Summary: Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.
Source: I purchased a paperback.
Despite my love of vampire fiction, I’ve never read Salem’s Lot! So for the #30nightsofcreep Creeptober Readathon I’m hosting with Booknerderie, I decided to remedy the situation. And I’m really glad I did because Salem’s Lot was awesome.
Stephen King has the well deserved title as the Master of Horror. As always, my favorite thing about the book was the way Stephen King captures fear and the way it spreads around a town and how it settles like a well fitting blanket over the town. Because of his ability to truly capture the creepy, his books are perfect. Salem’s Lot was about vampires, but it wasn’t boring like most vampire stories that have most people rolling their eyes because we’ve seen it all before.
Stephen King realizes that it’s not WHAT you’re writing about that makes a book scary, it’s how you write it. And he’s so great at it. I haven’t enjoyed a vampire horror book that much ever. It creeped me out and I loved the way it makes you want to look over your shoulder and pay more attention. I also really liked the characters and cared about their plight, their town, and their lives.
Salem’s Lot was a great book and I’m glad I finally picked it up and read it. I highly recommend it, especially if you like a good horror novel. I don’t think Stephen King is like the best author ever, but he certainly gets horror right, especially his earlier works. I’ve never not enjoyed a Stephen King book. Horror is a genre that I’m surprised to see so many people dislike and avoid, but if you’re okay with some goose bumps, you can’t ever go wrong with a Stephen King book. The characters are always well done and you feel like you settle into the town and get to know everyone before all hell breaks loose, which is great.