- Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (November 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671039741
- ISBN-13: 978-0671039745
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,579 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Salem's Lot Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999
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About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Prize. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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With Twilight, Vampire Diaries, and all these romantic, obnoxious, poorly acted vampire movies and shows out, I couldn't imagine that a book about vampires could possibly be anything but lame.
Holy moly was I wrong. Absolutely terrifying. It goes from "fun spooky" to "swear out loud terrifying" about midway through.
If you love King, this is right up your alley. Obviously a classic book. Made me afraid to look out the window at night. NEVER thought I'd find vampires scary.
It's still not my favorite Stephen King book - and I've read them all. But it is much better than I remembered. It's a hefty tome like most of King's offerings and I did feel that it was repetitive and too wordy in spots.
But as far as vampire books go, it's truly top of the line. You aren't going to find blood, guts and gore like modern day vampire tales. There are a few stomach-roiling moments but King mainly depends on his superior storytelling abilities to let the reader imagine the terrifying happenings in 'salem's Lot.
The book is suspenseful and scary yet filled with ordinary people trying to overcome extraordinary circumstances.
I enjoyed most of the characters, especially Ben and Mark. They were vividly drawn and I felt I would know them if I ever met them - and even call them friends.
A couple of negatives based on this illustrated edition:
There were very few pictures in the book, especially for a book of this length. And the pictures are very small in the Kindle edition.
There was a formatting issue about halfway through the book that garbled up about 50 pages of the book. It was barely readable - and annoying.
I did enjoy the two short stories that were part of this edition - ONE FOR THE ROAD and JERUSALEM'S LOT. And I especially enjoyed the deleted scenes at the end of the book.
So, all in all, I'm glad I re-read this book. Will I read it again someday in the future like I do many of Stephen King's books? Probably not.
Stephen King is not the only guilty party when it comes to altering released versions of his art - many recording artists from the Sixties apparently arrived at a point in their career where they felt they could improve upon the originally-released version of their work. What they fail to consider in doing so is the fact that those original releases have become a part of their audience's subconscious to which changes are most unwelcome, especially if the 'new and improved' version becomes all that is available.
One of my favorite books of all time is Stephen King's The Stand, and while I would have found his unedited version interesting from a writer's perspective, I vastly prefer the original edited version as a reader. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available any longer. Same goes for Salem's Lot in Kindle form. If it's the original horror you seek, hit the used book stores, and I wish you luck!
Jerusalem's Lot in southern Maine. Most of the
town's people have lived there for years. They know
everybody in town and the town holds no secrets.
Ben Mears spent his childhood there and is returning
after 25 years away to face the haunting of past
demons. He needs to return to the creepy, old
Marston House where his nightmares began.
The Marston House is the sign of the evil and
corruption in the town. Although their are two new
owners of the house, Richard Straker and Kurt
Barlow, his absent partner, the dark lineage continues
to engulf the town in the form of the return of vampires.
This is the first Stephen King I have read. It was well
written, captivating the reader. The characters were
vivid and uniquely place within the plot. The story hit
on social issues such as child abuse, betrayal, spying,
malicious gossip, resentment
Thrills, chills, drama, mystery and suspense draw the
reader into the story.
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Felt like a 3 star then 5 star so decided for 4