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Stephen King's second book, 'Salem's Lot (1975)--about the slow takeover of an insular hamlet called Jerusalem's Lot by a vampire patterned after Bram Stoker's Dracula--has two elements that he also uses to good effect in later novels: a small American town, usually in Maine, where people are disconnected from each other, quietly nursing their potential for evil; and a mixed bag of rational, goodhearted people, including a writer, who band together to fight that evil.
Simply taken as a contemporary vampire novel, 'Salem's Lot is great fun to read, and has been very influential in the horror genre. But it's also a sly piece of social commentary. As King said in 1983, "In 'Salem's Lot, the thing that really scared me was not vampires, but the town in the daytime, the town that was empty, knowing that there were things in closets, that there were people tucked under beds, under the concrete pilings of all those trailers. And all the time I was writing that, the Watergate hearings were pouring out of the TV.... Howard Baker kept asking, 'What I want to know is, what did you know and when did you know it?' That line haunts me, it stays in my mind.... During that time I was thinking about secrets, things that have been hidden and were being dragged out into the light." Sounds quite a bit like the idea behind his 1998 novel of a Maine hamlet haunted by unsightly secrets, Bag of Bones. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grand Rapids Press Spine-tingling fiction at its best.
Chattanooga Times A novel of chilling, unspeakable evil.
Kirkus Reviews A super exorcism...tremendous.
Put this book off for years. I wasn't disappointed when I finally read it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not as fantastic as some would say, but a decent read.
That;s the inherent issue with "classics". Read more
Loved it !! Haven't read it for years ...wasn't disappointed! !Published 4 months ago by Rockin ' Connie .
THE BOOK IS VERY SMALL, WHEN YOU OPEN TO READ IT IN THE MIDDLE..THE BOOK BREAKSPublished 5 months ago by Joanne Mackenzie
This is one of Mr. King's older books and re-reading was no less fun than the first time round.Published 13 months ago by Teresa
A very early novel not really his best work in my humble opinion but a pretty good story non the less.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer