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Book Review: ‘Salem’s Lot

by | Oct 11, 2020 | Books

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Stephen King is known as the King of Horror. I first discovered Stephen King through the musical version of his first published novel: Carrie. I also loved the movie “It”, but I didn’t read any of his books until this year. I wasn’t a fan of “The Institute” but when I read “‘Salem’s Lot”, I absolutely loved this dark and gritty novel. I read “‘Salem’s Lot in honor of Stephen King’s birthday on September 21st for an online book club that reads paranormal/supernatural books each month.

About ‘Salem’s Lot

“Salem’s Lot was Stephen King’s second published novel and it’s considered his favorite novel. It takes place in Jerusalem’s Lot (nicknamed “Salem’s Lot), Maine in the 1970s. The book centers around Ben Mears, an author who returns to ‘Salem’s Lot” where he lived for some of his childhood in order to write a book. At the same time, an old vampire moves to town and starts turning the townspeople into vampires. The town is not prepared for this vampire invasion, and it goes into detail on how the townspeople deal with the vampires.

This book is a slow build before we get to the vampires. Once it gets to the vampires, as they would say in The Good Place, the shirt hits the fan. The book switches narratives between Ben, a young boy named Mark, and several different residents of “Salem’s Lot. Unlike Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, ‘Salem’s Lot does not romanticize vampires or turn them into romantic leads; vampires in ‘Salem’s Lot are created to multiply and to kill.

Reading Prompts

For my 2020 Reading Challenges, I chose “‘Salem’s Lot” for the following prompts and challenges:

Final Thoughts

Even though “Salem’s Lot is a popular horror novel, it hasn’t been adapted for movie theatres. It was adapted into a min-series in 1979, and a TV movie in 2004 starring Rob Lowe. Due to laws relating to what you can and cannot portray on television, you can imagine a lot of the gorry details of ‘Salem’s Lot had to be tamed down to make it appropriate for television. The book is in the early stages of being adapted for the silver screen. After the success of King’s recent book-to-film adaptation of “It”, I’m excited to see ‘Salem’s Lot brought to the silver screen. If you can’t wait that long for the movie version of ‘Salem’s Lot for a good vampire scare, I recommend reading the book.

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