'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

'Salem's Lot

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.


Details 'Salem's Lot

Title'Salem's Lot
ISBN9780450031069
Author
Release DateApr 22nd, 1991
PublisherNew English Library
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy
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Reviews 'Salem's Lot

  • Nataliya
    2012-05-14
    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 is more terrifying 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? Si...
  • Bradley
    2013-03-25
    Well this is annoying times two. I just wrote a review and lost it, and then there's the *other* issue.What other issue?Oh, the one where my 14 year old self of infinite wisdom and experience remembered a boring tale lacking truly epic blood and guts from what should be a vampire tale in a small town. If that 14 year old could have had his way, then 80% of the novel would have been excised for being too-character driven, too-focused on hundreds o...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2016-02-02
    لوهلة ظننت أن الرواية عن مصاصي الدماء، رعب تقليدي فحسب، لكم كنت مخطئاالرواية عن الشر نفسه والظلام الذي لا نراه إلا بعد فوات الأوان "لقد تغير مفهوم الكنيسة الكاثوليكية للشر عموما بشكل جذري في القرن العشرين بسبب فرويد..فلم يعد الشر هو ذاك الشيطان الأ...
  • Delee
    2016-01-02
    I was a bit of a wimp before I entered my teen years...so I stayed away from anything vampire. My first vampire experience was Love at First Bite, and not knowing it was a comedy (yes, it was before you could Google) I put on a brave face for the friend that invited me- and entered the movie theater terrified by what I would see. Luckily the evenly tanned George Hamilton awaited me...along with some mighty impressive disco dancing. The scary bloo...
  • Lyn
    2011-07-31
    Vampires.Years after I first read it, I can truthfully say that this is still on a short list of scariest books I have ever read. King at his best. An American re-telling of Dracula, King stays close to the vampire myth but with some of his own storytelling thrown in and some subtle changes that make for an original novel. I cannot help but think that Barlow helped to usher in a new generation of vampire literature, of which we have now been inun...
  • Mary
    2007-10-30
    I hate vampires. I hate them and I hate books about them. I hate the way they're romanticized and sexualized and just generally presented in modern fiction. That's why I loved this book. King doesn't shy away from the fact that vampires are creatures of horror and he presents them as such. They are vile, violent, and everywhere, and that's the way I like them.The characters pitted against them, particularly the priest, are compelling and almost t...
  • Samadrita
    2012-12-31
    The last time I picked up a King novel, my inclination towards critical analysis of a text was still just a budding obsession. Now it is an enduring preoccupation. Try as I may, I cannot overlook the subtle slips in King's plot arrangement and characterization any more - the inevitability of women being cast in the molds of the lover or the victim of abuse or the tactless ingenue is a veritable threat to my fangirlism. (This is not to mention the...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2009-02-13
    City folk have a distinct misconception about small towns. We tend to believe that they are tranquil and innocent. That the denizens are wholesome and full of family values. But, we don't see the hidden rot that lurks beneath the sleepy facade.Stephen King does a lot to shatter that myth with 'Salem's Lot. This a horror novel about a vampire who destroys a town from the inside out. This is a horror story about the darkness that we don't see clear...
  • Dan Schwent
    2008-02-07
    When writer Ben Mears moves back to 'Salem's Lot, a sleepy Maine town he spent a few years living in as a child, he has bitten off more than he can chew. 'Salem's lot is home to an ancient evil. Can Ben Mears and his friends stop the vampire in their midst before falling victim to his lust for blood?One of the great things about getting older is that old books magically become new books after ten years. I forgot most of the wrinkles of this one s...
  • Char
    2011-10-13
    I just finished a re-read of this book with the Horror Aficionados group here at Goodreads. I'm so glad that I participated!Remember little Ralphie Glick? I first read this book in junior high or high school. It's been about 30 years since then, unfortunately. I've read The Stand and IT a couple of times each, but I never did pick this one up again. Finally, that has been rectified and what a payoff!I forgot how well this story wrapped its arms a...
  • Will M.
    2014-06-13
    A novel about a creepy town and deadly vampires. This should've received 5 stars from me, but I was a bit disappointed with this novel.I swear I wanted to love this novel, but it was an okay read for me. An okay read from the King. I'm 100% sure that something is wrong with me, and not the novel.My main problem with the novel would be the fact that it took almost 350 pages for it to become really interesting. The character and plot introduction f...
  • Celeste
    2017-10-09
    Full review now posted!If you’re looking for vampires with some bite, look no further.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. But o...
  • Edward Lorn
    2012-04-17
    This is the greatest vampire novel ever written. Forget Stoker, ignore Rice, this is it. Why? Because the vampires herein are not your friends. They are not your lovers. There is nothing remotely lovable about Barlow's children of the night. They simply want to fucking drain you.(view spoiler)[Like many people, my first experience with 'Salem's Lot had to do with Tobe Hooper's amazing made-for-television adaptation. The mute Nosferatu-like Barlow...
  • Matt
    2016-11-07
    I don’t read a lot of horror, so it’s taken me a bit longer than most to recognize the genius of Stephen King. Belated as it might be, I am finally making my way through his surprisingly versatile oeuvre. At this point, I think I’ve skimmed off much of the cream, having read several of his undisputed classics (The Stand, It, Pet Sematery, etc). Now I’m ready to bore down into the second level. Salem’s Lot is definitely a step down from ...
  • Christy
    2016-10-12
    ****WARNING: The following lyrics, and police account are sickening and grotesque---not for children!!!! (Though no spoilers...the man is mentioned in the book briefly ...during a discussion between Father Callahan and Matt Burke in his hospital room, filled with books on vampires...heres's more about the real one behind the myth. If you are easily made sick to you stomach, just don't go there,really...just move down to the regular review....I ne...
  • Carmen
    2014-02-10
    Stephen King's take on vampires. I didn't enjoy this book as much as CARRIE.THE HEROES: - An author. Of course. Self-insertion much? Notably the only character who has good sex in the novel. (I'm not complaining about the self-insertion... but I want you to know I notice what you're doing, Mr. King.) Ben Mears - A priest. Irish-American. A drunk. Fed up with the suffering, abuse, rape, and hate he sees every day. When can he fight the Big Evil? ...
  • Ashley Daviau
    2017-03-29
    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 Ba...
  • Suzanne
    2018-01-26
    I stayed up till nearly 4 am on a weekday to finish this book. I would have to admit that Stephen King and his weird ass books hold the record of keeping me up late into the night, regardless of the day of week. I want to read all his books but I have to spread them out because I just do not think my psyche can take a marathon of his books, though it would love to! In Salem’s Lot, King writes about a town fallen victim to vampires. I will admit...
  • Councillor
    2015-11-06
    In „Salem’s Lot“, one of his most well-known novels, Stephen King masterfully explores the effects of evilness on unsuspecting and (more or less) innocent people through the introduction of vampires. He presents a vivid cast of characters to his readers, including the main protagonist, Ben Mears, an author who is haunted by his own past and discovers several obstacles on his quest to find peace; Matt Burke, an aging teacher confronted with ...
  • Kasia
    2009-02-09
    I find Stephen King repetitive, his characters not all that likable, his endings BAD. But I like silly potboilers featuring vampires. Don't judge me!! I'm an vampire fanatic, and Salem's Lot is one of the undead classics, I was bound to read it. Ok, I was bound to listen to the audiobook, if I were to be precise. Hiking on a trail in Carpathians (same Carpathians that count Dracula had his monstrous castle in), getting soaked to the bone* (oh how...
  • Reading Corner
    2015-11-08
    This was my second Stephen King read which I really enjoyed. I thought it was much better than Carrie as the story was better developed and more enthralling. The idea behind the novel was basic in one sense but incredibly gripping and for me, unpredictable until someone spoiled it. However, this did not ruin it as there was still many mysteries lurking in the background that evolved into something even scarier.There's a constant third person narr...
  • Paul O'Neill
    2016-05-21
    Loved it more the second time around. This book is soooo tense! It's everything you need in a horror book. This book remains the only book that I've had a physical reaction to. I was that spooked that I jumped a little and dropped my book (kindle). Too bad everyone on the train seen me do it... King at his best.
  • Rowena
    2013-04-04
    I've missed reading King's books. He really knows how to tell a story. This story is set in the 1970s and it shows, not only because of the homophobic statements, also because of the very homogeneous population, the most "exotic" person in the town being an Austrian immigrant. I've always says King can write creepy small towns well. This was a very intriguing story that had me gripped despite the slightly awkward love story (slightly cringeworthy...
  • J.K. Grice
    2017-10-03
    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. The best vampire book since SALEM'S LOT would have to be by Michael Rowe.
  • Anish Kohli
    2017-04-16
    You read a book, you like it, you want to talk about it. Sometimes want to gush about it. Write a review about it. But then there are books that leave you unsure of what you feel about them and how much you really liked them. And what to write in a review, if you did decide to write one. One such book is Salem’s Lot.I am confused. I know not what to write in this review and so I will look to my dear Author to guide my hand and I shall use his w...
  • Graeme Rodaughan
    2016-08-13
    Vampires are my personal boogieman.I remember seeing "Salem's Lot" the movie, with David Soul as Ben Mears, when I was fifteen years old, and I truly believed in the existence of vampires for at least a week after watching that movie. (...and maybe, I never stopped believing...)Sometime in my early twenties, I picked up a copy of Salem's Lot and read it for the first time. So it's been a while, close to thirty years between reads.Some people may ...
  • Brandon
    2016-09-14
    Following the death of his wife, author Ben Mears returns to Jerusalem’s Lot, the town in which he spent his childhood, to continue work on a novel. However, it wouldn’t be a Stephen King story if there wasn’t something sinister lurking in a small town. Did I mention this takes place in Maine?King has noted that the idea for Salem’s Lot came from a thought he had while teaching Dracula to his high school class – what if the famous vampi...
  • Kat Kennedy
    2010-04-20
    Salem’s Lot is the first and only Stephen King novel I’ve ever read.To be honest, this is a short review because I didn’t finish it. The problem wasn’t that King wasn’t a compelling writer who has obviously honed his craft. Every single chapter was interesting and immersive. I found myself drawn into the world he was spinning and deeply intrigued by the mystery of it all.However, I suppose I couldn’t read it because this book is what ...
  • Helga
    2016-06-08
    Brilliant! Just Brilliant!I wasn't even born in 1975 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.
  • Javier Muñoz
    2017-03-06
    Valoro más este libro como relato costumbrista de la vida en los pequeños pueblos de la costa este de Estados Unidos que como novela de terror o vampiros, aquí King muestra todo el potencial que tenía ya en aquella época para crear personajes reales y muy vívidos. Para mi eso es lo importante, la capacidad para mostrarnos una pequeña comunidad que vive y respira, con sus luces y sus sombras.Como novela de vampiros no deja de ser una histor...