“Turn off the television—in fact, why don’t you turn off all the lights except for the one over your favorite chair?—and we’ll talk about vampires here in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them.”
Halloween is just around the corner. It may be a festival of the other part of the world but nonetheless, it’s a time of the creepy crawlies. So what could be more fitting than to enjoy a book about the damned from the master of the form Mr. Stephen King. And ‘Salem’s Lot forever will be among his very best and scariest (second only to IT). Before a certain book/movie series made vampires a misunderstood, brooding, harmless, romantic thing that sparkles (you know what I’m talking about right?) they used to be brutal, scary, relentless predators that haunted the horror genre with utter dread. So, if you are a fan of the original, raw, pure evil vampire then you need to read this King at his very best. This was only his second novel and it’ll show you how he became the King of horror. Additionally, it’ll tell you that he’s also a master storyteller. What set King apart is the fact that in his books the people are always the scariest beings, not the scary forces of evil. So his books always drive through a realistic feel, even though it’s about supernatural things. This book just never lags. The first part is knowing them. The second part is something feels wrong. And the third part is all action, suspense, pure dread for survival. Perfectly paced.
A small blurb without giving away anything-
” ‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course, there are tales of strange happenings—but not more than in any other town its size.
Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed—nothing unusual, except the list, starts to grow.
Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror… “
Writer: Md. Jahidul Islam