Published by New English Library on October 17th 1975
Something strange is going on in Jerusalem's Lot ... but no one dares to talk about it. By day, 'Salem's Lot is a typical modest New England town; but when the sun goes down, evil roams the earth. The devilishly sweet insistent laughter of a child can be heard echoing through the fields, and the presence of silent looming spirits can be felt lurking right outside your window. Stephen King brings his gruesome imagination to life in this tale of spine tingling horror.
Looking back at this review I am really surprised. I think I mixed this up with reading Dracula, which I absolutely hated. That said, I do remember some horrifying moments but not enough that it stuck with me. I did read this in 2012 so maybe it’s time for a re-read, especially since I have mostly forgot the content although I remember the plot. Worth thinking about, that’s for sure.
Salem’s Lot starts out very quietly in a small town where you don’t even have to lock your door because you already know all of your neighbors and all of their neighbors. It’s a quaint place with a small enough population to make life easy. But in this quiet town when something goes bad everyone hears about it and in the matter of a couple of days, a lot of bad is going around. Slowly at first, creeping into your bedroom at night until the bad is in bed with you and you don’t even realize it’s there. You have let it in and now you have to lie in bed with it, but what’s worse, half the time you know. You know that something is wrong but nobody believes in ghost stories so you don’t want to open your mouth and sound foolish, so you don’t. You just let the bad guys in through your window.
Again, fantastically Stephen King! I should have read this years ago. I could feel my heart speeding up as the plot got thicker. And SK is able to keep the predator far enough behind doors that even when you’re suspecting what is going on, you don’t know for sure. Wonderfully written, as usual. I would definitely recommend to anyone that is ready for a couple of Fright Nights! 😉
Downside to this story? Although it is epically Stephen King, you can easily tell that it is early Stephen King. The plot moves at a pretty good pace but slower than quite a few of his books. The characters are pretty interesting but at the same time View Spoiler » it’s a wonder that none of them are strong enough to survive. Or maybe I’ve seen too many horror movies. It just seems to me that people are smarter than this. Town comes together, fight the villain, kill the villain, town celebrates. Maybe that’s too cliche though. As I said, I did enjoy this, it’s just not one of my favorites. « Hide Spoiler
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