Friday, December 9, 2011

Constant Reading project, book two: 'Salem's Lot

Stephen King's second published novel is the vampire classic 'Salem's Lot.

A small Maine town is taken over by vampires. An author and a young boy join forces to fight evil.

Published: Oct. 17, 1975.
Pages: 439 (I'll be reading the Illustrated Edition, for which the page count of the novel is 479).

Screen adaptations: 1979, directed by Tobe Hooper (TV); 2004, directed by Mikael Salomon.

Connections: Father Callahan gets a new life in the latter books of the Dark Tower series.

This is one of my favorite vampire novels, so reading it again will be a joy. At 77 pages a day, it should take me six days to finish it which means you'll hear more about it on Wednesday. It's a longer book, so I may make a few comments about it between now and then, possibly about the TV adaptations. We'll see.


  1. I read 'Salem's Lot a few years ago and it's perhaps one of the few King books I'd like to re-read.

  2. Was the second King book I ever read, and the first novel of his. The very first was Nightmares and Dreamscapes, but as a 12 year old, it was tough to really digest such a huge hardcover short story filled beast.

  3. N&D was an early one for me, too. About the same age. It was the first one I bought with my own money.

    At the time, the one story I didn't quite understand was "Dedication," but we'll talk more about that when I get to that book. I still have 20 years of output to read before I get there.