Are you one of those few people who has yet to read this novel? Well, that's okay. I'm sure it was on your list for a long time, and just got pushed aside for other, newer books. We forgive you.
Stephen King's '75 novel, "Salem's Lot," is probably the greatest vampire novel since Stoker's "Dracula". But is that really a correct statement? Anyone who's read Stoker's novel can tell you that is not suspenseful at all, has shallow characters, and is incredibly anti-climactic.
On the other hand, King's novel is built around a suspenseful plot, involves three-dimensional characters, and has several climaxes (somewhere, there's a pervert thinking dirty thoughts). Not to belittle Stoker's work--he practically invented the vampire genre, more or less--but I would have to say that "Salem's Lot" is probably the best vampire novel I've ever read. Maybe of all time.
That said...Ben Mears is returning to 'Salem's Lot, the town where he was raised, to try and dispell his sudden writer's block. He meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman, Susan. He is, if not happy, at least the most content he's been in quite a while.
But the town is in for a surprise. The Marsten House, the Lot's local haunted house, has been rented out. A couple of new characters are in town. A dog is found hanging on the cemetary gate.
All hell is about to break loose in 'Salem's Lot. There's little chance anyone will make it out alive--though the odds are good that they'll make it out UNDEAD.
Stephen King is a writer of writers. He has grabbed horror by the balls, and won't ever let it go. "Salem's Lot" shows us what a horror author can do. This novel defined every other horror novel that came after it. Read it, marvel at it...but most of all, enjoy it.
And I'd suggest leaving the lights on if you're alone in the house at night. Just a warning.