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Stephen King’s second novel, the classic vampire bestseller ’SALEM’S LOT, tells the story of evil in small-town America. For the first time in a major trade edition, this terrifying novel is accompanied by previously unpublished material from King’s archive, two short stories, and eerie photographs that bring King’s fictional darkness and evil to vivid life.

When Stephen King’s classic thriller’SALEM’S LOT hit the stands in 1975, it thrilled and terrified millions of readers with tales of demonic evil in small-town America. Now, thirty years later and still scaring readers witless, ’SALEM’S LOT reemerges in a brilliant new edition, complete with photographs, fifty pages of deleted and alternate scenes, and two short stories related to the events of the novel.

While the original edition of ’SALEM’S LOT will forever be a premier horror classic, ’SALEM’S LOT: ILLUSTRATED EDITION, with the inclusion of material from King’s archive, is destined to become a classic in its own right and a must-have for all Stephen King fans. In this edition, the hair-raising story of Jerusalem’s Lot, a small town in Maine whose inhabitants succumb to the evil allure of a new resident, is told as the author envisioned it, complete with fifty pages of alternate and deleted scenes. With a new introduction by the author, two short stories related to the events and residents of Jerusalem’s Lot, the lavishly creepy photographs of Jerry Uelsmann, and a stunning new page design, this edition brings the story to life in words and pictures as never before.

No library will be complete without this ideal collector’s item for any King aficionado, the definitive illustrated edition of the great ’SALEM’S LOT.
Published: Doubleday an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on May 6, 2008
ISBN: 9780385528221
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This book scared the crap out of me. It is the second book by Mr. King that I read, the first being The Shining. I started reading Salem's Lot one evening and was actually so creeped out that I couldn't go to bed, so I ended up reading the entire book that night. I couldn't go to bed until it was daylight. That being said, I love the way the author writes the way that people really think. read more
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Often what we, as an audience, expect from creative talent often does not coincide with that they expect of themselves.In 'Salem's Lot, we have King's second published novel immediately after Carrie. There are many trademarks exposed here. One in particular is the haunted town; or, a town that has a horror essence that the inhabitants can sense but do not necessarily place their collective finger upon. Another is casting the lead character as a writer (write what you know). King has many, many works in which the lead is a writer of some sort. Often, they expose the tribulations of being a published author before succumbing to whatever horrors exist in their world.The novel itself is rather slow moving. However, I did not feel that this in anyway impaired the body of work. For one, because the town of Jerusalem's Lot is written as its own character, the reader visits many of those affected by the town's lingering evils. And we get to visit those people committing their secrets, knowing their darkest aspects. Being that the last book I read was a reread of Needful Things, I considered reading 'Salem's Lot as the genesis of visiting this style of looking within the sins of the common characters within their homes. In essence, their acts were selfish and monstrous before the supernatural comes and makes slaves of the Lot.King was a different person by far while he wrote this during the 1970s. I feel as those he was far cynical as to the happenings of his creations and focused on much more specific details. I feel as though his earlier books were less about the people and more about the interactions of people within a scheme. It is as though he were writing the largest diorama and his part is to explain the details of what's what.As his works mature with him, King takes on a more folksy approach to storytelling. Here in 'Salem's Lot, that Americana folksiness is a mere whisper as he thinks up the next terror to throw at us.With all of that typed out by yours truly, I should state that I did enjoy the book immensely. I felt as though the first two-thirds of the book is written like a mystery with a gang of newly-found friends wondering what the heck is going on. Many times the group is separated and each character has to mention what he or she knows to others in the group when they finally meet up again. It reminded me a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, actually…. Nevertheless, the yarn that is told here is an engrossing one that leaves the reader with the cogs spinning in his head making up his own ending after reading the last sentence. (And if what you imagine for yourself doesn't answer what-happens-next? why, one could just pick up the Dark Tower series and read the Wolves of the Calla and find out.)read more
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At the time I read this, back in the 70's, it was so scary. My sister was so hooked when she was reading this that she sneaked it into the ladies room at work to read it and then at home that night, her husband was out of town and she was so scared she had to sit on the stairway to finish it because that was the only place where she couldn't see any windows! The movie scared me so badly I had to go to sleep with the light on for two weeks.read more
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This book scared the crap out of me. It is the second book by Mr. King that I read, the first being The Shining. I started reading Salem's Lot one evening and was actually so creeped out that I couldn't go to bed, so I ended up reading the entire book that night. I couldn't go to bed until it was daylight. That being said, I love the way the author writes the way that people really think.
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Often what we, as an audience, expect from creative talent often does not coincide with that they expect of themselves.In 'Salem's Lot, we have King's second published novel immediately after Carrie. There are many trademarks exposed here. One in particular is the haunted town; or, a town that has a horror essence that the inhabitants can sense but do not necessarily place their collective finger upon. Another is casting the lead character as a writer (write what you know). King has many, many works in which the lead is a writer of some sort. Often, they expose the tribulations of being a published author before succumbing to whatever horrors exist in their world.The novel itself is rather slow moving. However, I did not feel that this in anyway impaired the body of work. For one, because the town of Jerusalem's Lot is written as its own character, the reader visits many of those affected by the town's lingering evils. And we get to visit those people committing their secrets, knowing their darkest aspects. Being that the last book I read was a reread of Needful Things, I considered reading 'Salem's Lot as the genesis of visiting this style of looking within the sins of the common characters within their homes. In essence, their acts were selfish and monstrous before the supernatural comes and makes slaves of the Lot.King was a different person by far while he wrote this during the 1970s. I feel as those he was far cynical as to the happenings of his creations and focused on much more specific details. I feel as though his earlier books were less about the people and more about the interactions of people within a scheme. It is as though he were writing the largest diorama and his part is to explain the details of what's what.As his works mature with him, King takes on a more folksy approach to storytelling. Here in 'Salem's Lot, that Americana folksiness is a mere whisper as he thinks up the next terror to throw at us.With all of that typed out by yours truly, I should state that I did enjoy the book immensely. I felt as though the first two-thirds of the book is written like a mystery with a gang of newly-found friends wondering what the heck is going on. Many times the group is separated and each character has to mention what he or she knows to others in the group when they finally meet up again. It reminded me a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, actually…. Nevertheless, the yarn that is told here is an engrossing one that leaves the reader with the cogs spinning in his head making up his own ending after reading the last sentence. (And if what you imagine for yourself doesn't answer what-happens-next? why, one could just pick up the Dark Tower series and read the Wolves of the Calla and find out.)
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At the time I read this, back in the 70's, it was so scary. My sister was so hooked when she was reading this that she sneaked it into the ladies room at work to read it and then at home that night, her husband was out of town and she was so scared she had to sit on the stairway to finish it because that was the only place where she couldn't see any windows! The movie scared me so badly I had to go to sleep with the light on for two weeks.
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I read this book 6 times before I turned 14. I still return to it from time to time and marvel at King's distinct characters, small town feel and constant sense of dread. The influence of this book on other authors is immense and long-lasting, with new writers creating similar works even today, some 35 years later. And that says a lot because while the world has advanced immensely in those intervening years, the world of Salem's Lot does not seem dated at all. In fact, it is refreshing to read a book where the characters do not rely on cell phones or the internet to resolve (or cause) their problems. One of my top 5 books of all time.
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One of the classics of vampire fiction. In this Illustrated edition King talks in the introduction about how he was trying to create a counter example to Bram Stokers Dracula. If that's what he was going for then he succeed admirable. Like Dracula the book isn't supposed to be scary. It's more an exorcise in story telling. King make the reader believe Salem's Lot is a real town then slowly destroys it. His vampires are a force of nature. I found that a lot of people haven't read this book but with the surge in popularity in vampire novels since the twilight movies I recommend we all go back and read a real vampire story.
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'Salem's Lot by Stephen Kingreviewed by Moirae the fates book reviewsSomething 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.This is the first book by the Sai King I have read though it is the second book he wrote. By now, it is well known that the book deals with vampires (the cover for the mass market shown above is also a dead giveaway.) I knew going into it, that it was a vampire novel. It takes a lot for a book to scare me and I have to say after reading this, I slept with the light on for 3 days. It. freaked. me. the. crap. out! I love how King has the ability to scare the living the tar out of his fans!There were parts of this book as in a lot of his novels that are a bit slow, however, it was all important to the plot in it's own right. As usual, the book has strong characters and strong dialog. There are many twists and turns and scenes that will freak you out. Because it was the first of his books I read, I think it will always be one of my favorites. If you like scary vampire tales that don't sparkle read this one!Obtained: My personal book shelf.Overall rating: **** 4 out of 5 starsCover art: I really like the gray and white of the MMP.
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