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'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

'Salem's Lot (original 1975; edition 2011)

by Stephen King

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Title:'Salem's Lot
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Anchor (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
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Tags:Stephen King, horror, vampires

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Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975)

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I was very disappointed with 'Salem's Lot. I feel like King ruined the book by giving too much away in the beginning with the information about a deserted town. Didn't know what was causing it at first but once that was established you knew how the rest of it would go down. Wasn't scared once. The overall story was alright, just wish there was more of a surprise. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 14, 2015 |
Way fun. I was ready for some real vampires, the monster-variety. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
Scary as all get out and undoubtedly compelling, but after finishing it I couldn't help thinking about his own description of himself as "the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries". ( )
  dazzyj | Apr 25, 2015 |
This isn't one of my favorite Stephen King books. I thought I'd give it another try but it still didn't dazzle me like some of his other works. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
‘Salem’s Lot is one of those books I’ve been wanting to read for years. For some strange reason I just never bought it. So when I found it at the library I was beyond excited. Now that I’ve read it, I wish I had bought it.

I love Stephen King. Even though I haven’t read many of his books, he is still one of my favorite authors. So I had extremely high expectations going into this one. I was only a tiny bit disappointed.

I absolutely loved every single thing about this book. The plot was amazing, the characters were great, and of course it was well written. As soon as I finished reading the last page, I started telling everyone I know to read it if they haven’t already. It is incredible.

So you are probably wondering why I said I was a little bit disappointed and why I only gave it four stars instead of five. Well, I didn’t find ‘Salem’s Lot creepy. Everyone that I’ve talked to that has read it said it was really scary. It takes a lot to freak me out, so I shouldn’t have been disappointed that I didn’t get even a bit creeped out, but I was. I wanted to be scared.

Overall, it was an amazing read. I would love to re-read it someday. Maybe a second reading will put it up to five stars since I will know going into it that it isn’t scary.

If you haven’t read this one, you need to. It is such an amazing story. I flew through it in two days. It was so good. Please pick it up.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read ‘Salem’s Lot and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future. ( )
  TheBookHoarder | Apr 5, 2015 |
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The town knew darkness...and the awful, heavy silence of terrifying images grotesquely dancing in and out of the shadows...and stark white faces, huge empty eyes and long gnarled hands that reached out with lustful insistence...and the paralyzing fear of a diabolical corruption and a hideoous peril more dreadful than death. But no one living in Salem's Lot dared talk about the high, sweet, evil laughter of a child...and the sucking sounds... (0-451-12545-2)
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Quiet wooded town.
Darkness draws across the night.
Leaf strewn silent paths.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671039741, Mass Market Paperback)

Stephen King's second book, 'Salem's Lot (1975)--about the slow takeover of an insular hamlet called Jerusalem's Lot by a vampire patterned after Bram Stoker's Dracula--has two elements that he also uses to good effect in later novels: a small American town, usually in Maine, where people are disconnected from each other, quietly nursing their potential for evil; and a mixed bag of rational, goodhearted people, including a writer, who band together to fight that evil.

Simply taken as a contemporary vampire novel, 'Salem's Lot is great fun to read, and has been very influential in the horror genre. But it's also a sly piece of social commentary. As King said in 1983, "In 'Salem's Lot, the thing that really scared me was not vampires, but the town in the daytime, the town that was empty, knowing that there were things in closets, that there were people tucked under beds, under the concrete pilings of all those trailers. And all the time I was writing that, the Watergate hearings were pouring out of the TV.... Howard Baker kept asking, 'What I want to know is, what did you know and when did you know it?' That line haunts me, it stays in my mind.... During that time I was thinking about secrets, things that have been hidden and were being dragged out into the light." Sounds quite a bit like the idea behind his 1998 novel of a Maine hamlet haunted by unsightly secrets, Bag of Bones. --Fiona Webster

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Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart, and the insular evils of small-town America.… (more)

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