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REVIEW ‘Salem’s Lot (1975, book)

Salemslothardcover   Author: Stephen King

“The town cares for devil’s work no more than it cares for God’s or man’s. It knew darkness. And darkness was enough.”

Ben Mears, a writer, who grew up in Jesuralem’s Lot, returns home after several years hopping to overcome a childhood trauma. But when locals start disappearing, Mears begin to realize that there is something evil lurking in town.

‘Salem’s Lot is King’s second published novel. This is a story about vampires, more precisely a vampire plague that spreads gradually over the town. A metaphor for the vice and corruption within every heart of its citizens. Special warning! This vampires do not shine like diamonds, these are true monsters.

The book is well written and the characters are interesting and relatable, although there are to many, which at times may feel a bit overwhelming. The plot also suffers from a slow start, but eventually things start to pick up. The atmosphere is quite palpable as the tension builds up. King’s detailed descriptions put you in the shoes of the characters, feeling their anxiety and fear.

This is an old school horror book, and one the best King novels. In any way a perfect book, but a great one. You will have a hard time putting it down.

Followed by two short stories from the author in 1978, “Jerusalem’s Lot” and “One for the Road”, and three media adaptations, “‘Salem’s Lot” (1979), “A Return to Salem’s Lot” (1987), and “‘Salem’s Lot” (2004).

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