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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King @StephenKing

TITLE: 'Salem's Lot
AUTHOR: Stephen King
PUBLISHER: Signet
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 1976
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 427 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 9780451165886
Something strange is going on in Jerusalem's Lot ... but no one dares to talk about it. By day, 'Salem's Lot is a typical modest New England town; but when the sun goes down, evil roams the earth. The devilishly sweet insistent laughter of a child can be heard echoing through the fields, and the presence of silent looming spirits can be felt lurking right outside your window. Stephen King brings his gruesome imagination to life in this tale of spine tingling horror.

MY REVIEW:

I read this book for a read-a-long hosted by Michelle at Gather Together and Read.

Ben Mears returns to his hometown, Jerusalem’s Lot, to write a story about Marsten House which was where he had a bad experience as a boy. Ben learns that the house has been recently bought by two men, Kurt Barlow and Richard Straker, and that the men are also opening a local antique shop. Strange happenings begin to occur in Jerusalem’s Lot, including the disappearance of a local boy. With the help of a local teacher, Matt Burke, Ben tries to figure out what is happening in this town and how these events are connected to the mysterious Barlow and Straker.

Stephen King knows just how to spin a tale! I love how he sets the scene for what's about to come. Creepy old house? Check. Grisly animal death? Check. Missing child? Check. Strangers in town? Check. He has also the basic elements covered to lead us into a scary read, and this book did not disappoint!

There are many disturbing scenes throughout the book, and the ones that bothered me the most were the ones involving children (especially Baby Randy). My favourite character is Mark Petrie, the teenage boy who seems to be one of the first ones to figure out what is really going on!

I remember watching this 1979 mini-series on television when I was just a kid. The infamous window scene with Danny Glick still haunts me! I have requested the DVD from the library so that I can re-watch it. I never did see the 2004 television re-make featuring Rob Lowe. I will have to see if I can find that one.

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy horror!

This book qualifies as:
#55 for my 2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge
#55 for my 2016 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
#25 for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2016
#25 for my 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
#49 for my Backlist Books Reading Challenge
#18 for my What an Animal IX Reading Challenge 2016
#5 for my 2016 Book to Movie Challenge
#6 for my 2016 Horror Reading Challenge
#9 for my 2016 Reading Bites Reading Challenge
#13 for my R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Reading Challenge
Task #14 for my Goodreads Fall 2016 Scavenger
#3 for my #BiteOber Reading Challenge
#2 for my Perpetual Stephen King Challenge

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