Salem's Lot Book Summary and Study Guide

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Salem's Lot describes the destruction of a small New England town by Barlow, Vampire King. Barlow's only opponents are Ben Mears, a local writer, Mark Petrie, a teenage boy, and four of their friends. Led by Ben, these six people gradually become aware that the townspeople are being turned into the undead. Although Ben and Mark ultimately kill the King Vampire, this victory comes at great personal cost. All their friends die along the way, including Ben's girlfriend, and the town itself is overrun by the vampires.
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The review of this Book prepared by Thomas

"This book was probably the best vampire novel I ever read. Move over Rice! You see, King returns to the basic vampire formula...Read on!"
The review of this Book prepared by John Arterbury

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the vampire chased me!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   writer Age:    -   a kid    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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