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message 1: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Barrett I agree. I added this one to my 'classic' bookshelf.

message 2: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Barrett I agree. I added this one to my 'classic' bookshelf.

message 3: by Will (new)

Will M. I'll surely read this within the year. Hopefully I'd like it as much as you did.

message 4: by ᴥ Irena ᴥ (new)

ᴥ Irena ᴥ It's a great book.

message 5: by Lyn (new)

Lyn I may need to go back and revisit, I recall this being very enjoyable

message 6: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager just started it - pretty good so far.

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin I enjoyed this book as well Lyn. I remember the movie scaries me when I was younger. The boy at the window. I haven't seen it in many years.

message 8: by Susan (new)

Susan May Melissa wrote: "I enjoyed this book as well Lyn. I remember the movie scaries me when I was younger. The boy at the window. I haven't seen it in many years."

I'm with Melissa. I remember reading this when I was about 18 and I couldn't look at the window, I was so scare. This moment I can still remember it. You've inspired me to go read it again sooner than later.

message 9: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Thanks Melissa and Susan, I remember the film also, very creepy, and especially that scene. I was also scared by the scene when Barlow came into the jail, making shadows across the guys face

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin I'm trying to get the movie from Netflix but there is a huge wait period :-/

message 11: by Bill (new)

Bill I read this one, and a lot of other stellar King novels, during my breaks way back when I was working night shift.
I hated off-shift, but thanks to King these times still stand as some of my favorite reading sessions.

Someday, I'll re-read this...

message 12: by Lyn (new)

Lyn I may reread too, thanks Bill

message 13: by Monica (new)

Monica It's still my favorite King's novel!:)

message 14: by Lyn (new)

Lyn I'd go with the Shining, but it's maybe second for me

message 15: by Monica (new)

Monica Lyn wrote: "I'd go with the Shining, but it's maybe second for me"

My second('s) are 'Misery' and ' The Stand':)

message 16: by Lyn (new)

Lyn I still need to read both of those

message 17: by Monica (new)

Monica I loved Misery ,a terrifying novel about insane people, something that could happen to anyone!, but better than the film!. At the middle of the novel, i also wanted to kill Annnie Wilkes ( in fiction, of course)
The Stand is a really well written novel for being so long ( i read the uncut edition), focused on god and the good and evil, the end of civilization, with the antichrist low and the beginnig of the planet in the King's style, plenty of rare characters. My favorite is Larry Underwood.

message 18: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Wow, thanks, I'll move them both up on my list

message 19: by Horace (new)

Horace Derwent indescribably we fell into the river of oblivion, the riverwater was time, the color was just scarlet...

message 20: by Scarlett (new)

Scarlett O.H. The parts about the house, really scary! I read this when I was twelve and still love books with scary/ haunted houses. Think I am going to re-read this one. But first i'm going to read Pet semetary again.

message 21: by Lyn (new)

Lyn I just need to read more from him all together

message 22: by Peter (new)

Peter Great review. This is the only book he wrote of any merit. Here we have the single most perfect horror story, Mr. Barlow is the best of the vampires and the oppresive atmosphere is tangible and one I will happily return to. Sadly the rest of his output as always been turgid for me, unless someone can convince me othrwise.

message 23: by Mike (new)

Mike @Peter, The Gunslinger was worthy -- fresh, taut, creepy -- but you have to be open-minded for a post-apocalyptic Western vision-quest high-fantasy allegory.

message 24: by Peter (new)

Peter After seeing the quality of your books in the compare books you might, just might convince me.
A friend request is winging its way to you sir!

message 25: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Thanks Peter!

message 26: by John (new)

John Devlin Yes on my very very short list of all time scary books - and heartbreaking too.

I can still see/imagine the boy/vampire hanging like a spider by the third floor window whispering, "Billy let me in."

message 27: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Yes!! That scene is the one I always think of. King knows what he's doing and to chilling effect

message 28: by Peter (new)

Peter That's the one that gets me as well, it shows King to really live up to that name regarding horror

message 29: by Christine (new)

Christine I read this at 14, for some insane reason; I no longer remember why. I had been a staunch fantasy and literary classics reader; maybe the vampire/wicked fairytale element of horror drew me in. It scared me senseless (but also led me to a liking of many horror stories, beyond previously-read classics like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.)
Fast forward more than three decades, to one or two weeks ago. With Halloween approaching, I found myself in a goodreads friends' discussion of other King books, and started to consider re-reading 'Salem's Lot. But I just could not. More than three decades later: still scared senseless by this book.

message 30: by Lyn (new)

Lyn It was scary, Barlow was a fiend

message 31: by Prospero (new)

Prospero I remember enjoying this very much when it first came out. Early King, still finding his voice while taking a very straightforward turn with one of the genre's most worn and ragged tropes. The story itself is so mundane as to be otherwise unremarkable, and yet we begin to get a sense of King's nascent ability to spin a gripping yarn from such base clay. Subsequent works like It and Pet Semetary were much more original...and frightening. The latter in particular had me hunched over it in the wee hours, exclaiming "holy shit, holy shit!" as the turning of each page revealed some fresh new horror.

message 32: by Lyn (new)

Lyn ;)

message 33: by Apatt (last edited Oct 30, 2016 07:27PM) (new)

Apatt Not many people say this is their favorite King book, but it's mine!
Thanks for another fine review, Lyn!

Happy Halloween!

message 34: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Thanks Apatt, Happy Halloween!

message 35: by Onaiza (new)

Onaiza Khan I've always been confused b/w the TV show and the book. Now I'm gonna go for the book...

message 36: by Monica (new)

Monica Apatt wrote: "Not many people say this is their favorite King book, but it's mine!
Thanks for another fine review, Lyn!

Happy Halloween!"

I disagree. I've always said this in my King's reviews;)

message 37: by Nick (new)

Nick Younker Love this review! I agree 100%! :)

message 38: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Thanks Nick

message 39: by Hserna (new)

Hserna What other books you have on that (scariest) list?

message 40: by Lyn (new)

Lyn I'd say The Exorcist , Blood Meridian and Night, probably more if I thought about it

message 41: by Roman (new)

Roman Kurys I LOVE this story! Dracula was creepy, but Salem Lot was scary because it was happening right here, in another state close by....oh man!

message 42: by Hserna (new)

Hserna Thx Lyn.
Considering Blood Meridian and Night on your list, I see scary <> horrific.
I asked about your list because I want to read something scary and horrific and I'm out of options. But it's ok.
I really like your reviews, by the way!

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