Title: Salem’s Lot
Author: Stephen King
Rating: 3 of 5
This is a good, solid vampire story with no sparkly, angsty heartthrobs in sight, just menacing, bloodthirsty fiends. I’m not a huge fan of Stephen King as he uses more profanity and semi-explicit descriptions of abuse and all around morally scuzzy behavior than I usually like in my reading, but the man can definitely tell a story. There’s nothing terribly original here, but King makes good use of all the tropes as he imagines what it would be like if a Dracula-like vampire came to a small American town (in Maine, of course) in the 1970’s. If you’re a fan of King (or classic vampires) it’s definitely worth a read.
The copy that I borrowed from the library came with this added “bonus”:
Yep, there appears to be a little blood spattered across some of the pages. Ew…I can do without that kind of “special effects!”