Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.
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Salem's Lot is not only Stephen King's favorite book, but his best. Dracula brought to small-town America (New England), with a touch of I Am Legend (scientific analysis of the vampire), The Haunting of Hill House (haunted house as repository of evil as an enduring phenomena), and comic book fangoria. The characters are memorable and likable, the physical setting well established, and the pacing is nearly perfect (slow, almost too slow at the beginning, but with enough hooks dangled to keep you going to about the 1/10th mark, and then it takes off).
Amazing! Frightening! Hypnotic!
I have read a few of Kings books so far and this is my favorite by far. I love a good Vampire story and this is just the thing! The narrator was amazing with the accents and voices he used. This book is perfect for someone looking for a dark and scary vampire story.
First, I loved the narrator. His voice captured and transmitted the essence of this story.
Second, I loved this story. It carried me back to a time when I tasted my first vampire tale. There is a classic simplicity as the story unfolds which is rarely found any more.
And, I loved hearing about Father Callahan (of the Calla - Dark Tower Series).