50 in 2013: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Today I’m bringing you an oldie but goodie, ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. In case you’ve forgotten, King is on my short list of authors to be stranded with. I’ve been saying that for a long time, but after reading ‘Salem’s Lot, I remember why I say it!

King tells a tale like no other author. His words are magical, transporting you to the town of ‘Salem’s Lot. You fall in love with Ben Mears and Susan Norton. You experience the horror of knowing that something is so wrong with your town–well, their town.

Eons ago I saw the movie, and only recently realized I had never read the book. While the movie and the book are very different, they both are enjoyable. I mean, the movie has David Soul in it. Starsky & Hutch anyone? (I always was a Hutch fan…)

Ben Mears returns to ‘Salem’s Lot, the town where he spent time as a child. His encounter with the town’s haunted house, the old Marsten house, still gives him nightmares years later. His family gone, Mears returns to put the nightmare to rest. Emotionally raw from the death of his wife, he takes a room at a local boarding house. From his room he has a view of the menacing Marsten house. He meets and falls in love with Susan Norton. He makes friends with townspeople who also sense the evil within the Marsten house. When they discover the source of the evil, they set out to save the town together.

The characters are rich. The settings richer. King never uses two words two hundred will do better. It’s how he excels as an author and it’s what makes his books a reader’s treasure. His text allows you to lose yourself in his world. He lures you in, making you never want to put the book down. Nor for the story to ever end…

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