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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.
Another brilliant book by Stephen King and a very exciting read, I really enjoyed it often felt scared for the characters in the dark cellars of Salem's Lot.Published 1 day ago by Alan Groves
Absolutely amazing. Very tense and scary. King slowly builds up a wonderfully detailed world and then slowly, dreadfully tears it apart. One of the best books I've ever read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ian Stoeckley
I read this book every 3-4 years. Very well done. With all the hullabaloo in recent years over vampires, this is the real deal. Right up there with Bram Stoker.Published 2 days ago by Tommie Mergele
This is one of my favorite Stephen King books, and probably the second one I read. As vampire stories go, it's quite effective. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mary's Little Lamb
this is my favorite stephen king book. i have read it so many times and it still gives me goosebumpsPublished 3 days ago by lana smith
I don’t want to say that this is one of the greatest works of fiction I’ve ever read, but that’s exactly what I’m saying. I’m new to Stephen King. I’ve only read Mr. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jadrick