On the surface, Stephen King’s novel doesn’t seem that complicated. In this book he ponders what it would be like if vampires invaded a small town in Maine. Nothing confusing about that, right. Wait a minute. Vampires? Maine? I’m not sure I believe. By the end of the novel, I did. Not only did I believe, but I started to look over my shoulder while walking my dog at night–in London. This story scared me.
Ben Mears, a writer returns to Jerusalem’s Lot (‘Salem’s Lot), a town he lived in for a few years when he was a child. He wants to write a book about the Marsten House. This house wasn’t like other houses in this town. It was owned by Hubert Marsten, a hitman from the Depression-era. At first Ben hopes to rent the house, however he learns that Kurt Barlow, an Austrian immigrant, has purchased the home.
The writer settles down in a rooming house and forms an attachment with Susan Norton, a young woman and Matt Burke, a high school teacher. So far, so good. Then weird things start to happen. This is a King novel after all. First a young boy disappears. Then the boy’s brother dies suddenly. Then more people start to die. Is there an epidemic? However, people start to see the “dead” people and they don’t look so dead. Can Ben and his friends save the Lot from all the vampires?
I won’t tell you that answer. Instead, I encourage you to read it. I haven’t read many novels by King, but after reading this one I’ve decided to read more of them. This story isn’t perfect, but it was downright entertaining. What impressed me the most were King’s descriptions. I had always assumed that he relied more on shock value to win his fans. I was wrong. I’m admitting that I was completely wrong and if I could I would apologize personally to Stephen King. Can anyone make that happen for me? He has a wonderful way with words, can tell a story, and he knows how to keep me up late at night. In fact, at one point, I had all the lights on. For the entire night.
Saying this, what King novel should I tackle next? I read this novel for my R.I.P. challenge.