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Salem's Lot [Paperback]

Stephen King
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10 Nov 2011

'Turn off the television - in fact, why don't you turn off all the lights except for the one over your favourite chair? - and we'll talk about vampires here in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them.'

Stephen King, from the Introduction.

'Salem's Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course there are tales of strange happenings - but not more than in any other town its size.

Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed - nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.

Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror . . .

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444708147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444708141
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. King's gift of storytelling is unrivaled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited. (George Pelecanos)

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A superb novel set in classic Stephen King territory - a small new England town about to be engulfed by terror.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Vampires are the best kind 4 Jun 2013
I love Vampires. I'll read pretty much any novel that features those creepy blood-sucking monsters that sneak around at night and feast on helpless virgins. But, I have to admit I do prefer the traditional Stoker-esque Vampire to the sparkle-in-the-sun Twilight version. Which is probably why ''Salem's Lot' by Stephen King is one of my all-time favourite reads.

'Salem's Lot has never really been the quiet, peaceful town passers by would think it to be. There is a hint of darkness behind the town's picturesque facade. There is the mother who beats her baby and lies to her husband about how the injuries were sustained, there's the gossips who listen in on other's phone-calls and spy on their neighbours with much-used binoculars. There is the decidedly twisted school bus driver who likes to leave kids stranded four miles from home and the school bully who presides over the school yard like some crazy dictator. But the biggest darkness that hangs over 'Salem's Lot is the Marsten House, the crumbling un-inhabitable Mansion that watches over the town, whose tale is a ghost story to scare children with. The Marsten House was the scene of a murder-suicide that the town has never fully recovered from and that eveyone has a story about.

Ben Mears, disillusioned writer and ex-Salem's Lot inhabitant has his own story about the Marsten House, his own childhood memory that haunts his adult dreams. After the death of his girlfriend, he finds himself returning to the town he lived in as a child, hoping that something there will spark his creativity and help him write his next best-seller. But he finds more than he expected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMO best horror novel ever written 28 Jun 2013
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I remember going through my dad's VHS drawer (these were the days before DVD's came out - never mind Blu-Rays) and one VHS caught my eye like no other. It was `Salem's Lot, based on the novel by some guy I'd never heard of called Stephen King (I was only twelve). I begged my dad to let me watch it, but he said it would scare me. When I had done my best impression of Bart Simpson ("Dad can I watch `Salem's Lot?) over and over again, he finally gave in and I sat down to watch it. It was an old film but that didn't bother me. I was captivated by the settings and the scenes and the brilliant acting by the likes of David Soul. But this is a review on the novel and not on the film.

I had recently read Carrie and I wanted to read more Stephen King, based on how much I had loved the `Salem's Lot film. I saved up my pocket money for a few months and went into town and brought about seven books by Stephen King, one of them being `Salem's Lot. I had no idea what I was in for, but as soon as I sat down and read the first page, I knew I was in for one of the greatest literary journeys I had ever been on.

This was only King's second novel, but already he had let his talent grow and he allowed himself to reach higher levels and pass boundaries he had limited himself to on Carrie. The novel had more depth and more structure to it. It was a real whirlwind of both character development and story.

The novel's main character is Ben Mears who comes back to his hometown of `Salem's Lot, Maine, to write a novel based on a house he went into as a child that haunted him up to this day. He finds that the house has been brought by two strange figures - a man named Straker, and mysterious entity that no one has seen known as Barlow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salem's Lot 16 May 2012
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Where do i even begin to start about what i truly think of this novel?
I first saw the film version with David Soul and i LOVED it and as i LOVE reading anyway i wanted to get the book and when i started to read 'Salem's Lot' i just couldn't put it down. From start to finish i was biting my nails.
The novel is about a writer who returns to a place called Jerusalem's Lot (Salem's Lot) where he grew up with an aunt - Up on a hill looking down on Salem's Lot is a very creepy old house called 'The Marsten house' and its because of this house that the writer returns. The Marsten place holds alot of haunted memories for the writer because when he was a young boy he went up to the house on a dare and what he saw in the house as stayed with him. Now that he has come back to salem's lot he learns that the Marsten house has new owners ....One no-one has seen, the other one opens an anque (sorry for spelling) shop along with the unseen person and then a local child goes missing and that missing child starts the horror that comes to Salem's Lot. I just LOVE this book and i would ask anyone to read it especially at night.
I don't want to spoil the rest of what happens in salem's lot but! if you read this fantastic novel you like me will be hooked. Please enjoy. This novel is worth far more than just 5 wee stars.LOVE ye Stephen King
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salem's Lot 22 Feb 2012
Well, I give Stephen King's vampire classic five stars. This was always one of my all-time favorite horror novels, and, as a kid, I read it about four times in about six months. That;s how much I loved it. More than 30 years later, I am giving it another reading, and I love it just as much now, as I did back then.

However, I agree with another review about the typos in this re-issue. Where was the editor when this edition was being published? It's one thing if it's being produced by an amateur publishing house with limited resources, but this is a major book publisher, and it seems very strange that they would release a major title like this without checking for errors first.

The cover is pretty cool, and there is an introduction and afterword by King. In addition, there is a section on "deleted scenes" and two short stories, written by King and both very much related to the events in "Salem's Lot."

Great book. Just a shame about the typos. Maybe Hodder should think about re-releasing this edition with all typos
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dont Answer The Door..........
I read Salems Lot many years ago,and I have never forgotten it,it was not a book for the squeamish either,but it was well written and although not believable by any means it was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs W Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
delivered as promised great buy
Published 2 months ago by Dc Mavity
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn scary!
I really enjoyed this book and I think it's one of King's better books. I had a nightmare one night about vampires whilst reading this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've ever read in my life
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King is the author's second novel, published in 1975, and it is absolutely incredible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Asim Ghaffar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought it as a gift for a friend and havent read it myself...Cannot add anything more
Published 3 months ago by Ian Spedding
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
How could it be anything else but brilliant. I had me gripped on every page. It was scary but also so well written. How can you not like Stephen King?
Published 5 months ago by Kay Adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read!
I first read Salem's Lot when I was 13 or so and since then (many years ago now!) I'm never without a copy, believe me I've worn out so many editions of this dark tale and it still... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MarthaAnne
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite of S.K.
I really love reading S.K., I find it really easy to read, however, this one, in my opinion, is not among his best. Got boring after a while.
Published 10 months ago by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars merry christmas
delighted with all products and service received many thanks wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year
Published 10 months ago by frances gouldie
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
We recently re watched the tv series from the late seventies which then prompted me to re read the book. It's much better than the dramatisation - very atmospheric & creepy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Helly
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