This is exactly what I was looking for when I wanted something spooky (or scary) to read for Halloween! I will from here on out, rely solely on this author to provide me with October reads. In my book, Stephen King nailed it with ‘Salem’s Lot. It is a great story filled with scares, thrills, chills and vampires that are actually frightening. If you are looking for a great book to read around Halloween next year, look no further, you will definitely want to pick this one up and read until the early hours of the morning.
Ben grew up in Jerusalem’s Lot but left after a horrific childhood event. Now he is back to write a book about the encounter but he wasn’t expecting it to come back and haunt him. Just being in town made him feel uneasy and that feel is amplified when two strangers move into town and two of the local boys go missing. People all over town are getting sick, dying and rising from their deathbeds in the night. Suddenly, Ben in thrown into a task beyond his imagination, going from a suspect to a soldier. Can he help clean the town of the sickness or will he fall prey to the ones spreading it?
I will say it again, this is now my favorite book to read for some Halloween thrills. King creates fear so easily and makes it feel real. He really is the master of horror. Now, a friend recommended this book to me and I did look at reviews of it and they said that nothing good happens until the middle of the book. Don’t pay any attention to those, plenty of things were happening throughout the whole book. There were plenty of things to keep me reading and jumpy!
King plants little chills and thrills every once in a while that made my skin crawl. There was one where someone was walking by a house that had been abandoned for years, no one had lived in it since the murder/suicide. All of a sudden, they see a light on in the upstairs bedroom. Haunted? Maybe! My favorite scare in this whole entire book (because I can relate to it so well) is this one: “The basis of all human fears… A closed door, slightly ajar.” Que my spine tingling goose bumps! This book seemed to touch on fears that everyone in the world might have: a door you closed is now open, that eerie feeling that you are not alone, someone staring in your window at night, hearing voices that shouldn’t be there or a dead body suddenly coming to life before you. That is why I loved it so much… Because it seemed so real.
Another thing that I loved about this book is that the vampires were something to be feared. They were actually scary and the things they did were the stuff of nightmares; the way vampires should be portrayed! These guys didn’t sparkle, they were not sexy in any way and women weren’t trying to become their lovers. They started off as human, were bit, then died and rose from the dead to feed on the townsfolk.
I have nothing negative to say about this book. There were a few slow spots but in every book your read there will be a slower sections. This book is no different and the slow spots didn’t seem slow at all, they just lacked the action or scares that I grew so fond of.
‘Salem’s Lot wrapped up:
Vampires are actually scary
The story was well set up, easy to follow
The Not bad:
Few slow parts but they are for set up. Moves fast!
Overall: I would recommend this book to any King fan, a vampire novel fan or someone who is looking for a genuinely scary read!
Rating: 5 out of 5 🙂
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