This is a great book..I enjoyed it...
Like a lot of the readers listed here, this was a teenage treat and the first book I ever read by Stephen King. It scared the living daylights out of me and had me hooked to King eversince. I associated every window in the house with evil glowing eyes after nightfall for a long time to come. It is a great vampire story and nicely highlights the on-goings (both sinister and day-to-day) of a small American town. I regret to say that King's later work i.e. starting from the mid 1990s strays well of the mark and does not measure up at all to his earlier classics. So if you have just started reading King and picked up his newer books, throw them away and find his golden oldies.
Ive been reading Stephen King for years. The Stand was the first one I ever read and that got me totally hooked. I have yet to find a Stephen King book that I dont like. The Tommyknockers was really different, but it was ok, I had a hard time following Dreamcatcher
i hv read many but yes the first one always remains special n king has written nicely n very nicely at that. it really scared me when i read it first n frm that tim i hv been hooked to him.
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This is my first Stephen King book. It's spooky and I was not able to sleep after I finished it but I could not understand some parts. Why did the priest not become a vampire?
The target of this comment is not likely to see it, but I cannot DISagree more than I do with somnium about his killing people to kill them point. First, characters die in most any vamp story. nature of the beast. If you don't want characters to die, read kiddie lit.
The first novel I ever read...ever. I was about 12 or so.
i think is one of king`s greatest book...it had an interesting ending, kind of unexpecting, unlike the other books he wrote...
re-reading this...better than i remember it being. actually, it's quite excellent. and i agree with a previous post, it is very scary in some parts. unique vampire story indeed.
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The priest comes into one of Stephen kings books later. He will turn back up you just have to find him.
Horror novels don't often come as complete and rivetting as this reinvention of the horror genre. King opens up a sprawling small town epic of utter darkness that encroaches upon the modern format of the novel. His hero, much in the semi-biographical mode, eases us through this tale of strangers and even stranger monsters. The subtext with the teenagem, a clever ruse on the author's part, to furnish a suitable branch of the readership with identity. All in all, a credit.
loved this novel!!
The most eerie part for me was Mark's talent for escaping almost any situation you throw at him!
Can anyone explain the ending to me? I really liked it up until the last 100 pages where I got really confused??
My thoughts are they got back to Salem's Lot and plan on burning the whole town down. But that is only my two cents.
What was there not to understand?
I read this a long time ago... If I remember, the ending just ties up how the two survivors, (Ben and the kid?) start making it their duty to wipe out the remainder of the vamps.
The priest - Father Callahan, did not get turned since Barlow explains what he did to him. He just tainted him, or cursed him, but did not actually turn him.
Am I missing something?
I love stephen kings books, but this one is definately one of my favorites! Salem's Lot is the story of a town who gets invaded by a vampire who is out to kill all the residents of the town. Ben, who is an author, goes to the town for inspiration for a new book, and gets caught in the vampires evil web. The story is very scary, and I would only recommend it to people who like thriller/horror novels. But, it is definately a worth while read, and one of my all time favorites!