In Short: In the sleepy town of ‘salem’s Lot, Maine, there’s been a lot of bloodsucking fun going on!
Why I Read/Listened: Why, for the #SalemAlong of course! Several months ago Melissa and I were chatting about how we’ve both never read this book. And just like that, a readalong was born. I do love my Kingalongs!!
Thoughts in General: As Stephen King is now my most read author (as an adult), I’ve come to find comfort inside his books. I know–that sounds insane, doesn’t it? Especially given the sometimes violent and horrific events that occur. But many of his epic books have a similar feel–the large cast of characters, the hometown that could be considered a character of it’s own, good and evil, and a heavy dose of human nature.
‘Salem’s Lot is no exception–there were so many characters that I loved (Ben Mears, Matt Burke, Susan Norton), though there were also so many characters that I often couldn’t keep track of the supporting cast. I loved that at the same time the book revolved around the main plot but also around the actual residents of the Lot–divulging their humanity. I love the meandering nature and the really getting to know the surroundings in the book.
In terms of the actual horror of the book (minor spoilers here), it wasn’t the actual vampires that scared me but that no one was safe. Though I’ve long come to expect that it’s best not to get too attached to any one King character–they’re all up for grabs! I didn’t find myself terrorized by this book as I thought I might–certainly not like It, but scrolling through some of the images from the mini-series on Google images definitely make the book seem scarier. Though I am currently watching The X-Files and a few episodes while I was reading gave me just enough of a visual that sharp pointy teeth made an appearance in my dreams.
But as always, I come away feeling impressed by Stephen King’s storytelling. I love getting lost in his books.
Bottom Line: I’ve been mentally compiling a list of my King rankings and I think this one is definitely in the top ten but it can’t quite throw It off of the throne (for horror–11/22/63 is my top favorite). Either way, it was a rollicking good read, a fun listen, and while not the scariest King I’ve read it was satisfyingly creepy. I’d definitely recommend it!
Notes on the Audio: I started listening to Salem’s Lot mostly because I was finding it tough to squeeze in reading time. I went back and forth, back and forth, debating whether it was worth the extra expense, but I’m so glad I got it. The narrator was solid and even though I bumped the speed up to 1.5x, McLarty’s intonation and exclamations really added to the experience. The only downfall is that listening to the book likely didn’t provide as scary an experience as reading in bed would have. Is that a downfall?? Ha!
And my apologies if you’ve seen me blast this picture all over social media, but I love this tender little vampire comforting her little sister.
Have you read Salem’s Lot? What’s the scariest King book you’ve read?