Salem’s Lot

Dracula’s American Retelling

By Stephen King
USA, 1975
Horror, American Gothic

Main Attractions

1. Classic vampires and the caretaker.
2. Timeless setting, it could be present day.
3. A haunted house.
4. A writer as the main character.
5. Lots of characters and a woven story line.
6. Unhappy love stories and marriages.
7. Mysterious deaths.
8. Very similar to the movie.
9. Lots of backstory that’s not in the movie.
10. Too much description.

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Summer Salad
It seems like it’s trying to emulate Stoker’s Dracula in some ways.  The general plot line is fairly classic and easy to read.  I think this is a book you can pick up and snack on in bits and pieces.  It seems a bit drawn out until the climax.

Why Visit Here

It’s a modern American classic vampire story.  This is back when they were still creepy and had a Faustian quality to them.

Off the Beaten Path

Short documentary on the roots of the Serbian Vampire.

Travel Advisory

I’m a Dean Koontz fan!  So my opinions are heavily biased towards him.

Packing List

Chalice or wine glass for all drinking while reading.
A big window with open curtains
Turtleneck Sweater, just to be safe!

Recommended Resources
Alternate Books
✓ Dracula By Bram Stoker (1897) - It’s the original full length novel and a great read.
✓ Carmilla By Sheridan Le Fanu (1871-2) - The 1st modern vampire story, but about women.

Movie Adaptations
✓ Salem’s Lot (1979) Directed by Tobe Hooper - A bit outdated, but it has some heavy, duty creepiness
✓ Salem’s Lot Miniseries (2004) On the TNT Network - It looks like a good retelling, I haven’t seen it.