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'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

'Salem's Lot (original 1975; edition 1982)

by Stephen King (Author)

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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)
Title:'Salem's Lot
Authors:Stephen King (Author)
Info:Hodder Paperbacks (1982), Edition: New Ed, 496 pages
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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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    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!
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    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (Scottneumann)

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I liked it - I didn't hate it or love it - I thought that the last 1/4 of the book was amazing, the middle was good and beginning was just super confusing for me - but it was an interesting fun read in the end ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
An early book of Stephen king and intriguing one. There is all usual king's character building but it also follows different story telling techniques of chapters and news clippings inspired by dracula. Overall good read. ( )
  madhukaraphatak | Aug 12, 2020 |
A modern day Dracula. I haven't read The Dracula yet, but still I really enjoyed this one. The monologues, tangents & little scenes were each fulfilling, concise & well thought out. ( )
  sami7 | Aug 3, 2020 |
What a great Stephen King book. This book is not outright horror-scary but is definitely creepy and eerie and unsettling. This for sure lived up to all the hype and is a new King favorite. I think this book will be fun to come back to some time in the future for a reread. This book seems like it will be one you will enjoy more after every reread. I have kind of been on a supernatural binge lately and this was a great book to satisfy that. Salem’s Lot came highly recommend by fellow King lovers and now I can pass on that high recommendation as well. Enjoy all my constant reader pals. ( )
  JessVillafane | Jul 25, 2020 |
[b:'Salem's Lot|11590|'Salem's Lot|Stephen King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327891565l/11590._SY75_.jpg|3048937] is one of Stephen King's most famous books. It's set in a small New England town, with a creepy old mansion, compelling characters, and vampires, all wrapped in an addictively eerie atmosphere. The story slowly builds up with Ben Mears coming back to his childhood town, Jerusalem's Lot, to write about the long-abandoned Marsen House. He soon discovers that it has been purchased by Kurt Barlow, an Austrian immigrant who has arrived in the Lot to open an antiques store.

This novel is a slow build. In fact the vampires don't appear until you are halfway through the book. These vampires aren't the romantisized ones that are so popular in most vampire fiction.

With 'Salem's Lot King takes his inspiration from Bram Stoker's vampire classic, Dracula, and manages to make his take on a vampire tale feel fresh and contemporary without sacrificing the eeriness or darkness of a familiar story. King is a master of the written word and can tell a story that will keep you up all night. If you’re a fan of King this is a must-read, and even if you’re not, even if you’re not particularly a fan of vampire novels, you should read this book.

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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
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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.

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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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