Vampire City – “‘Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King
Being that he’s one of my favorite authors, and I tend to like vampire-related things a lot, somehow I missed out on the fact that this book existed.
Well, now I’ve been enlightened.
Though I can say it’s not my favorite book of Mr. King’s, “‘Salem’s Lot” is most definitely worth a read, and genuinely creepy in a bunch of places. While writer Ben Mears returns home to write a book about a creepy house he had a terrifying experience in while a child, things begin to go really wrong for the townspeople. In addition to Ben’s arrival, two other new residents have appeared out of nowhere to run a shop. People – from babies to older people – start dying in mysterious ways, the word “vampires” begins to get whispered around town. It’s all very suspicious until Ben puts it all together – assisted by the woman he loves, a teacher, a priest, and a pre-teen.
The last third of the book ends the story of Ben Mears and his friends in battle and goes back to the origins of evil in the town of Jerusalem’s Lot. (In truth, I could have been perfectly fine without those pages – as I felt the book was complete on it’s own. But whatever. You’re Stephen King. Do your thing.)
That said, I feel that the book contains some spectacular sentences.
The town knew about darkness. It knew about the darkness that comes on the land when rotation hides the land from the sun, and about the darkness of the human soul. These are the town’s secrets, and some will later be known and some will never be known.
Come on. That’s good stuff right there.
Per usual, Mr. King has created a wonderfully creepy small town where weird things are happening. This book was written way early in his career, and it shows how good he naturally is as crafting stories with lots of intertwining characters. As a fan, it’s totally worth a read – but if you’re looking for a good book to get you into Stephen King’s darker works, I’d still have to say that the more well known/classics such as “Carrie,” “It,” “The Shining,” and my guilty pleasure “Christine” remain where it’s at.