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Upon its initial publication in 1975, 'Salem's Lot, with its "intended echoes of Dracula", was recognized as a landmark work. This edition contains two new stories relating to the novel. It features creepy photographs by acclaimed photographer Jerry Uelsmann, printed interior endpapers, and a fresh page design.
Hardcover, Illustrated Edition, 608 pages
Published 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 1976)
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Cheryl
There must have been pressure on Stephen King when his second book was published in 1975. Afterall, CARRIE had been a success, and there may have been fans wondering if he could satisfy their need for suspense and horror again. There was no need for concern, as King made the leap from supernatural powers to vampires effortlessly. This is a stunningly good thriller that is enjoyed today as it was over forty years ago.

King lets readers know from the prologue that the tall man and the boy survive t...more
Chris
It has been years since I originally read this book, but after all this time, it didn't disappoint. I live in the country where it gets very dark at night and the woods surrounding the house and area can be somewhat spooky. One friend said I was moving into a "Stephen King house" when I first moved in. Well, when reading Salem's Lot, let's just say I didn't want to go outside at night.

As far as this volume, it was a nice treat. The photographs were excellent and added to the dark theme of the bo...more
Aric Cushing
One of the best vampire books ever written. Bar none. End of story. Thank you very much. Seeing an author's take on the 'vampire' genre is always great, seeing King's take on it, brilliant. Since he's written a sequel to The Shining, maybe it's time for a sequel to Salem's Lot?
Raven
WHERE IS THE 6 STARS BUTTON?!?!?!

If YOU have not read this book already... Where have you been?? Me? I've been under a rock wasting away hours with the likes of That twilight lady and Lauren Kate. WHY? Because I'm STUPID that's why.

Stephen King. I love you. Forever and Always.

Man, this guy is the best storyteller in America. His plot is perfect, though I was able to guess who would most def. become one of THEM But you know, I've read to much horror to not be able to guess at least one part o...more
Gary
Just absolutely brilliant fun!!
Must be the greatest vampire story very!
Old school proper scary!!!!!
Campfire storytelling scary!!!
I though at one point I was finished the book.....but oh no....there was more!!!!
The epilogue.......eek!
This was even scarier!!!
Scared out of my wits but enjoyed every minute!
Kernos
The only other King I've read is The Stand which I enjoyed as a dystopian Science Fiction. I liked the plot, the characters, the prose. I was bored by 'Salem's Lot and almost gave it up several times. The short stories at the end of this edition were far more interesting.

So, why didn't I like it. To paraphrase Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, "Too many words!" and a lot of them in the wrong place or completely unnecessary. I did not find the story very interesting. Though a vampire story, it had n...more
Stefan Yates
As is common in King's writing, this is another fine example of great character development and descriptive prose. The story itself is a fairly simple plot revolving around a small town being over-run by vampires.

What brings this out of the doldrums of it's simplistic storyline is King's flair for making even the humdrum interesting. His discriptions of the scene and his styling of each character's mannerisms draw you into the story. The suspense is also gradually built up and culminates in a ve...more
Mark
Salem's Lot I first read when I was perhaps too young since it scared the living daylights out of me. It took me months before I could sleep without any lights on. It took me even longer before I dared to open any curtains when I heard something against my window (It is still in the back of my mind more than 32 years later).

It is a different take upon the vampire-lore, something that has been utterly destroyed by the coming of Lestat and its later ilk. It is a modern version of Dracula that bril...more
Dan
It’s one of the greatest vampire novels ever written since Dracula first came into publication in 1897. It is Stephen King’s second novel, and is the book that he says “…typed [him] as a horror writer.”. So far, two movies have been based off of ’Salem’s Lot

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Many people dislike the 2004 version, but I enjoyed both adaptations equally. Most of you die-hard King and hardcore vampire fans know the story: Ben Mears moves back to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot (‘salem’s Lot as it is referred to by the...more
Amber
I read this book a few months ago and this is a pretty good read. This is one of stephen king's reads that you must definitely check out besides pet sematary and the stand. I've read a few of his other novels that I liked but salem's lot is a great vampire novel to read besides night wings by john peel, sunglasses after dark, the goodnight kiss trilogy by r.l. stine and let me in ( the let the right one in novelization).
Luke
This is King's second novel and the one that eternally typecast him as a "horror" writer. This is a monster novel. If you don't like Dracula or Frankenstein then don't bother. Unlike many of King's books which aren't actually horror this one is in a very classic sense. If you know this going into it you should have a lot of fun reading it. There's also some neat tie ins to The Dark Tower.
Kim Spencer
OK. Not the best vampire book I've ever read, but at least they didn't sparkle ;)
Jason
May 08, 2014 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans, Dracula fans, vampire fans (no sparklies or "sexy" vampires probably)
I am a fan of Stephen King’s writing. I don’t think he’s perfect, but he can tell a good story. I don’t think I’ve ever thought of “’Salem’s Lot” as one that I really needed to read, but it just popped into my head one day and I decided to see how Mr. King handles a more modern telling of “Dracula”.

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SUMMARY
Ben Mears is a young (though already successful) novelist who returns to the small town of Jerusale...more
sj
Originally posted here.

I hardly think FIVE PHOTOS constitutes an Illustrated Edition, jerks.

Moving right along in my quest with Heather to read all of Stephen King's work in order of publication, this weekend we tackled 'Salem's Lot. Well, we started it Sunday, and gave ourselves til Friday to finish, but I am going to do something I rarely do and attempt to talk about a book I just finished moments ago.

Literally, moments. Of course, by the time you're reading this, it will have been hours, BUT...more
Wendy
This is one of the few times that I've seen the movie before reading the book. In this case, I saw the movie when I was a kid and it scared me to death, so much so that I had vampire-related nightmares for months. My bed faced my window and I was convinced that one night, a vampire would be there, scratching the glass and waiting to be invited in. I confess that for a long time, I couldn't fall asleep without the sheets and blankets pulled up to my chin to cover my neck.

Fast forward a couple of...more
Kathleen
Oooooh this book

I LOVE me a good vampire story. When I was 15, I read Dracula and then researched vampires like it was my JOB...mostly because I was dying to be cast in my first ever play. (Spoiler alert: I got cast)

From that summer on, though, I've been armed with super useful (read: hella awkwardly random) vampire trivia!!

Reading Salem's Lot was like coming home for me. A lot of people say this book is terrifying...well, if you're scared of vampires, I would call it terrifying. For me, it was...more
Erin
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Juushika
Ben Mears returns to 'salems Lot believing that he's rediscovered the idyllic small town of his youth—but 'salem's Lot has two other newcomers who threaten the town with a vampiric plague. I'm not a fan of King's novels and my issues with his writing style carry over to 'Salem's Lot, which I found poorly paced and unbalanced; other readers who appreciate his style may have a different response. Regardless, the book's vampires never become the threatening, powerful, intelligent evil which would b...more
Mark
It has been probably 15 years since I last read this book. The added chapters were seamless. I didn't notice them anyway. What struck me is how Stephen King's handling of horror, once so groundbreaking, has become the de facto handling of horror in contemporary fiction/pop culture. I enjoyed imagining what it must have been like to read this when it was first in print, without a schlocky movie and 40+ more novels padding the impact... While I'm not an elitist by any stretch of the imagination wh...more
Jillian
Even though I generally hate horror books, I keep returning to Stephen King because despite his churn-out-the-pulp reputation the man really does know his craft. Yes, 'Salem's Lot is a vampire story (which thanks to the Twilight etc. craze is the last thing I wanted to read right now) but while the undead add suspense and prompt illuminating discussions about the nature of Evil, the book is just as much about standard American life, an insightful exploration of the small town environment and of...more
Julian
I wanted to get to the roots of vampires, so I picked this book.

You will find no "post-modern" vampires here. Here you find UGLY vampires and that's exactly what I was looking for.

I hadn't found a book that made me compulsively turn the pages for awhile. As horrific as the story is, I had a blast reading it.

In his into to this edition, King observes that Dracula was the most optimistic horror novel ever written and now that he mentioned it, I totally agree. King takes a different approach. While...more
Sofia Contreras
Felt this was just an okay Stephen King book. Really scary in some parts but a bit boring in some. Still, the characterization and imagery was good. Maybe I just don't find vampires that scary or realistic.
Abailart
My first King novel. He is a very good writer, some passages are excellent, the observation close and precise. The narratives fit together well, there is a maintaining of atmospheric tone. And so on. But not for me just now. I went here for a light read, which it certainly is, and pleasurable, yet not what I need just now. Am two thirds through and will return it to the library, maybe pick it up again for a train journey. I seem to have got bored with light fiction. Last exposure was ok, a lot o...more
Majo Risin
Hace algunos meses, me reté a leer al menos un libro de Stephen King al mes, ya que su trabajo es extenso y quiero leer cuanto pueda de él. Así que éste mes le tocó turno a ‘Salem’s Lot, lo único que sabía de éste libro es que trataba sobre Vampiros (amo a los Vampiros) y que se inspiró muchísimo en la obra literaria de Bram Stoker, ya que en su niñez le había impactado mucho.

En estos últimos años nos han presentado a vampiros que no se desintegran al ser tocados por la luz del sol, muchos son “...more
Imsathya
A very entertaining read most of the time. It is a good attempt at playing the "Dracula" theme in an American small-town in the 1970s. The pace of life appears to be as slow as it was in the ninteenth century and it makes for a very lazy, relaxed reading.The characters are well drawn out. A Van Helsing-like wise man in Matt Burke, our hero Ben and that most punitive lad, Mark are the characters who stick out most in my mind. This is quite different from the Stoker classic which King was inspired...more
Aroat
If you thought Carrie was scary, you can disregard this review because you will probably find 'Salem's Lot even scarier and enjoy it for that.

I didn't think Carrie was scary at all, but I still thought it was excellent. People assured me this book would be terrifying. It wasn't. There were one or two moments when it came close, but it never actually scared me. This wasn't the problem I had with the book though, so it's not a big deal.

The first hundred pages of this book are build-up: Introducing...more
Ian Massey
This is more like it. More like the Stephen King I know. At least in page count, anyway.

The thing is, while I have, in the past, been scared silly by some of King's output (or strange occurrences that happened while I was reading) this one didn't raise a shiver. Let's face it, vampires aren't scary. Yes, on the screen there may be shock moments, but there's nothing scary about the bloodsuckers. In my opinion, anyway.

That's not to say that Salem's Lot isn't well written. It is, mostly. I like it...more
James Sillwood
Published in 1975, this is Stephen King's second book.
Ben Mears returns to the town he left as a nine year old: to the Marston House which stands on top of a hill, overlooking the area.
There is a common theme, which runs throughout many of King's books: the prosperous town where all is not what it seems. Here, in this story, real evil lurks behind the closed doors of the resident's homes; domestic violence, adultery, child abuse, all shown to be alive and kicking. The town residents are quite...more
Victoria
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