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The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem [Kindle Edition]

Rob Zombie
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For the first time in paperback comes a terrifying story straight from the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie.

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"The book offers a different experience from the film since it can obviously go into much more detail," says Rob Zombie. "The book and the film really complement each other."

From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood...


Heidi Hawthorne is a thirty-seven-year-old FM radio DJ and a recovering drug addict. Struggling with her newfound sobriety and creeping depression, Heidi suddenly receives an anonymous gift at the station-a mysteriously shaped wooden box branded with a strange symbol. Inside the box is a promotional record for a band that identifies themselves only as The Lords. There is no other information.

She decides to play it on the radio show as a joke, and the moment she does, horrible things begin to happen. The strange music awakens something evil in the town. Soon enough, terrifying murders begin to happen all around Heidi. Who are The Lords? What do they want?

As old bloodlines are awakened and the bodies start to pile up, only one thing seems certain: all hell is about to break loose.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1628 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (12 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars darker than the film 29 May 2013
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Alot darker than the film. A very griping story throughout. Fans of the film SHOULD read this. A good summer read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOW DOWN TO THE LORDS! 31 May 2013
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This book and the film has had alot of stick! In some ways i understand but if you want to lose yourself in a decnt book and not one of these "up their own asses" book reviewers, then go for it! READ this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars What did I just read? 16 Mar 2013
By Tyler - Published on
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Let me start off by saying I've not seen the movie. I'm a huge horror fan, and I like Rob Zombie's movies. I don't exactly understand all the negative responses his movies get, but, whatever. I think they're fun, not masterpieces. Since I've been waiting so long to see the movie, I thought i'd get the book and give it a read.

First of all, it's clear Zombie didn't write this. It was all B.K. Evenson working from Zombie's script. I think he did a great job, based on what the source material must be like. A lot of the reviews for the movie have talked about how vague the plot is, and now I understand. Only the thinnest of plot is revealed in the first few chapters, and then it merely moves into "experiences" and visions of horror that the lead character, Heidi, has during her week. Some of her experiences are interesting, some are repetitive, and most of them are downright confusing. The omniscient narration jumbles from a character's thoughts, to trying describe supernatural formations (often becoming overly detailed and difficult to follow). I can't imagine bringing the script into a novel was an easy task. In fact, the book seems labored. I'm guessing the root of the problem is, of course, Zombie's script...full of details and symbolism that mean nothing to anyone and have no explanation. There are absolutely no ground rules to the evil entities in the book and no explanation of what they even are. Demons? Ghosts? Witches? Monsters? The witches are obvious, but what about the rest? It seems like every creature shows up in this book only to serve the purpose of being "scary". They're very detailed, and make very calculated choices and movements for reasons we're never given. It reminded me of a music video, with images edited together to provide something visual, but without any purpose. They're just there...doing stuff. Unfortunately, none of this came across as scary. Disturbing, maybe, but this isn't Stephen King territory. The book ends up being more gruesome than anything. Think of a torture pornish version of "Rosemary's Baby". Even the gore seems repetitive sometimes. How many times in a row can you read about a character having their throat ripped out? Be gruesome, fine, but change it up!

I don't think the book is all bad, I read it in a day and it did keep my attention most of the time. But, I have to wonder if the reason is because I have a huge personal interest in Salem witches, and I thought eventually the book would be going somewhere. It didnt. The whole thing comes off as a whole lot of style and little substance. Some of the nightmarish scenes are interesting, ill give it that. But, when it leads to nothing, what is the point? The characters are bland, the dialogue isn't very believable, and the constant obsessions characters have with looking like they live in the 70s' is really getting old in Rob's work. I've been to modern Salem, and while the book does well describing the setting, the characters just don't fit. I wish rob zombie would stop making every character dress like him, and share all of his interests, that's all I'm sayin. I'm still looking forward to seeing the movie, but, I'm a lot more skeptical. This is a quick horror read, but it's got nothing that makes it stand out. When I reached the end, i thought, "thats it?". It's very visual, your imagination is constantly working, but as it turns out, for no good reason. It's just page after page of descriptions and the little plot thrown in is, at best, predictable. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars, because I'm guessing Evenson did the best he could with a very visual film script that is a very odd choice for a novelization.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Novelization 17 Mar 2013
By James B. Cheatham - Published on
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If you're reading this review prior to the release of Rob Zombie's film The Lords of Salem, you're probably a fan of Rob Zombie's work or Rob Zombie, and are anxious to partake of his latest venture. I pre-ordered this book when its release date was announced because Rob Zombie was connected to it. In all fairness, I give Zombie a wide berth because I like the idea of him out there in the world doing what he does, regardless of the final product. Like Quentin Tarantino, I am fascinated by how strongly horror movies of the 70's and 80's continue to inspire and fuel his work. He reminds me of myself as a child trying to duplicate on paper images from Fantastic Monsters magazine or story ideas from Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

I am writing this review two days after I received it in the mail and on the same night that I finished the book I guess for the reason that as Zombie continues to channel his passion into creative works, mine is channeled into criticism (not proud, but on par with most of the viewing world), so here goes:

1) The writing - the prose is on the level of your average movie novelization, if that descriptor does the writing justice. There is a floating, detached tone to the exposition and the dialogue is only connect-the-dots screenplay interplay. There is not a lot of depth in the narration in terms of history or even what is going on in the characters' minds beyond what is right in front of them. You're not going to find any inspiring writing here. There are also some repeat motifs here as in descriptions of an open doorway (to Hell) which are downright repetitive, which again may work in screenplay format, but once you establish an image in the mind of a reader of fiction, you have to build on the imagery, massage it, not rotely repeat it over and over.

2) The characters - Heidi seems tailor-made for actress Sherri Moon Zombie from her speech patterns to her physical descriptions. Before I checked to validate, I knew from the book that Ken Foree would play Herman. The characters come straight out of the Rob Zombie repertoire, which is fun on film, but in fiction where the reader's mind is mining for something fresh, hearing Foree's voice in the dialogue feels "been there done that." The interaction of the characters and the build up and ebb and flow of the relationships are similar to those of the victims in all of Zombie's films. In summary, some fun dialogue, but flat; everything serves the thrust of the scene, rather than the depth of where fiction dialogue can take a reader. There is a "character" of Satan or the/a demon that possesses a number of the women in the story. This character probably won't be explored into as much depth in the film beacuse much of the exploration in the book is in first person and inside the victim, but the demon/devil character is again familiar territory, building from where The Exorcist originated the idea of a demon playing with his food, which has then morphed of the years into a sort of Loki/Joker character that most often comes off as an adolescent psychopath rather than the personification of pure Evil.

3) The story - the story seems very familiar. Horror movie fans are going to feel right at home. There's nothing jarring or challenging. Salem Witch Trials, check. Vehicle for evil from the past to gain entry into the present, check. Radio station workplace an opportunity to reflect on the good ole' 70's, check. Living environment with creepy mysterious room, check. Experienced mentor holds the key to the backstory, check. There are traces of Polanski's Repulsion, Ghost Story, Last House on the Left, Hellraiser, Fright Night, and even the 1986 film Trick or Treat (when someone describes an LP that mysteriously appears at a radio station as heavier than a regular LP, I heard Gene Simmons describe to Marc Price what an acetate record was).

4) The theme(s) - Beyond the standard gore and suspense elements,Zombie dabbles in themes of women's empowerment against the Salem Witch Trials that many movies have tried to portray (Crucible, Witches of Eastwick, etc). There is also the standard Zombie theme of split protagonists (whose story are we following - the hero or the villain - and can you break characters into those camps when dealing with Zombie's work?). However - and maybe it's because Sheryl Sandberg is front and center in the media currently with her Lean In book - the whole issue of the evil recording affecting only women, and then that empowerment only acted out in an aggressively sexual way comes off as antequated and shallow. The heroine of the story (if she actually is) is sexually assaulted twice in the book (albeit one is a hallucination), which pounds her role into the antithesis of a strong female lead (Jamie Lee Curtis, where are you when we need you?). In fact, Zombie makes no attempt in this context to connect the witches of Salem to Heidi. The former only views the latter as offspring of their male persecutors. I'm not saying that Zombie should pull a Gloria Steinem, but the gap or lack of further exploration is interesting.

In summary, the novel comes off as a screenplay with prose caulking. I think many of the faults I describe above will weather against what I presume will be some strong production and sound design by Zombie.

In regards to the story and what most likely will transition to the film, there is no doubt that Zombie pulls no punches in his films. You only have to look at the fate of the victims in his first two films to get an idea of how the "protagonists" will fare in this story. I almost described Lords of Salem as nihilistic until I reflected on Zombie's work prior to the Halloween films, which were a departure from Corpses and Rejects in that the main character actually had a chance. The theme of evil triumphs over good is as strong here than any of Zombie's previous work, and although a Zombie staple, is still hard to choke down when you end a story with no hope.

I'm not sure that I will see the film after reading the novelization, save to see if Sherri Moon Zombie will actually perform half of what the novel's character is asked to do, because if so, it should be a harrowing performance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book before seeing the movie! 27 Nov 2013
By LDG Nicole - Published on
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Glad I read the book before seeing the movie. There were things in the book that explained the movie. There were things in the book that I wish would have made it to the big screen. But either way the book and movie sortof go hand in hand.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not a great horror story 25 Mar 2013
By TChris - Published on
Rob Zombie recorded a song called "The Lords of Salem" in 2006. His movie of the same name is scheduled for release in April 2013. This book is a novelization of the movie, which I haven't seen. Is it a great novel? No, but I wasn't expecting much, and I was pleased that the novel exceeded my limited expectations. The Lords of Salem isn't The Crucible, but it's a surprisingly well written tale of witchcraft in modern Salem (for which I assume co-author B.K. Evenson deserves a fair amount of credit). There is nothing of Arthur Miller's subtlety in this version of Salem's witching -- it is a story for fans of gruesome, and in that regard it suffers from a lack of originality. If you're looking for a book that will scare you out of your socks, this isn't it. Still, I've read many horror novels that are less interesting than this one.

The novel begins in 1692, as Salem's judicial authorities put to death a number of witches, including Margaret Morgan. As she comes to a bloody end, Morgan vows to return and avenge her death, and those responsible for it -- particularly Mather and Hawthorne.

The story quickly turns to contemporary Salem, where Morgan tries to make good on her promise. One of her targets is Maisie Mather, whose unfortunate boyfriend is enjoying the afterglow of intimacy when Maisie is possessed. Another is the novel's central figure: Heidi Hawthorne, a recovering drug addict who works as a Salem DJ. A heavy metal song (or maybe it's not a song) by The Lords is delivered to Heidi anonymously, and when she plays it on the air, women love it. The song empowers women to do some ghastly things. An historian is the only character bright enough to figure out the connection between the song and a couple of very bloody killings.

When people aren't being ripped to shreds or having their eyes gouged out, the story maintains interest with humor, likable characters, and a coherent if unsurprising plot. The characters and the humor kept me reading. The elements of horror have been done in the same way many times before, although I give the writing team credit for describing them in vivid language. The best horror novels convince the reader that the shocking events in the novel are actually happening. That isn't true here; events are too predictable and sometimes a little too silly. This isn't the sort of book you'll stay awake reading because you're too frightened to turn the lights off. I liked it because it's entertaining, not because it's great horror.

As you might expect from Rob Zombie, the story revolves around music; as you might not expect, the DJs at the radio station are fond of bands like Earth Wind & Fire. Maybe that's Rob Zombie being ironic, or maybe he's a fan of old pop music. In any event, the use of music as a plot thread adds an extra dimension to the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome horror story! 15 May 2014
By Jadetiger - Published on
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I loved the movie and then found there was a book based on the original script so I had to of course get it too. It was great. Not only did it dig deeper into what was really going on it had many elements that weren't in the movie so it wasn't like reading what I just watched all over again. It had originality as some of the characters outcomes were different then the movie. A little more explanation on things. The only 2 things I wasn't enthused about had to do with the dog. Never really explained his outcome enough and I liked the ending in the movie better. But there are things in the book which would of been pretty elaborate to duplicate on screen but would have been awesome if they did but due to the finances he had to work with it couldn't of been done that way. Still a great movie and book! :)
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