‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
This is one of the earlier King works but it was just a few years ago that I read it. I’m not sure why; I am a big King fan (his son, Joe Hill also) and overall his is my favorite author. That is a difficult thing to rank; there are so many that I enjoy, Conan Doyle, John Sandford, Poe, Asimov, Bradbury to name a very few of a very large list.
How does one take a vampire story, a genre that’s been told time and time again and make it fresh? Well, adding children to the mix certainly adds a bit of cringe worthiness to it and King does that in many of his works; It, The Body, Pet Sematary, again, a paltry few of a large list.
Another thing that King is a master of is allowing the constant reader to delve into the mind of the protagonists, and often the antagonist as well. You feel their joy and their terror. You feel their confusion and their sadness, their loss.
This was certainly true in Salem’s Lot. This book was released 35 years ago and it holds its own against horror novels written today.
I doubt that many readers of horror are unfamiliar with King but if you’ve missed this one, do yourself a favor and find a copy. It will be a chilling good read. Oh, keep the lights on and the windows closed as you read this. It’s fiction; right? But why take a chance?
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