated for the past few years Vampires.Years after I first read it, I can truthfully say that this is still on a short list of scariest books I have ever read King at his best An American re telling of Dracula, King stays close to the vampire myth but with some of his own storytelling thrown in and some subtle changes that make for an original novel I cannot help but think that Barlow helped to usher in a new generation of vampire literature, of which we have now been inundated for the past few years

  7. Julie Julie says:

    Salem s Lot by Stephen King is a 2011 Anchor Books publication Originally published in 1975 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 re Salem s Lot by Stephen King is a 2011 Anchor Books publication Originally published in 1975 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 Victorian and were eager to show off their latest renovations As it turns out, the house was located out in the middle of nowhere, which is great, during the daylight hours My room was on the top floor, and as always, even way back then, I d packed a paperback with me As everyone settled in for the night, the quiet, the inky, pitch black dark, an unfamiliar house, out in the middle of nowhere and reading Salem s Lot, by Stephen King, made for a sleepless night spent tossing and turning and jumping at every little sound I kept imagining Danny Glick floating outside one of those second story windows This book scared the crap out of me And I loved it 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 audio is read by Ron McLarty, a veteran narrator 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, rud to be haunted is purchased by a wealthy man, whose assistant is seen a lotoften than the owner Meanwhile, a boy goes missing, then his brother comes down with strange anemia like symptoms and pretty soon, the entire town is gripped in terror Crucifix s, stakes through the heart, and all the customary vampire traditions apply here For its time this was a gripping, updated spin on the conventional vampire tale Through the years, vampires have morphed into something less confined, with the power to enjoy light and withstand the sight of a crucifix and some of them even sparkle But I miss the time honored folklore of bloodsucking vampires, the scary undead creatures who never age, kill indiscriminately, can t walk around in the daylight, and can only be conquered by beheading them and driving a stake through the heart King s vampires areruthless and are in no way conflicted or remorseful They are pure evil 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 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 4.5 stars

  8. Delee Delee says:

    I was a bit of a wimp before I entered my teen yearsso I stayed away from anything vampire My first vampire experience was Love at First Bite, and not knowing it was a comedy yes, it was before you could Google I put on a brave face for the friend that invited me and entered the movie theater terrified by what I would see Luckily the evenly tanned George Hamilton awaited mealong with some mighty impressive disco dancing The scary blood suckers would have to wait to frighten me Next I was a bit of a wimp before I entered my teen yearsso I stayed away from anything vampire My first vampire experience was Love at First Bite, and not knowing it was a comedy yes, it was before you could Google I put on a brave face for the friend that invited me and entered the movie theater terrified by what I would see Luckily the evenly tanned George Hamilton awaited mealong with some mighty impressive disco dancing The scary blood suckers would have to wait to frighten me Next was Fright Nightagain not so scary I would have welcomed Christopher Sarandon nibbling at my neck for all eternity A year later I was hooked on Interview with a Vampire s beautiful and tragic characters.but nothing to panic about yetEnter into my life the book SALEM S LOT Now these were vampires that kept me awake at night pulling my covers up just under my nose Not that flimsy cotton sheets would be enough to protect me from impending doooooooooooombut so far no blood has been spilled Knock on wooden cross.Writer Ben Mears has come back home to Jerusalem s Lot after twenty five years, to write a book and face his fearsThe Marsten House, an abandoned house that has haunted Ben since he was a child has recently been purchased by a Kurt Barlow and Ben is curious about both house and owner.but as he settles into town one boy goes missing and another turns up deador undead should I say.Hands down my favorite Stephen King and no matter how many newer, shinier, sparkly vampires come along to try to tempt me none can compare to SALEM S LOT

  9. Mary Mary says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I hate vampires I hate them and I hate books about them I hate the way they re romanticized and sexualized and just generally presented in modern fiction That s why I loved this book King doesn t shy away from the fact that vampires are creatures of horror and he presents them as such They are vile, violent, and everywhere, and that s the way I like them.The characters pitted against them, particularly the priest, are compelling and almost too human to face the vampires And, in the end, th I hate vampires I hate them and I hate books about them I hate the way they re romanticized and sexualized and just generally presented in modern fiction That s why I loved this book King doesn t shy away from the fact that vampires are creatures of horror and he presents them as such They are vile, violent, and everywhere, and that s the way I like them.The characters pitted against them, particularly the priest, are compelling and almost too human to face the vampires And, in the end, they don t actually triumph They escape but that s about it It s tragic and horrible and the perfect vampire book

  10. Justin Justin says:

    Hey I m not a vampire fan, okay I mean, I am cool with scary books, and I read scary books, but vampiresThey re just not really my thing If I had to power rank my favorite types of horror novels, and I can t imagine a time where I would have to do that, except now, obviouslyVampires would be near the bottom of the list Vampires would be one or two spots above werewolves Werewolves are stupid, and so are books about them Werewolves, give me a break Now, I am a Stephen King fan Not al Hey I m not a vampire fan, okay I mean, I am cool with scary books, and I read scary books, but vampiresThey re just not really my thing If I had to power rank my favorite types of horror novels, and I can t imagine a time where I would have to do that, except now, obviouslyVampires would be near the bottom of the list Vampires would be one or two spots above werewolves Werewolves are stupid, and so are books about them Werewolves, give me a break Now, I am a Stephen King fan Not all the time, but his early stuff especially This is his second book And in his second book Stephen King wrote a story about vampires Thank God he didn t write a story about werewolves for his second book If he did that, he would probably not even be a thing today He would have probably had to stop being a writer and get a job doing something else Selling insurance or Lyft or something Anyway, I m not giving this story four stars because of the vampires I m giving this book four stars because he managed to take something I m not really crazy about, namely vampires, and built a pretty fantastic story He best parts of Salem s Lot have very little to do with vampires anyway After writing Carrie, King added a lotpages to his next book, and he really takes his time with this one There are whole chapters called The Lot, and they are about the town and the people in it, and those are some of the best chapters in the book King creates this amazing world set into a small town with characters who inhabit it and have meaning and importance Even the minor characters get their moments to shine and breathe a little bit King spends pages just talking about the Lot and how it came to be, how it s changed, what kind of people live there and why and vampires The terror builds slowly You know what s happening You know where the story is going But in the end it goes there and then way, way past what you think, and oh man I think in every King review I write I say this I say something along the lines of King being a better writer than a horror writer He s at his best when he isn t trying to scare you I always say that, and I still agree with myself HoweverIn this book he excels at both He takes the time to build up the horror and suspense in the first half, and the second half really pays off Even with vampires Hopefully, you ve read this before If not, read it in October Or now Or whenever Don t read it even You should read it, but not reading it is your choice It s not the right choice, but it s yours You get to make it However, and this is my last however and the last thing I m going to writeHowever oopsIf you don t read this, and you read a book about werewolves, and I can make an exception for Book 5 of the Dark Tower series It has wolves in the title, so it s fine That s the only exception If you do that, we can t be friends I m sorry We can be friends It s fine We shouldn t be, but let s be friends anyway Choices are great, aren t they Good night guys

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