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salem's lot by stephen king

salem's lot (1975)

by stephen king

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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.… (more)
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Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975)

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    Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (sturlington, Morteana)
    sturlington: Father Callahan first appears in Salem's Lot and makes an unexpected reappearance in the middle of the Dark Tower series.
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    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (clif_hiker)
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    The Shadow Over Innsmouth [novelette] by H. P. Lovecraft (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Tales of mysterious goings-on in creepy little New England towns by two masters of the horror genre.
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    Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (LKAYC)
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    The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: 'Salems Lot is a better recommendation than The Tommyknockers for it is as much about the death of the town as it is the slow take over.
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    The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: Two great vampire stories!
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    Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson (Scottneumann)
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    They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon (Scottneumann)
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    Vampyrrhic by Simon Clark (pratchettfan)
    pratchettfan: Both books tell a thrilling tale of how vampires take hold of a small city and how a small group tries to stand in their way.
  11. 21
    American Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder (Death_By_Papercut)
    Death_By_Papercut: Stephen King does vampires...quite well!
  12. 32
    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (Scottneumann)

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It is very easy to see the influence of Dracula on this book, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable, or original. ( )
  allyofthedawn | Feb 12, 2020 |
I can not really see how anyone thinks this is scary, but to each his own.
Great plot and characters, but the book seemed drawn out longer than necessary. I thought the last quarter of the book somewhat of a slog. ( )
  redbird_fan | Jan 13, 2020 |
I just found out that this isn't actually about witches but is actually about vampires, so it's going on my TBR now
  Faith_Murri | Dec 9, 2019 |
Not sure what took me so long to read this book. It's really good! I should've read it a long time ago. Good character development, some very "kingly" creepiness, and just the right length (not 900 pages!) ( )
  tmbookluvr | Dec 3, 2019 |
Ben Mears återvänder till Salem's Lot där han under en kort tid bott som barn. Tanken är att skriva om staden för att gå vidare från sina barndoms upplevelser där. Men ungefär samtidigt som han dyker upp får staden två andra nya invånare – ett par äldre herrar som köper det stora huset som har stått tomt sedan förra ägaren sköt ihjäl sin fru och hängde sig själv. Det gick rykten om att mannen var gangster, men även mörkare rykten som ingen ens vågade säga för högt... tills ett litet barn försvinner.

Försvinnandet liknar de som skedde under mannens tid i Salem's Lot. Fler och fler av invånarna beter sig konstigt, eller märker en oidentifierbar skillnad som lagt sig över staden. Det finns ingen tvekan om ondskan ännu en gång kommit till Salem's Lot. Men denna gång kommer den inte ge sig lika lätt.

Jag har hört otroligt mycket om Staden som försvann; speciellt som barn till en skräckfantast. Men jag har försökt hålla mig undan så länge det går från att ta reda på mer om berättelsen. Det gör det desto mer spännande att läsa den. Men det var svårt att inte ha några förhoppningar trots allt med tanke på hur viktig den har varit för skräckgenren, och för vampyrberättelser specifikt.

Tur nog blev jag inte alls besviken utan glatt överraskad över berättelsen. Den kändes otroligt fräsch för att vara en vampyrbok, möjligtvis för att den är skriven mer än trettio år innan vampyrgenren verkligen slog igenom inom mainstream kultur. Mycket död, mycket fruktan. Som vanligt beskriver King känslor på ett sådant rått, äkta sätt att det är svårt att inte älska hans böcker.

Däremot hade den verkligen stora inslag av samma sorts kliché som många andra böcker och definitivt filmer har under samma tidsperiod; karaktärerna kan omöjligen beskriva eller prata om en annan karaktär utan att hälften av det blir någon sorts lång komplimang. Medan jag älskar sättet King skriver på och hur han beskriver saker och människor så är det svårt att inte märka av hur lika alla hans karaktärer är. De består till stor del av samma byggstenar. Det finns inte så mycket nytt och ordningen är inte tillräckligt annorlunda för att de ska kännas som unika, nyskapade karaktärer.

Men berättelsemässigt har King återigen lyckats; dock hade jag ju knappast väntat mig mindre. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
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Piatti, CelestinoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wagner, ChristophTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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)
Featuring full-color wraparound artwork by David Palumbo and full-color interior paintings printed on a high-quality glossy stock and tipped into the book!

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 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.

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.

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.

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 there.

Special Features For This Deluxe Special Edition:

• an introduction by Stephen King
• an afterword by Clive Barker
• many deleted scenes that were cut from the original manuscript
• the short stories "Jerusalem's Lot" and "One for the Road"
• deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two color interior printing as part of the page design
• printed on a heavy interior specialty paper stock that is much thicker than the paper in a normal trade edition
• custom-made slipcase for the Gift Edition, custom-made traycase for the Numbered Artist Edition, and custom-made three-piece traycase for the Deluxe Lettered Artist Edition
• epic wrap-around full-color dust jacket artwork by David Palumbo
• a different full-color dust jacket for the Numbered Artist Edition painted by David Palumbo
• Full-color interior paintings by David Palumbo
• interior artwork will be printed on a heavy glossy stock and tipped into the book
• an original map of the town drawn by Glenn Chadbourne exclusively for this special edition
• signature sheet artwork for all three editions by Glenn Chadbourne
• high-quality endpapers and fine bindings
• an exclusive reproduction of the first reader's letter to point out the Father "Cody" error and several internal memos from Doubleday about changing the pricing after the first edition of the book was already printed
Haiku summary
Quiet wooded town.
Darkness draws across the night.
Leaf strewn silent paths.

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