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This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B0019LV31E.

Stephen King’s second novel, the classic vampire bestseller ’SALEM’S LOT, tells the story of evil in small-town America. For the first time in a major trade edition, this terrifying novel is accompanied by previously unpublished material from King’s archive, two short stories, and eerie photographs that bring King’s fi
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Kindle Edition, Reprint edition, 470 pages
Published May 2012 by Anchor (first published October 17th 1975)
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Mads Absolutely.

Here's a sligthly expanded plotline.

The town of 'Salems Lot is a small, sleepy town in Maine.

Around the same point of time, the town gets…more
Absolutely.

Here's a sligthly expanded plotline.

The town of 'Salems Lot is a small, sleepy town in Maine.

Around the same point of time, the town gets three new inhabitants: Ben Mears, a writer of fiction novels, and the partnership of Straker, a mysterious and pale antique dealer, and Barlow, a mysterious character nobody sees. Mears is a former resident of the small town, still haunted by the memories of the Marsten house, a ghostly house with a past that Straker and Barlow takes over and which haunts and fascinates Ben Mears quite some. From around the three arrive in this small town, strange events start taking place, having a significant impact on the future of the small town.(less)

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Nataliya
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There was a time once when vampires were ruthless predators and not the misunderstood brooding and essentially harmless creatures. Ahhhh, good old scary times...



Vampire stories have been around for a long time - after all, people love a good scare, and what is more terrifying than a monster showing up at night and sucking the life essence out of you? But leave it to Stephen King to turn the terror up a notch, add a whole new layer to it. How? Simply - using the winning formula that he continues
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Mohammed Arabey
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

لوهلة ظننت أن الرواية عن مصاصي الدماء، رعب تقليدي فحسب، لكم كنت مخطئا
الرواية عن الشر نفسه والظلام الذي لا نراه إلا بعد فوات الأوان
"لقد تغير مفهوم الكنيسة الكاثوليكية للشر عموما بشكل جذري في القرن العشرين بسبب فرويد..فلم يعد الشر هو ذاك الشيطان الأحمر بقرون وذيل وحوافر، أو ثعبانا يزحف في حديقة، الشيطان طبقا لإنجيل فرويد، له هوية مركبة عملاقة، هو اللاوعي أو العقل الباطن الخاص بنا جميعا"
قصة مدينة صغيرة يرسم لك ستيفين كينج بشكل بانورامي اخر ايامها قبل اختفاءها الغامض
ممتزج بها فلسفة عميقة مقدمة بشك
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Bradley
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2016-shelf
Well this is annoying times two. I just wrote a review and lost it, and then there's the *other* issue.

What other issue?

Oh, the one where my 14 year old self of infinite wisdom and experience remembered a boring tale lacking truly epic blood and guts from what should be a vampire tale in a small town. If that 14 year old could have had his way, then 80% of the novel would have been excised for being too-character driven, too-focused on hundreds of characters only set up to be knocked down in gru
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Delee
I was a bit of a wimp before I entered my teen years...so I stayed away from anything vampire. My first vampire experience was Love at First Bite, and not knowing it was a comedy (yes, it was before you could Google) I put on a brave face for the friend that invited me- and entered the movie theater terrified by what I would see. Luckily the evenly tanned George Hamilton awaited me...along with some mighty impressive disco dancing. The scary blood suckers would have to wait to frighten me.

Next
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Lyn
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires.

Years after I first read it, I can truthfully say that this is still on a short list of scariest books I have ever read.

King at his best.

An American re-telling of Dracula, King stays close to the vampire myth but with some of his own storytelling thrown in and some subtle changes that make for an original novel. I cannot help but think that Barlow helped to usher in a new generation of vampire literature, of which we have now been inundated for the past few years.

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Mary
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: horror
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Samadrita
The last time I picked up a King novel, my inclination towards critical analysis of a text was still just a budding obsession. Now it is an enduring preoccupation. Try as I may, I cannot overlook the subtle slips in King's plot arrangement and characterization any more - the inevitability of women being cast in the molds of the lover or the victim of abuse or the tactless ingenue is a veritable threat to my fangirlism. (This is not to mention the tropes of the 'magical negro' and other assorted ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
City folk have a distinct misconception about small towns. We tend to believe that they are tranquil and innocent. That the denizens are wholesome and full of family values. But, we don't see the hidden rot that lurks beneath the sleepy facade.

Stephen King does a lot to shatter that myth with 'Salem's Lot. This a horror novel about a vampire who destroys a town from the inside out. This is a horror story about the darkness that we don't see clearly (or maybe we ignore) about our friends, familie
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Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2016, 2016-books
When writer Ben Mears moves back to 'Salem's Lot, a sleepy Maine town he spent a few years living in as a child, he has bitten off more than he can chew. 'Salem's lot is home to an ancient evil. Can Ben Mears and his friends stop the vampire in their midst before falling victim to his lust for blood?

One of the great things about getting older is that old books magically become new books after ten years. I forgot most of the wrinkles of this one so I figured it was a good time to give it another
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Char
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished a re-read of this book with the Horror Aficionados group here at Goodreads. I'm so glad that I participated!


Remember little Ralphie Glick?

I first read this book in junior high or high school. It's been about 30 years since then, unfortunately. I've read The Stand and IT a couple of times each, but I never did pick this one up again. Finally, that has been rectified and what a payoff!

I forgot how well this story wrapped its arms around the reader and refused to let them go. We me
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Will M.
A novel about a creepy town and deadly vampires. This should've received 5 stars from me, but I was a bit disappointed with this novel.

I swear I wanted to love this novel, but it was an okay read for me. An okay read from the King. I'm 100% sure that something is wrong with me, and not the novel.

My main problem with the novel would be the fact that it took almost 350 pages for it to become really interesting. The character and plot introduction felt 150 pages longer than it should've been. Aside
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Celeste
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Full review now posted!

If you’re looking for vampires with some bite, look no further.

There are few monsters as enduring as the vampire. For well over a thousand years, mankind has told itself stories of preternatural beings who look like us, and perhaps even used to be us, but who now live by draining the life from us. Sometimes, these are just campfire stories, meant to give us a chill and a thrill before we drown them out with reality. But other times, we can’t help but believe our own storie
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Matt
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
I don’t read a lot of horror, so it’s taken me a bit longer than most to recognize the genius of Stephen King. Belated as it might be, I am finally making my way through his surprisingly versatile oeuvre. At this point, I think I’ve skimmed off much of the cream, having read several of his undisputed classics (The Stand, It, Pet Sematery, etc). Now I’m ready to bore down into the second level. Salem’s Lot is definitely a step down from King’s best, most enduring novels. That being said, horror d ...more
Christy
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want a great vampire tale--not too gory, but just right--even for some younger readers
Shelves: vampires

****WARNING: The following lyrics, and police account are sickening and grotesque---not for children!!!! (Though no spoilers...the man is mentioned in the book briefly ...during a discussion between Father Callahan and Matt Burke in his hospital room, filled with books on vampires...heres's more about the real one behind the myth. If you are easily made sick to you stomach, just don't go there,really...just move down to the regular review....
I need a victim to do things sickening
I just want to m
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Edward Lorn
This is the greatest vampire novel ever written. Forget Stoker, ignore Rice, this is it. Why? Because the vampires herein are not your friends. They are not your lovers. There is nothing remotely lovable about Barlow's children of the night. They simply want to fucking drain you.

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Carmen
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans, Vampire fans
Stephen King's take on vampires. I didn't enjoy this book as much as CARRIE.

THE HEROES:
- An author. Of course. Self-insertion much? Notably the only character who has good sex in the novel. (I'm not complaining about the self-insertion... but I want you to know I notice what you're doing, Mr. King.) Ben Mears

- A priest. Irish-American. A drunk. Fed up with the suffering, abuse, rape, and hate he sees every day. When can he fight the Big Evil? Human evil is boring, apparently. This character e
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Ashley Daviau
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fall more in love with this book and its characters every single time I read it. It's both heartbreaking and terrifying and that's a huge part of why I love it so much. I always have a hard time enjoying vampire novels and I definitely think that stems from my love of this book. King does vampires in such a horrifying way that nothing quite lives up to Barlow after reading this book. Despite finding him utterly terrifying, I absolutely adore Barlow as a character. In fact, I think he may just ...more
Suzanne
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up till nearly 4 am on a weekday to finish this book. I would have to admit that Stephen King and his weird ass books hold the record of keeping me up late into the night, regardless of the day of week. I want to read all his books but I have to spread them out because I just do not think my psyche can take a marathon of his books, though it would love to!

In Salem’s Lot, King writes about a town fallen victim to vampires. I will admit, I am one of those overly excited fans of vampire l
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Councillor
In „Salem’s Lot“, one of his most well-known novels, Stephen King masterfully explores the effects of evilness on unsuspecting and (more or less) innocent people through the introduction of vampires. He presents a vivid cast of characters to his readers, including the main protagonist, Ben Mears, an author who is haunted by his own past and discovers several obstacles on his quest to find peace; Matt Burke, an aging teacher confronted with the largest challenge of his life; Jimmy Cody, a doctor; ...more
Kasia
I find Stephen King repetitive, his characters not all that likable, his endings BAD. But I like silly potboilers featuring vampires. Don't judge me!! I'm an vampire fanatic, and Salem's Lot is one of the undead classics, I was bound to read it. Ok, I was bound to listen to the audiobook, if I were to be precise. Hiking on a trail in Carpathians (same Carpathians that count Dracula had his monstrous castle in), getting soaked to the bone* (oh how I hate the treacherous mountain weather!), with m ...more
Reading Corner
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Stephen King read which I really enjoyed. I thought it was much better than Carrie as the story was better developed and more enthralling. The idea behind the novel was basic in one sense but incredibly gripping and for me, unpredictable until someone spoiled it. However, this did not ruin it as there was still many mysteries lurking in the background that evolved into something even scarier.

There's a constant third person narrative switch, between the residents of Jerusalem's
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Paul O'Neill
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it more the second time around. This book is soooo tense! It's everything you need in a horror book.

This book remains the only book that I've had a physical reaction to. I was that spooked that I jumped a little and dropped my book (kindle). Too bad everyone on the train seen me do it...

King at his best.
Rowena
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror


I've missed reading King's books. He really knows how to tell a story. This story is set in the 1970s and it shows, not only because of the homophobic statements, also because of the very homogeneous population, the most "exotic" person in the town being an Austrian immigrant.

I've always says King can write creepy small towns well. This was a very intriguing story that had me gripped despite the slightly awkward love story (slightly cringeworthy dialogue) but I would recommend this book for sur
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Brandon
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Following the death of his wife, author Ben Mears returns to Jerusalem’s Lot, the town in which he spent his childhood, to continue work on a novel. However, it wouldn’t be a Stephen King story if there wasn’t something sinister lurking in a small town. Did I mention this takes place in Maine?

King has noted that the idea for Salem’s Lot came from a thought he had while teaching Dracula to his high school class – what if the famous vampire landed in America and terrorized New York City? Luckily,
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Helga
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, stephen-king
Brilliant! Just Brilliant!

I wasn't even born in 1975 when the book was published, yet i connected with the story and the characters. They didn't seem old fashioned and out-dated. Stephen King sure knows how to captivate the reader and scare the shit out of them in his typical way. Aptly, we had a couple of nights of thunderstorms here and suffice it to say i had to check the windows to make sure they were closed properly.
Kat Kennedy
Salem’s Lot is the first and only Stephen King novel I’ve ever read.

To be honest, this is a short review because I didn’t finish it. The problem wasn’t that King wasn’t a compelling writer who has obviously honed his craft. Every single chapter was interesting and immersive. I found myself drawn into the world he was spinning and deeply intrigued by the mystery of it all.

However, I suppose I couldn’t read it because this book is what I imagine it would be like to live with ADHD. It bounced aroun
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Anish Kohli
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You read a book, you like it, you want to talk about it. Sometimes want to gush about it. Write a review about it. But then there are books that leave you unsure of what you feel about them and how much you really liked them. And what to write in a review, if you did decide to write one. One such book is Salem’s Lot.

I am confused. I know not what to write in this review and so I will look to my dear Author to guide my hand and I shall use his words to complete mine.

Let’s start by saying that th
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Scott
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stephen King Goodreads Discussion Group is doing a re-read of his works from the beginning to the end. It’s been a long time since I have really immersed myself in Uncle Stevie’s world, but a rate of a book a month, I am all in. My goal is to read and review each one with as much honesty and reflection that I can give.

Salem’s Lot is the second novel by Stephen King, originally published back in 1975. It is a medium length book. My paperback reprint has 653 pages and my Kindle has 452 pages,
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Rachel
Getting to read Salem's Lot for the first time, right before Halloween, has been one of the most pleasant reading experiences of my life. If I could give this book more stars than five, I would. Salem's Lot is a spooky and evocative vampire tale; at times, I was anxiously turning the page, worried who would succumb to Barlow next; other times, I was delighted by the beautiful imagery of the text.

I can't believe it took me this long to read Salem's Lot. So if you haven't yet experienced the terr
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Javier Muñoz
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Valoro más este libro como relato costumbrista de la vida en los pequeños pueblos de la costa este de Estados Unidos que como novela de terror o vampiros, aquí King muestra todo el potencial que tenía ya en aquella época para crear personajes reales y muy vívidos. Para mi eso es lo importante, la capacidad para mostrarnos una pequeña comunidad que vive y respira, con sus luces y sus sombras.

Como novela de vampiros no deja de ser una historia entretenida, pero es demasiado convencional, es un rel
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