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Thousands of miles away from the small township of Salem s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree lined streets They must return to Salem s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town Hey I m not a vampire fan, okay I mean, I am cool with scary books, and I read scary books, but vampiresThey re just not really my thing If I had to power rank my favorite types of horror novels, and I can t imagine a time where I would have to do that, except now, obviouslyVampires would be near the bottom of the list Vampires would be one or two spots above werewolves Werewolves are stupid, and so are books about them Werewolves, give me a break Now, I am a Stephen King fan Not al Hey I m not a vampire fan, okay I mean, I am cool with scary books, and I read scary books, but vampiresThey re just not really my thing If I had to power rank my favorite types of horror novels, and I can t imagine a time where I would have to do that, except now, obviouslyVampires would be near the bottom of the list Vampires would be one or two spots above werewolves Werewolves are stupid, and so are books about them Werewolves, give me a break Now, I am a Stephen King fan Not all the time, but his early stuff especially This is his second book And in his second book Stephen King wrote a story about vampires Thank God he didn t write a story about werewolves for his second book If he did that, he would probably not even be a thing today He would have probably had to stop being a writer and get a job doing something else Selling insurance or Lyft or something Anyway, I m not giving this story four stars because of the vampires I m giving this book four stars because he managed to take something I m not really crazy about, namely vampires, and built a pretty fantastic story He best parts of Salem s Lot have very little to do with vampires anyway After writing Carrie, King added a lotpages to his next book, and he really takes his time with this one There are whole chapters called The Lot, and they are about the town and the people in it, and those are some of the best chapters in the book King creates this amazing world set into a small town with characters who inhabit it and have meaning and importance Even the minor characters get their moments to shine and breathe a little bit King spends pages just talking about the Lot and how it came to be, how it s changed, what kind of people live there and why and vampires The terror builds slowly You know what s happening You know where the story is going But in the end it goes there and then way, way past what you think, and oh man I think in every King review I write I say this I say something along the lines of King being a better writer than a horror writer He s at his best when he isn t trying to scare you I always say that, and I still agree with myself HoweverIn this book he excels at both He takes the time to build up the horror and suspense in the first half, and the second half really pays off Even with vampires Hopefully, you ve read this before If not, read it in October Or now Or whenever Don t read it even You should read it, but not reading it is your choice It s not the right choice, but it s yours You get to make it However, and this is my last however and the last thing I m going to writeHowever oopsIf you don t read this, and you read a book about werewolves, and I can make an exception for Book 5 of the Dark Tower series It has wolves in the title, so it s fine That s the only exception If you do that, we can t be friends I m sorry We can be friends It s fine We shouldn t be, but let s be friends anyway Choices are great, aren t they Good night guys so i DID like this, and i don t really have anything cool or fun to say about it for a review but i just realized that i forgot to mention the boob euphemism of choice for this book was JAHOOBIES i just wanted you all to know that.ok bye4 12 There was a time once when vampires were ruthless predators and not the misunderstood brooding and essentially harmless creatures Ahhhh, good old scary times Vampire stories have been around for a long time after all, people love a good scare, and what isterrifying than a monster showing up at night and sucking the life essence out of you But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it How Simply using the winning formula that he continues There was a time once when vampires were ruthless predators and not the misunderstood brooding and essentially harmless creatures Ahhhh, good old scary times Vampire stories have been around for a long time after all, people love a good scare, and what isterrifying than a monster showing up at night and sucking the life essence out of you But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it How Simply using the winning formula that he continues to employ in the vast majority of his work In addition to showing us the monsters of the night, he also brings into the picture the monsters and the darkness that are already with us, that live in the deep dark recesses of everyone s soulThe town knew about darkness The town has its secrets, and keeps them well The town cares for devil s work nothan it cares for God s or man s It knew darkness And darkness was enough The eponymous Salem s Lot is a small town in Maine, and it is not a stranger to secrets and darkness It s quaint and pastoral on the surface, but once you look deeper you are bound to discover what lurks behind its respectable surface And trust me, that s the discoveries that you can easily go without for the darkness of the human soul as presented by Stephen King beats everything that any monster or boogeyman can ever send your way The small town of Salem s Lot can boast your usual lies, bullying, corruption, and prejudice and spices it up with well hidden child abuse, violence, and murders Not so quaint, is it It is this portrayal of everyday people s secrets, of the towns being almost like living breathing organisms that is one of the big reasons why I am a huge fan of Stephen King s works.From the very first pages of the novel we know that some terrible fate made Salem s Lot a ghost town with apparently only a couple of survivors It doesn t take the reader long to realize, as we go back in time to see how the events unfolded, that the mysterious menacing Marsten House welcomed new evil that tends to lurk at night, floating past your hopefully, tightly shut windows The story itself is rather straightforward, steadily moving along to its almost conclusion that we have glimpsed in the first few pages, and we watch with bated breath as our bunch of good guys Ben, Mark, Susan, Matt are trying to take on the supernatural horror Oh, and did I forget Father Callahan view spoiler A high five from the Dark Tower universe, Father hide spoiler King is excellent with the plotting and the pacing since this was only his second novel, he was still a stranger to writing larger than life brick sized tomes The story never lags, the suspense and sense of foreboding are rampant, and there are quite a few truly nailbiting situations Nothing distracts the reader from the vampire story unfolding on the background of small town horrors There are no heavy handed lessons to be learned, no deep morals to take out of the story all we get is a thrilling and quite scary ride that may make you a sleep with a light on, and b be very careful about who you invite into your home 5 stars 4.5 starsI feel like there has been a lot of debate over Stephen King s last few books about what genre he might be considered any Mystery, sci fi, fantasy, general fiction, etc etc etc you just don t hear Stephen King horror all that much any Well, if you want to get back to the roots, Salem s Lot is pure, raw, old school Stephen King horror at its finest I am doing a re read of most of Stephen King s books chronologically and Salem s Lot was the next after Carrie I read it or 4.5 starsI feel like there has been a lot of debate over Stephen King s last few books about what genre he might be considered any Mystery, sci fi, fantasy, general fiction, etc etc etc you just don t hear Stephen King horror all that much any Well, if you want to get back to the roots, Salem s Lot is pure, raw, old school Stephen King horror at its finest I am doing a re read of most of Stephen King s books chronologically and Salem s Lot was the next after Carrie I read it originally sometime back in the 90s I am so glad I did because, honestly, I don t remember any of it Salem s Lot is a vampire story influenced by vampire fiction, like Stoker s Dracula, as well as vampire horror flicks The influence of both these mediums is very evident, while at the same time King crafts a new, unique, and terrifying vampire story of his own If you are a fan of the original, raw, pure evil vampire not ones that sparkle , you need to make sure and read this book Those of you out there who have heard about King, haven t read him before, and are wondering where to start, this would be a great place to do so I think many would agree that this is up there with King s horror fiction at its best