Ben Mears returns to Salem’s Lot hoping that he will be able to rid himself of this writer’s block. He wants to rent out the Marsten house, a house where a man killed his wife and then hung himself. A house where when Ben was a kid was dared to go in and retrieve an item so that he may join a club. A house that almost spits evil out at you. But much to his dismay, someone has already bought it. An odd duo of Straker and Barlow. The latter is never seen and is said to be doing business in New York. Mears starts accomplishes the defeat of his writer’s block and starts a manuscript. A story about the Marsten house in which he isn’t too willing to share with people. After a few days things turn for a lack of a better term, weird. A little boy disappears and a few days later his brother drops dead, only to rise again. Ben and company now have to race against the clock to convince everyone of what is really going on before this darkness takes over the town.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, an 7/10. The story was amazing, but the character build up took half the book and by the time the story got to that point where Stephen King usually blows away his readers, the book was pretty much over. He also intertwines this story with the Dark Tower series. For those of you who have read the Dark Tower, you know that Father Donald Callahan is a vital part in the series, as he is in Salem’s Lot.
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