Book Reviews of 'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot
'Salem's Lot
Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9780451168085
ISBN-10: 0451168089
Publication Date: 8/1/1976
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 276 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Paperback
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Vintage King, what more is there to say?
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This KING CLASSIC kept me awake back in the 70's and still after all the years can promote a bad case of the creeps... For those unfamiliar with this title???are there any??? I would call it the ultimate KING vampire tale...
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I don't think many people would argue the fact that 'Salem's Lot is the best novel produced in King's "early period." In some ways, it was a gutsy novel for King to write. For one thing, his editor warned him about becoming viewed as a "horror writer" (as opposed to a "real writer"). All great writers write what they have to write and don't care how it is viewed, so this book really made a statement that this young author loved to write and was going to do it his own way. For another thing, it is a great challenge to write a vampire novel that does not just sift through the ashes of millions of pages already consumed by the public. I wish I could read this book today without knowing so much about it (having first read it many years ago, having seen the miniseries, and having heard and read so much about it since then)--I wonder at what point the wide-eyed reader actually understands that vampirism is responsible for the Evil overtaking Jerusalem's Lot.
Literally hundreds of readers have already reviewed this book, so I am sure anything I say is just a rehash of what has already been said. I will mention the fact that this novel is quite different from Carrie, its immediate predecessor. Where the events of that book were somewhat disjointed, this story unfolds quite smoothly. The characters in this book are much more "real" than those in Carrie. Rather than jumping from one viewpoint to another, King's prose now allows itself to take root and grow, yielding a bumper crop of complex, realistic, knowable characters. While I felt as if I were watching the events taking place in Carrie, I felt much more like a character myself in 'Salem's Lot. If anyone out there has yet to read Stephen King, I would recommend reading this novel as your introduction to his work. The blood and gore is there, as it should be, but most of the horror is below the surface, always present and ready to spring out whenever King's imagination bids it to do so. It is a wonderful reading experience. I can picture Stephen King saying to his readers the exact same thing that the vampire says to Father Callahan: "Taste my communion." Millions of us have tasted it, and we have been held under the sway of our master ever since.

Shelby, North Carolina USA
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An evil force descends on the town of Jerusalem's Lot, tainting and corrupting it's residents and adding more to it's legion of the undead with each night. A great story by King. It's a good read. A lot better than either movie version.
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Great book. A very engrossing story that keeps you enthralled. Definitely a classic.
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too scarry for me to finish
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another classic by King!
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The town knew darkness...and the awful, heavy silence of terrifying images grotesquely dancing in and out of the shadows...and stark white faces, huge empty eyes and long gnarled hands that reached out iwth lustful insistence...and the paralyzing fear of a diabolical corruption and the hideous peril more dreadful than death.
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Stephen King Book.... You know its good
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The town knew evil but no one dared talking about the sweet evil laughter of a child....
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Stephen King is a very talented writer. Salems Lot is a terrific book, hope you enjoy it as much as I
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A spooky book about Vampires...
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As always, too scary for words. King Will bring you into his inner most horrors and won't let you go.
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Classic King. Must read for all dedicated fans.
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The first King book I ever read. If you haven't read it, I don't want to spoil it by telling you what it's about; 'Salem's Lot is a down, and scary things happen there. I've read almost everything he's written since.
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Not sure how I didn't read this sooner! I had heard of it and read other Stephen King books but somehow managed to pass this one up for some time. This is classic vampire tale. But written in only the style that Stephen king can write. I loved all the main characters and was sad when some didn't make it. I really don't know what else to say except that if you are new to Stephen King I would recommend this one for you to read first.
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A great read on a dark night!