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'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
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Oct 11, 2010

really liked it

Perhaps the scariest of the dozen King novels I've read. Basically centres around a vampire attack on a small town, the scope is dense, epic, and the prose is rather poetic at times (remember this is only King's second novel).

The characters are pretty flat. They serve more as plot devices than legitimate people, but that's okay. This story, described as a modern day Dracula, doesn't need fleshed out characters with intricate backstories. This is unabashed horror noir, true genre reading, it has no literature aspirations so take it on face-value and you'll find a pretty creepy meat-and-potatoes horror story.

The early scenes introducing the haunted mansion are particularly eerie, and the whole book is quite a ride. HP Lovecraft is an obvious stylistic influence. Up there with King's stronger novels.
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