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'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
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Mar 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: sk-group, read-owned-hardcover, fof-buddies
Read in March, 2009

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 book. The two short stories were a nice touch as well. "One for the Road" serves as a direct followup to the end of Salem's Lot, and "Jerusalem's Lot" tells some interesting backstory to the town's history. I like how it was told through letters and diary entries, reminding me of Stoker's Dracula, which the Salem's Lot novel was inspired by. It also had a deep Lovecraft feel to it.

The deleted scenes were ok. Interesting without being essential. I beleive that the original Salem's Lot editors did a good job by filtering this out or making the changes to the eventual published novel. It was cool to see some of the early writing in the novel and a variety on some of the material. Especially the rats. They were pretty nasty. But I think it was a good idea to filter them out of the story because as nasty gory as they were, the original tension in the novel served its purpose very well without rats. They actually became a distraction. So like with the majority of DVD bonus scenes, these were enjoyable for a glance through, but not important to the story experience. On a further re-read, I'll probably skip the deleted scenes.

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Jovan quote ~ I live in the country where it gets very dark at night ~....
where do u live? I like that place

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Becky Jovan wrote: "quote ~ I live in the country where it gets very dark at night ~....
where do u live? I like that place"


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