SALEMS LOT BOOK
Salem's Lot is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. It was his second In two separate interviews in the s King said that, of all his books, ' Salem's Lot was his favorite. In his June Playboy interview, the interviewer. 'Salem's Lot is the second book published by Stephen King. The story of Donald Callahan continues in Wolves of the Calla, in which the former priest discovers a copy of the novel 'Salem's Lot. Ben Mears, a successful writer who grew up in the town of Jerusalem's Lot, Maine, has. 'Salem's Lot book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'Salem's Lot, tw.
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'Salem's Lot [Stephen King] on myavr.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old. Regardless, Ben has come to Salem's Lot to write his next book. We never learn exactly what it's about, despite numerous characters pestering. Salem's Lot is Stephen King's second novel and has had two made-for-tv movie adaptations, one released in and the other in
I read this book for the first time when I was in my teens, like so many others of my generation no doubt. But no matter, the book gets better and more terrifying and inspirationally landmark as a reader and writer with every heart stopping visitation. For many years both sort of co-existed in my mind, one propping up the other in a horror double whammy that remains my benchmark for creepy, believable storytelling.
One reason why the television series was so very scary is that it managed to recreate the same tone and tenor which King conveys to the reader through the pages of his long novel.
Both create a believable, photographic portrait of modern small town American reality of its day, while at the same time dissolving slowly the boundaries of what we accept as possible until the sinister occultism of the book stands behind you, fang mouthed and watching. The book is masterful in part because King does not hurry the reader. He increases the sense of suspense and menace in slow, unpleasant pulses; and they catch us, like the deepening shadows of a dusk that, once so safely distant, is suddenly upon us, and heralding the creatures of the night.
Jimmy Cody. Classic Stephen King. He's also surprisingly smart, confident, able to kick ass, unflinching, pragmatic, practical and quick-thinking. Mark Petrie. Smart and well-read, the Van Helsing of the group. Matt Burke. Perhaps, reader, you're asking, "Well, Carmen, where are the females?
I have conflicted feelings about Susan and her actions. Things I liked about Susan: Her mother hates Ben and wants her to date and marry some local boy.
Susan, who still lives at home, really puts her foot down and tells her mother where to get off. She also makes plans to move out - even though she'll be struggling financially.
A strong, powerful, human scene in which both Susan and Mrs. Norton act and are portrayed as human characters with both good and bad in them. Excellent writing on King's part. I think he does some amazing work on challenging mother-daughter relationships e. Things I didn't like about Susan and other people in relation to Susan Ben, I'm looking at you Can't stand this sort of "submission to a guy I like" thing, especially and over all with food and drink. I know this fits in with the times early s but if a man gave me orders ever in regards to what or when or where I was choosing to eat or NOT to eat, he would find himself in some very hot water.
I know this statement by him was innocuous - with no malice on his part - kind of like when men tell me to "Smile, you'll look prettier! Again, , so I'm going to try and overlook this If it came from a villain or someone with any kind of evil characteristics, I wouldn't even mention this.
It's only because Ben is the White Knight of the book that I feel it needs to be addressed. But she's not the only one People die as a result.
Right after Matt warned them not to split up. They just are overcome with a 'case of the dumb' every time King decides someone needs to die. It's very frustrating and very out-of-character. It goes like this: The group of heroes meets and discusses the situation intelligently, looking at it from all angles. Matt tells them not to split up. Someone dies. They go to Matt's and tell him someone's dead.
They discuss the situation intelligently and make smart plans. Matt warns them not to split up. They leave. They decide to split up. Someone dies Wash rinse repeat.
It's annoying. This only happens in the last third of the book By the end, everyone who's still alive is wearing crucifixes and carrying holy water, whether they are Catholic or not. Even praying the Hail Mary or the Our Father appears to be an effective way to hurt vampires. Very well-written, very exciting. This is great writing by King. You can vividly see everything in your mind while reading.
I especially enjoyed the glowing touch King gives holy objects. When calling on the power of the Lord, the cross you're holding or the holy water you've washed in starts to glow so brightly that you have to squint. This is a great visual touch that I think added a LOT to the book and to the final fight scenes.
Wonderful idea by King and a powerful one. The book is a callback to the ancient role of the Church as protector against things like vampires, witches, and demons.
Modern problems what King calls "evil with a lower case e" such as rape, child abuse, incest, suicide, and murder are seen as mundane. Father Callahan, the local priest is "bored" with the idea of facing and fighting this kind of evil. He longs for the day he can showdown "real" evil - and his wish is granted in the form of bloodsucking fiends who are working for Satan.
This evil which garners so much scorn in this book IS real evil. And it's human evil. Since the Church is supposed to help humanity, I hardly think that it is "weakening" the Church to address these problems, or somehow getting off track with it's "real" purpose of fighting Satan, or something. I can see why King chose to include this tiny thread, after all, the Big Evil is what is the enemy in this particular time and place.
But I don't appreciate the trivialization of human evil, and especially have rage towards any priest who thinks it's boring or a waste of his time. I take umbrage at this idea. Good people live in small towns. Good people live in cities. Crimes happen in small towns. Crime happens in cities. Both small towns AND cities have their benefits and disadvantages, and I have NO idea what is going on with all the small-town hate King slathers on this novel like orange marmalade.
I found it irrational and a bit disturbing. This is very bleak and not at all true. A certain character, who is smart and practical view spoiler [ Parkins, the Sheriff, hide spoiler ] leaves town because he knows it's dead and he doesn't want to die.
Ben promptly rips him a new one, calling him a coward and a gutless piece of shit. I completely disagreed with King here. Obviously the heroes are brave and stalwart by staying and vowing to fight the vampires and rid the town of evil, but I completely respect and sympathize for anyone smart enough to hightail it out of there.
I felt like this was really judgmental and harsh. I admired the character AND his decision at the end to flee - it made a lot of sense to me and didn't make him any "less of a man" in my eyes.
Again, for people who haven't read King or think King writes about grimy cesspools without hope - that's not true in this book. There are good men and women in this story.
There is a powerful Evil and a lot of despair, death, blood, abuse etc. I really like that King provides us with hope and also characters who are not disgusting because, let's face it, the majority of the plethora of people in this book are awful people. Even though King writes here that Satan is a very real and powerful enemy, there's also the unwavering and unshakeable truth that God exists and that God is helping humans to fight Satan.
Take that as you will. That's okay - King does a good job with the rest of it, and I can see he was going more ancient legends meet Dracula with it, so I can forgive his all in all, very slight fetishizing of sucking blood. But I'd prefer for it to be absent, and for an author to do away with it for once. And then there were side characters and side plots that I really wanted more of, but King never ended up fleshing them out, and I was disappointed.
It's a VERY busy book. I am slightly concerned and bothered with the glimmer of "thatyear-old-girl-is-a-slut-because-she-has-big-boobs-and-I-want-to-fuck-her" that runs through this novel. Ruthie as far as I can see never does anything to indicate she's sexually promiscuous, but men call her "slut" and hate her simply because she's gorgeous and they want to fuck her.
Women hate her and call her "slut" because she's gorgeous and they know men want to fuck her. Unfair to Ruthie, who is a small, small, part of this book - we never see her thoughts or see any part of her world, we only look at her through other's eyes. I would throw a fit if I thought King was slut-shaming or, more accurately , labeling-a-woman-who's-most-likely-a-virgin-as-a-slut if I thought he, Stephen King, really believed that - but I don't. Instead, I think he's showing us how people judge others on appearances, and that's okay.
So, it's fine - he gets a pass from me on this one.
I found this a bit weird. Matt asks Ben if he's had sex with Susan.
When Ben admits he has, Matt tells him that HE'S the one who has to stake Susan - no one else apparently - because he's taking the place of her husband. This didn't make ANY sense within the lore of the book - the rest of heroes stake vampires regardless of if they're related or not. There was just this kind of creepy patriarchy vibe regarding Susan's corpse, though. And I have no idea why - the 'male relative must stake the vampire' thread is never mentioned again.
Also, it really, really upset Ben to have to stake the woman he loved. Why couldn't one of the other men do it? It felt like King was just trying to create drama without having any consistent lore to back it up.
Rereading Stephen King: week two – Salem's Lot
Tl;dr - Even though King didn't write a perfect book here, he wrote a dang good one. He's an excellent author - there are chapters in here maybe 6 or 7 out of more than that I know I could read over and over again just to admire how they sparkle in the light.
I plan to rank all of them as I read them, so stay tuned! View all 36 comments. Belated as it might be, I am finally making my way through his surprisingly versatile oeuvre. That being said, horror done by King can really only be compared to horror done by King. Take The Shining , for instance. A writer named Ben Mears, who grew up there, comes into town to write a novel and exorcise his demons.
He starts canoodling with a young artist named Susan, and befriends an aging schoolteacher named Matt. Strange things start happening, emanating from the haunted Marsten House that overlooks the community. Those strange things, you will not be surprised, take a turn for the violent. I could probably stop writing right now, review complete. But then what excuse would I have for ignoring my family, specifically the child knocking on my office door right now? You can see early on many of the hallmarks he would work into his later efforts.
There is the struggling writer as the lead character. There are children, both in danger and as heroes. King leaps from person to person, from consciousness to consciousness, giving you a story from an eclectic collection of viewpoints.
Ben might be the moral and plot-necessitated hub, but there are many spokes. Among the dozens of characters, King gives us a small-town constable struggling with his courage; a young mother who abuses her newborn child; a couple engaging in a discrete affair; and a Catholic priest whose struggle is more with the bottle than his faith. Are all these characters necessary to the storyline?
No, absolutely not. Many, if not most, could have been shorn. The pages in my trade-paperback edition could easily have been halved, without losing any of the essence. But the excess is what sets King apart. It is what makes him great. This is not, however, a great Stephen King novel. He does not have the complete and utter grasp of his material yet.
There are lurches and sudden, jarring stops in the pacing. King then adds his own secret sauce, that sauce being blood, and lots of it. There were times I was more interested in literary comparisons of early verses later King than I was in the tale unfolding on the pages before me. The characterizations are just not there. King has the ability — think Jack Torrance, in The Shining — to create characters of incredible depth and complexity.
Characters that are unforgettable. More importantly, the connections between the characters is lacking. Ben saunters into town and quickly falls in love with a woman and becomes BFFs with a guy. This happens overnight, with no real explanation except expediency. As the plot reaches its endgame, and people find themselves in mortal danger, King desperately needs us to believe in the bonds — love, affection, loyalty — between his characters.
Thus, I didn't feel any stakes when Ben, and the people around him, found themselves struggling with their very lives. A guilty pleasure worth a cheap thrill? Something to be read at the turning of the season, when leaves change and fall, when the air sharpens like knives, when the long dark of winter begins whistling in the wind? King is an American treasure.
He is a master. He has a gift for baking complex and knotty themes into deceptively simple spook stories. His unmatched skill has probably made it easier for us to take him for granted. I mean novels in general. Full review now posted! There are few monsters as enduring as the vampire. For well over a thousand years, mankind has told itself stories of preternatural beings who look like us, and perhaps even used to be us, but who now live by draining the life from us.
Sometimes, these are just campfire stories, meant to give us a chill and a thrill before we drown them out with reality. In the past few decades, vampires have taken a big hit in pop culture. Vampires were once terrifying entities, wielding their seductive beauty as a cobra does, to hypnotize and ensnare their victims.
But in recent years, we as a society have defanged vampires, so to speak. We have rendered them harmless by giving them consciences and glittery skin, and making them into a metaphor for fighting the temptations of the flesh. The building horror of what decimated the town, and how quickly and easily most of the townspeople gave into that destruction, is where King really shines.
Some of these newly turned are children, which made them all the more disturbing. No one can write children quite like King, be they brave and compelling or terrifying enough to make a person decide against reproduction.
Child and adult alike march to the beat set out for them by their new master, who is everything a vampire should be. An author from out of town, the girl he hits it off with, an English teacher from a local high school, a doctor, a priest, and a child stand alone against an incomprehensible evil.
There is one other central player in the story: It is a menacing presence hovering over the town, seemingly evil in spite of its inanimate state, which makes it the perfect abode for a monster. King did a great job of making the house itself super disturbing. King did a great job reclaiming vampires for the horror genre. Keep in mind that this book was originally published in , long before we as a modern society decided that vampires should be lusted after instead of feared, but it was still refreshing to read a novel that gave the bloodsuckers back their throne of fear.
This was a buddy read with my wonderful friend Caleb! Original review can be found at Booknest. View all 28 comments. Oct 12, Christy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those who want a great vampire tale--not too gory, but just right--even for some younger readers. The following lyrics, and police account are sickening and grotesquenot for children!!!!
Though no spoilers If you are easily made sick to you stomach, just don't go there,really I need a victim to do things sickening I just want to make you bleed My knife is gashing your blood is splashing To see your blood is what I need I'm gonna strangle you and I'll slit your throat too I love to see your blood run, that's the thing that makes me cum I'm gonna kill you just because I want to I'm the Vampire of Dusseldorf and I will cut your life short My hands are choking my knife is broken An orgasm is what I need Your blood is spilling the sight is thrilling To cum I need to see you bleed I'm gonna strangle you and I'll slit your throat too I love to see your blood run, that's the thing that makes me cum I'm gonna kill you just because I want to I'm the Vampire of Dusseldorf and I will cut your life short.
Peter Kurtin, The Vampire of Dusseldorf As the real Peter Kurtin was mentioned in 'Salem's Lot the book was in Matt's hospital room with all the others, and discussed with Father Callahan--so naturally, I had to look it up, and got this little treat , I thought I'd share this fun little ditty to start things off on the right I think I prefer the type of blood Barlow get's off on Serial killer Characteristics: That's enough of him, I think By the way It really has ruined some of the best scenes in the book for me.
I've learned my lesson, time and time again--unfortunately, I watched many of these movies years ago, before I was into Stephen King's books I have made my way through a ton of novels, and finally realized two things: So, here I am I am finding that King's earliest works are definitely some of his best!
Loved this modern take on the whole Dracula mythos. After reading his reasons why, the small town is the best setting possible for this story. In general I love his use of small towns, where people know each other, and when someone goes missing it is easily noticed. I also like the way he took his wife's ideas Especially the small towns in Maine--my favorite state by the way--people ARE different there, everything is different, the way they talk Finally, he shares the darkest secrets of the people in the town; often the ordinary people you meet on his streets are already monsters in their hearts.
This book also uses more of what, I feel, are King's strengths. The protagonists in this book super faves in bold include a writer he admitted being a mirror of himself--perhaps supposed to be the main protagonist?
And his building of characters!!! Probably what he does best, and one of the reasons I enjoy almost all of his books regardless of a poor storyline another is that his writing is just plain great Some younger readers may be reading for the first part wondering when it's going to get into the action.
By spending so much time getting there, expanding on the characters often dislikable--come on--I roll my eyes at all the reviews that say they couldn't find anyone to like--when was that a prerequisite to liking a book?
Anyway, there are several to love in this book , he slowly builds the tension and draws us in, making us care when the action starts. He knows very well, that the fear of what is to come is often the best part!
Finally, King is also not one of those writers to shy away from topics others often do: This book has it all. Highly recommended!!!!
Now off to read One for the Road and Jerusalem's Lot again. Both short stories One For the Road being the sequel. View all 18 comments.
Feb 06, Robert Vanneste rated it it was amazing. Granted I haven't read every book he's put out. I read it the first time in the late 70's or early 80's.
Ouch that was a long time ago. Overall I've reread it 4 or 5 times so it's a guilty pleasure of mine. I feel another reread coming on. View all 4 comments. I fall more in love with this book and its characters every single time I read it.
It's both heartbreaking and terrifying and that's a huge part of why I love it so much. I always have a hard time enjoying vampire novels and I definitely think that stems from my love of this book. King does vampires in such a horrifying way that nothing quite lives up to Barlow after reading this book.
Despite finding him utterly terrifying, I absolutely adore Barlow as a character. In fact, I think he may just I fall more in love with this book and its characters every single time I read it. In fact, I think he may just be one of my favourite King villains! Another huge part of my love for this book is the amazing cast of characters.
They're really such a bunch of unlikely heroes that you can't help but root for them and shed a tear or two at some of the deaths. I really enjoy the whole cast of characters as a whole but my favourite by far is definitely Mark, that kid is one hell of a warrior and steals my heart every damn time I read this book! No matter how many times I read Salem's Lot, I am on the edge of my seat from the very first page until the very last.
I get so caught up in the story and I still get shivers when I get to the final show down! It is such an epic and perfect ending to this book, it just plays like a movie in my head. I could really go on and on about how much I love this book, it's most definitely one of my favourite King books! View all 5 comments. Oct 03, J.
Maybe the greatest vampire novel of all time. Certainly one of the scariest stories I've ever read. I loved everything about this book. The audio version is also excellent, narrated by Ron McClarty.
View all 13 comments. I love reading books multiple times because each time I read it I feel completely different about it. I find new things I missed, I view things from a different perspective.
Each time its like reading a new book. Salem's Lot is a vampire novel but its so much more than that. Salem's Lot is about small town America and the disintegrating social fabric.
One of the things I've come to appreciate most about I love reading books multiple times because each time I read it I feel completely different about it. One of the things I've come to appreciate most about Stephen King is his ability to bring out the horror of everyday life. Salem's Lot is how I imagine a real life vampire attack would happen. The vampire would move to a small insular town and slowly rip it apart. I recommend Salem's Lot to all horror lovers and to readers who love intricately plotted well written stories.
View all 6 comments. Just Brilliant! I wasn't even born in when the book was published, yet i connected with the story and the characters. They didn't seem old fashioned and out-dated. Stephen King sure knows how to captivate the reader and scare the shit out of them in his typical way. Aptly, we had a couple of nights of thunderstorms here and suffice it to say i had to check the windows to make sure they were closed properly. The biggest hint comes in the form of a certain Mr Straker, along with his absentee business partner Mr Barlow.
They decide to open an antique shop in a town that doesn't need one, and they buy the Marsten house to live in while they're there. Alarm bells ring all over, but nobody really cares because there are too many other things going on. Women nearly beat their babies to death because of the stress of motherhood; men drink too much and rape their wives; and gossip is everywhere, like rats behind the walls.
Nobody stops to notice that, between Straker and Barlow, you've got — nearly, if you flip the W upside down — an anagram of Bram Stoker. When a young boy then dies in mysterious circumstances, the only person who really pays attention outside his family is the inept local lawman. As a reader, you want them all to care more than they do, because you can see what's coming: the inevitability of death.
It's almost exactly halfway through the novel that the blood hits the fan. More people die. Infant babies come back to life, and need to feed on more than milk. Being outside at night is no longer safe. After a deliberately hazy and meandering first half — one that lulls both reader and characters into a false sense of security — the second part of the novel barely breathes.
It takes place over roughly two days and two nights, as Ben and his new friends — or what's left of them — try to end the rapidly spreading vampire menace and take Salem's Lot back.
For better or worse, the book ends pretty much where it began: with the tall man and the boy in Mexico, trying to work out their next move. When I was younger, it was this second half that enraptured me: the rush of the hunt on both sides ; the thrill of not knowing who would and wouldn't survive; and the pain of how much this affected the characters. Where Carrie paints emotion in one very broad red stroke , there is far more subtlety here. Characters you don't like still engender pity.
Back then it amazed me, once I got past the — as I erroneously thought — dragged-out beginning. Now, it's the start that I love most. It's the slowest of slow burns, all hints and drip-feed.The vampires themselves? Barlow could give Count Dracula a real run for his money as far as being a completely evil, despicable, and formidable being. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. It's easy to dismiss this as him writing what he knows, but I think it's something else.
Just Brilliant! Can Ben Mears and his friends stop the vampire in their midst before falling victim to his lust for blood? Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? And yet I cannot challenge the legitimacy of his repute as a master story-teller.
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