A superb novel set in classic Stephen King territory - a small new England town about to be engulfed by terror.
Turn off the television - in fact, why don't you turn off all the lights except for the one over your favourite chair? - and we'll talk about vampires here in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them.
Stephen King, from the introduction. Salem's Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course there are tales of strange happenings - but not more than in any other town its size.
Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed - nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.
Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror....
©1975 Stephen King; (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc.
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"Classic vampire story"
This is a brilliant book wonderfully narrated by Ron Mclarty who really brings it to life!
"Fantastic story that draws you in..."
Surely one of his very best. Really well read, though pronouncing buttocks like clocks grated
Amazing and timeless. A horror classic. This story will stay with you and you'll keep coming back.
"Good but not Kings best!"
Interesting Characters with a lot of depth and emotion. Story falls short, anti climax disappoints.
"Trash. But good trash."
Can't understand how I haven't read this before, as I've been reading King for years! A good listen.
"Not my favourite King,"
in fact I fell asleep a few times. at the beginning
. but persevere, it improves
"Consummate horror Classic"
Although I knew this was one of the authors early literary hits I wasn't aware of the story. It is one of the few novels from this era not to have made it to the big screen (there was a TV show I think).
The plotting where the story is structured around two-thirds as flashback is fine and draws you to a very satisfying present day conclusion. Author says people asked about a follow up but I liked how he dealt with arriving at the present here. Not too neat but complete.
King's writing sentence by sentence is always enjoyable. He sounds like a familiar voice just chatting to you directly but he doesn't seem to waste much time even though at first reading it might seem that way. It always has a point in getting through plot. I guess this ease of writing is more difficult to achieve than it looks. Time passes enjoyably moving through this American Vampire retelling.
Only downside, I guess, is that this is the archetype for King's small town horror and you may be overly familiar if you've read the later work. It gets to a different place in the end so some people will have to be patient if they don't want to go through all the different characters building ... but if you don't like that stuff maybe you are already aware that this author may not be your cup of tea. Personally, he's a go to choice for myself as easy listening on long journeys.
The actor reading is of a good quality also. I've found this on all Stephen King's audiobooks so far.
I read Salems Lot about 20 years ago and it was great to relive it again. I was walking my dog while listening to a particularly scary part when a car door slammed near my and I nearly jumped out of my skin. That's a great sign of a genuinely scary book. Great story , great narration. Stephen King is the best.
"Better than I remember"
Way way back I remember being scared out of my wits by the TV movie starring David Soul and James Mason. There was no way this 40 something father of two teenagers was going to be scared all over again was there?..........
You better believe there was!
Fantastic story extremely well read. Would recommend it to all, but not to fall asleep to!!
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