Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.
With this, his second novel, Stephen King established himself as an indisputable master of American horror, able to transform the old conceits of the genre into something fresh and all the more frightening for taking place in a familiar, idyllic locale.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this Stephen King classic, vampires don’t speak like 19th-century dandies—they’re just straight-up terrifying. Struggling writer Ben Mears returns to his boyhood hometown in Maine with an idea for a book about an eerie house that’s creeped him out since he was a kid. Austrian antiques dealer Kurt Barlow now owns the place, and he turns out to have a nasty habit of sucking the townspeople’s blood and turning them into his undead minions. In only his second published novel, King’s inimitable style is already fully formed. His eye for vivid details makes this small-town Americana take on the Dracula story feel like it’s unfolding right in front of our eyes, while the conversational dialogue makes the whole thing feel a little too plausible. If you like creepy, you’ll love ’Salem’s Lot.
Good, but not my favorite
It was worth a read, but not my favorite King novel.
I reread this and it’s still a great book!!
What a great book! I read it in three days! I’m hoping there is a movie (although we all know it won’t be near as good as the book).